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Superior craftsmanship and elegant design combine to make this jazz guitar a classic.
The Hagstrom HJ-500 Tremar electric guitar features a contoured single-cutaway semi-hollow maple body, 24-3/4" scale set hard maple neck, 22-fret Resonator composite fingerboard dressed in pearl block inlays. Hagstrom's HJ-50 humbucking pickups are calibrated for large hollowbody guitars and capture all the tonal nuances of this elegant instrument. The Hagstrom Tremar bridge was designed to ensure perfect tuning and intonation even under heavy use.
Revolutionary Neck Design
The HJ-500 Tremar and all other Hagstrom electric guitars include the patented H-Expander Truss Rod. Providing tension at either end and running the entire length of the neck, the rigid yet lightweight alloy truss rod allows for a very low action and thin neck, two factors that were instrumental in earning Hagstrom its reputation as the world's fastest playing guitar. The fretboard is made from Hagstrom's own Resinator wood, a composite wood that is homogeneous in nature and is more stable than any standard wood product. It is the perfect fingerboard material in that it eliminates wolf tones or hot spots, and it has an articulate sound like high quality ebony, but without the problems associated with Ebony.
With unique aesthetics and ensuring accurate tuning, Hagstrom's exclusive 18:1 gear ratio machine heads are featured on all electric models. The Hagstom HJ-500 Tremar guitars feature the Self-lubricating Graphite Composite Nut that further ensures increased sustain and vibration through improved transfer of energy to the neck.
Only the finest select tone woods and figured wood stocks were used on the Hagstrom HJ-500 guitar to enhance its sound and beauty. Carefully selected hard tropical mahogany tone woods are used on the body to produce a powerful and warm sound, and North American hard rock maple provides a bright articulate tone.
The Hagstrom Tremar guitar features a high-grade polyester finish, which is much harder, smoother and denser while also producing much better sonic performance than polyurethane finishes used by other guitar companies.
Hagstrom guitars are legendary among guitarists because of their playability, beauty, and durability. Since 1958, Hagstrom has been combining legendary design with premium materials, unique hardware, and innovative manufacturing techniques to create these magnificent guitars.
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Comments about Hagstrom HJ-500 Tremar Electric Guitar:
I bought this guitar at a dealer that had them at about 50% off. I has a great look to it and is very classy looking with a classic black with cream binding, tuxedo look. Once I got it home I had a few problems with it. The floating bridge would not stay. Every time I would use the bigsby, the bridge would slide up toward the pickups. It would throw the intonation and tuning off and creating major problems. I had a local repair shop "fix" it by drilling a small hole on each side of the bridge and pinning it to the top of the guitar in the correct position with 2 small brass pins that cosmetically look great with the guitar. This has essentially fixed it and the thing sounds and feels great. Now it stays in tune great and the repair looks stock. Some other things that I think give away the Chinese quality is that the fret dressing isnt the greatest in the super high registry like around the 17th thru 20th frets. Also the pearloid inlays are not all consistent in their color. 2 of them are much yellower and the rest are very bright white. Despite these minor qualms, now that it is pinned, it is a great guitar.