Patrick from Belgium found his holy
grail - and it was worth the quest... (Jan 2006)
Remember me ? I was the guy looking for a good looking Viking.
I managed to buy a beautyfull Viking II sunburst in the States. Has a
serial # 680498, I think it must be from 1967.
The guitar is really in magnificent condition, has practically no dings
or scratches (even in the back !) and the neck is just perfect.
As you can see on the pic, it has the famous 'Elvis'-tailpiece, has a
gold decal and the first type of goldcoloured bridge. Toggle switch has a
black plastic cap. There isn't any damage to the binding of the head, neck
or body. The only thing which has suffered from time and playing are the
pickups, which have lost some of their gold plating and are slightly
I checked the area between the end of the neck and the neck-pickup as
you suggested, and there is no trace of any repair. This is really a
guitar that has spent most of his life in a closet or guitar-case, I
Best regards, Patrick.
Then Patrick goes wild!
- and what commitment to conservation
- again from the first batch...
It started out as a conversation about the
various types of Viking models, around December 2005. Patrick then
purchased a stunningly good Viking II from 1967 above (and for all those who do
not know, that is not the humbucker model (1N), it is effectively the
Deluxe model without the crossbar). But by March 2006 the bug had set
Just bought my second Viking ! Am I starting to become a collector now
? :-) The virus has got a hold of me I guess ..
It's a red Viking I, serial 646361. Must be one of the first ever made
(in 1965 ?) I guess. The body was severely damaged, but I'm restoring it
and I have all the original parts except for the pickguard which is broken
in 3 pieces :-( The neck binding is missing (seems to be missing on a lot
of these old ladies) and it will need new frets. Original pots but new
wiring and non-original knobs.
Anyway, I wonder if you have any idea what might have been the colour
number of this beautiful cherry red colour, because I would like to
repaint it in the original colour, if possible.
I'd be very glad if someone could give me a RAL number or something
which might enable me to reproduce this magnificent colour.
Thanks for any help you can offer.
|Hello again David,
I managed to repair the old lady myself. It took me about 61 (!) hours
all together, but if I see, feel and hear the result now, I don't regret
the time I spent on this beauty.
As for the paint, I was very lucky and found a colour that looks about
99% like the original. That is, if the old colour on the guitar was in
fact the original. I painted only the body, not the neck, and you can
hardly see any difference.
The electronics are still working perfectly. There is no cracking or
any other noise when you turn the pots. Before I put the harness back in,
I made a schematic of the wiring, though I'm not sure if this is still as
it was when it left the factory. The wiring is certainly not original any
more but the pots look like the original ones.
If I put both Hagstroms I and II aside, I can now see many differences.
The V1 has a much wider neck made of rosewood while the V2 has a much
smaller ebony neck. I must say that personally I prefer the V1 neck, since
I'm used to play my Fender Stratocaster which has a similar neck.
Anyway, the only thing I still need now is a 1N from the 70's to
complete my Viking-family :-). I read somewhere on the internet that the
american-reissues don't look and sound very authentic.
By the way: do you happen to know any other Hagstrom owners in Belgium
Best regards, Patrick.
Well, there is
who appears around the site with a Corvette Automatic, an H8 bass, and
probably a few others... I can't remember now... and yep there have been
quite a few Belgian visitors over the years...
BUT HEY, most important of all,
what a fantastic job you've done with this - one of the first Vikings to
leave Älvdalen. As for your comment on more recent
namesakes... lets just say I'm not at liberty to comment fully!!!
it a Prototype Viking?
It does seem so!
So, what we have is a 1967 Cherry Red Viking 1 with
So you say, "OK so what's so special, it isn't even a
Hagstrom brand Bigsby unit.
No that's not an issue at all, read on...
Yes typical fully bound Viking Neck - nice trim, a very
popular colour, and owned by Dirk.
Come on Dave, "get on with it" you say.
Well Dirk has been sharing this one with people's views for a few years
now, and the general consensus is exactly in line with my own feelings. It
was made in 1967.
It was made at a time when the transition
Vikings were about to appear in that batch to Canada
(like my own 1N Transition Viking top of page, with the new electrics and
the Strat type head).
But this is still Single Coil pickups, so what's the deal?
Now, what other combination of Viking could there be?
And what other influences can there be?
Well for example it was the year they started the H8 Bass,
it was before they moved to humbuckers, it seems they were
Nah, you say It's an HIIN (2 years too
OK it's a "Frankens..trom" (Nope)
It does make sense with the above
discussion, that Hagstrom tried out the idea, or put it together as a
special, or prototype.
When they did finally change to a new
Viking, it sported the brand new D'Aquisto design headstock used on the
Personally I agree about the decision. The D'Aquisto design
head looks fab, and this type looks so right on a solid guitar...
hmmm... New Hags... well times change,
and corporate identities become the big thing eh?
So, there you have it - maybe "one of a
The raised decal was used on the Viking1. This layout
was on the H8 Bass. If it was an HIIN neck it would be a transfer decal
Like I always say though
It does need a haircut eh?
Who needs hair gel when you can poke your eye out with that lot!
The tuners are just like an HIIN.
No sign of H8 tuners...
What a great piece of history eh?
Very many thanks to Dirk
for sending this one along!
was interested in the history of his Viking... and so was
...I have what appears to be a Viking 1N, however it has "F"
holes not "S".
The serial number is 53 925037. I have attached a couple of pics. Can you
identify the year and model? Thanks Mike
||Well this is indeed stunning (YES)
The serial appeared at first to resemble batches
made in around 1979 due to the prefix.
Yet that headstock was typical of the early
versions of the Viking1N in the early '70s.
The wood is superbly flamed, and no wonder it was
left 'natural' gloss in finish.
And again the bound "F" holes were more common on
the later Vikings after years of using the "S" hole shape...
Again the splendour and sheen that
comes from very specially selected woods...
||So, what is the truth about this
The signs are there of something
not quite "run of the mill"
Once we established the actual serial number, it was
confirmed. A special run of only 117 with top grade features from 1974-5.
Not a Deluxe by name - no gold hardware, but very special and rare top
quality spec confined to this small run.
Wow! (Yes). Thanks for bringing it to s Mike!
Thanks so much for taking time for me. I should have mentioned
that I bought this guitar in either 1974 or 1975 and the guy I bought it from
said it had been in his closet for a few years, I'm guessing that it is a
1971-1972. He said he did not play guitar but had a friend that played in a
European band (We both live here in San Diego,California, USA), and the guy had
two of them, ended up owing him some money and offered him one of the guitars as
payment, he sold it to me then for $200 in perfect condition, and I still have
it in the original case (see attached pic), so I can tell you for sure this
guitar had to be made a few years before 1974-1975. I was also confused by some
of the pics I've seen where it looks like the 1971 Viking 1N but it has those
bond "F" holes not the "S". Here are some pics for your website.
Seriously, the batch is listed 1974-5,
sometimes they are one year out (when we open up guitars and find a makers
mark), but always near enough right in the records... and I wish it was mine!
Onward, We Need To Step Back...
Take a Deep Breath...
ddm (don't you just hate those email names!)...
Update: Doug Moore
is the name, and he's proud of it, as he should be!
brings us the mother of all Vikings - The
I Love this example. It doesn't need
Elvis (who played the red one)
it ooses Deelluuxxee all in it's own right.
This guitar was very important in my father in law's
life although I guarantee he had no idea of its rarity or worth.
I promised him I would be its caretaker for life...I
hadn't seen it in a couple of years since I last set it up for him, and
although I knew it was a Viking I did not realize which type until my wife
brought it home a few nights ago.
It survived in wonderful condition even though Jim never
had a case for it.
I have cleaned it up a ton ( it was filthy) and gotten a
case for its protection.
As you can see she is a beauty and very much like your
bass, which is also very sweet.
As you see there is a rich seam of
individuality in the examples we have been honoured to share with you.
This is another superb example of Swedish craftsmanship, that lives up to
the reputation for sure!
I'd (REALLY) love to hear that tone, and yes of course introduce her to
the Concord Deluxe,
but equally, caretaking for life is worthy of all our respect. It truly
has mine, as for whatever the reason, it means it will not become eBay
fodder (travelling the world without love and respect), which it certainly
Thanks... er... "ddm"
OK we know it's Doug now, and we also know he is a respected musician up
there north of USA. Thanks for dropping by!
Heads Up! (as they say)....
CLICK the Picture for more on this 72-73 beauty!
Bruce's Bubinga above, what can you imagine..
well Olli-Pekka Matikainen brings us (my personal)
favourite sunburst colouring for all Hagstroms...
Hello, Here´s a pic of my Viking (most probably -78 -
-79 model) with bound f-holes.
The pic quality is unfortunately far from excellent..
I bought it second hand sometime -82 with non-original case.
It is in rather good condition, a luthier replaced a better nut
and took care of fret wear some years ago.
The tone switch operation was a mystery to me
until I found this Hag site. Best Regards, O-P from Finland
How do we follow such a burst of colour and maintain the
appreciation for both that and the next...
brings us a totally wonderful example...
|Great site. I purchased my guitar around '79
or '80 from a shop in Buffalo New York. I wanted a Gibson like my idol,
Justin Hayward, but to my shock they cost lots of $ which I didn't have,
so the Hag caught my eye on the used instrument wall & I purchased it
having never heard the name, but liking it's looks & playability. I used
this guitar in my 1st pro band playing covers of Top 40 stuff, circa 1983,
on the lounge circuit, 6 nights a week for about 6 months before I quit
because I missed being away from home so much. I was 23, but had never
been on the road & was unprepared for the experience, although I am glad I
did it. Excuse the digression, back to the guitar.
|From looking @ your site, I see Canada is great source of
Hags, & Buffalo New York is just south of the Canadian border. less than
30 minutes away if the bridges are not crowded.
I have not played this guitar in about ten years, but it is displayed
on a wall in our home. My wife & daughter love the way it looks & are
fearful I will sell it on Ebay.
Not to worry though I tell them, I think it's cool too. I've included
some pictures, hopefully not too many, so you can get a look @ it. The
worn through part on the neck is where your thumb would be if playing a
barre "c" chord on the 8th fret. Otherwise she looks really pretty w/
minor & small surface scratches on the back & wear from being a road
instrument. Overall, a really nice looking guitar. The # on the neck plate
The guitar resides in a suburb of Buffalo New York just miles from
its' original place of purchase, for me anyway.
Love it Tom! Thanks for taking the time to tell your
Talk about Global -
This Viking is special we know (later), BUT made in Sweden... Sent To
Canada... Now residing in New Zealand!
My good friend Rob from Hagstrom Canada brought this
one to my attention. Paul Wratten from New Zealand was checking out pickguards,
and the communications and conversations spanned New Zealand, Canada and here in
the UK. The guitar is special anyway not only for it's journeys over time, but
because it is one of the "Transition models" as I call them. The original Strat
heat shape, but the 1N new electrics. the 1968 batch 731xxx may have been part
old electrics and part new electrics - the records do not state - but certainly
it is more and more convincing that all this batch was originally consigned to
Canada. From there these models have followed their destiny to sometimes far
flung places - as this one has!
Rob from Canada thought you might be interested in these photos of my '68 Viking
transition model, like yours but an earlier serial number. Like the rest of them
it came from Canada but now lives in New Zealand (possibly the only Viking of
any type in NZ) I see you've taken an interest in the transition models and I'd
be keen on finding out anything about it. Rob thinks its the earliest serial
number he's seen. Regards from Dunedin NZ, Paul
For me the
Viking 1N transition
is a special player - and a favourite with my son. It was
the first to start the UK collection following my original BJ12 acoustic, and
yes I bought it from Canada. The one above is a super colouration, even though
Paul admits to a few lacquer lines, he should be very happy with his treasure.
The question of whether it was the earliest
Viking 1N type left strumming was dashed by an early visitor to Hagstrom UK. Don
Alexander told us his story behind the chequered history of his Red Viking
transition - he had owned 7 times! (See further down page)
From Australia to Argentina
- Global Connections indeed!
From: gustavo Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2003 3:34 AM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Hi Hagsters!
Hi, my name is Gustavo
I´m from Buenos Aires - Argentina - recently I bought this jewel!
Look and see!!! Good sounds!!! Gus
Oh how we know the feeling!
Yes another transition model - hey this is getting
serious (ha Ha)
What a jewel as Gus says!
Thanks for sending the pics Gus
Finally, there's a special page
on David Feight's fabulous Viking 1N
CLICK THE PICTURE
Dave B. from New York
Not a "perfect 10", but not too
far off, a very nice example of this
special version. CLICK HERE
to open a run-down of all Viking versions made
else can we show you?
How about a left handed
From the second year of
Thank you Juan!
The First contribution for this
site (2001) came from the home of the Hagstrom - The Viking lands, our good
friend Anders Karlsson sent these pics of his beautiful Viking
"like Elvis Played"
he'd owned since 1971, describing it:
...with the gold hardware, triple binding and the
rectangular fretboard inlays. Was also verified by the Musikborsen dealer who
looked it up from the serial number #732489. It´s one of a thousand Viking-IIs
built 67 and 68. In my case 1967.
... and a Fender Strat he's converted into a travel
guitar. Hey this is as brave as it is cool!
Now you see it
Now you don't
An inspiring view
Now lets do justice to the
beautiful workmanship on this Hag...
gold hardware, triple binding and the rectangular
Pics of his Hagstrom 310 amp are
Now hold on... bear with me... my boy
plays a Fender Acoustic so how can I not acknowledge the fender pictured above?
So, on this Stratocastic occasion, here's another small rule
They are great pics anyway... enough,
just get on with it Dave...
So that's how he did it:
Lets get back to the Subject eh?
A Canadian entry - Don Alexander sent me pics of his
"Seven Times" Viking Transition on 30th October.
Hi i also own one of these Vikings. I also bought mine in Canada where i
grew up. I've owned the guitar for a total of 7 times. The first time i
purchased it i paid only 11 dollars for it. The last time i bought it i had to
pay $300 for it. it's a long story but in the end i pawned it for various
reasons and after many other guitars liked it the best so i bought it back from
the guitar shope i last sold it to. The finish is not as good as yours but here
are some photos. Did you ever find out more info on this particular model? I am
wondering if they where only sold in Canada eh?
It does seem these were originally sent
to Canada exclusively. When I go to Sweden I hope to confirm this
suspicion. A well loved example here, S-hole transition model that differs from
Anders above, in that it has the later enhanced electrics and pickups like my
own example... which came from ... Canada !
Great story too Don. Thanks very much
for sending your contribution.
I recently came across, and purchased, a Hagstrom Viking. It
is sunburst, has a headstock decal, and has pickups that resemble the ones shown
on the 12-string shown on the website. It has dot inlays, bound neck and body,
the classic Hagstrom trapeze tailpiece with logo, three bolt neck, and a serial
number of 693986. In the neck pocket, the number "67" is written in pencil. The
strange story is I bought this from a pawn broker who is located right across
the street from what used to be a music store that sold Hagstrom instruments,
and Vox amps. In 1967 or 1968 I bought a Hagstrom I bass and a Vox Westminster
amp from this store and remember this guitar hanging on the wall. The pawn
broker told me he was selling this guitar for a widow who's husband had
purchased this instrument from the store across the street years ago before they
were married. This guitar I now have HAS to be the same one I saw in that store.
The guy who bought it was a member of a rival local band. I found out who he was
and it was true, it's the same guitar. It's the only one of that particular
model the music store ever received. Talk about
Now, Matthew Twist
from the UK has an unusual... er... 'twist' (apologies Matthew).... on Hagstrom
He has a letter of proof from the Export Manager at Hagstrom.... but here's the
rub (phew...) it causes a little confusion in itself! (It's another lovely
731 batch Viking I)
1) Look at that lovely wood-grain - you
can almost hear it playing already
2) Check out the serial number - back to that later (the rub)
3) A wild youth he said, yes one of a few signs of wear (not all shown) - but
this one can be replaced.
4) Last look at that classic Viking I body, then
5) The letter of proof from Carl Lindgren at Albin Hagstrom dated 1978...
This is a lovely example - I wonder what
wood it is - pity its not Bubinga, however, moving on... the letter states this
was made in February 1970. This contradicts the (well thumbed) serial number
book some of us have. The book lists batch 731 as being 1968 with a run of 1000.
1968 would also fit with the pre-3+3 headstock, the single coil pickups, and the
single toggle switch.
The more I look at this guitar the more
I like it, but then you may have noticed my preference for the natural look of
wood in some of the guitars in the collection. There's less chance to hide
problems true, and Matthew has shown me all the details, but don't you just love
it? (Go and lie down in a dark room Dave)
The Hagstrom UK collection Viking can be found
Ciao a grazie!
Had me worried for a moment. I thought
we had the youngest Hagstrom player beat by this one! Lovely
Viking 1 also eh?
Batch 713 - Made in 1967
Ciao David, grazie per tutte le informazioni da te riuscitami ad inviare.
Complimenti vivissimi per il tuo sito web e per la cordialità nonchè la
puntualità e competenza con la quale rispondi ai tuoi utenti. Per le fotografie
da me inviate ti autorizzo a pubblicarle sul tuo sito web per quanto tempo vuoi
e apportando pure le modifiche che tu desideri. Ciao a grazie di cuore. Gabriele
Busani, Velate (Mi)
Hey, thanks Gabriele,
I couldn't have put it better myself (without translation tools anyway!)
And of course...
Ciao Ricky! (Pictured)
The "record" is still safe I hope - Phew!
is a sweet thing, and promises are worth keeping...
I received an e-mail from
Yvon Lavoie (Canada)
12th November 2002 asking some questions about a couple of Hagstroms...
pictures promised in return for info... it happens many
times... then on Christmas Eve: "HI DAVID I DID NOT FORGET
YOU,PICTURES PROMISED WILL BE MAILED IN THE 1 ST WEEK OF JANUARY 2003.BEST
WISHES TO YOU ALL. YVON" Then yes 28th of January
they arrived at my office Canada post to the UK... Now that's dedication!
First another gorgeous red Viking, made the same year
as Gabriele's Viking above, but two batches on - (715) -
the bridge has changed to a wooden base with fully
adjustable height and saddles version favoured on many models after this
time. Great original case too. A mass of photo's, and a lot of time spent
putting the contribution together, so let's take a look eh?
The second Hagstrom is a beautiful
Jimmy from the last production run of 100
Gerrit got a
Diamond Deal in the Big Apple
Hi, I've certainly enjoyed perusing the interesting stories
and beautiful photos on your site.
Back in the 70's I had a Hagstrom Swede just like the one in
the photos I've attached. I liked it a lot, but the realities of paying my own
way through college forced me to sell it.
While I've enjoyed the fruits of having gone to college, I
missed that guitar. recently I became interested in playing again after having
been away from music for many years.
I found this guitar, and the Viking, at a dealer of vintage
guitars in Rochester, NY (Diamond Strings).
I bought this Swede (a 1974, just like the one I had), but the
12-string Viking caught my eye as well. I purchased it also, and when I opened
the package I was just overwhelmed with how beautiful it was!
It has some very minor finish checking, and that's about all.
I had to clean up the electronics a little on both guitars, and had to polish
the Swede out a bit, both overall I have two very playable and quite beautiful
The neck on the Viking
a bit narrow for a 12-string (especially since I have rather large fingers), but
if you tune it down 2 steps and capo the 4th fret you get a great easy-playing
The Swede just plays exactly like I remember my first one
playing, easy and fast. Use these photos as you please on you site, or just
enjoy them. If you like, I'll try to get some more to you. This message has
pictures of the Viking. I will send a follow-on message with pictures of the
Swede, to keep the message size low. Best regards, Gerrit
Thanks for the pics and info Gerrit, I
love that Viking 12. As a guy who grew up with a 12 string (acoustic BJ12) I can
appreciate the fullness and clarity of this style.
I am lucky enough to have a Hagstrom 12
(solid) too, and there I can appreciate your comments regarding string spacing!
However, it doesn't take anytime to adjust between the differences, and what a
Nice guy that Bruce Diamond by all
Seymour brings us this really fine example in January 2007
Hay David, Thank you for getting back to me so Quickly! After
I got your Email I did a search and still did not see my particular Hagstrom
anywhere that I looked, So I'm sending you some pictures of my Hag! And here is
my story... I am 32 years old. I never heard of Hagstrom guitars until I was
over at a friend's for a blues jam. My friend pulled it out of a closet and said
here try this guitar. That did it, I had to have it! That was 4 years ago and
I'm still in love!! I paid 700 Dollars for it and I still consider that a good
deal! What a great guitar!! I play it every day. As for the pictures, post them,
delete them, whatever you decide! Great web site. I will visit often... Thank
We can see why too! Thanks for the pics
The guitar is the same age as John... both doin' well as we
Gustavo from Argentina
...brings us an example from the very last batch
recorded as Viking 1.
A small qty of 200 made between 1970 and 1972, probably 'to order' the
'Strat shape' head was probably the
only thing Viking 1 about them, with the new humbuckers in use they were
the last transitions before the full change to the D'Aquisto design headstock.
Hi, my name is Gustavo Farré, I´m from Buenos Aires,
Argentina. I have this beautiful guitar which was during much of it's time
in the darkness of it's case... smelling of humidity... horrible!
A friend me back sold it to me three or four years ago.
She is really pretty and its sound is very sweet. Serial number 791015
What do you think?
Is one VIKING 1N TRANSITION
Yes Gustavo, a transition model,
and a nice matching body and headstock.
You certainly got away from the
smell by the look of it, and now despite a few 'dings', this is a great
Nice garden too!
The Hagstrom UK transition model from 1968 was playing live
Rock'n'Roll in 2002 with chris in "Grease" mode!
Golden Boulder Summer 2002... starting out, Chris and ELLZ aged 8 yrs get into
the Rock n Roll
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