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, we 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.
Justin’s Viking Gold Top starts with our classic Viking semi-hollow platform to which a classic vintage-style gold finish is applied. Justin loves Hagstrom’s thinner neck profiles, so we developed our “Ultra-Thin”, 17mm neck profile for his guitars. Vintage-style “witch hat” knobs, same as used on our RetroScape models, complete the “vintage vibe” this guitar oozes. A Hagstrom Custom 58 humbucking pickup in the bridge position provides classic rock tones, and when Justin wants to go slightly softer the HJ-50 humbucker in the neck position gets him there in smooth, elegant style. Individual coil-split is available via push/pull tone controls providing an expansive sonic palette.
The tone control is often a source of frustration for guitarists. This is because the design has historically been based on a passive treble-cut concept. The complete tonal spectrum is passed through the circuit when the control is fully open, and as it’s dialed down treble frequencies are eliminated. Many guitarists find this approach unusable, since the tone often becomes muddy and excessively “dark” as the treble component is eliminated. Working with Justin we have developed a tone control which does the exact opposite.
Instead of filtering treble frequencies, we filter the bass as the control is cut. The full treble spectrum is always available, and the tone control performs a bass-cut function. Justin finds this is much more useable on stage, and we think all Hagstrom guitarists will too.
Material: Ply Maple
Style: Semi-Hollow Double Cutaway
Joint: Set Neck
Material: Canadian Hard Maple
Profile: Ultra-Thin 17mm
Mortise and Long Tenon Neck Joint
Truss Rod: H-Expander™
Inlays: Pearloid Block
Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length: 24.75" (628 mm)
Nut: GraphTech Black Tusq
Nut Width: 43 mm
Bridge Pickup: Hagstrom ‘58 Custom Humbucker
Neck Pickup: Hagstrom HJ-50 Humbucker
Pickup Selector: 3-Way Toggle Switch
Controls: 2 x Volume / 2 x Tone with Push/Pull Coil Splits
Custom Bass-Cut Tone Circuit
Bridge: Long-Throw Tune-O-Matic Bridge with Stop Tail Piece
Tuning Keys: Hagstrom Design 18:1