Hagstrom Viking

Vintage semi acoustic six string guitar

Images taken from the 1966 and 1975 Hagstrom cataloguesHagstrom Viking V-1Hagstrom Viking V-2Hagstrom Viking V-1N
ModelHagstrom Viking V-1Hagstrom Viking V-2
Hagstrom Viking V-1N
(HG802 / Scandia)
PickupsTwo single coilTwo single coilTwo humbuckers
Scale24 3/4"
BodyBound body. Dimensions: 18 1/2\" X 16 1/4\" X 1 3/4\"Bound body and f-holes. Flamed maple and spruceBound birch
NeckRosewood fingerboard, dot inlays. Fender-style headstockEbony fingerboard, block inlays. Bound neck and Fender-style headstock.Birch neck with rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays. Bound, new-shape headstock with plain inlay
HardwareTwo volume and tone controls, pickup selector switch, chrome plated hardwareTwo volume and tone controls, pickup selector switch, gold plated hardwareTwo volume and tone controls, pickup selector switch, 3-way tone switch, chrome plated hardware. Van Ghent tuners.
OptionsHagstrom Bigsby vibrato (model VB-1)Hagstrom Bigsby vibrato (model VB-2) 
FinishesMahogany sunburst, Golden mahogany sunburst, cherry redNatural, sunburst, cherry

Hagstrom Viking from the 1965/66 Selmer catalogueHagstrom Viking from the 1965/66 Selmer catalogue

The Hagstrom Viking in the 1965/66 Selmer catalogue as follows:

A new guitar from this brilliant Swedish manufacturer - designed to meet the increasing demand for the electro-acoustic sound. Two powerful, high-gain pick-ups eliminate all unwanted sounds and give exceptionally wide tonal range. Slim, fast, low action neck; head in the modern, accepted style, fitted with high-accuracy chromium plated machine heads. Bridge adjustable for height and position to permit fine tuning of individual strings. The overall high standard of finish and performance make this guitar comparable with the finest models available today. A new guitar destined to become a firm favourite.

As the name implies, the Hagstrom Viking was of Nordic (Swedish) origin, and was making it's presence strongly felt, 'invading' the UK and other parts of Europe from 1965. Initially this name does not seem to have been used in the US, where the word Viking presumably had less resonance, and it was simply designated the V-1.

It was a thinline semi-acoustic guitar, with two pickups; an instrument very much in the style of the Gibson ES335 or Guild Starfire, however structurally quite different. With its bolt-on neck, hollow body (no central block) and Fender style headstock it is actually more akin to other guitars such as the Fender Coronado or Harmony H72, both of which were launched around the same time, 1965/66.

1967 Hagstrom Viking. Image Heritage auctions

Hagstrom Viking companion models

It had a companion 12-string version, produced in a single batch in 1967, and also a bass model, the Viking bass (or Concord in the US) produced between 1965 and 1971.

Elvis Presley at his 1968 Comeback Special, with Hagstrom Viking II

The late sixties saw the introduction of a short-lived deluxe model, the Viking 2 - famously played by Elvis Presley during his '68 come back performance. Functionally identical, however with finer trim; gold plated hardware, bound neck, body headstock and f-holes, ebony fingerboard with block inlays.

Shortly after the discontinuation of the V-2, the V-1 model was redesigned to have humbucker pickups, three way tone switch, and a new Hagstrom headstock. This was designated V-1N, or during Ampeg's tenure as US distributor, the Scandia or HG802.

Finally from 1978 the model reverted to its original name - simply the Viking, however it kept its humbucking pickups, but now gaining a Fleur de Lys headstock inlay, and the central maple block of the Gibson ES guitars.

Shipping data for the Hagstrom Viking is roughly as follows:

ModelProduction YearsNumber Produced
Hagstrom Viking1965-19729241
Hagstrom Viking 12 string1967651
Hagstrom Viking II1967-19681000
Hagstrom Viking I N1972-19751845
Hagstrom Viking 1978-1979410

Hagstrom Viking catalogue appearances

Hagstrom guitars were available from several different distributors worldwide, including Merson, Unicord, Arc and Ampeg in the US and Canada, and Selmer in the UK and commonwealth. Have a look at the Hagstrom Viking in some of the catalogues below.

Hagstrom Viking for sale

Vintage Hagstrom Viking I Sunburst Left Handed



Vintage Hagstrom Viking I Sunburst Left Handed Vintage Hagstrom Viking I Sunburst Left Handed The Hagström Viking was the first semi-acoustic guitar built by the Hagström company. It was launched in 1965 alongside Hagström's new 12-string guitar and two bass guitars. Two years later there was a twelve-string model launched simple called the Viking 12 and the Viking II Deluxe which featured gold plated machine heads and adjustable bridges. In 1967 Hagström player Frank Zappa's "Nifty, Tough ... more

Vintage1967 Hagstrom Viking 1 Guitar sunburst



Vintage1967 Hagstrom Viking 1 Guitar sunburst 1967 Hagstrom viking- SN# 712920 ( 999 guitars total in this batch, this is No. 920 made in this batch). dark tobacco sunburst, all-original except volume and tone knobs. Plays and sounds great, good action. Pots almost scratch free, all electronics work. A great vintage guitar with that vintage sound. Some paint cracks as most of them have, does not affect tone or play-ability. (See pictures) Neck Binding with some cracks as seen in pictures. If you... more

original 1960's HAGSTROM Viking hollowbody BLONDE / Natural!!!



Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers Olivia's Vintage would like to present this original 1960's made in Sweden Hagstrom Viking in its original Blonde / Natural finish. It has a good playing neck with good frets. It's all original with the exception of the nut, and is 100% complete with the exception of 2 decorative discs from the tops of two knobs and one small piece of binding on the lower treble side of the fingerboard. It even has its original hardshell case. This vintage Hagstrom looks good with... more

Vintage1965 Hagstrom Viking Electric Guitar- dark sunburst, new Hagstrom case



1965 Hagstrom viking- SN# 680067 (batch 680 was made in 65 / 66, 1000 guitars total, this is the 67th one made, Hagstrom in Sweden verified it). dark tobacco sunburst, all-original plays and sounds great, tremendous action wear on the back of the neck around the third fret from standard playing, strictly cosmetic a sliver of wood missing around the neck pickup, you have to look for it, may have been a surface crack. i had it checked out by my luthier, who could not figure it out, since the ... more

Hagstrom Viking Vintage 1970s Red W / HSC Semi-Hollow



Really great vintage guitar. Overall the condition is good, it has the characteristic finish cracking and checking. Everything works as it should. Sounds great. Comes with hardshell case.... more

1960s Vintage HAGSTROM Viking with I or II Neck & 'Fender' Headstock Univox Pups



1960s Vintage HAGSTROM Viking with I or II Neck & 'Fender' Headstock Univox Pups Item: Vintage Hagstrom Viking with Vintage Hagstrom Neck and Vintage Univox Pickups. Condition: Very Good. Some body wear. Viking neck was replaced with vintage Hagstrom I or II neck (not by me). Pickups were changed to Univox 'staple' pickups (not by me). Volume knobs work and the neck pickup's tone control - bridge pickup tone might not work (you won't need it to!). ** Great vintage Hagstrom with fast neck and ... more

Hagstrom Viking Body Vintage 1960s Luthier Project Build Sunburst Made In Sweden



Hagstrom Viking Body Vintage 1960s Luthier Project Build Sunburst Made In Sweden. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. 1960s vintage hagstrom Viking or hagstron Viking 2 body. Has some serious wear and warping of the thin top layer where some of the paint has began to peel off and crack. Feeling the inside it's looks to be for the most part surprisingly intact and structural. I did my best to photograph any imperfections I could find Body comes as is and is perfect if you have a ... more

Hagstrom Viking



This is an awesome guitar but I don't play it enough anymore to justify keeping it. If you ever look at old Hagstroms from the 60's and 70's, you probably know they tend to get pretty beaten up. This one is in pretty good condition compared to most. It was completely rewired with new components, it has a modern tune-o-matic bridge, locking Sperzel tuners, jumbo frets, and the neck was stripped and refinished with Tru-Oil. It sounds gorgeous through a nice loud clean amplifier and the neck is ... more

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raul abella from spain Comment left 16th January 2017 10:10:19 reply
I search parts from the Hastrom Viking 1967 V-2 deluxe. Is possible for sale catalogue , and other parts ( pickguard, etc..) sorry for my hungry write
Gavin Comment left 28th October 2014 13:01:57 reply
Hi, No mention of the Hagstrom Viking XII in your Viking section??



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