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.