In honour of the Hagstrom classic Swede, the Swede Bass makes a return to the Hagstrom line after nearly 40 years.
Featuring a short, 30.75 inch (781mm) scale length, the all mahogany, set-neck Swede Bass offers enormous sustain and easy play-ability. One of the most important traits inherited from the Swede guitar is Hagstrom’s classic tailpiece design with its massive blocks directly coupled to the body for optimal transmission of string energy, a key contributor to the Swede Bass’s thunderous, piano-like tones.
Easy-to-use and Easy-to-play
Pickups on the Swede Bass are derived from its not-too-distant cousin, the Viking Bass, and will delight players looking for sonic versatility; from classic to modern, these pickups deliver it all. Include a 3-way tone switch, another genetic contribution from the Swede Bass’ brother, and you have an easy-to-use, and easy-to-play source for your next collection of great bass sounds. On top of it all you can coil split the humbuckers to single coil mode, individually for neck and bridge pickups, by a pull on the respective Tone potentiometer knob.
The Swede Bass’ classic, single-cut design will be the perfect partner for players looking for superior tone, comfort, and sonic versatility.
Swede Bass Specs
- Body: Mahogany
- Top: Mahogany
- Set Neck
- Material: Mahogany
- Truss Rod: H-Expander™
- Ultraslim “D” Profile
- Radius: 15"
- Material: Resinator™
- Nut: Graph Tech™ Black Tusq XL 40 mm nut
- Fretboard: Resinator™ Fretboard
- Inlays: Hagstrom Perloid Block Inlays
- Frets: 21 Frets
- Tuning Keys: Hagstrom Design 22:1 Tuning Pegs
- Scale Length: 30.75“ / 781 mm
- Pickups: 2 x Hagstrom DynaRail AlNiCo-5 Humbucking Pickups
- Pickup Selector: 3-Way Toggle Switch
- Controls: 2 x Volume 2 x Tone w/ Push/Pull for independent Coil Splits 3-Way Sound Filter Toggle switch (center bypass)
- Bridge: Long Travel Tune-O-Matic with Stop Tail Piece
- Tuning Keys: Hagstrom Design 21:1 Tuning Pegs
- Strings: D'Addario (45-95)
Swede Bass Standards
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 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.
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”.
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 contribution.