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 hardness of maple enhances tonal brilliance, so it was natural for us to develop Hagstrom’s 12-string Viking® Deluxe. Maple used throughout the body and neck results in a brilliant voice for this guitar.
Standard equipment on Hagstrom guitars is our H-Expande truss rod and Resinator fretboard. Both of these features also enhance acoustics by emphasizing the octave strings, balancing them with the naturally fuller standard strings, resulting in a lush, chorale-like acoustic platform upon which we build our Hagstrom pickup magic.
The magic comes from our H-50 humbucking pickups, designed and voiced specifically for this 12-string model. Gorgeous vintage-sounding clean tones can heat up nastily when overdriven, taking this 12-string into new sonic territory.
More than 200 pounds of pressure are exerted on the neck of a 12-string guitar, a problem for traditional guitar designs. However, Hagstrom’s unique H-Expander truss rod, inspired by designs used in jet aircraft manufactured in Sweden by Saab, handles this with no problem, and allows for an incredibly comfortable neck with no compromise in stability. “
- Material: Ply Flamed Maple
- Top: Contoured
- Style: Semi-Hollow
- Joint: Set Neck
- Material: Canadian Hard Maple
- Truss Rod: H-Expander™
- Material: Resinator™
- Radius: 15"
- Inlays: Pearl Block
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Scale Length: 24,75" (628 mm)
- Nut: GraphTech Black Tusq XL
- Nut Width: 45 mm
- Pickups: 2 x Hagstrom H-50
- Pickup Selector: 3-Way Toggle Switch
- Controls: 2 x Volume / 2 x Tone
- Bridge: Long Travel Tune-O-Matic with Hagstrom Stop Tail
- Tuning Keys: Hagstrom Design 18:1
This Viking 12 String 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 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. Very flat fingerboard radius (15”), nice low action, well balanced, and with a very solid bridge & tailpiece design that provides great stability and allows for perfect intonation.
Comes in its fitted hard shell case in new condition.
Video demo of same model - https://youtu.be/JEWSzFBv6Lc