Hagstrom Super Viking Electric Guitar Review
The Hagstrom Super Viking Electric guitar is a “335” style electric guitar featuring two great sounding Hagstrom humbucker pickups. One of the best things about this guitar is how great the pickups sound. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with the guitar either, but the pickups are special in my opinion and sound fantastic. I own a Tokai 145L which is a Japanese made Gibson ES-335 clone. The Hagstrom Super Viking guitar is built just as well as the Tokai and the tone are also awesome thanks to these really clear sounding humbucker pickups. If you’re not into muddy tones found in a lot of ES-335 style guitars you’re going to love this guitar.
I didn’t realize this at the time of filming the video below but the fingerboard is actually resin. I had no idea visually this was the case and after reflecting on my experience with the guitar I couldn’t tell or care less. Everything about this guitar played amazing straight off the wall.
Another standout feature is the Bridge tailpiece. This creates a very unique look and also helps the overall sustain of the guitar. The neck feels a bit like a 60’s neck so it feels thinner than a 50s neck for example. The finish on the body is beautiful and would stand up to guitars in a much more higher price range.
Is Hagstrom Better than Epiphone?
This Hagstrom is up there with some of the higher-end Epiphone guitars in terms of build quality and playability. In terms of how it compares to an Epiphone Dot, I would give the Hagstrom the edge. This would compare visually to the Epiphone Sheraton II electric guitar which is beautiful.
The Hagstrom Super Viking Electric Guitar can cover just about any style of music. I play mostly blues and blues rock and there’s nothing stopping you from even playing heavier styles thanks to the humbuckers.
In terms of Chinese made guitars, I would go so far to say that this particular Hagstrom is one of the nicest guitars I have ever played. It played just as well as my higher end Japanese Tokai and sounded probable better too. This is a really lovely guitar worth checking out. If you want to check it out on Amazon take a look here.
Beginners or Advanced?
It doesn’t matter if you’re new to guitar or if you’re a gigging musician, the Hagstrom Super Viking will get the job done. There’s a lot of local musicians in my area that swear by these guitars with good reason. The Super Viking comes in at a decent price point that will appeal to players of all levels and budgets. If you’re looking for something different than “just another Epiphone”, check out the Hagstrom Super Viking.