Hagstrom Semi-Hollow and Hollow Body Electric Guitars
Another dual-cutaway Hagstrom is the Deuce, which is based on the legendary Super Swede electric guitar. The Deuce F is made most of mahogany with a carved maple top, and is chambered on the bass side. These guitars are also available with the Tremar tremolo bridge, and they feature Custom-58 pickups - the same pickups personally chosen by Pat Smear for his signature Hagstrom guitar. The Custom-58s are humbuckers that can be split independently with a quick adjustment, letting you switch instantly between full humbucking and more delicate single-coil tones.
If you're into jazz, then the Hagstrom guitar for you is likely to be found in the Jazz Model series. The HL-550 is a fully hollow-bodied mahogany guitar with a single HF-50 humbucking pickup. Together with the guitar's natural resonance, it produces a rich, warm tone. For a more modern option with a tighter sound, look to the HJ-500 and HJ-600. They're also built for jazz, but with a less vintage-leaning and more powerful tone. The HJ jazz models use the same HJ-50 pickups as the Viking, atop a semi-hollow body design. If you prefer a spruce top, choose the HJ-600, or if you like the punchiness of an all-maple guitar, go for the HJ-500.
Hagstrom semi-hollow and hollow body electric guitars are, like any instrument, a personal choice. Pick out the right combination of body design, woods and pickups to get the sound you like best, and you'll love the results. Further options like twelve strings for the Viking or the Tremar bridge on the Deuce F can be the icing on the cake that is the guitar - it's all about what you want.
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