In 1958, Swedish accordion-manufacturer Hagstrom began building electric guitars, and once they hit the USA, these swedish-made electrics were a more affordable alternative to American-made brands. These were among the first imports available, and their unique, eye-catching features inspired many aspiring musicians during a pivotal period of 20th-century music. With nordic-themed names such as "Viking" and "Swede," early Hagstrom guitars were often covered in sparkle and pearloid details (an ingenius use of materials previously used for accordions). In many ways, Hagstrom helped set the trend that American guitarists could always look to imports for something good but affordable, something suitable for a beginner, or just something with a look that sets it apart from the rest!
This 2013 Hagstrom Super Swede Custom is a straightforward, good-quality electric guitar. It features a carved top, single-cutaway body with a set neck. Maple top, Mahogany body, 25.5" scale—sound familiar? Sure, it's body design is fairly common, but its extraordinary Metallic Gold finish—accented with chrome fittings and pearloid inlays—give it a look and vibe entirely its own.
For pickups, it has two P90 inspired "H-90s," which sound every bit as you'd expect. They are full, warm, and rich, and the bridge position has nice bite that will make a good tube amp growl. Controls are straightforward: three-way switch and volume/tone controls for each pickup. The neck profile is a familiar medium C shape, and the hardware seems especially nice for a guitar in this price range. Hagstrom's intriguing tailpiece design uses individual brass blocks for each string, which are intended to make the strings sing out and sustain.
This 2013 Hagstrom Super Swede Custom shows some minor playwear (most severe is finish checking on the back by the switch cavity and wear around the strap buttons), but it is in excellent condition all around. No history of repairs, modifications, or issues. It is setup properly with low action, and it's a great-sounding guitar for the price. Plus... just look at it! The Metallic Gold is hard not too like.
The guitar includes a modest gig bag from Stagg.