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This Hagstrom certainly makes a bold statement. The colour of this particular finish is called #mandarin, and the rich red/orange glow is very warming indeed. Accented with #goldhardware, this Viking Custom Deluxe will definitely get you noticed, and as a ‘smart’ guitar it would look just dandy worn with a well-made suit on the vintage pop and retro jazz scene. It’s a quirky look, too; Hagstrom’s vintage credentials are rooted in the late ’50s and early ’60s, and the company’s European design aesthetic manages to be both flamboyant and restraine.
The use of the full-length centre block aligns the Viking with the Gibson 335. Dividing the body chamber in this fashion is principally a feedback-busting trick to enable a semi-acoustic to function effectively at high volume, making them ideal for electric blues and a serious alternative to a solidbody for rock gigs.
One major point of departure from previous Viking designs is a move from bolt-on to a set neck.
All Hagstroms, and this Viking is no exception, feature a Resinator fretboard. This wood composite is designed not only to emulate the look and feel of #ebony but also to be super-hardwearing and to deliver a very consistent feel.
The board is nicely bound and well fretted, and in combination with the slick Canadian rock maple neck it feels great to play.
However, the 24.75″ scale length ensures a familiar tension under the fingers that promotes easy string bending. Upper octave access all the way up to the final 22 fret is really very good.
The vintage-style 18:1 diecast tuners look good and the stepped keys feel nice under the fingers. The Long Travel tun-o-matic bridge is a fairly familiar-looking unit which combines well visually with the slightly quirky Hagstrom trapeze tailpiece.
The Hagstrom HJ-50 #humbuckers are relatively new units, though the covers with the black ‘H’ insert and screw polepieces looks like a design straight from the same era as the Gretsch Filter’Tron. Looking through the lower f-hole it’s good to see that full-size pots and quality hookup wire have been used.
Both pickups are very well voiced for clear, clean and twangy tones. The bridge pickup is bright without being brash and the full spectrum response is nice and even. The twang factor is very good for #rockabilly and#country playing, and vintage #Beatles and Stones tunes sound authentic.
The twin pickup setting offers a ringing hi-fi tone that’s ideal for contemporary jazz and melody work and the neck unit delivers a similar, but rounder tone – a great all-purpose rhythm voice.
The tone controls on a semi can really help you on the way to a range of mellow solo and jazz voices.
When it comes to #rock, the Viking Custom Deluxe is full of surprises. The pickups are relatively hot and require very little amp gain to bring on a sweet, edgy sound for electric blues. To be honest, it’s more a question of holding this guitar back; it really wants to leap forward into full on hard rock territory. Anyone who loves massive power chords and wailing leads will appreciate the power.
It’s hard not to compare this Hagstrom’s sound with Gibson or Gretsch voices, but it comes off very favourably. In terms of a unique tone I particularly like the twin pickup drive tone with the neck pickup’s tone control wound right off; you get a kind of underpinning lo-fi swampiness with clarity in the mids and bright top end. It sounds awesome with analogue delay, and totally evil when you stamp on a fuzz pedal.
The Viking Custom Deluxe mixes quality materials and parts with a slightly quirky vintage look, and the result is a great guitar that’s fun to play and very versatile.
If the mandarin/gold hardware combination is a bit opulent for your tastes there are other Viking models to consider, but it all rather suits an instrument that functions well in both Gibson and Gretsch territory – and the price is certainly right if you fancy the big-stage semi-acoustic sound but don’t have £2000-£3000 to invest.