Hagstrom’s Viking® is established as the most versatile semi-hollow guitar on the market today, delivering a wide variety of tonal color to an incredible diversity of musical styles. A natural step for us was to extend the Viking’s® voice to a deep, resonant baritone. Many guitarists consider a baritone instrument to be somewhat limited and narrow in its application, but Hagstrom’s Viking® Baritone shatters this stereotype.
Two entirely new Hagstrom pickups were developed specifically for the Viking Baritone’s rich acoustics, adding shading and enhancement to deliver a broad spectrum of sonic colorings. In the bridge position we find Hagstrom’s new Custom 58’C, a semi-open-coiled humbucker voiced to enhance the ringing clarity native to the Viking®, even in its lowest sub-registers. Sitting in the neck position is Hagstrom’s new P-Urified pickup, a specially designed full-humbucking-sized P90 pickup, adding warmth and openness while keeping lower frequencies tight and controlled.
The result is a tonal continuum from clean and classic 1960’s sounds, to “Spaghetti Western” twang, through the overdriven crunch of the 1970’s and 1980’s and on to the “Über-Driven” tones demanded by today’s players. All of these sounds are built on top of the Viking® Baritone’s gorgeously deep, distinctive acoustic voice.