Hagstrom Viking Semi-Acoustic Bass WCT

Hagstrom Viking Semi-Acoustic Bass - maple body, set maple neck, resinator fretboard, block pearl inlays, H-expander truss rod, 2x vintage Hagstrom bass humbucker pickups, 6-way rotary switch, 2x volume and 2x tone controls, tune-o-matic bridge, viking trapeze tailpiece, short scale (30.75"). Colour: Wild Cherry Transparent

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  • Jazz
  • Metal
  • Rock
  • Slap

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Colour Red
Body Maple
Neck Maple
Fretboard Resinator
Frets 21
Pickup System HH
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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Very versatile bass guitar!
Simon Sch., 18.02.2014
This is clearly my favourite bass guitar at the moment (I have 8). Of course because ist looks so unbelievebly cool with the double binding and the f-holes and the block inlays, but mostly because it is so very versatile. Put rounds on and you have that classical mid-heavy and "vintage" Sound as you expect it of a semi-hollow bass guitar, but if you put flats on it you get a very smooth and very low-heavy tone. Additionally to that, with the 6-way-rotaryswitch the humbuckers can be splitted which gives you the ultimate vintage tone (with rounds). The neck is lovely thin and fast.
Although it's a shortscale, it has mostly the same length as a standard precision bass because of the big body and the tailpiece. Important information at this point: you can or have to use normal longscale stings!
The Viking has high quality, although there are some small points that could be made better, as for example the binding of the f-holes ist party not made very good and on my bass, the socket was barely tightend to the side and wiggled. But those are minor points, everything else is very well manufactured.
I tested it against some othe semis that are double the price of the Viking (Gibson, Duesenberg, ...) but none of them was as versatile ist this one.
And where else do you get an semi-hollow bass guitar with double-binding, spittable humbuckers and block-inlays for that price?
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Hagstrom Viking Bass
John385, 21.05.2013
Although a short scale this is a physically quite large guitar. The sound quality is very good and the tonal variation offered by the six way pick-up selector means you can play a wide variety of music and fit in with many styles. However it is best suited to the sounds of the sixties and the more melodic soft-rock or jazz styles. In my opinion this is not the bass for you if you want to play heavy metal or funk/slap bass.
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Guter Bass, liebloses Finish
K. K., 27.01.2013
Ich hab mir den Bass für Bluegrass und Rock ´n Roll-Sachen zugelegt. Optisch ist er hierfür wie gemacht und für schnelle Rock´n Roll-Nummern hab ich mir zudem von der Short Scale-Mensur die ein oder andere Erleichterung versprochen, da meine Greifwerkzeuge nicht die längsten sind.

Als er ankam hab ich mich erstmal über sein Äußeres gefreut: Ein Mörderteil, das echt etwas hermacht. Schön leicht und ordentlich verarbeitet. Nach näherem Befummeln der einzelnen Teile hab ich erstmal die Befestigung des 6fach-Schalters nachgezogen, was kein großes Problem ist, aber immer die Frage aufwirft, warum das im Werk nicht möglich war. Sei´s drum. Erstmal umhängen und losklimpern.

Der Bass ist kopflastig, wie´s bei einem so leichten Body zu erwarten ist. Ein einigermaßen rutschfester Gurt (irgendwas textiles) kann aber helfen, das Abtauchen des Kopfes einzudämmen. Wenn man in Spielpausen zudem einfach den Arm auf den Body legt, ist das "Problem" behoben.

Ein wirkliches Problem hatte ich indes mit dem Sattel. Die Werkssaiten (Rounds) lagen nicht im, sondern auf dem Sattel. Die Kerben waren schlicht zu klein und der Sattel nicht auf die Saiten abgerichtet. Da ein F auf der E-Saite kaum zu greifen war, kann man schon sagen, dass der Bass so kaum bespielbar war. Ich bin dann also erstmal in die Werkstatt meines Vertrauens getigert, hab den Bass einstellen und Flats aufziehen lassen. Das Einstellen hat ´nen 10er gekostet. Danach ging die Sonne auf: Der Bass hatte plötzlich eine traumhaft niedrige Saitenlage und war kinderleicht bespielbar. Schade, dass so etwas "ab Werk" nicht möglich ist.
Obwohl es sich um eine 30"-Mensur handelt, sind Short Scale-Saiten für den Viking zu kurz. Da die Aufhängung ein gutes Stück von der Brücke entfernt ist, könnt ihr getrost zu Long Scale-Saiten greifen. Wer Flats verwenden will, ist mit Chromes sicher am besten bedient: Nicht zu lang und nicht zu kurz. By the way: Wer einen Satz Pyramid Short Scale-Saiten braucht, darf sich gern bei mir melden (ich hab da grad einen Satz rumliegen...) ;-)

Klanglich ist der Viking äußerst variabel: Alle PU-Konstellationen können als Single Coil (je 1 Spule) oder Humbucker (je beide Spulen) abgerufen werden. Zusammen mit den Höhenblenden wird für jeden etwas dabei sein. Mein Favorit ist die 5. Position (Steg-Humbucker) mit fast geschlossener Höhenblende. Zur Sounderforschung wär´s übrigens nett gewesen, wenn der Herr Viking einen Zettel beigelegt hätte, um das Tun des 6fach-Schalters zu erläutern. Die Hagstrom-Webseite hat mir dann aber doch noch die Schaltungen verraten.

Wer sich durch die Short Scale-Mensur eine Spielerleichterung für seine ggf. zu kurz geratenen Arme verspricht, wird eventuell enttäuscht sein: Durch den ausladenden Viking-Body ist die "Musik" genauso weit entfernt, wie bei Long Scale-Bässen. Nur die Bundabstände sind natürich geringer und dadurch bequemer bespielbar.

Nach der Überwindung der ersten Hemmnisse macht mir der Viking nun viel Freude. Die Bespielbarkeit und Klangergebnisse sind nun wirklich bestens.

Die zwei Sterne für die Verarbeitung beziehen sich auf das Werkssetup, nicht auf die Verarbeitung an sich. Die hätte an sich ein "zufrieden" verdient.
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