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Hagstrom Retroscape H8 Reissue 8-String Electric Bass Guitar

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Hagstrom’s US distributor brought the idea of an 8-string bass to them in 1967. At that time, the only other company producing an 8-string bass was Rickenbacker, but these were custom-order instruments; thus, Hagstrom became the first manufacturer to serial produce an 8-string bass, bringing this unique instrument to a much wider audience. Before t...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

Hagstrom’s US distributor brought the idea of an 8-string bass to them in 1967. At that time, the only other company producing an 8-string bass was Rickenbacker, but these were custom-order instruments; thus, Hagstrom became the first manufacturer to serial produce an 8-string bass, bringing this unique instrument to a much wider audience.

Before too long bassist Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience discovered it, and its unique sound can be heard on the The Jimi Hendrix Experience album “Axis: Bold as Love” (check out the track “Spanish Castle Magic” where the H8 really shines). In fact, Jimi Hendrix himself was a fan of the instrument and used it in various sessions over a period of several years; he owned the sixth H8 ever produced. Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister also showed up from time-to-time playing an H8.

Hagstrom went to great lengths to ensure that our H8II is a faithful re-creation of this historic instrument in its legacy.

A double cutaway mahogany body is bolted to a Canadian Maple neck supported with Hagstrom’s H-Expander truss-rod. The H8II features a short 30.75 in. (781mm) scale length with a dot-inlaid Resinator fingerboard.

Pickups are Hagstrom’s DynaRail Humbuckers with an additional coil-split feature activated by a push/pull switch built into the volume control.

Specifications
Neck
  • Shape: Info not available
  • Wood: Maple
  • Neck joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 30.75 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Finish: Info not available
Pickups
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Pickup configuration: HH
  • Neck: DynaRail Humbucker
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: DynaRail Humbucker
  • Brand: Info not available
  • Series or parallel: Info not available
  • Active preamp: Not applicable
  • Special electronics: Not applicable
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: Info not available
  • Fret size: Info not available
  • Number of frets: Info not available
  • Inlays: Not applicable
  • Nut material: Info not available
  • Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.5 mm)
  • Neck width at 12 fret: Info not available
Body
  • Cutaway: Double cutaway
  • Construction: Solidbody
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body finish: Info not available
  • Orientation: Right handed
Controls
  • Control layout: Info not available
  • Pickup switch: No
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Tone switching: Yes
  • Special switching: Yes
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Standard
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 8
  • Pickguard: No
  • Special features: Not applicable
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: Info not available
  • Country of origin: Info not available
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