|Images taken from the 1966 and 1975 Hagstrom catalogues|
|Model||Viking V-1||Viking V-2|
(HG802 / Scandia)
|Pickups||Two single coil||Two single coil||Two humbuckers|
|Body||Bound body. Dimensions: 18 1/2" X 16 1/4" X 1 3/4"||Bound body and f-holes. Flamed maple and spruce||Bound birch|
|Neck||Rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays. Fender-style headstock||Ebony fingerboard, block inlays. Bound neck and Fender-style headstock.||Birch neck with rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays. Bound, new-shape headstock with plain inlay|
|Hardware||Two volume and tone controls, pickup selector switch, chrome plated hardware||Two volume and tone controls, pickup selector switch, gold plated hardware||Two volume and tone controls, pickup selector switch, 3-way tone switch, chrome plated hardware. Van Ghent tuners.|
|Options||Hagstrom Bigsby vibrato (model VB-1)||Hagstrom Bigsby vibrato (model VB-2)|| |
|Finishes||Mahogany sunburst, Golden mahogany sunburst, cherry red||Natural, sunburst, cherry|
|Hagstrom Viking from the 1964 Selmer catalogue|
The Hagstrom Viking was manufactured from 1964 - a two pickup guitar very much in the style of a 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 (although it precedes this model by several years).
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 Ampegs 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.
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