The newly manufactured Hagstrom line benefits from the advances in materials and manufacturing technology that have occurred since the guitars were last produced in Sweden in 1981. The Hagstrom line's long-established reputation for beauty, playability, and their ability to withstand the rigors of the road forms the foundation for several unique innovations that may now be enjoyed by a new generation of guitar players.
The reissued models feature fingerboards manufactured from Diamondwood, a revolutionary, homogeneous wood composite material that maintains a strong fundamental harmonic and eliminates wolf tones. Diamondwood offers ebony-like articulation yet with none of the associated problems, such as shrinkage or cracking.
All new Hagstom electric guitars include the company's patented H-Expander truss rod. Providing tension at either end and running the entire length of the neck, the rigid yet lightweight 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. Ensuring accurate tuning, Hagstrom's exclusive 18:1 gear ratio machine heads are also included on all electric models.
A self-lubricating graphite composite nut ensures increased sustain and vibration through improved transfer of energy to the neck, while the hard tropical mahogany tone woods used on the body produce a warm, mellow sound. On some models, sustain is further increased through the use of the FCS-1 full contact bridge system, which offers more contiguous contact than any other tremolo bridge on the market. Driving the guitar body with uninhibited string energy also generates maximum tone and sustain, so the Hagstrom block stop tailpiece is employed to deliver the maximum vibration into the body.
North American Hard Rock Maple, arguably the finest neck wood and used by the best luthiers worldwide, further enhances the playability and bright, articulated tone. A hard polyester finish, harder and more dense than standard polyurethane, protects the instrument and offers improved sonic performance.
Hagstrom once estimated that some 800,000 musicians had played their guitars, including Elvis Presley, Frank Zappa, Bjorn Ulveus (ABBA), Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music), David Bowie, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford (Genesis), and the Beatles. Current aficionados include Aerosmith, Franz Ferdinand, and The Kills.