In 2012 Justin York purchased a Hagstrom Viking to use on tour with Paramore, and the rest of the story is history. He has since become a true partner and friend to Hagstrom. When Paramore was preparing for extensive international touring to support their recent album, Hagstrom began discussions about what an ideal set of touring guitars might be for him. After more than one year of collaboration, the result is a pair of Vikings that Hagstrom is proud to introduce to guitarists worldwide.
As primary touring guitarist for Paramore, Justin’s role is to provide the supporting foundation of the band’s guitar sounds for each song. A band with a rich history like Paramore requires a broad range of guitar styles and textures. So, one of Hagstroms main objectives was to create instruments with a broad tonal range easily accessible during a stage performance, a task Hagstrom is more than equal to.
Justin wanted his Super Viking to exude a rich, classic vibe. Hagstrom developed a warm, transparent brown finish which was applied to maple specially selected for an interesting and more prominent grain. The result is gorgeous, with the rich brown finish highlighting fascinating grain patterns, making each instrument visually unique. Vintage-style “witch hat” knobs, same as used on the RetroScape models, complete the vintage vibe this guitar oozes. The Super Viking’s 25.5” (648mm) scale length adds some extra snap and articulation to each note, and Justin requested a “Ultra-Thin” 17mm neck profile to match a vintage (c. 1965) Viking model in his Hagstrom collection.
A Hagstrom Custom 58 humbucking pickup in the bridge position provides classic rock tones. Justin chose the “P-Urified” P90 humbucker-sized pickup for the neck position which exhibits that classic warm, round sound; tonal magic happens when this pickup interacts with Hagstoms custom tone control and the P90 ranges to an astonishingly clear and pristine single-coil clarity. Individual coil-split is available for the Custom 58 via the push/pull tone control, providing an even more expansive sonic palette.
Body Material: Ply Maple Top: Contoured Style: Semi-Hollow Neck Joint: Set Neck Material: Canadian Hard Maple Truss Rod: H-Expander™ Fingerboard/Nut Material: Resinator™ Radius: 15" Inlays: Pearl Block Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm) Nut: GraphTech Black Tusq XL Nut Width: 43 mm 1 x Hagstrom ‘58 Custom Humbucker - Bridge Position 1 x Hagstrom “P-Uri ed” P90 Humbucker - Neck Position 3-way Toggle Switch Pickup Selector 2 x Volume Control 2 x Tone Control with Push/Pull Bridge: Long Travel Tune-O-Matic with Hagstrom Trapeze Tail Piece Tuning Keys: Hagstrom Design 18:1 Strings: D'Addario EXP 110 (10-46)