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Hagstrom viking standard tobacco sunburst

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  • Colour / Finish: Tobacco Sunburst
  • Technology: Semi-Hollow Body
  • Body Shape: ES Shape
  • Strings: 6 string
  • Neck construction: Set in neck
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Technical Details
Item Weight3.6 Kg
Product Dimensions106 x 40.6 x 5.1 cm
Item model numberAMS-VIK-TSB
Number of Strings6
SizeFull Size
  
Additional Information
ASINB001H3GNXW
Best Sellers Rank 104,579 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7 Kg
Date First Available18 Jan. 2011
  
 

Product Description

Maple body Maple neck Composite wood fretboard DOTS inlays H-expander truss rod 629mm scale Hagstrom hardware Hagstrom HJ-50 pick-ups 3 ways switch 2 volumes, 2 tones tune-o-matic bridge


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While strongly reminiscent of the ES335 the Hagstrom isn’t just some cheap knock off, it has a strong personality of it’s own. The bound semi-hollow maple body is extremely well finished with no visible flaws in the paint work, and while the wood isn’t figured mine has some nice swirly grain patterns showing through the tinted amber gloss, and the flamboyant headstock is pleasingly unique.

The neck is quite slim and extremely comfortable, I normally like prefer fuller necks, but this one feels great. The frets are well finished and the finger board looks and feels like ebony, although it’s actually a composite material. The Graphtech nut is also nice to see.

Hardware all feels solid and is well finished, with a distinctive floating tail-piece and smooth but stable tuning keys (Hagstrom branded, but they look a lot like Schaller’s). Switches and pots feel fine and all work as they should.

Strapped on it balances well, although the physical size is initially a shock to someone used to Les Paul sized guitars. I would however prefer the strap button to be on the upper bout rather than behind the neck (which also necessitates a longer strap).

Unplugged there’s very resonant and lively sound, that is surprisingly loud (for someone who’s only been used to solid body electrics). Plug it in and this thing really barks – so much so I was initially taken aback. The Viking is more than capable of being loud and aggressive (which I like), but a quick fiddle with the amp settings gives a nice clean tone too, with plenty of sustain. Feedback hasn’t been an issue (so far – I’ve not played REALLY loud yet).
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8dcedba0) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d9acbf4) out of 5 stars AMAZING GUITAR!!!! 18 April 2011
By Will Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
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What a wonderful guitar. For the money you simply cannot find an equal, in my opinion. Mine came set up very nicely with no needed adjustments. Fit and finish was flawless. Stays in tune extremely well - played a gig with it the first weekend I got it and did not have to re-tune a single time. I cannot see paying an extra $2000 for the Gibson name. Truly makes no sense unless name is that important to you. For what it's worth, I just found out that it was a Gold Level award recipient for Overall Value by Guitar World Magazine.

I have been playing for 25 years and have owned/ played a lot of guitars - PRS, Fender Strats, Parker, Gibson ES-335, Peavey HP Special (top of the line & another great, yet underrated guitar), Godin 5th Avenue, Martin D-28, Ibanez, and others I cannot think of right now. This is a guitar that I will most likely never get rid of. My only criticism is that they should price it to include a hardshell case, which I had to order separately ($95).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d9ace1c) out of 5 stars Another great guitar! 24 Aug. 2013
By Dr. N - Published on Amazon.com
Note that magazines and pro reviewers are giving two thumbs up to the Viking. One even stated that "this guitar has more sustain than the Gibson 335, although the Gibson may have more complex tones". However, you can always work on your tone. You can check some nice review videos on Youtube from Guitar World and DolphinStreet. This is a $700 guitar built with in-house components. It is comparable to guitars that cost three or four times more. It is made in China, but their quality control is very good. Actually, last year I saw a $3,000 Gibson guitar with a huge finishing flaw in the cutaway being sold at a major/local music store. Just because it is made in the US it does not mean that you are getting top quality products (not anymore!). Think about Chrysler/Dodge :>)

Don't get me wrong. I love Taylor and Martin guitars. I also have an american Telecaster, Yamaha, Ibanez, and luthier made guitars. However, you pay signficantly more because of higher wages, benefits, overhead costs, etc., in North America. That is today's reality in a global economy. No wonder why all major North American and European manufacturers have production lines in Asia. Doesn't PRS make guitars overseas? He too! For instance, Yamaha and Ibanez have guitars made in Asia and their quality control is one of the best in the world.

The Hagstrom's finishing is good and playability is excellent. Fast neck and fingerboard! This guitar can sing through a basic pedalboard and an all tube amp. Excellent with a clean amp and Vintage 30 speakers. I noticed that having the right set os strings make a difference. I use Elixir Nanoweb. You also have to spend some time playing with the knobs until you find a range you are comfortable with. From blues to rock, this is a great instrument. I have a sunburst with the Hagstrom case. I will install a Bigsby B7 one of these days. Kudos to Hagstrom! I never sell or trade my guitars, so I will definitely keep this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d9acf00) out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic!! 20 Aug. 2013
By Ra's al Ghul - Published on Amazon.com
I was looking for a Gibson ES-335 style of guitar. Something very versatile, but without the huge price tag. This guitar is absolutely stunning. I cannot say enough about the neck. Fast, fast, FAST. The resinator fretboard (a wood composite) is smooth and very comfortable. Plays like ebony without the ebony price. The "H expander" truss rod makes for a very strong, very straight neck. This thing is a tone monster. Like the ES-335, you can play anything you want. Clean tones, blues, jazz, rock, metal...whatever! Also, the setup right out of the box was terrific. Tune it and play. Keep in mind that these are no longer made in Sweden. They are made in China. That, along with the composite fretboard and the laminated maple top are what keep the cost down. This guitar is NOT cheaply made however. The build quality is great. I have a wide range of guitars, Epiphone, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Taylor, Fender and now Hagstrom. You simply cannot go wrong with this guitar.
HASH(0x8d9b0090) out of 5 stars Beautiful Tonal Depth, A Great Instrument! 6 Oct. 2015
By Mark Urso - Published on Amazon.com
If you're looking for a 335-style guitar on a budget, this is it.
I've been playing my 2002 Viking for a couple years now, and she keeps me "creatively interested." Previously my "primary" guitar was a Les Paul Studio, and in a past life I owned a Dove acoustic, both of which had "minds of their own" when it came to adding a beautiful nature to the song; the elusive "tonal depth" of a real, expensive, Gibson.
I don't miss them at all.
You won't regret buying a Viking!
Mine is tobacco burst, which is very well done. The neck is thin and fast, and she stays solidly in tune.
Shameless plug here - Here is me playing my Viking (Soundcloud)! https://soundcloud.com/littlemisshagstrom
- Mark Urso, author, A Candle Lit: Deconstructing Alcoholism
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d9b03cc) out of 5 stars So is there anything negative with the Viking? 4 Dec. 2014
By GD - Published on Amazon.com
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I posted this to the Black version by mistake. I actually bought the Tobacco Sunburst.
Great guitar for the money. But I am the type that wants to know what is 'wrong' with something before I buy.
All the glowing reviews helped in my decision making but I have learned not to trust reviews where nothing can be found wrong with an item. I hope you find this helpful.

Issues:
1. There is a small ridge on the neck at the first fret, 6th string side where the neck meets the fingerboard. Careful sanding and final inspection was not used. Not particularly bothersome to me for what I paid but a perfectionist would definitely have issues with it. For me the bothersome part is if they missed this it makes a statement about the quality put into the guitar. It makes one worry about anything not yet found.
2. The 1st and 2nd strings were sticking when tuning. After inspection there was trash buildup in the nut slots from the manufacture. I cleaned the nut and so far it appears this resolved the problem.
3. I am used to playing a Fender Strat. The Viking has a wider neck thus the strings are farther apart than found on a Fender. I can overcome this but it takes me time to readjust and 'find' the strings when picking. This is not a fault of the Viking, just a change for me.

Summary: After making string height and neck adjustments this is a very playable guitar.
For me a great deal - After applying Amex rewards toward the purchase I obtained the guitar and case for about $320.
So I will have to say for what I paid this is a fantastic purchase making these issues extremely minor.
Very happy with it.

------1/6/2014 Update------

After having the guitar for about a month now there are some quality issues for which I wish to comment:
1. The string nut is not glued to the neck. This may be on purpose and while I was initially upset about this it is actually a good thing as I will eventually replace the nut with a different type.
2. The Tune-O-Matic bridge is a disappointment in that the hole drilled for one of the adjustment shafts is too large and thus possibly losing some tone and maybe some buzz-which I am having but not bothersome to me.
3. I have a Clapton Strat that I play for months including using the whammy bar and the strings stay perfectly tuned. It seems I have to tune this guitar too often (based on the Strats' performance ).

Overall, all issues are related to builder quality.
I still advocate that American made (or non-Asian made) is far superior and also argue we could compete with labor costs if the expected return on profit weren't so high and health care costs were not out of control as they are now.
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