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Hagstrom Retroscape Series H-III Electric Guitar

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The H-II and H-III were introduced in 1965, so 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of these iconic guitars. Known for their quirky switches and easy play...Click To Read More About This Product

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Authentic Hagstrom flair and versatile tones.

The H-II and H-III were introduced in 1965, so 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of these iconic guitars. Known for their quirky switches and easy playability, they quickly achieved wide popularity. Favorites among punk and grunge bands looking for a hard-rocking individualist statement, their audience is also quite diverse: from artists like Joe Satriani, whose first guitar was a Hagstrom H-III, to Aaron North (of Nine Inch Nails) who still has H-IIs and H-IIIs in his guitar arsenal. Many people have been asking for these classics to be re-issued, and we at Hagstrom are happy to comply with lovingly recreated and updated versions of these great classics.

A comfortably profiled Canadian Maple neck is bolted to a hand-selected American Alder body insuring that the original attack and “bite” of the H-II and H-III is maintained. The classic 6-in-line Hagstrom headstock design, used for the first production of H-IIs and H-IIIs, has been slightly updated, and the “Vintage Tremar” has been re-engineered for functional improvements without sacrificing its original appearance.

Hagstrom has taken great care in recreating the original pickups, and the new “Retro-S” pickups do an excellent job of matching the originals’ sonic glory. Gain-shaping functionality is enhanced by incorporating Hagstrom’s new RC-Circuit into the volume control, which allows for volume reduction without the loss of that high frequency “shimmer.” Case sold separately.

Pickup Selection
Neck Pickup On/Off
Middle Pickup On/Off
Bridge Pickup On/Off
Master Tone On/Off
Mute On/Off
Top (Bass Cut) On/Off

FEATURES
Body 
Body shape: Double cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Alder
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Not specified
Neck wood: Hard Maple
Joint: Bolt-on
Scale length: 24.75 in.
Truss rod: H-Expander
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Resinator
Radius: 15 in.
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Pearl dot
Nut width: 1.69 in. (43 mm)
Pickups
Configuration: SSS
Neck: Ceramic C-Spin
Middle: Ceramic C-Spin
Bridge: Ceramic C-Spin
Brand: Hagstrom
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: R/C Tone Circuit
Controls
Control layout: Master volume, tone
Pickup switch: Three on/off switches
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: Yes
Hardware
Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
Bridge design: Tune-o-matic with roller saddles
Tailpiece: Vintage Tremar
Tuning machines: Die-cast
Color: Chrome
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Electronics
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: China

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HagstromRetroscape Series H-III Electric Guitar
 
2.3

(based on 3 reviews)

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2.0

Not worth the money

By JB

from Orlando

Comments about Hagstrom Retroscape Series H-III Electric Guitar:

I purchased this Hagstrom III for nostalgic / sentimental reasons, based on a memory of the same guitar from 1975 that was owned by a family member. I wanted to buy it from him back then, but he wouldn't sell it. So when the reissue appeared this year, I added one to my collection based on that childhood experience. Otherwise, I would return it. It plays and sounds okay, but is comparable in quality to a Squire Strat at best, and should have been priced accordingly. I did perform a setup, as it arrived unplayable, and got it functioning well enough, but I had to tighten up all of the hardware because it was loose and rattling. This included the output jack, which necessitated removing and modifying with small rubber washers to stop the rattling sounds created when playing.

The real pet peeve was the protective plastic covering the scratch plate. The pickups are installed over the plastic, preventing a clean removal. I had to remove the strings and entire pickguard assembly in order to remove all of the unsightly traces of plastic that remained after removing the main piece. It took about an hour to correct this issue. All in all, not a very fun way to spend the first day with a new guitar.

For the money, many other companies make a much better playing guitar, so I would pass on this one and check out Epiphone, MIM Fender or any other manufacturer. I am keeping this one only because ot the sentimental reason stated above.

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3.0

Couldn't resist

By Vitz

from Flowery Branch, GA

Pros

  • Better than the original in most ways
  • Funky sound combinations
  • Good fit and finish - Looks Great
  • Individual pickup selection makes sense

Cons

  • Had to return the first one - bad electronics
  • I don't trust the resinator composite fret board

Best Uses

  • 100% nostalgia
  • Bridge pickup beats strat for surf
  • Home studio
  • Something different for the collection

Comments about Hagstrom Retroscape Series H-III Electric Guitar:

My first guitar was a hagstrom II. Our garage band sound was built around the sound cuz I was the lead guitar and I played louder...I played it through an ampeg gemini II. We recorded a record in a fancy NYC recording studio in 1967. Still have the recording of the scratchy record but I remember how cool it sounded in the studio. When I got a strat I felt like it was a serious upgrade. I thought about buying a vintage hagstrom II or III but didn't think it was worth a grand. My brother still has his blue cromwell which looks like the futurama.....very rare. I played it at a friends party and have a decent tape recording of it.....all 3 pickups on sounds like rubber bands....very funky. Had to have this for my collection. It is a faithful reproduction of the original. The jury is out on the resinator fret board material. I don't trust a non wood material. Bad quality control on testing the electronics at the factory...all messed up had to do a change out....second one was fine. I wish I could say "I can't put this guitar down" but I can't say that. But its a keeper and I'll have fun recording with it.

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2.0

Overpriced.

By Tim

from Kenosha, WI

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Hagstrom Retroscape Series H-III Electric Guitar:

Great looking guitar. Low action, good tone and fun to play. However one screw fell out of the neck pickup ring and the one next to it was was stripped and loose. The thumbscrew holding the tremolo arm was also stripped and useless. Maybe I just got a lemon and there are ones with better craftsmanship out there, but this one was unacceptable. I returned it.

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