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Fat sound and legendary style: the return of an icon.

When their production stopped in 1983, Hagstrom guitars became instant collectors items. For decades they maintained their market value so well that Hagstrom resumed production in 1996 to rave reviews. The Swede electric guitar is one of their most cherished models, reborn with a mahogany body, carved mahogany top, set mahogany neck, bound Resinator fretboard, and 2 Hagstrom Custom '58 humbuckers for the classic tone that made Hagstrom famous.

Hagstrom's patented H-Expander truss rod prevents twisting as well as warpage. 5-ply top binding, pearl block inlays, and chrome hardware provide sharp visuals. Case sold separately.

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FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • 5-ply bound carved mahogany top
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Bound Resinator fretboard
  • Hagstrom Custom '58 humbuckers
  • Dual volume and tone knobs
  • 3-way selector toggle
  • Tone filter toggle with center bypass
  • Hagstrom 18:1 die-cast tuners
  • 24.75" scale
  • Case sold separately

A unique and long-sought after guitar reincarnated in an affordable form. Own it now.

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HagstromSwede Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

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Watch out Gibson!!

I normally don't write reviews, but I will on this One! I Got the Hagstrom Swede--Gold Top.First,I've owned Fenders,Gibson SG's,Gibson Studio Les Paul's, plus the cheaper versions of...Read complete review

I normally don't write reviews, but I will on this One! I Got the Hagstrom Swede--Gold Top.First,I've owned Fenders,Gibson SG's,Gibson Studio Les Paul's, plus the cheaper versions of both. Stuck on USA made guitars.I sold my Gibson Studio Les Paul and bought an Gibson Standard SG. Love the SG but found myself missing that Les Paul sound. Can't afford Gibsons prices on their Les Pauls. Thought about the Epiphone, but didn't want to buy a guitar and have to install pickups right off the bat to be happy.Then, by chance I found the Hagstrom line. I had never heard of them so I did some research. After research, I decided to try them out. Right out of the box the guitar was perfect. I adjusted the action to my taste and was good to go. The finish is Beautiful and Flawless. This guitar is HEAVY like the Les Paul with warm tones(compared to my SG!).Pickups sound great clean or with distoration!! I honestly think this guitar sounds as good or better than the Les paul Studio I use to own. This guitar is solid as a rock. I still can't believe I got this guitar for half the price of a Studio with better sound. Go to You Tube. Their are several good review clips on this guitar that shows the quality of a Hagstrom. The best thing is the Swede isn't a Les Paul copy..It's a single cut guitar in a class of its own. If you are looking for a single cut guitar that dont need upgrading..Plays like a dream and is half the price of Gibson's cheapest Les Paul..This is your guitar!! Thanks Hagstrom!!

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not a Gibson LP but its own animal

The Swede is definitely a cool guitar. The binding and inlay on the neck are smoking hot. The H-fram truss rod looks like a great innovation and should hold up nicely. It looks...Read complete review

The Swede is definitely a cool guitar. The binding and inlay on the neck are smoking hot. The H-fram truss rod looks like a great innovation and should hold up nicely. It looks great and has great warmth to it. Unfortunately all the comments about the spotty electronics in these models are true. The pots on my model were noisy and the pickup selector switch sometimes did not function properly in the middle position. Like others have mentioned, the tone filter switch has no useful purpose. The stock pickups were very dark and muddy. Despite this, it is a great feeling and playing guitar. The setup and neck feel made playing more intuitive and faster. It has great sustain and with the right electronics it could be very expressive. I swapped out the pots and the pickups (ghs mean 90s) and now this is my go to guitar for fiddling around and working on songs. Many compare this to a Gibson LP but in my opinion those that do this probably haven't played a Gibson LP. While this is a good playing guitar, it is overpriced for what you get and not in the same league as a Les Paul. If you want a LP, save your money. If you want a sturdy good looking Swede, be warned that you may have to drop a little extra change to upgrade the electronics.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

About the same, if not better than a Gibson.

By TanTan the ManMan

from Holland, MI

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Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

I played one of the Wild Cherry models at a music store in Cadillac MI. I saw it hanging on the wall, and immediately I exclaimed: "The Swede!". I had read about Hagstrom online after seeing Pat Smear of the Foo Fighters and The Germs use one. I had only heard positive things about them and I love the Foo Fighters, so I had to try it. The finish was fabulous, the tuning keys are unique, and it's very comfortable to hold. Many people say it's heavy, but I didn't really notice any significant change in weight when compared to other guitars. One of ther first things I noticed was it's extreme lack of fret buzz. When I read other reviews people often tend to say, "Oh yeah! this thing roolz! No fret buzz!". Then when I try it, I'm disappointed. Not with the Hagstrom though, it didn't buzz on me once. The fretboard was very smooth and looks a lot like Ebony, but without any of the baggage or delicate care that Ebony fretboards require. The pickups did sound kind of dark, but if I were to get one, it wouldn't be a problem because I use a Boss DS-1 distortion pedal, which is VERY trebly and could easily counter that excessive bass. The darkness is not necessarily a bad thing though, especially if you're a rhythm player or you just like that warm sound anyway.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Watch out Gibson!!

By Guitarfreak4264-.77vR

from Shelby,North Carolina

Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

I normally don't write reviews, but I will on this One! I Got the Hagstrom Swede--Gold Top.First,I've owned Fenders,Gibson SG's,Gibson Studio Les Paul's, plus the cheaper versions of both. Stuck on USA made guitars.I sold my Gibson Studio Les Paul and bought an Gibson Standard SG. Love the SG but found myself missing that Les Paul sound. Can't afford Gibsons prices on their Les Pauls. Thought about the Epiphone, but didn't want to buy a guitar and have to install pickups right off the bat to be happy.Then, by chance I found the Hagstrom line. I had never heard of them so I did some research. After research, I decided to try them out. Right out of the box the guitar was perfect. I adjusted the action to my taste and was good to go. The finish is Beautiful and Flawless. This guitar is HEAVY like the Les Paul with warm tones(compared to my SG!).Pickups sound great clean or with distoration!! I honestly think this guitar sounds as good or better than the Les paul Studio I use to own. This guitar is solid as a rock. I still can't believe I got this guitar for half the price of a Studio with better sound. Go to You Tube. Their are several good review clips on this guitar that shows the quality of a Hagstrom. The best thing is the Swede isn't a Les Paul copy..It's a single cut guitar in a class of its own. If you are looking for a single cut guitar that dont need upgrading..Plays like a dream and is half the price of Gibson's cheapest Les Paul..This is your guitar!! Thanks Hagstrom!!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

not a Gibson LP but its own animal

By jodaho76

from Campchair, NH

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Inovative Features
  • Looks great

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

The Swede is definitely a cool guitar. The binding and inlay on the neck are smoking hot. The H-fram truss rod looks like a great innovation and should hold up nicely. It looks great and has great warmth to it. Unfortunately all the comments about the spotty electronics in these models are true. The pots on my model were noisy and the pickup selector switch sometimes did not function properly in the middle position. Like others have mentioned, the tone filter switch has no useful purpose. The stock pickups were very dark and muddy. Despite this, it is a great feeling and playing guitar. The setup and neck feel made playing more intuitive and faster. It has great sustain and with the right electronics it could be very expressive. I swapped out the pots and the pickups (ghs mean 90s) and now this is my go to guitar for fiddling around and working on songs. Many compare this to a Gibson LP but in my opinion those that do this probably haven't played a Gibson LP. While this is a good playing guitar, it is overpriced for what you get and not in the same league as a Les Paul. If you want a LP, save your money. If you want a sturdy good looking Swede, be warned that you may have to drop a little extra change to upgrade the electronics.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow! What A Value!

By Moniz

from Hamilton,ON, Canada

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Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

If you're even considering Epiphone Les Paul, or hell even a lower level Gibson Les Paul, you need to play this thing. Played one at a local music store and was blown away at the quality, and sound. At any price this guitar is killer, but it's low price just about puts it ahead of any Epiphone Les Paul and easily on par with most Gibson Les Pauls. God, the sound of this guitar through a tube amp is monstrous, from sparking rich clean to dirty throaty rock and punk. Great fast neck, flawless finish. Now I know how Millencolin gets it's huge Les Paul sound; NOT on a Les Paul(They play Swedes)! My next guitar as soon as I can get some money scraped together!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Swede

By Augustwolf

from Roseville CA

Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

I have lots of guitars and have played music for decades. I had not thought about a Hagstrom guitar since I was a kid. I bumped into the Hagstrom name again and saw the Swede line and I read everyone's reviews. I used to have a Gold Top Gibson Les Paul and loved it but the prices of a Gibson today are the better part of ridiculous in my opinion. I decided to give a Gold Top Hagstrom a try. No one carried one in a store so it was a shot in the dark...a good shot it turns out. It is a lovely guitar and certainly does make it fun to play. Intonation is impeccable. The neck is consistent and true all the way up...the reach to the higher frets is like a Les Paul...the tone is round and full...not very edgy,biting or thin. The sustain is exceptional though this guitar is lighter than a LP. I am very happy with this guitar. It holds big, even complicated chords...even with effects...without breaking up the harmonics. It has a sweet clean jazz side as well...though it is commanding when you pour on the amplification and/or effects. This is a keeper and I bet the Cherry is beautiful as well. Got the Hag case for it and it is a done deal...can't beat the bang for buck.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar, but watch out Hagstrom

By Watley

from Vernon, Ct

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Workmanship On Details

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

For the money, a well built guitar. My only complaint was the lack of attention paid to the selector switches. In my opinion, They should both be set vertical to avoid confusion during pickup and tone changing. When receiving this product, one switch was about 30 degrees sideways and the other about 20 degrees off from vertical. I had to readjust both. This all may sound petty, but a quality guitar should never have left the factory like this.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Maybe cleaner and more ethereal than Gibson

By Ben downwithtaxes

from Seraing, Belgium

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Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

I no longer buy guitars but I still roam music stores for my pleasure and to find good guitars for my friends. Saturday we went to a small local music store that displayed 7 Hagstrm, five of them Swede or Super Swede. We tried them all unplugged cause the acoustic sound of any guitar tells it all. When I rested the first one on my lap, I reached for my tuner then I realized I barely felt the guitar on my legs and belly. Outstanding ergonomics of the guitar body. After fretting a few chords, I was thinking the same about the neck's ergonomics. All were very well intonated and set up, with low action, but I did not check all over the fretboard if there was fret buzz. However I did not hear any while playing some chords and scales.One in the lot (a Goldtop) had a fine angelic, clear and loud tone (without amp, strictly wood tone), and we left for another store to compare other instruments. Today I went back to the small store to listen to the Goldtop again, and this visit confirmed the first impression, only I noticed the guitar's body projected a rather loud and warm vibe. It's 519? but it outclasses a 656? Gibson Les Paul we tried in the other store. Other Gibson's are far more expensive, too much for my friend's wife.I was a little weary of the synthetic wood used in the fretboard, but it does not sound cold or lacking in harmonics. All this with corroded strings of unknown brand, that were too thin, to boot. If your music store stocks a half-dozen Swede's, you can surely find a great one. Pickups are great from what I heard on YouTube with the headphones in about fifteen videos.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

VERY NICE FOR CHINA MADE

By Stratman1956

from Elizabethton TN

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Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

I dint know about what one person is saying about stickers The one I got has pearl block inlays,and the sound,,,, I only thought Gibson guitars could only produce that sound ,but I was wrong.Hagstrom is a very nice guitar no problem with it at all .I played music for closely 32 years and if I mite say this guitar is one of the nices guitars for the money,Now there is other places that have it cheeper,and musicians friend will match price ,They did me Good ,I matter in fact got a spare swede now I have 2 .

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

HAGSTROM AS GOOD AS GIBSON

By STOCKbPHISHN

from Columbia, Sc

Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

I have played many different guitars and own around 30 and I must say that the swede is my favorite....it blows any epiphone and a lot of Gibson LP's out of the water. First of all it has a rich creamy sound with the high end never overpowering the lowend. With the dual controls you can make several different sounds instead of only having the normal 3 settings for regular lp's Another great thing about this guitar is the playability, the neck is not a standard lp style neck but is very fast and easy to play (however this is preference). The last thing I normally worry about in a guitar gets a 10 from hagstrom, the finish is amazing. I will deffinately be purchasing a super swede next so that I will have two hags to choose from when playing. By this guitar before hagstrom realizes they should be charging gibson prices.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Could be a killer, but...

By 8-Track

from CT

Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

This has the potential to be THE budget LP-style guitar but the electronics really bring it down. Mahogany Body with Carved Mahogany Top and rear body contour. A little lighter than an LP and easier to hold/better balanced. But there is still enough body mass to give that classic lead tone with all the broad, fat, chunk and sustain that you expect from this style guitar. Much heavier sounding than the Epi LP Standards I tried. But that's about the only sound you can get out of it. Otherwise its all bass and mid, and very very dark. Even the darkest sounding LPs (I'm thinking the ones with all-mahogany bodies) have more top end than the Swede. There is very little difference in sound among pickup settings. There is basically no difference in sound as you spin the tone pots. The volume pot has no taper; it goes from silent to full volume by 3 on the dial so you can't work the sound by blending the pups. I tried 3 of them and they were all pretty much the same. Fit and finish is very good, on a par with some of the best imports that I've seen. They are better looking and more substantial feeling that the equivalent Epis. Great neck, a real player. Electronics were spotty, switches didn't work, sound cutting out, etc. Overall only average value compared to others in this price range, especially if you are looking at swapping out the electronics.

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