The Swede with a short scale length of 24.75 inches (628mm) produces a thick and warm tone that is both articulate and harmonically rich. Its lower string tension allows for longer sustain, providing an expressive and versatile tone. The equipped Lundgren Design No. 2 AlNiCo-2 pickups are each specially calibrated to capture the natural, balanced tone of the instrument. With their clear and well-defined distinction, these pickups allow the soulful character of the Swede to shine through.
All Hagstrom electric guitars and basses include our patented H-Expander™ truss rod design. Introduced with the new Swede and Super Swede models and coupled with a dual action truss rod, making adjustments even more accurate, it is fit for a whole new generation of players while retaining Hagstrom’s reputation as the world’s fastest playing guitar. The H-Expander™ truss rod not only provides ultimate neck adjust- and 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.
A variety of Hagstrom instruments include 19:1 gear ratio locking machine heads based on our own distinct innovations to enable highly accurate tuning, fewer wraps around the tuning post, and hence faster string changes.
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”.
The body and neck joint is a vital part of stringed instruments. When done correctly, it allows for a seamless flow of tone, energy, and resonance. Hagstrom has developed an innovative neck joint design called the "Nape-Tenon", which combines the custom shop proven mortise and tenon design with a recessed neck body joint for ultimate upper fret access.
To address concerns around angled headstocks, each new Swede and Super Swede is equipped with a perfectly lodged "Volute" at the back of the neck-/headstock joint. This provides additional support and strength to this critical area, ensuring that the instrument can withstand the demands of any world tour. Moreover, further reinforcements are applied deep within the construction, ensuring the guitar's durability.
Hagstrom’s unique Sustain Block Tailpiece™ was the result of design work starting in 1976 and made its first appearance on Swede and Super Swede guitars produced in 1978. Since then it has been a signature feature on many of our solid body models. Each string terminates in a single, massive brass block coupled directly to the guitar’s body. The blocks are detached from one another to reduce interference between the strings, maximizing each string’s unique contribution.
While the construction process may take a bit more time and effort, we firmly believe that shortcuts aren't an option when aiming for excellence. That's why we use stainless steel frets, which guarantee a hassle-free lifetime of performance, optimal intonation, and smooth playability. These frets also enhance sustain, clarity, and provide an increased attack. Not to mention, they are perfect for players with nickel allergies, making them a top choice!
It's hardly surprising for popular classics to remain unaltered, as their ongoing success can make them seem untouchable. However, creative minds continue to challenge and reconsider these concepts, seeking ways to enhance and improve them. Even seemingly perfect products can benefit from innovation and reinvention.
We are thrilled to introduce the revitalized and revamped Swede and Super Swede models, which have been reimagined and redefined for a contemporary audience. This single cut collection is the result of years of dedication, testing, and innovation by our team.
Through specialized techniques and creative problem-solving, Hagstrom has set a new standard for guitar development, blending modern solutions with intuitive design. The result is a series of guitars that honor the timeless quality of their predecessors, while offering new features and capabilities that meet the needs and expectations of today's musicians.
Mahogany has been a popular choice for guitarists for many years because of its incredible sonic qualities. When combined with a ¾ (2cm) thick top made of Canadian hard maple and enhanced by a top grade flamed maple veneer, is the perfect blend of a well-balanced tone and amazing looks.
This combination of tone woods is perfect for musicians who are looking for the ultimate tone and response in their instruments. To enhance the already amazing tone, the renowned "Lundgren Design" pickups are added, like a fine seasoning on a gourmet meal. Johan Lundgren, the pickup guru, has created a special recipe that adds an extra dose of "Swedish Zing" to the instrument's natural tone, making it sing and resonate like never before. This results in a tonal palette that is versatile and powerful, suitable for musicians of all styles and preferences.
Adaptation is key in today's ever-changing world, and Hagstrom understands this well. We have implemented innovative solutions to ensure that the guitars are both roadworthy and reliable. To address concerns around angled headstocks, each new Swede and Super Swede is equipped with a perfectly lodged "Volute" at the back of the neck-/headstock joint. This provides additional support and strength to this critical area, ensuring that the instrument can withstand the demands of any world tour. Moreover, further reinforcements are applied deep within the construction, ensuring the guitar's durability. Tuning stability is also crucial for musicians, and that's why each guitar is equipped with our newly designed higher ratio Hagstrom 19:1 locking tuners. This enables quick string changes and easy tuning adjustments on the fly, without sacrificing stability. These modern solutions provide musicians with peace of mind, allowing them to focus on their music and perform at their best, no matter what the situation is.
The body and neck joint is a vital part of stringed instruments. When done correctly, it allows for a seamless flow of tone, energy, and resonance. Hagstrom has developed an innovative neck joint design called the "Nape-Tenon," which combines the custom shop proven mortise and tenon design with a recessed neck body joint. It enables easy access to even the highest frets without sacrificing tone, resonance, or comfort. Although this construction process may take more time and effort, we firmly believe that shortcuts are not an option when striving for excellence. Hence the use of stainless steel frets, which provide a hassle free lifetime of performance and ensure optimal intonation and playability. At Hagstrom, we recognize that critical connections are essential in every aspect of guitar design, from the body and neck joint to the electronics and hardware. Our commitment to using high-quality materials and expert craftsmanship sets us apart and guarantees that every musician who plays our instruments experiences exceptional tone, playability, and reliability.
Hagstrom has a long-standing tradition of excellence and distinction in crafting fine instruments, represented by the centuries-old Hagstrom crest that adorns each of our guitars. This emblem represents the "Hagstrom Clan," a family with a rich history and a deep connection to guitar- and instrument-making. It is a symbol of honor and pride that has been worn with distinction for centuries and continues to be a powerful emblem of the company's dedication to quality and excellence in modern times.
Hagstrom is committed to honoring these family roots in everything we do. We are proud of our heritage and strive to embody the values that have made the family and instruments so respected and admired throughout time. This dedication is evident in every aspect, from the design and construction of the instruments to the materials used and the people we work with. In short, Hagstrom is a company committed to family values and dedicated to craft instruments of the highest quality. The Hagstrom crest serves as a symbol of this devotion to excellence and promise to honoring the family roots in all that we do.
|Top||¾” Carved Maple Top w/ Top Grade Flame Maple Veneer|
|Neck||Mahogany, Set Neck, customized Nape-Tenon neck joint for ultimate fret access|
|Neck Thickness||1st fret 21 mm (excludes FB, paint clear coat) 12th fret 22.5 mm (excludes FB, paint clear coat)|
|Trussrod||Dual Action H-Expander™|
|Scale Length||25.50” (648 mm)|
|Position Marks||Hagstrom Crest inlays – Hagstrom Lions on 12th fret|
|Frets||Stainless Steel - 22 Medium Jumbo|
|Nut||Custom String Spaced - GraphTech™ Black Tusq XL|
|Nut Width||43 mm|
|Headstock Reinforcement||Volute with internal reinforcements|
|Pickup Neck||Lundgren Design AlNiCo-2 No. 2 (Medium Output – Calibrated – 7.3K) Humbucker - Splitable|
|Pickup Bridge||Lundgren Design AlNiCo-2 No. 2 (Medium Output – Calibrated – 8.3K) Humbucker - Splitable|
|Switch||3-Way Toggle Switch w/Hagstrom Brass Plated Cap (Chrome Plated)|
|Controls||2 x Volume Control with R/C Circuit, 2 x Tone Control with Push-Pull Coil Splits|
|Tuning Keys||Hagstrom Bottom Locking – 19:1 Ratio Chrome Tuners w/Hagstrom Tuning Buttons|
|Stop tail||Hagstrom Direct Mounted Sustain Blocks, Plexi Glass Plate, with Chrome Cover|
|Bridge||Long Travel Tune-O-Matic Bridge|
|Knobs||4 x Hagstrom “H” Barrel Knurled Brass Knobs (Chrome Plated)|
|Pickguard||Single Ply Ivoroid or 3-ply Black/White/Black|
|Pickup Frames||Hagstrom “Standard” Humbucker Pickup Frame set|
|Strap Buttons||Set of 3, with dual mount at base of body|