The Hagstrom Viking Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar covers all genres from blues/rock to jazz/fusion and back again. With an arched semi-hollow maple body, its looks are as sweet as its tone. 2 Hagstr... Read More
The Hagstrom Viking Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar covers all genres from blues/rock to jazz/fusion and back again. With an arched semi-hollow maple body, its looks are as sweet as its tone. 2 Hagstrom humbuckers, combined with the resonant, semi-hollow body, provide plenty of power. And no Hagstrom is complete without their famous, fast-playing neck. The Viking has the patented H-Expander truss rod which provides tension at either end and runs the entire length of the neck. The rigid yet lightweight alloy truss rod allows for very low action and a thin set maple neck.
Another Hagstrom exclusive, the resinator fretboard is an extraordinary, homogeneous wood composite that maintains a strong fundamental harmonic and eliminates wolf tones. It offers the articulate sound of high-quality ebony but with more consistency and durability. Silky smooth, reliable, and fast.
The self-lubricating graphite composite nut is much harder than bone or plastic resulting in more string vibration through the neck. Tuning is also improved and string binding is eliminated by self-lubrication.
A long travel Tune-o-matic-style bridge and trapeze tailpiece further increase tone, sustain, and intonation quality. 18:1 gear ratio machine heads ensure fully accurate tuning.
The Viking's high-grade polyester finish is hard, smooth, and more dense than polyurethane, so its guaranteed to look great and provide excellent protection and sonic performance. Case sold separately.
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I ordered my first Viking and it arrived with cracks down the middle of the fretboard around the position markers above the 14th fret. I returned this one hoping for a clean fretboard but the second one arrived with a crack down the middle of the fretboard above the 14th fret. The rest of the body and finish of this guitar was beautiful and the first one I received I actually played and loved it. I may wait and try my luck again because I'd really love to own one of these guitars.
I ordered one of these and returned it due to cracking around the position markers above the 12th fret. I ordered another one and the second was worse than the first. Crack straight down the middle of the fretboard. I had played the first one I received and, for the money, appreciated this instrument in every respect. Bummer.
I've read some of the other 5 star ratings and I agree with all of it. But I wanted to add that this is not a step down from the Gibson 335. It's its own instrument. My '86 Gibson has been in the closet for about a year now because of that. This guitar has personality. My Gibson just sounds old fashioned. It's sweet but it cannot touch the pallet of sounds of the Viking. They are different animals. The Hagstrom neck is faster and easier to maneuver so I play differently, with more ease and air. It's smooth and comfortable and that equals fast. But that's not what distinguishes it. It's the tone and sustain. I suppose what I getting at is that the tone is wide ranging and easily controllable and it just hauntingly beautiful. My bass player turned to me last night and said, " I don't think I want you playing any other guitar." I almost agree. It's that compelling. I've been playing rock and roll, blues and whatever for 40 years. This is a great instrument. So's the Gibson.
Let me start by saying this is the best guitar I currently own. Compared to my Gibson SG standard and Fender American Standard, this just hits the sweet spot for me. So here is why...the fret board feels extremely natural and the action was just right out of the box. The tuners and head stock also give it a very unique look and seem to stay in tune decently after a couple hours of playing. The pickups and overall tone are just great. All semi-hollow body guitars have that sustain, but this was very reminiscent of the more expensive Gibson 335. The pickups are pretty hot especially when playing with high gain. It sounds outstanding on clean channels as well. There are two things I don't like about this guitar. The location of the pick up switched is extremely inconvenient if you switch between the bridge and neck for lead/rhythm. I'm sure I will get used to it, but it's definitely awkward at first. The second thing is that it didn't come with a case. I ordered the official Hagstrom case after I realized this, but some kind of gig bag would have been nice. This guitar is definitely shaped in a unique fashion so you are safest getting the Hagstrom case, which is very cool looking and sturdy. So to sum up my random thoughts on this guitar. Get it. Don't hesitate. It sounds like you should have paid over a grand and will definitely turn heads when playing out both because of looks and because sound.
I play mostly rock and alt-country, with a few long jams and this guitar is one of my all time faves. Seriously plays and sounds like a guitar worth twice as much. The high quality build required very little set-up. The pick-ups are high output, so when I switch from my tele, I have to change my amp settings quite a bit. Warning, this is a big guitar, not very heavy, but with a large body, even for a semi-hollow body. If you want to add a semi-hollow to your arsenal this is a great choice. You get a lot of guitar for the money.
This is an excellent guitar. I currently own a Les Paul and strat, but as a jazz musician, a hollow body was naturally the next step in my collection. However, I decided against a full hollow body and went with the viking semi hollow body instead, and I'm very satisfied with my decision. When I first played it, I was surprised by it's versatility; it handles everything from jazz to rock and can more than cope with distortion. With a Hagstrom, you definitely get a great value in relation to the comparable 335, which done by epiphone is just not quite enough guitar and done by gibson is more than most would like to spend on a semi hollow body. In all, the viking is an amazing guitar independent of the price, which quite reasonable. I didn't have the luxury of reading a review before ordering, but my gamble paayed off, and hopefully this will help future Hagstrom-owner hopefuls.
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