A worthy presentation even if there is a fairly small Hagstrom input on this page, there is history... and a future hopefully!
Geoff Stich knows guitars...
and he recently put aside his search for a Good Cherry Red Viking for a while....
Recreating one as an interim from a Fender Starfire! (Previously a DeArmond Model) See Link
Hi Dave: I was reading your dissertation and presentation of your Red Hagstrum Viking 1973 and it is excellent! Incredible mouth watering pictures too! I've recently become atuned to the coolness and vibe of Hagstrum guitars after owning two 60's solid body Hagstrum III's and a Hag II ... and being a Gretsch and Guild Starfire Fanatic for years.
I played a used sunburst late 60's Viking in a store recently and was floored by it's funky tone when I got the switches to work right. Something about it's funkiness grabbed me. Anyway, I'm writing cause out of rebound from being outbid on a recent E-Bay auction for a nice looking Red 67 Viking, I, by chance came across a brand new Fender Squire Series 24 Starfire yesterday that looked so much like your Hagstrum Viking in many ways that I had to get it.
This guitar is fabulous with top quality construction, workmanship and everything else. I thorougly evaluated it and tested it out for potential hagstrom conversion.
We'll I got it for a fair price, took it home, put a Guild Starfire harp tailpiece on it, pulled out the Seymour Duncan Design pickups, which were pretty good but a bit too modern sounding and located some new Gibson burstbuckers #2's (They are one of the best new Humbuckers out now) and put them in and .. Lo and behold ... "What a Guitar and sound!"
This axe looks so much like your Viking in many ways. Same style, etc. ... like a Guild Starfire IV Beautiful rich cherry red, same binding too. Putting aside the nostalgia with the actual Hagstrum name. Seems like a great substitute.
I thought I'd just tell you about these. More for your dissertation.
Anyway ... Keep "Hagstrumming" along and thanks for sharing your great photos's and information. When I get my camcorder back, I'll shoot some photos.
Sincerely! - "Geoff E. Stich
...or maybe hear the whole track by clicking here (flash audio file) 1.7Mb
...and to finish, a worthy view one of
his his cherished Gretsch's and a couple of action shots!
Thanks for your time, pictures and info
Geoff. Very Much appreciated!
But there's still that Hagstrom Viking Urge...
I tell you, your son's recording of Rock around the clock, even though he doesn't play and lead, knocks me out! His tone reminds me of Buddy Holly's "Peggie Sue" type! Really crisp and ringy! Plus he's a good rhyhm player too. ... If those guitars sound like that in general, with also a sweet jazz tone in the rhythm pickup, I may have found the perfect sounding guitar! I've always liked that sound in some of the Gretsches and Mosrites but they're hard to come by.
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