A faithful recreation of Hagstrom’s original 1980 Super Swede Bass design, this modern version – here presented in a gloss Black | Natural Mahogany finish – adds up-to-date hardware and features making it perfect for the modern bassist. A string through body neck aids upper fret access and increases sustain, while twin Hagstrom Design J-Quad stacked humbuckers are befittingly cultured and powerful.
The Hagstrom Super Swede is now available from Je Matt Guitar, online and in our Los Angeles store. Visit us for a personal demo in our dedicated sound booth. Alternatively, buy online for fast delivery to the US, Europe and beyond. Every instrument we sell undergoes a rigorous pre-sale checkup and professional setup, ensuring it plays its best before it goes out the door.
HAGSTROM SUPER SWEDE BASS
One of Hagstrom’s last projects before their Swedish production stopped was a collaboration between their chief guitar designer Per-Åke Olsson and Rutger Gunnarsson, bassist for the Swedish super-group ABBA. This resulted in the Super Swede Bass, which was used by Rutger throughout ABBA’s final North American tour in September/October 1979. Only 364 of these basses were produced before Hagstrom ceased guitar production in Sweden, and over the years they’ve become a sought-after collector’s item.
Hagstrom’s original Super Swede bass had a neck-through design, a feature found typically on more expensive hand-crafted bass guitars. Neck-through basses offer unrestricted access to the highest frets since there is no heel needed to support the neck/body joint, and also tend to have more sustain than traditional set-neck or bolt-on instruments.
Super Swede Bass Re-Creation
Our new Super Swede Bass is an authentic re-creation of this historic model from 1980. A Resinator fingerboard enhances the sustain of the neck-through design and contributes to the guitars articulate attack. Strings are anchored in place with individual saddles coupled directly to the single massive neck structure providing a foundation for long, piano-like sustain. Hagstrom’s brand-new J-Quad quad-stacked humbuckers are introduced with the Super Swede Bass. We thought it appropriate to commemorate this historic design with our latest pickup innovation. The J-Quads combine low-noise performance with a broad support of the full tonal spectrum, and just a little extra emphasis on mids and lows for when that extra “growl” is needed.