NGD: Hagstrom Viking Deluxe

Bankston

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I've taken an interest in Hagstrom guitars recently and I've been learning about the history, models, etc. I was planning to wait for the right vintage model, either a Viking or Swede, but this popped up and I got that feeling . . . that instant gratification gotta have it feeling.

2011 Viking Deluxe. It's my first semi-hollow body guitar in 37 years of playing.

I'm frankly shocked at how well-made this MIC guitar is. The hardware is more than decent. It has a Graphtech nut and stays in tune remarkably well. The action is super low and the neck is fast and comfortable. I don't have enough experience with more expensive semi-hollow guitars to compare tone but I'm digging what I hear. And I'm even starting to like the funky headstock and tuners.

Bottom line. This is a great value instrument with excellent build quality at this price point. I'm very happy with it.

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pepedede

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I owned a 2012 Viking bass in black, I really liked that also, skinny neck. I decked the bridge to get the action as low as possible. For the money, used it was fun and good value for money. They look cool and play/ sound well.

Something a bit different to the usual is cool too.
 

TP Parter

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Wild upper horn. Let's hope your lady doesn't get any crazy ideas.

I've taken an interest in Hagstrom guitars recently and I've been learning about the history, models, etc. I was planning to wait for the right vintage model, either a Viking or Swede, but this popped up and I got that feeling . . . that instant gratification gotta have it feeling.

2011 Viking Deluxe. It's my first semi-hollow body guitar in 37 years of playing.

I'm frankly shocked at how well-made this MIC guitar is. The hardware is more than decent. It has a Graphtech nut and stays in tune remarkably well. The action is super low and the neck is fast and comfortable. I don't have enough experience with more expensive semi-hollow guitars to compare tone but I'm digging what I hear. And I'm even starting to like the funky headstock and tuners.

Bottom line. This is a great value instrument with excellent build quality at this price point. I've very happy with it.

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Nice new Viking! I have only this old one from 1967 that I acquired in '69. ;)

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Nice Vikings. I had one of the Tremars in goldflake. Awesome guitar for the money.
 

Bankston

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Yes, but his was the 2nd gen Viking II. Mine is the original Viking I. Though both were made in Sweden. :)

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Right on. Hagstrom is doing a limited run of Swedes made in Sweden. Street is around $3,100.

I'd have to play one to fork over that kind of cash but the 25.5" scale length on an LP style guitar is intriguing. I'll probably end up getting a used import, but first, I want a Fantomen, which is based on the old Gibson RD Artist
 

Verne Andru

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Congrats - Vikings are excellent guitars. Mine is one of the first of the modern re-issues and is very well made and a super-nice player. I was after a blond Deluxe but a great deal on a burst came along that I couldn't resist.

The stock pickups are okay, but I wanted a bit more variety so I installed a set of Seymour Duncan P-Rails. It's like having 3 guitars in one now as I can switch from humbucker to P-90 to single-coil (and a mix of those).

These work very well with controlled feedback.
 




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