Any love for the Hagstrom guitars ?

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  1. switchback

    switchback Senior Member

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    Hi guys I am thinking about buying a Hagstrom Deuce F any opinons on this brand ? Any feedback would help !

    This be the one:


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  2. Brutalisateur

    Brutalisateur Senior Member

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    The genuine Swedish Hagström guitars 1958-1983 were really cool. These new ones are made in china by some random company who bought the rights to use the name. They're on par with Epiphones in the same price range.
     
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  3. notoperational

    notoperational MLP Sponsor

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    Hagstrom's are some of the best guitars for under a G that you can get, IMHO of course. My Dad has an old Viking from the 60s that sounds awesome. Pretty weird piece, super-super thin bolt-on neck.
     
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  4. Ledheadforlife

    Ledheadforlife Senior Member

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    Never played one, but I bought my '78 les paul standard off a dude who was selling it because he switched to hagstrom, so they must be decent.
     
  5. djrussell

    djrussell Senior Member

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    :facepalm: No... if you've never played or owned the reissues then please dont comment. Hagstroms are NOT on par with the Epiphone brand, they are easily the quality of high end Gibson, Fender or PRS guitars. Obviously the more you spend the better the line becomes, but even the "budget" models are leaps and bounds above Epiphones at the same price range. Just because they are made in China does not hinder their incredible quality control.

    I own three models (Swede, F-300 and the acoustic D15CE)... the Hagstrom brand is so consistent and high quality, whenever I think about purchasing a new ax I immediately think of Hagstrom (I've been aching for a Viking). In fact for 3 of my builds I have used Hagstrom H-90 and Custom 60 humbuckers because of the clarity. Amazing, amazing instruments.

    It really bugs me when people comment on the "old days" when they havent tried the new instruments. They are BETTER than the old models in my opinion.

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  6. Penny Dreadful

    Penny Dreadful Banned

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    Even the new ones sound pretty good. They have a sweet neck as well. For the money you pay you get a decent guitar.
     
  7. Brutalisateur

    Brutalisateur Senior Member

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    I dont own a new Hagström so my opinion is just based on the models I've tried at the music store. They felt, looked and sounded just like the other guitars in the section which were Epiphone, Ibanez and some other brand dont remember. There wasnt anything special about them at all.

    But I do agree with you that the new asian ones play better than the original swedish-built guitars. Alot of those old guitars were 'novelty instruments' that just sound weird and are impossible to adjust. And the quality control might have been a bit lax at times aswell.

    But these new ones dont have an ounce of the mojo that the originals have. You might have to be a fan of Swedish proggressive rock from the 70's to see it, but it's there.


     
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    dlmorley Senior Member

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    I thought the new ones felt way better than most others in their price.
    Way better than my epi casino i had at the time.

    A gold top Swede and an HJ jazz guitar where the ones I tried.
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  9. ed1996

    ed1996 Senior Member

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    Somebody that I know has one of these:
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    It's nice.
     
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  10. Phoenix59

    Phoenix59 Senior Member

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    I had a Swede in the late 70s. I liked it; sounded like a darker sounding Les Paul.

    Pat Smear (Foo Fighters) seems to like 'em. Mine looked like this except it was a natural mahogany finish.

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  11. notoperational

    notoperational MLP Sponsor

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    Eh... I don't know about all of that. I have played enough of both brands to accurately say, they are definitely quite a bit better than your average run of the mill Epiphone. But, better than Gibson, PRS, etc... Kind of a long-shot. But to each his own.
     
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  12. CannonsAhoy

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    I own the Super Swede from the made in china era and I love it. One of the best electric guitars I've played. I even had a chance to compare a Hagström Swede to a Gibson Les Paul when I was visiting my friend who collects guitars. And I have to say, there wasn't much of a difference. The Gibson had that "Gibson spirit" but on the other hand the Hagström had the "Hagström spirit.

    I definitely recommend them. I've ordered a Viking DLX 12 string electric and can't wait for it to arrive! :thumb: And to those who say Hagströms are good for the price, take it back. They're good for any price :naughty:
     
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  13. djrussell

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    I certainly think is true. I too have played them all and honestly I still think Hagstrom is the most underrated company in the biz. They make absolutely incredible instruments for the fraction of the price Gibson or Fender would charge at the same high quality. And all their pickups are made in-house too, which is awesome.

    I know it sounds like im having a mild orgasim over the brand but they do make exellent guitars... I think the Swede is my favourite model i've played. I own this one:

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    I havent played much of their acoustic line, but the one I own is exceptional.
     
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  14. 22Frets

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    The Dlx Viking gives me a serious case of GAS! Damn, and I just had to buy a new laptop too.
     
  15. Ken

    Ken Senior Member

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    I've been fighting off the severe urge to buy one of these for some time now: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azci7D9pPEQ]Some Blues on a Hagstrom Viking Deluxe - Matt Thorpe - YouTube[/ame]


    and a random Swede video I found on Youtube. Sounds alright to me!: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYuwKjSk_14]Walk this Way Cover - Sgtstrat24 - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    pedersenkirk Senior Member

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    Nice tone and well-made. A guy I jam with weekly - an actual working musician - has one of the new edition Vikings. I'm not much for the Chinese-made guitars, but it plays beautifully and isn't too pricey.
     
  17. Thumpalumpacus

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    The Ultra Swede got a good review from GP a few years back; I'd definitely give one a spin. And I love the spalted maple that some have:

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    I bought a brand new Swede in 2008 and it's been my main guitar since, replacing a Schecter Tempest. Very nice pickups but the electronics/wiring are pretty shoddy - replacing the pots with CTS stuff helped the tone controls immensely, in that they now actually are musically useful.

    The big seller for me is the neck construction: very stable, thin and a very comfortable profile. I'd probably prefer a slightly rounder fretboard radius (I think it's 14 or 15") but it works fine as it is.

    I have recently acquired new PIO caps and a set of old Maxon humbuckers so I will do some more work on the wiring and will be happy to report the results. The current neck pickup is fine, but the bridge HB is too weak and unbalanced. I will also try '50s wiring just out of curiosity because if I lower the volume control below 8 everything becomes mud.

    So yeah, solid construction from a great blueprint but they went really cheap with the wiring. It looks really good too!
     
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    If you're looking at an older one (pre 80s) than for sure. The newer ones can be found populating the more cretinous of music stores such as Walter's Music (if you're canadian, that name probably makes you cringe). The quality is way down, nothing about them is swedish these days.
     
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  20. djrussell

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