Viking The Rod

Rod González

¡Mas Shake!, Die Ärzte

Hagstrom Viking hero the rod signature black

Hagstrom Viking The Rod

Our Viking model is undisputedly one of the best and affordable semi hollow electric guitars on the market. The meticulous craftsmanship of this sleek black beauty, sporting a press laminated all maple body including a full center block, a Canadian maple set neck, complimented by custom designed Hagstrom HJ50 humbuckers, offers a broad tonal palette that has won over Rod González immediately. The "The Rod" signature is able to churn out a wide array of sounds, ranging from punky/heavy broadside, perfectly fit to serve his main act "Die Ärzte", but also more delicate tones to cater the sonic needs of his 60s Beat invasion group called ¡Mas Shake!

*Color options and availability may vary depending on the selection offered in different international markets; this particular model only in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Viking Crunch
Viking Clean


Black Gloss
Black Gloss
Hagstrom Viking Signature ´The Rod´ black
Rod González - Die Ärzte/Mas Shake
Hagstrom Viking Signature ´The Rod´ black
Rod González - Die Ärzte/Mas Shake
Hagstrom Viking Signature ´The Rod´ black
Rod González - Die Ärzte/Mas Shake

"It played and sounded absolutely great on our extensive "Die Ärzte" tours. I couldn't be happier, nothing broke and it stayed in tune night after night."

Viking The Rod Specs


  • Material: Ply Maple
  • Top: Contoured
  • Style: Semi-Hollow
  • “The Rod” Logo


  • Joint: Set Neck
  • Material: Canadian Hard Maple
  • Truss Rod: H-Expander™


  • Material: Resinator™
  • Radius: 15"
  • Inlays: 6 mm Pearl Dots
  • Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 24.75" (628 mm)
  • Nut: GraphTech Black Tusq XL
  • Nut Width: 43 mm


  • Pickups: 2 x Hagstrom HJ-50
  • Pickup Selector: 3-Way Toggle Switch
  • Controls: 2 x Volume / 2 x Tone


  • Bridge: Long Travel Tune-O-Matic with Hagstrom Trapeze Tail Piece
  • Tuning Keys: Hagstrom Design 18:1
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP 110 (10-46)

Optional Cases

  • Case C55
  • Bag E25


Viking The Rod Standards

Resinator Wood

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”.

Guitar Tuning Peg

Hagstrom Machine Heads

Hagstrom models use 18:1 or 15:1 gear ratio machine heads based on our own designs to insure accurate tuning. Viking® and HB series basses feature machine heads with a 17:1 gear ratio.



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.

Set Neck

Set Neck

Hagstrom uses a variety of different neck joints throughout our range. Our set-neck recipe is the classic and time-tested Mortise and Tenon joint, a design that most efficiently transfers string energy from neck to body, and can often only be found on more expensive custom-built guitars. A team of experienced and dedicated craftsmen hand carves every neck joint, insuring perfect execution of this traditional technique preferred by luthiers for generations.

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