This electric 12 string guitar is based upon our popular Viking DLX, possessing a Ply Maple body and top to tonally emphasize each of the octave strings, all fit together with a set maple neck for added brilliance on this 12 stringed chorale piece. Naturally, as found on each and every Hagstrom guitar is our famed H-Expander truss rod accompanied by the Resinator Fret board. As a 12 string electric guitar normally has a tension of over 200 lbs of pressure on the neck, the H-Expander truss rod will keep the 12-string neck straight for years to come.
Due to the further unique frequencies created with the help of the Resinator fret board, the volume and tone of the octave strings are further enhanced to keep up with the naturally fuller volume of the standard strings, to allow for a lavishing and balanced 12 string sound. To match the Hagstrom Viking Deluxe 12’s fuller acoustic sound, a set of our Hagstrom H-50 humbucking pickups are adopted to provide a natural and clean calibrated electric tone, delivering cleaner vintage tones familiar from yesteryear, as well as the ability to deliver nastier tones, to open up a whole new expressive world where 12 string guitars have never ventured before.
The hardness of maple enhances tonal brilliance, so it was natural for them to develop the Hagstrom’s 12-string Viking Deluxe. Maple used throughout the body and neck results in a brilliant voice for this guitar. Standard equipment on Hagstrom is their H-Expander truss rod and Resinator fretboard. Both of these features also enhance acoustics by emphasizing the octave strings, balancing them with the naturally fuller standard strings, resulting in a lush, chorale-like acoustic platform upon which we build our Hagstrom pickup magic. The magic comes from our H-50 humbucking pickups, designed and voiced specifically for this 12-string model. Gorgeous vintage-sounding clean tones can heat up nastily when overdriven, taking this Hagstrom 12-string into new sonic territory.
More than 200 pounds of pressure are exerted on the neck of a 12-string guitar, a problem for traditional guitar designs. However, Hagstrom’s unique H-Expander™ truss rod, inspired by designs used in jet aircraft manufactured in Sweden by Saab, handles this with no problem, and even allows for an incredibly thin neck for playing comfort with no compromise in stability. Your neck will stay straight for years to come with the Hagstrom Viking Deluxe 12-string Wild Cherry Transparent.