The Basics

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 worlds fastest playing guitar. The H-Expander truss rod does not only provide ultimate stability of the neck, but also plays a hand in providing you with the unique Hagstrom tone. Longer sustain and a sharper attack, are a couple of the sonic characteristics that the H-Expander adds to the tonal essence of Hagstrom.

There are a number of other specialty parts designed exclusively by Hagstrom, which greatly enhances the playability, stability and tone of our instruments.

We are convinced that such unique specialized parts and construction make every difference to contribute to building a superior instrument.

Such parts as our unique Hagstrom tailpiece units, Tremar system, Full Contact Tremolo system, Customized Hagstrom pickups, are only a few of the benefits found on Hagstrom guitars.

Hagstrom uses only the finest select tone woods and figured wood stocks to enhance the sound and beauty of each instrument. North American Hard Rock Maple, arguably the finest neck wood  and used by the best luthiers world wide, further enhances the playability, durability and bright articulate tone.

Resinator Wood is a wood composite material that is homogeneous in nature and is more stable than any standard wood product. It is the perfect fingerboard material in that it eliminates wolf tones or hot spots. It has an articulate sound simular to high quality Ebony, but without any of the problems associated with Ebony. It provides an stable and clear tone, and also adds higher overtones and harmonics which uniquely details each note played. Like our H-Expanderâ„¢ truss rod, our Resinator wood also plays a major part in producing the special Hagstrom tone.

Ensuring accurate tuning, Hagstroms own 18:1 and 15:1 gear ratio machine heads are each used throughout our Hagstrom guitar models.

Beluga, Viking and HB series basses feature a 17:1 gear ratio where the FXB series basses feature a 22:1 gear ratio in an open gear format for accurate tuning.

Hagstrom guitars are legendary among guitarists because of their playability, beauty and durability. This new family of Hagstrom guitars builds on that reputation with the use of several unique innovations in materials and manufacturing techniques that bring Hagstrom boldly into the 21st century.

All Hagstrom guitars and basses exclusively use Graph Tech nuts and saddles for acoustic guitars.

Graph Tech Black Tusq for electric guitars and basses are composite nuts which ensure increased sustain, tone, and energy vibration throughout the entire neck. This is a very important feature that also provides smoother and more accurate tuning of your Hagstrom instrument.

Something else that is completely unique for Hagstrom is that all Graph Tech nuts that we use are actually custom made specifically for Hagstrom. Each nut has been specially molded and measured so that each string has a perfect distance between each other. Most manufacturers use nuts that are measured from the middle (center) of each string. Naturally, the nuts on Hagstrom guitars makes a difference, as strings are of different thicknesses where such compensation should be made when producing a quality instrument.

This small difference makes a Hagstrom neck feel more even and comfortable to play, especially for players with bigger hands.