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Hagstrom HB-8

Hagstrom’s 8-string bass quickly became a legend among bass-players since it was introduced in 1967 as the first production-scale instrument of its kind.  Brought back to life as the HB-8, Hagstrom’s recreation of this legendary classic is designed to offer modern players access to classic 60’s sounds as well as the familiar bass tones of today. Equipped with Hagstrom’s H-Expander™ truss rod, the HB-8’s neck is thin and comfortable, yet incredibly stable and road-worthy for years of dependable use.  Pickups are Hagstrom’s own humbucking Dyna-Rails, and a six-way rotary pickup switch allows access to an inspiring kaleidoscope of tones.  Take the Hagstrom HB-8 to the front of the stage and enjoy the limelight!

HB-8 rock
HB-8 oriental
HB-8 pickup comparision
HB-8 chords


Black Gloss
Black Gloss
Wild Cherry Transparent
Wild Cherry Transparent

Colors Lefthand

Wild Cherry Transparent
Wild Cherry Transparent
Hagstrom HB Bass - Detail 1
Hagstrom HB Bass - Detail 4
Hagstrom fleur de lis

The minute you lay your hands on a Hagstrom and strum it for the first time, you can instantly feel why Hagstrom has legions of devoted fans and why so many pro musicians have made it their “number one”.

HB-8 Specs


  • Material: Mahogany


  • Neck Bolt-On
  • Material: Maple
  • Truss Rod: H-Expander™


  • Material: Resinator™
  • Radius: 15"
  • Inlays: Pearl Dots
  • Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 30.75" (781 mm)
  • Nut: GraphTech Black Tusq XL
  • Nut Width: 1,57" (40 mm)


  • Pickups: 2 x Dyna Rail 1025HB/N Alnico 5
  • Pickup Selector: 6-Way Rotary
    • 1 - Neck + Bridge, Single coil (Outer coils)
    • 2 - Bridge, Single Coil (Outer Coil)
    • 3 - Neck, Single Coil (Outer Coil)
    • 4 - Neck + Bridge, Humbucking
    • 5 - Bridge, Humbucking
    • 6 - Neck, Humbucking
  • Controls: 1 x Volume / 1 x Tone


  • Bridge: Hagstrom Heavy Duty 8-String, String Through Body
  • Tuning Keys: Hagstrom 17:1


  • Case B60
  • Bag B40





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.

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.

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”.

Hagstrom HB-8 Eight String Bass by Untrue's Bassman Jürg Maag

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