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The Hagstrom Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar covers all genres from blues/rock to jazz/fusion and back again. With an arched, flamed maple ...Read More

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The Viking with class.

The Hagstrom Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar covers all genres from blues/rock to jazz/fusion and back again. With an arched, flamed maple body, its looks are as sweet as its tone. Two Hagstrom humbuckers, combined with the resonant semi-hollow body, provide plenty of power. And no Hagstrom is complete without their famous, fast-playing neck. The Viking has the patented H-Expander truss rod which provides tension at either end and runs the entire length of the neck. The rigid yet lightweight alloy truss rod allows for very low action and a thin set maple neck.

Another Hagstrom exclusive, the resinator fretboard is an extraordinary, homogeneous wood composite that maintains a strong fundamental harmonic and eliminates wolf tones. It offers the articulate sound of high-quality ebony but with more consistency and durability. Silky smooth, reliable, and fast.

The self-lubricating graphite composite nut is much harder than bone or plastic resulting in more string vibration through the neck. Tuning is also improved and string binding is eliminated by self-lubrication.

A long travel tune-o-matic-style bridge and trapeze tailpiece further increase tone, sustain, and intonation quality. 18:1 gear ratio machine heads ensure fully accurate tuning.

The Viking's high-grade polyester finish is hard, smooth, and more dense than polyurethane, so its guaranteed to look great and provide excellent protection and sonic performance. Case sold separately.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Arched semi-hollow flamed maple body
  • North American hard maple set neck
  • Resinator fretboard
  • Hagstrom pearl block position marks
  • H-Expander truss rod
  • Hagstrom 18:1 die-cast tuners
  • 24.75" scale
  • 2 Hagstrom HJ-50 humbuckers
  • 3-way toggle pickup selector
  • Long-travel tune-o-matic-style
  • Hagstrom trapeze tailpiece
  • 2 volume and 2 tone controls
  • Case sold separately
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HagstromViking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Guitar

I did a ton of research on this guitar before I bought it. This is my 8th guitar and it out shines the rest by far. The tuners are solidly constructed and keep the...Read complete review

I did a ton of research on this guitar before I bought it. This is my 8th guitar and it out shines the rest by far. The tuners are solidly constructed and keep the guitar well in tune. The tuneomatic bridge make it very easy to change strings while providing awesome resonance. The sustain is excellent due to some special trademark designs that you won't get anywhere else. Overall this is guitar is a great buy. My first impression after playing it is that this Hagstrom is comparable to guitars that cost $2,000 by Gibson or Ibanez. You can expect clear, smooth tones that are very desirable for Jazz, and if you throw some distortion in front you can expect powerful, crisp gains that works great for rock, alternative, blues, and much more. I mostly bought this guitar because it was very versatile with playing different styles and it does just that. As someone who loves distortion, I was pleasantly surprised by how much edge this guitar has for a semi hollow body. The only thing stopping this from getting a perfect score is I experienced some sharp frets on the neck that I had to file down. Once I did that and lowered the bridge saddle in order to lower the high action as well as put on a different set of strings to my taste, the guitar was incredible. This is one sexy looking axe that I highly recommend. Just stop thinking and buy it already! You will not regret your purchase!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The devil's in the details

I had one of these things 30 years ago and foolishly traded it off, wish I still had that one and they still had this one.In the rush to production they should trade quality...Read complete review

I had one of these things 30 years ago and foolishly traded it off, wish I still had that one and they still had this one.In the rush to production they should trade quality for quantity, especially at the beginning of a product reintroduction, to avoid bad reviews. Hagstrom"s quality control will have to improve if they wish to compete with Ibanez. Chinese guitars come with barbed wire for strings, that's normal, but why they skimp on things like switches and hardware I don't know. The pick-up switch is noisy and the jack was loose. The medallion on the tail piece was missing. The screw that holds on the pick guard isn't flush and the strings between the bridge and the tail-piece ring when you play. (I dampened them with foam ear plugs) I don't know why they choose to use that style of bridge on a semi-hollow body. It sounds a little uneven, is that what equalizers are for? I bought this guitar out of a sense of nostalgia, now that that is out of the way I'll be looking closely at the Ibanez artcores. With a little love it'll be playable but it's not the Hagstrom I remember.

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5.0

Chinese Swedes sure can build a good one:)

By Curt

from Iowa

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Hagstrom Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      Lets be serious...for the money you most likely can't find a better semi-solid instrument. I have 4 Hagstroms and all have come - out of the box - needing very little set up to play well. My Deluxe Viking is the red burst and looks awesome. the finish equals almost any USA made instrument. Most of the Chinese guitars need serious fret leveling and crowning and electronics need to be replaced (including some of the Epiphones I've played). I can say that pickups and general electronics have been great for these Hag's. The Super's have coil tap which is a really nice feature. I read some of the other reviews and will have to say that I've never had a bad fret job on any that I've owned. I have almost everything from Fender to Gibson to Ibanez, etc. and I really like these Hagstroms. I play mine on the stage and for serious practice. For the money you get great looks, sound and play-a-bility and you won't fear taking it out of the case and playing it on stage.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Semi-Hollowbody Guitar

      By Gulf Coast to PDX

      from Portland, Oregon

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • loose input jack nut
      • unimpressive neck pickup

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Hagstrom Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      I researched semi-hollowbody guitars for months before settling on this one. For the money, it's a great guitar. The finish is absolutely stunning, I can sit and just look at the guitar for hours it's so beautiful. The neck is fast and smooth, it is very easy to play right out of the box. The action is a little high, so eventually I'll get a professional setup done, but for now it's acceptable.
      The bridge pickup is bright and snappy, but the neck pickup is a little muddy. I'm not crazy about the tone from the neck pickup, so I'll probably change it out one of these days.This guitar is very tonally versatile for playing many musical styles, although I wouldn't recommend it for modern heavy metal. It works well with blues, jazz, classic rock, maybe even country. With a little distortion/gain it gets really dirty, but not crunchy enough for thrash.
      My only real complaint is the input jack nut was loose, and after several tightenings by hand, it kept loosening up on me. I finally had the get a socket and tighten it up, and it's been OK since then. My overall impression of the guitar is it is a great bargain for a beautiful instrument.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Issue right out of the box

      By myron casino137

      from sandusky,mi

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Nice tones neck mid treb
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Input jack not connected.
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Hagstrom Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      When I opened the box, my wife asked me are those things supposed to fall out? They were the washers for the input jack. Not going to lie, took a lot of time and frustration.to connect. Don't let that dissuade you from considering a Hagstrom . I have the Viking Deluxe natural. Killer blues, classic rock, even metal. If not familiar with Hagstrom, the necks are super fast. Even though not made in Sweden anymore, the neck is still comfortable and fast. Started taking guitar lessons when I was 11 or 12. Can't remember what I had at the time, but everything on my guitar teacher's Hagstrom was easier to play. The sound, the feel , the finish is fantastic. I got over the initial jack problem, and haven't put it down. Like it better than my Gibson es 137, Epiphone Casino, and Gretsch Electromatic

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric

      By zteb11

      from Sacramento, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Hagstrom Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        A great guitar for the price. Out of the box, no issues. Smooth neck, frets are just right. Sounds is excellent. Finish is first rate. May change strings. Very pleased with this guitar and this is my 20th.

        (5 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not what I expected for the price

        By Froggy62

        from Washington State

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Average Tone
        • Frets Rough

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Hagstrom Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        Frets were real rough especially above the twelth
        neck pickup or volume control were defective. And was told it was manufactured in Sweden b4 making decision to buy, when I got it it was labeled made in China. With quality and China made I sent it back. Not worth the 800 plus tax, way overpriced..

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great value

        By Cowboy Frankie

        from NE Florida

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Distinctive Looks
        • Good Fit and Finish
        • Great Action

        Cons

        • Low Grade Pickup Toggle

        Best Uses

        • Any

        Comments about Hagstrom Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        Owned one in the late '60s and foolishly sold it. This reissue is a great value in affordable semi-hollow instruments - surprisingly good fit and finish, sweet cosmetics, fast action that Hagstrom is famous for. Crummy pickup selector switch, but easily fixed with a Switchcraft replacement. Runs rings around 335s costing almost three times as much.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Bargain

        By Lotuseater

        from Cut Off, LA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording

          Comments about Hagstrom Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          Excellent guitar for the price. It's not cheap in any sense of the word, but for the money it's one of the best guitars I've seen. Can handle any style and looks/workmanship are fantastic.

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Guitar

          By Sean Donahue

          from Corvallis, OR

          Comments about Hagstrom Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          I did a ton of research on this guitar before I bought it. This is my 8th guitar and it out shines the rest by far. The tuners are solidly constructed and keep the guitar well in tune. The tuneomatic bridge make it very easy to change strings while providing awesome resonance. The sustain is excellent due to some special trademark designs that you won't get anywhere else. Overall this is guitar is a great buy. My first impression after playing it is that this Hagstrom is comparable to guitars that cost $2,000 by Gibson or Ibanez. You can expect clear, smooth tones that are very desirable for Jazz, and if you throw some distortion in front you can expect powerful, crisp gains that works great for rock, alternative, blues, and much more. I mostly bought this guitar because it was very versatile with playing different styles and it does just that. As someone who loves distortion, I was pleasantly surprised by how much edge this guitar has for a semi hollow body. The only thing stopping this from getting a perfect score is I experienced some sharp frets on the neck that I had to file down. Once I did that and lowered the bridge saddle in order to lower the high action as well as put on a different set of strings to my taste, the guitar was incredible. This is one sexy looking axe that I highly recommend. Just stop thinking and buy it already! You will not regret your purchase!

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My go to guitar

          By Richard Carew

          from Phoenix, AZ

          Comments about Hagstrom Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          Of all my guitars I like the fretboard and neck on the Hagstrom the best. The double cutaway frees up the entire upper register of the fretboard. The tone and the fit and finish are second to none. My hagstrom came gig ready and its proving to be my favorite guitar.
          My guitar came all set up . I had to lower the bridge a little but the neck was straight and the frets were clean. The fit and finish were perfect. I had no loose switches and no loose plugs.
          As I said above everything was perfect on this guitar that I got. The fretboard is second to none. I have a $3000 custom made dreadnought that I don't use as much as I use the Hagstrom. The Hagstrom is , well, more plasticy than the dreadnought but the Hagstrom has a bound fretboard and frets that are smooth and well finished. I can't say enough about the beauty of this guitar the curly maple is luminescent in any light.
          The Hagstrom Viking is one of the best deals I've had. I have two Taylors and a custom made dreadnought and a custrom made SG style guitar, I use the Hagstrom almost exclusively. I am learning the scales and find I prefer the fretboard and neck on the Hagstrom. The pickups are better than the Gibson Classic Humbuckers on my SG style guitar.

          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hagstrom Viking Deluxe

          By jade porter

          from Gold Coast AUS

          Comments about Hagstrom Viking Deluxe Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          There is something about this guitar that has hit the nail on the head. Its a culmination of alot of factors, the tone wins, the feel of the guitar wins and the look of the guitar wins. Thats enough for me.Rock On!
          When i first opened the box , i was with a friend of mine who is a mad tone junky like myself. neither of us had ever owned a semi hollow body,i had only played one once a few weeks before (an epiphone casino). We both just stared at it for at least 2 minutes, slowly circling the box we had sat on the ground, we didnt touch it.. just admired it. From the bridge, to the block inlays (nicely rounded edges and a cool double stripe on the 12th fret.). The headstock, the unusual but cool looking machine heads, and the nice chrome finish on the pickup covers and bridge.
          This guitar is so nice to look at. You cant explain it unless you see it but the finish is superb, It isnt as big as thought it would be, i dont feel like im holding an acoustic guitar, it is so comfortable to play and it looks awesome.
          The quality is great, the guitar has a 'regal' look to it but its not over the top, its just perfect.. Just enough class added. The volume and treble knobs seem fine, not cheap feeling like some guitars, they didnt have any crackle in them when adjusting while plugged in.
          The guitar sounds nice acoustically , not as loud as a semi acoustic obviously but the sound resonates nicely. I didnt see any scratches on it at all and that is a credit to MF as i purchased a mint condition used Viking. . Any doubt i had about it being mint were dismissed as soon as i looked at it. IT IS MINT.
          Bening a used guitar i got a$100 discount on the new price and with the valentines day 14% off.. it was a steal. I was so meant to have this guitar. It was waiting for me.
          So value you yes.. easily..i have 15 guitars.. i think its 15 maybe 17 but this guitar is my favourite already. If you love rock n roll, and you have played gibsons and fenders and whatever.. but you have never played one of these or any semi hollow body guitar, you need to do it. This Hagstrom hands down is a better guitar than the Epiphone casino i tried at a store a few weeks ago. the body is not as thin as say a strat or SG but its not thick at all, its.. perfect.. It is lighter than my les paul, it has a cool old school look, the bridge pick up loves my Vox amp on crunch mode, artificail harmonics are very easy, the neck is fast, almost like my washburn guitar, easier than my SG to run quick lines, . You get this cool feed back/sustain on bends, its inspiring, i took skin off i loved the bend sound so much, add a little reverb to this baby and you can never EVER go back. I havent even got to the neck p[ickup yet, its NOT muddy as i thought it might be, it has a full body sound but there is a sharpness to it. There is nothing i can say that is bad about it. I cannot compare it to a $3-4k gibson semi holow body or a top of the line Gretsch, as i have not played one. But i will happily put my Hagstrom up against any guitar.

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