In 2012 Justin York purchased a Hagstrom Viking® to use on tour with Paramore, and the rest of the story is history. Since then, he has been highly regarded as a partner and friend at Hagstrom. As Paramores live guitarist, Justin takes care of the guitar fundamentals of each song. For a band with a storied history like Paramore, you need numerous guitar styles and timbres. Thats why the Hagstrom engineers focused their attention on a broad sound palette that can be used comfortably in live performance. Custom-made according to Justin Yorks wishes, the Super Viking® comes in a classy Transparent Brown finish and a special pickup configuration.
The key feature is the long scale length of 648 mm/25.5. Drop tunings, bursting with brilliance and response, are a home game for the Super Viking® and invite with powerful foundation to explore further musical varieties.
The tonal range of this particular Super Viking® is decisively shaped by the combination of P-Urified (single coil in humbucker format in the neck position) and the semi-open Custom 58C at the bridge, which can be split to single coil operation via push/pull pot if required.
Not only fans of the US mega act can enjoy a wealth of single coil and humbucker sound options.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
|Neck||Canadian Hard Maple, Set Neck, long Mortise & Tenon neck joint|
|Scale Length||25.5 (648 mm)|
|Frets||22 Medium Jumbo|
|Nut||GraphTech Black Tusq XL|
|Nut Width||43 mm|
|Pickup Neck||1 x Hagstrom “P-Uri ed” P90 Humbucker|
|Pickup Bridge||1 x Hagstrom ‘58 Custom Humbucker|
|Switch||3-way Toggle Switch|
|Controls||2 x Volume Control/ 2 x Tone Control with Push/Pull Coil Split on bridge tone pot|
|Bridge||Long Travel Tune-O-Matic with Hagstrom Trapeze Tail Piece|
|Tuning Keys||Hagstrom Design 18:1|
|Strings||DAddario EXP 110 (10-46)|