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A semi-hollowbody with a reinforced neck and dual humbuckers.
This electric 12-string guitar is based upon the popular Viking DLX, possessing a Ply Maple body and top to tonally emphasize each of the octave strings, all fit together with a set maple neck for added brilliance on this 12 stringed chorale piece. This model comes equipped with Hagstrom's famed H-Expander truss rod accompanied by the Resinator Fretboard.
As a 12-string guitar normally has a tension of over 200 lbs of pressure on the neck, the H-Expander truss rod will keep the 12-string neck straight for years to come. Due to the further unique frequencies created with the help of the Resinator fretboard, the volume and tone of the octave strings are further enhanced to keep up with the naturally fuller volume of the standard strings, to allow for a lavishing and balanced 12 string sound.
To match the Viking DLX 12's fuller acoustic sound, a set of Hagstrom H-50 humbucking pickups are adopted to provide a natural and clean calibrated electric tone, delivering cleaner vintage tones familiar from yesteryear, as well as the ability to deliver nastier tones, to open up a whole new expressive world where 12 string guitars have never ventured before.
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Comments about Hagstrom Viking 12-String Electric Guitar:
I am a 30 year guitar player and composer, and own everything from Gibson to Rickenbacker, Gretsch to PRS, Taylor to Fender.....solid to semi-hollow to hollow bodies. Eventually, any serious musician will turn towards the 12 string guitar market to find that guitar to deliver home the remarkably full sound that the 12 string offers the player, allowing for beautiful tones and new possibilities. With Rickenbacker, touting to be the high watermark of the electric 12 string instrument (the Beatles used them as staples), why pick a Hagstrom? What is a Hagstrom anyway? The Swedes of all people make a quality guitar? What about Fender or Martin, and why NOT Ric? My wife is Swedish, and we have been living in Sweden since early 2012. The Swedes have excellent guitar stores, but they are in love with true, American-made guitars, particularly Fenders and Gibsons, and sell American guitars exclusively if they can at all help it. Their native Hagstroms are in the shop, sometimes, but are not showcased. So there I was, browsing at my choice store, and on the bottom row, in the absolute back corner, buried under a wall of Fenders, in the gloom, sat a Black Viking Deluxe 12 string by Hagstrom. I picked it out, pulled a pick from my pocket, hunched down, and strummed. And it was a revelation. In order to play a Ric 330 or 360 12-string, one needs the hands of a four year old, as Ric never adjusted the neck to accommodate 12 strings, the result being near impossible playability and a diminished quality of sound. The Hagstrom 12 string had the kind of finger-room one finds on an SG. The teardrop tailpiece was, like Rickenbacker, solid steel, an unyielding appointment that gave the 12 string pressure a pure unmovable anchor; no plastic pegs or imbalanced, insubstantial tailpiece here. The unique tuning pegs on a signature, regal-style head locked in the notes, so no infinite re-tuning with this model. Afforded the physical space to play articulated chords and picking parts and solos due to a fast, responsive, and at last, an appropriately sized neck, it was like playing a six string, but the Hagstrom neck nonetheless was not so broad that it felt overwhelming; it felt perfect. The craftsmanship here is top-notch, from woods to appointments, with an endearing feel to the neck adding to the playing experience. While the pickups deliver a more gentle, clean tone, there is a complexity and sophistication to the sound that remarkably bridges the acoustic/electric worlds, making it open to all varieties of music. One could power up the pickups with models by Duncan or Gibson to get more rock aggressiveness from the Hagstrom 12, which does not handle more than moderate gain at most. However, its quiet aesthetics with a decorative, elaborate crest of a tailpiece, its flawless build with efficacious hollow chambers, its brilliant woods, and unsurpassed playability next to any guitar, make this unlikely instrument the truest champion of 12 strings across my 30 years of trying to find a 12 that one could embrace without the typical 12 string complaints such that I got rid of them. This Hagstrom wears the crown. Try one, for it is only left for you to decide what pickup sounds you want to hear, not to decide if this guitar is worth it. The value and overall quality is as unmatched in the guitar world as a Gibson Les Paul Custom or a Gretsch White Falcon, in my humble opinion.