Dark King

Elegant Power

Hagstrom Dark King Super Swede & Swede

Forged in the tradition of Hagstrom’s profoundly successful Three Kings series of Limited Edition guitars, the Dark Kings bring the elegant power of their forefathers to a broader audience.

Our designers have taken Hagstrom’s two classic solid-body platforms, the Swede and Super Swede, and appointed them with stark, yet elegant cosmetics to carry on the proud tradition of their three royal forefathers.

All of the sustain, clarity and attack Hagstrom is known for

A mahogany body topped with a thick maple cap is joined to a mahogany neck using Hagstrom’s classic mortise and long-tenon neck joint, and featuring our H-Expander™ truss-rod and Resinator™ fingerboard. The result is a voice that combines all of the sustain, clarity and attack Hagstrom is known for. The Dark King theme continues with a complement of black nickel hardware built to Hagstrom’s highest standards: 18:1 ratio tuning machines, our unique Sustain-Block™ tailpiece, and a perfectly matched tune-o-matic bridge.
Once again, we have chosen to work with the great Swedish pickup designer, Johan Lundgren, a legacy started with the Dark King’s ancestry. Lundgren’s AlNiCo-5 pickup occupies the bridge position and his AlNiCo-2 design takes the neck position, a perfect choice for expressiveness, dynamism and versatility. Both models feature individual coil split using push/pull tone controls and Hagstrom’s standard R/C circuit on the volume control.

Swede and Super Swede

The Dark King is available in two models, identical in all aspects of design and configuration except for the all-important scale length: a classic 24.75” (628mm) for the Swede and a slightly longer 25.5” (648mm) for the Super Swede. With this choice, any guitarist will be able to find the perfect combination of “feel” and “voice” for their venture into the Dark Kings’ powerful realm.

Finally, perhaps the most surprising aspect of these instruments to guitarists will be their shockingly reasonable price. Don’t be fooled. These are Hagstrom through and through, and fully loaded with our best professional features. Experience them at you Hagstrom dealer now.

Colors

Black Gloss
Black Gloss

As royalty and kingship has always been associated with grandeur expenditures, the value packed into each of the Dark King models offers a wonderful opportunity and unique collector’s item.

Dark King Specs

Body

  • Material: Mahogany
  • Top: Carved Maple
  • Style: Single Cutaway

Neck

  • Joint: Set Neck
  • Material: Mahogany
  • Profile: Slim "D"
  • Truss Rod: H-Expander™
  • Binding: Black Perloid

Fingerboard/Nut

  • Material: Resinator™
  • Radius: 15"
  • Inlays: Perloid Block
  • Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • Super Swede Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Swede Scale Length: 24.75" (628 mm)
  • Nut: GraphTech Black Tusq
  • Nut Width: 43 mm

Electronics

  • Pickups: Lundgren Design
  • Neck: AlNico #2
  • Bridge: AlNiCo #5
  • Pickup Selector: 3-Way Toggle Switch
  • Controls: 2 x Volume / 2 x Tone with Push-Pull Coil Split
  • Black Chrome Speed-Knobs

Parts

  • Bridge: Long Travel Tune-O-Matic Bridge-Black Chrome
  • Hagstrom Sustain Block™ Tailpiece-Black Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Hagstrom 18:1 Chrome
  • Strings: D'Addario (10-46)

Case

  • Hagstrom Hard Case C51 optional
  • Hagstrom Bag E20 optional

Dark King Standards

Lundgren Pickups

Lundgren Pickups

We worked with Swedish pickup guru Johan Lundgren, designer of pickups used by artists such as Meshuggah’s Martin Hagström (no relation!). His pickups cover an immense expressive range; from smooth, warm tones to the kind of attack and intense dynamic output that would satisfy the demands of even the most extreme musical styles.

Website Lundgren Pickups

Resinator Wood

Resinator™ wood is a wood composite material that is both more uniform in density and more stable than any standard wood product. These characteristics eliminate dead spots or “wolf tones” sometimes associated with conventional wood fingerboards. Resinator™ wood has an articulate sound similar to high quality ebony, but without any of the problems associated with ebony. It provides a stable and clear tone, and also adds higher overtones and harmonics which uniquely detail each note. Like our H-Expander™ truss rod, Resinator™ wood is a major contributor to the distinctive “Hagstrom tone”.

H-Expander

H-Expander

All Hagstrom electric guitars and basses include our patented H-Expander™ truss rod. Providing tension at both ends and running the entire length of the neck, the rigid yet light-weight alloy truss rod allows for a very low action and thin neck, two factors that were instrumental in earning Hagstrom its reputation as the world’s fastest playing guitar. The H-Expander™ truss rod not only provides ultimate neck stability, but it also contributes to Hagstrom’s unique tone.  Longer sustain and a round attack are some of the sonic characteristics the H-Expander™ adds to the tonal essence of Hagstrom.

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