Vintage Hagstrom Viking (Natural Birch, 1975 ) ARRIVED!

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Re: Vintage Hagstrom Viking (Natural Birch, 1975 ) ARRIVED!

Postby Doctor Turn » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:20 pm

Thanks gents. Much obliged. The pickups are phenomenal. The clarity and simultaneous bottom end on these pickups, combined with the amazing sustain this unique bridge (on no other guitar other than the vintage Hagstroms running up to just about this year until they switched over to that next proprietary bridge which was like a Nashville looking Tom style roller bridge on the last run off Hagstroms until they died in the early Eighties.. you can see it on the cherry burst Viking on the previous page) delivers is just unbelievably unique. The thing just chimes and sustains forever. There's a little extra high end in the audio because the acoustic strumming was getting picked up by my vocal mic (sm57. The guitar is being picked up by a Telefunken m80 on the right hand speaker and an AT2020 on the left. They work well together). So it sounds a little touch more twangy than usual, but you get the drift off how nice this thing sounds. It's like an ES335 in HD.

On one hand these pups are based on a 58 PAF, but they "improved" on the wind to deliver more clearly what the guitar is doing... So while PAFs are generally clearer than the subsequent Gibson buckers, these Hagstrom vintage "Custom 58's" are clearer than that, with just superb note separation and booming bottom end. They're the epitome of the kind of pickup I hunt fanatically. I love companies that don't just look at what Gibson or Fender are doing and just ape it... I love companies that, especially in the pickup and hardware department, examine where the leaders are falling down with weak spots on their instruments... And come up with their own versions of a bridge, a classic style humbucker, a choice of body wood, etc...

Love it! Thanks very much for listening and commenting. (Still haven't heard from the dudes who specifically asked me to do it though.... :think: )
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Re: Vintage Hagstrom Viking (Natural Birch, 1975 ) ARRIVED!

Postby Doctor Doug » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:31 am

I'm jonesing for a good semi-hollow SOOOO bad! Great stuff, dude!

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Re: Vintage Hagstrom Viking (Natural Birch, 1975 ) ARRIVED!

Postby Doctor Turn » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:00 am

Thanks Doug. I'll try to get up the sounds of it overdriven, which was the real epiphany for me. So unique sounding, and it sustains forever like you've got a compressor on it on 11, even with the volume on that old X100B on .5! I've never owned a guitar that crunched like this before. It's completely psychedelic sounding in a way that a solidbody could never do.. and I've owned over the course of my life virtually every incarnation of a solidbody.

So long story short Doug--YES! Do go out and grab one. Don't make the mistake I made and wait until 40 years of playing to finally wake up to these axes, in my case because you failed to recognize what they do and how they do it, and also because you thought they made you look goofy and rock-a-billy because they were big and oversized.

Quite the contrary.. they're the serious, in-the-know guitar player's guitar. It's opening a whole new world of songwriting, especially instrumentals, for me.
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Re: Vintage Hagstrom Viking (Natural Birch, 1975 ) ARRIVED!

Postby Doctor Turn » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:04 am

This is what happened back between the mid sixties and late Seventies as the popularity for these great vintage guitars were built and their popularity grew, eh?
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/201 ... 2.app.html
Eh? Lol. :laughhard: :lol: 8)

Ya need wood ya need wood apparently...

Pretty interesting article actually. The Vikings were an interesting bunch of boys and girls.
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1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
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Re: Vintage Hagstrom Viking (Natural Birch, 1975 ) ARRIVED!

Postby spudmunkey » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:15 am

That was an interesting article. Even raising their forests from 1% to 1.5% is "only" half of a percent, but that's a 50% increase! Not bad, Iceland.

Interesting to note that they are talking about a few million trees. The US currently has 33% forest, and, give or take, roughly 3 trillion trees.

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Re: Vintage Hagstrom Viking (Natural Birch, 1975 ) ARRIVED!

Postby Doctor Turn » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:08 pm

It is a fascinating article. It's incredible the amount of deforestation effected so many centuries ago and its virtually impossible to recover still. You tend to think of modern man of the 20th-21st century as the most deadly versus his natural resources, and yet between the 9th and 11th centuries, the level of tree cutting was just of epic proportions.

And -- connected to my pun with the word Viking and their using of native Scandinavian wood-- they're talking primarily arctic birch, it seems. Which is what these original Vikings from the old Swedish made Hagstrom are made of, 100% aside from the brazillian rosewood boards. Just in this case they got their wood stocks from next-door Northern Finland rather than across the sea in Iceland. For the company then (the "new" Hagstrom use birch in their resonator boards) it was cheap, plentiful, and absolutely superb as a tonewood. The acoustic projection on this old Viking is almost as loud as my Yamaha (which is admittedly not an expensive guitar, but it I'm just talking volume projection and the Yam is a decently made nato and spruce top, albeit small bodied, axe).
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

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Re: Vintage Hagstrom Viking (Natural Birch, 1975 ) ARRIVED!

Postby Doctor Turn » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:24 pm

The whole Hag family. With some nice lens shape distortion hitting the Northen pretty good in the lower left.

I've turned into a Gibson-Carvin-Hagstrom man. Which is not a bad thing to be.

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1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
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https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

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Re: Vintage Hagstrom Viking (Natural Birch, 1975 ) ARRIVED!

Postby Doctor Turn » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:05 pm

Some cool shots of Frank with his now-impossible-to-locate hand painted SuperSwede:
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the guitar in closeup-- it obviously was the initial design before they adopted the Patch 2000 Swede stoptail with the blocks under the chrome (like in my Northen on the left above), so he has the boltdown stoptail that's on my HIIN OT (2nd from right above).

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Those (now vintage) humbuckers are so recognizable when covered because of the rounded cover corners.
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

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Re: Vintage Hagstrom Viking (Natural Birch, 1975 ) ARRIVED!

Postby Doctor Turn » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:39 am

A twin to my Viking appears (complete w original case)!

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Listed on verb at not a great but not a terrible price. I love the shape on these, they're more aggressive looking than 335's w their Mickey Mouse ears, and the sound is just so terrific. Those humbuckers have a really eeries quality in that they wind up sounding very different based on the guitar they go into. Listen to an HIIN vs a 70's Viking 1N vs a Swede. Shows how much the build on a guitar affects the sound.
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

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Re: Vintage Hagstrom Viking (Natural Birch, 1975 ) ARRIVED!

Postby Greg Emm » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:50 am

Doctor Turn wrote:Listed on verb at not a great but not a terrible price. I love the shape on these, they're more aggressive looking than 335's w their Mickey Mouse ears, and the sound is just so terrific. Those humbuckers have a really eeries quality in that they wind up sounding very different based on the guitar they go into. Listen to an HIIN vs a 70's Viking 1N vs a Swede. Shows how much the build on a guitar affects the sound.


I've dealt with this seller in the past. If you check out their company website, you can save a little money because they ship for free to the Lower 48. Also, their wares often go for a few bucks less if purchased from their own webstore. This particular (sweet) axe, for example, is $50 cheaper on their website. With free shipping that's almost $100 in savings.

Thanks, Doc. Really beautiful guitar.

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Re: Vintage Hagstrom Viking (Natural Birch, 1975 ) ARRIVED!

Postby Doctor Turn » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:45 am

Thanks Greg. The damned thing is so bloody tempting just to have another.

These guitars are so ferocious when pumped up with gain, there's nothing else in my arsenal that sounds even remotely like it, and that includes the vintage solid body that has the exact same pickups. You throw just moderate gain on these things and they absolutely scream. Play them clean it's just the most limpid beautifully intimate sound.

And that guitar for sale, that birch almost looks like the inside of a pear or pineapple, the old birch wood looks so gorgeous. Having the original case (very very hard to find, let alone with the original tool kit and key like mine) is a huge plus. It's soooo tempting.

Thankfully there are a decent number of these Seventies iterations floating around (not a ton of naturals like these, admittedly, factor in the case and the number falls thru the floor), and praise be to the gods that European vintage doesn't command a ton of money on the market, and the current crop of kids doesn't know a damned thing about them... Which keeps even the nicest examples like these well under two grand.
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds


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