Resinator™ wood is a wood composite material that is both more
uniform in density and more stable than any standard wood product.
These characteristics eliminate dead spots or “wolf tones”
sometimes associated with conventional wood fingerboards.
Resinator™ wood has an articulate sound similar to high quality
ebony, but without any of the problems associated with ebony. It
provides a stable and clear tone, and also adds higher overtones
and harmonics which uniquely detail each note. Like our H-Expander™
truss rod, Resinator™ wood is a major contributor to the
distinctive “Hagstrom tone”.
Hagstrom Machine Heads
Hagstrom models use 18:1 or 15:1 gear ratio machine heads
based on our own designs to insure accurate tuning. Viking® and HB
series basses feature machine heads with a 17:1 gear ratio.
All Hagstrom electric guitars and basses include our patented
H-Expander™ truss rod. Providing tension at both ends and running
the entire length of the neck, the rigid yet light-weight alloy
truss rod allows for a very low action and thin neck, two factors
that were instrumental in earning Hagstrom its reputation as the
world’s fastest playing guitar. The H-Expander™ truss rod not only
provides ultimate neck stability, but it also contributes to
Hagstrom’s unique tone. Longer sustain and a round attack are some
of the sonic characteristics the H-Expander™ adds to the tonal
essence of Hagstrom.
Hagstrom uses a variety of different neck joints throughout
our range. Our set-neck recipe is the classic and time-tested
Mortise and Tenon joint, a design that most efficiently transfers
string energy from neck to body, and can often only be found on
more expensive custom-built guitars. A team of experienced and
dedicated craftsmen hand carves every neck joint, insuring perfect
execution of this traditional technique preferred by luthiers for
Sustain Block Tailpiece
Hagstrom’s unique Sustain Block Tailpiece™ was the result of
design work starting in 1976 and made its first appearance on Swede
and Super Swede guitars produced in 1978. Since then it has been a
signature feature on many of our solid body models. Each string
terminates in a single, massive brass block coupled directly to the
guitar’s body. The blocks are detached from one another to reduce
interference between the strings, maximizing each string’s unique