Sweden’s Hagstrom brand has been around since 1932. They started building electric guitars in the late 50s and their original Les Paul style “Swede” instruments were highly regarded in Europe & further afield. The original company folded in 1983, but the brand has been more recently resurrected with manufacturing in China.
From Hagstrom –
“The Hagstrom Tremar Super Swede P-90s is a "do it all" guitar with a feature set to prove it. P-90S single coils and a 6-way switch give the Hagstrom Tremar Super Swede a hybrid sound that blurs the line between single coils and humbuckers. The 25.5" scale adds tension and brightness to the Hagstrom Super Swede while a Tremar vibrato with roller bridge keeps those shimmering tones in tune. A set mahogany neck and maple capped mahogany body rounds out the versatile Hagstrom Tremar Super Swede P-90S.
With pickups specially designed to provide a hybrid single-coil/humbucking sound-palette, the Tremar Super Swede P-90 is a masterpiece of tonal magic. Three Hagstrom H90 pickups provide a “beefed-up” boutique single-coil sound, and three tone controls with master volume are applied via a 6-way rotary switch in the dazzling assortment of pickup settings listed here:
- Neck; - Neck + Middle; - Middle; - Middle + Bridge; - Neck + Bridge; - Bridge
All Hagstrom electric guitars and basses include our patented H-Expander truss rod. Providing tension at both ends and running the entire length of the neck, the rigid yet light-weight alloy truss rod allows for a very low action and thin neck, two factors that were instrumental in earning Hagstrom its reputation as the world’s fastest playing guitar. The H-Expander truss rod not only provides ultimate neck stability, but it also contributes to Hagstrom’s unique tone. Longer sustain and a round attack are some of the sonic characteristics the H-Expander adds to the tonal essence of Hagstrom.
The Hagstrom Tremar Vibrato is a chrome laden, fine-tuned piece of art with top notch vibrato performance. This stunningly light and responsive vintage style, top mount vibrato system, delivers impeccable tuning stability, without eating away at sustain or compromising your overall tone. Together with Hagstrom's own Long Travel Tune-O-Matic roller bridge and the complementing, self-lubricating GraphTech TUSQ XL nut, you won't have to fret being out of tune with your Hagstrom Tremar type guitars.
Hagstrom uses a variety of different neck joints throughout our range. Our set-neck recipe is the classic and time-tested Mortise and Tenon joint, a design that most efficiently transfers string energy from neck to body, and can often only be found on more expensive custom-built guitars. A team of experienced and dedicated craftsmen hand carves every neck joint, ensuring perfect execution of this traditional technique preferred by luthiers for generations.
Resinator wood is a wood composite material that is both more uniform in density and more stable than any standard wood product. These characteristics eliminate dead spots or "wolf tones" sometimes associated with conventional wood fingerboards. Resinator wood has an articulate sound similar to high quality ebony, but without any of the problems associated with ebony. It provides a stable and clear tone, and also adds higher overtones and harmonics which uniquely detail each note. Like our H-Expander truss rod, Resinator wood is a major contributor to the distinctive "Hagstrom tone".
Hagstrom models use 18:1 or 15:1 gear ratio machine heads based on our own designs to insure accurate tuning. Viking and HB series basses feature machine heads with a 17:1 gear ratio.”
This Super Swede was bought new by its current owner in 2019. It has always been a “home guitar” and has rarely been out of its case. It presents pretty much as new. No marks or wear to be seen, no changes or modifications and no issues.
It has been professionally set up and is playing great. Quite flat fingerboard radius (12” ?), nice low action, well balanced, and the Tremar (Hagstrom’s version of a Bigsby) vibrato tailpiece is solid and stays in tune.
The Hagstrom P-90s are things of sonic beauty - clean and crisp top end, thick midrange without any mud and lots of punch to cut through when needed. Everyone needs a P-90 guitar, because they just sound different – not like a single coil, and not like a humbucker. And this is a great way to venture into that exciting sonic field without breaking the bank.
Most modern Super Swedes come in a gig bag, but the big bonus with this one is its fitted hard shell case in new condition.
Video Demo of same model - https://youtu.be/NkY7KfC1JF4