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Hagstrom Viking 12-String Electric Guitar Transparent Cherry

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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 stri...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

FEATURES
Body: Semi-Hollow Contoured Ply Flamed Maple
Neck: Canadian Hard Maple, set
Fingerboard: Resinator Fretboard with Hagstrom Pearl Block Position Marks
Fretboard Radius: 15
Trussrod: H-Expander
Tuning Keys: Hagstrom 18:1 Die Cast
Scale Length: 24,75" / 628 mm / Graph Tech Black Tusq XL 45mm nut
Pickups: 2 x Hagstrom HJ-50
Pickup Selector: 3-Way Toggle 3-Way Toggle Switch
Bridge: Long Travel Tune-O-Matic w/ Hagstrom Stop Tail
Controls: 2 x Volume 2 x Tone
String Setup: 12 String- 010/.010 .013./013, .017/.008,.026w/.012p, .036w/.018p, .046w/.026w

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HagstromViking 12-String Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

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(42 of 43 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Electric 12 String Made

By Chris

from Boston, MA

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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 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.

    (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Update On Viking Deluxe Review

    By Chris

    from Boston, MA

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Appointments, Outstanding neck
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Hagstrom Viking 12-String Electric Guitar:

      I wrote the reviews for the two Hagstrom Viking 12 Strings offered on this site. All my reviews are voted #1 by my fellow peers who instrument shop on-line (thank you). As a 30 year player/composer, I write the info I'd want to know when considering a guitar. It seems to influence decisions, regarding Gretsch, Kramer, etc. and I hope to your satisfaction, my friends, whom I care about. Prior to my review, Hagstrom had no best-sellers, and today the two 12 string models have not only become justifiable fast sellers, but have sold out three times on Musicians Friend. Interestingly, due to the success of the Hagstrom 12's, wherein I extolled the virtues of Hagstrom's fine appointments, solid steel tailpiece (key!), its fine maple woods....all comparable to Rickenbacker....and most critically, its 15" fretboard radius, the largest radius out there (Gretsch boasts a 12", Rickenbacker, less than 8" standard--infinitely too small for any real playability), Rickenbacker has now responded by releasing to the public a "one-off" specially made for Pete Townsend in 1993 with a tight 10" radius fretboard...still, their biggest effort yet. Clearly they are feeling the heat as Hagstrom is pulling away their sacred part of the marketplace. I've lived in Sweden wherein I played the Hagstrom lineup fresh off the presses, and I can tell you that you cannot go wrong with any of Hagstrom's semi-hollows, let alone their 12 strings. They are still the best electric 12's out there. And while Ibanez created a semi-hollow revolution felt market-wide, Hagstrom has swum up to the crest of semi-hollows and joined, rightly so, the pantheon of Gretsch and Rickenbacker, the most integrity-driven guitar makers presently, as PRS slides into gross frugality and delusion, and Gibson sub-grade confusion. The King of 12's yet lives.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Brand to Play

      By John C.

      from Andover, MA

      About Me Experienced

      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 12-String Electric Guitar:

        A player of more than 30 years, and a former American resident in Sweden wherein I played the native models fresh off the presses, I can't say enough about Hagstrom as a brand....and am pleased to see their line-up doing well across the board with prospective buyers. They have not just unique and high grade signature features and quality materials to their credit, but it's no hyperbole to say that their semi-hollows rank up there with the likes of Gretsch and Rickenbacker in overall sound, playability, substantive details, and durability. Hagstrom (and Zappa used to play the brand if you can believe it) is the hot and superior brand to turn to these days (when other solid body brands are skimping on woods and giving us Alnico classic impotence) if you're looking for high end guitar making at a more modest budget....for what could easily be an otherwise four figure price tag instrument.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        BEST VALUE IN AN ELECTRIC 12-STRING, PERIOD!

        By Arch69er

        from Clinton, MO

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Improved cosmetics
        • Outstanding materials and build quality
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • I would put one of these on any stage, anywhere!
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Hagstrom Viking 12-String Electric Guitar:

          With more than 15yrs. of experience with various Hagstrom guitars and over 40yrs. of playing and performing, this instrument and review was an unexpected and a very pleasant surprise. I will acknowledge that I was prompted to pull the trigger on the purchase in no small part because of a couple of reviews here on MFI, one by a fellow who is an American musician living in Sweden. From what I was able to glean from a collection of YouTube videos from past NAMM shows, it looks like the Viking DLX 12 made it's debut about 2016, and has had at least one major update since, with the most notable being larger, but traditional-shaped F-holes on the top, fully creme bound, of course. I very much agree with the opinion previously expressed about there being a major advantage for Hagstrom because of their sourcing all woods(primarily Canada)and all hardware and electronics, leaving their factory contractors in China to concentrate on building the best looking/sounding instrument possible. I would place current Hagstrom product on a par with anything from the Park factories in Korea, and nearly on par with some of the older product that came from Matsumoko in Japan. IMHO, and as pointed out by a previous reviewer, the only real contenders in this narrow category of instrument are the hollowbody Ric 300 Series, and the current Gretsch Electromatic 5422-12, both of which are 2-3X the cost of a new Viking DLX 12. Pickups are clear voiced but fairly hot, and the Resonator fretboard feels great and works with the overall timbre of a maple bodied guitar. The bookmatched flame maple body sides, top, and back are a sight to behold; laminated but beautiful. The most playable and comfortable neck I have EVER put in my hand for a 12-string; a profile similar to an early 60's Gibson or modern ESP being "thin", but with a 15" radius and a 45mm black Tusq nut. Perfect for chording and rhythm, but enough room between string pairs for either finger or flatpicking with precision. Get It

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Bang for the Buck ever Great 12 String Electric

          By Walter

          from Illinois

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Beautiful Overall design
          • Easy to play
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics
          • Sounds Unbelievable played through a vintange Vo
          • Stays in tune, unlike other electric 12 Strings

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Hagstrom Viking 12-String Electric Guitar:

            I would put this guitar up against any other Electric 12 String on the market, including the ones that are 3 to4 times the price. Play this instrument through a vintage Vox Amp and you will thing you where transported in time. It just sounds unbelievable !

            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best value

            By Fast Eddy

            from Kingman, Az

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Better than any Ric I've played, 1/4 the cost
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • No case listed?

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Hagstrom Viking 12-String Electric Guitar:

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