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Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar

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When their production stopped in 1983, Hagstrom guitars became instant collectors items. For decades they maintained their market value so well that ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 7 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!

(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.

(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 4 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.

(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 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not perfect - but pretty good

By Albert E.

from Nova Scotia, Canada

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Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

I have the satin(dull)white,with the powder black hardware.Cons - few imperfections in the finish here and there, neck binding has a "lip", some of the frets are sharp, the tele style knobs are loose (one was actually rolling around in the box when it arrived). It's also pretty heavy, if that matters to you. Pros - quality hardware/tuners, stays in tune well, the resinator fingerboard is smooth and pleasant playing. I am very impressed with the pickups. Even straight into the amp, no frills, sounds great. The extra tone filter switch doesn't serve any real function for me.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

08 Hagstrom Swede-made in china

By PhilliB

from N. Fla

Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

This is truley an amazing guitar , I bought this not knowing really anything but reveiws and history and WOW I am so glad I did , I never even heard the name before a few months ago and I dont understand why. Its hard to find a good quality guitar that has great tone and playability without financing methods [for me anyway]. I got a B stock that I cant find a flaw on. I can get any sound I want with the right effects and tweaks out of this beast , weighing in @ a nice 13 pounds it is a tone monster and sounds better than any guitar I have ever owned through my peavey classic 30. If your looking for a very well built axe that can do just about anything and dont want to spend thousands here she is.

 
5.0

It's a great guitar, but dark sounding.

By CandyScientist

from Pittsburgh

Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

I got a blem Hagstrom Swede as a high school graduation present. I was originally into playing rock similar to Queens of the Stone Age, for which this guitar was perfect. The other reviewers were correct about the overly dark sound of the guitar, but this is easy to combat. I have removed the bridge pickup cover, lowered the bass side of the bridge pickup, and removed the plastic piece from the tone toggle so I wouldn't accidentally hit it when strumming.

 
5.0

High quality for the price

By Scott--RUbl

from Chicago, IL

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Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

Really nice looking guitar, the finish looks just as good as one twice the price. It plays well, the action is nice and low. The only thing that is a bit confusing is the two toggle switches, but once I figured them out, that was no problem. I'll gladly add more Hagstrom's to my arsenal in the future.

 
5.0

A great guitar for a better price!

By Muthapossum

from New York, NY

Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

I played this guitar at a music shop on the lower east side of manhattan and I was immediately smitten by the great vintage looks. Upon closer inspection, the finish (white) was completely perfect, sparkling and flawless. Playing a bit unamped, the tone was warm and the action was amazing. It was loose, and totally shredable. Plugging into a nice vintage-boutique style tweed tube amp, I fooled with some switches and out sang a biting, fat and warm blues tone. The playability was so easy, soaring bends, legato and flurries of notes were at my fingertips. I could play this guitar FOREVER! If you're looking for a GREAT, CHEAP buy for blues, classic and modern rock and even speedier, lighter sounding types of metal this is definitely the guitar for you. It's definitely the guitar for me!

 
4.0

like it (but)

By Dug

from toledo ohio

Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

I like this guitar,but i am disapponted with the flaws.there was a black dot in the gold finish aa spot in the horn, and two dots on the silver plate across the bridge.I could have sent it backdidnt want the hassle. on the other hand,it plays great after a set up,and i don't want to put it down.

 
5.0

The perfect guitar...

By Hagfan

from Athens, MI

Comments about Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar:

I actually have a 1974 Hagstrom Swede, made in Sweden. I am glad to see these treasures return! I have a Marshall 100-watt combo that I run my Swede through, with a Danelectro Fab Chorus as my only stompbox.The Swede puts out some of the sweetest clean tones I've ever heard on a solid-body guitar, on either pickup (the bridge pickup is not too tinny, and the front pickup hits just the right amount of bottom-end for blues.When I kick the Marshall into the distorted channel, I get everything from classic "China Grove" fuzz to total crunch.There is a tone switch (not present on the Super-Swede) that I never use, to be honest. I haven't really found a use for it. But it's there.The guitar is ground-shieled throughout, including a conductive spray coating in all interior cavities, and shielded wire is used throughout the guiatr. This means NO HUM! It's totally silent when it's not being strumed (hacked, chunked, whatever you choose).This, however, is one heavy ax. It's cut from a two-inch, solid block of mahogany. You better get a padded strap. But it also means some of the most awesome sustain you'll ever get. It beats the Les Paul in neck speed, sustain, and rip-roaring metal cruch, and matches closely in the clean settings.The newer Hagstroms have better workmanship and materials than the older ones, but I also understand they still feature that metal H-rail (I-beam, what have you) that stabilizes the neck and makes it the most steady, adjustment-free neck in the world. Like I said, Mine's a '74, and I've NEVER had to get the neck adjusted. The action is so light you could whisper on it, and it will chord.This one's a real winner, hands-down, and I want all my future guiatrs to be Hag's.Note: Look at their website to see how many famous people you know, use them.

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