Within Norse Mythology of millennia
far past, the warrior-elf god “Alvar” was a distinguished mighty
warrior. As legend tells us, Alvar held a storm of emotion within
his calm exterior, and was the perfect role model as a true best
friend that could always be relied upon.
Hagstrom Guitars proudly present the Hagstrom Alvar, the smaller
brother of the Hagstrom Viking which perfectly lives up to its Norse
origins as the “Elf Warrior”. A true best friend and fellow fighting
This semi-hollow bodied instrument in its “petite” body size, will
be a perfect match for players searching for a semi-hollow in a
smaller compact form. While it shares so many elements of its larger
bodied sibling, the Alvar is a reigning force despite its diminutive
proportions and elements.
The Elf-Warrior Alvar, always has your back
As Alvar was also known for having a calm and cool side of his personality, this
6-stringed wonder has the ability to easily “dial down” for cool and calmer
moments. If battle insists and a raging fight pursues, he takes up his battle
axe and delivers some of the tightest and controlled death blows of mayhem.
Sturdy, focused and resistant to feedback at high volumes and excessive gain,
this guitar reacts and steps up to the task required. It is surprisingly capable
of delivering an onslaught of destruction taking players by pleasant surprise,
with all of the power and might that this little beast can dish out.
It’s sleek and slim multi-ply maple body and set maple neck, are key to
delivering its sharp attack and long sustain. The dually equipped Hagstrom HJ-50
humbucking pickups transform this cool cat into a raging beast at the flick of a
Our custom equipped RC-Circuit on each independent volume pot helps to keep the
Alvar calm and subdued, while turning up the dials summon forth the elf-warlord.
Players that have already become acquainted with Alvar have been shocked at is
exceptional feel and flexible tonal control, despite its meager size. The Alvar
demonstrates its ability to flip from wholesome clean, to full staunch
aggression in a heartbeat.
Material Ply Maple
Joint Set Neck
Material Canadian Hard Maple
Truss Rod H-Expander™
Inlays Pearloid Block
Frets 22 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 24.75" (628.65 mm)
Nut GraphTech Black Tusq XL
Nut Width 43 mm
Pickups 2 x Hagstrom HJ-50, AlNiCo-5 Humbucker, Chrome Plated Cover
Pickup Selector 3-Way Toggle Switch
Controls 2 x Volume (R/C Circuit) / 2 x Tone
Bridge Long Travel Tune-O-Matic with Hagstrom Trapeze Tail Piece
Tuning Keys Hagstrom Design 18:1
Strings D'Addario (10-46)
All Hagstrom electric guitars and basses include our patented H-Expander™ truss
rod. Providing tension at both ends and running the entire length of the neck,
the rigid yet light-weight alloy truss rod allows for a very low action and thin
neck, two factors that were instrumental in earning Hagstrom its reputation as
the world’s fastest playing guitar. The H-Expander™ truss rod not only provides
ultimate neck stability, but it also contributes to Hagstrom’s unique tone.
Longer sustain and a round attack are some of the sonic characteristics the
H-Expander™ adds to the tonal essence of Hagstrom.
Hagstrom models use 18:1 or 15:1 gear ratio machine heads based on our own
designs to insure accurate tuning. Viking® and HB series basses feature machine
heads with a 17:1 gear ratio.
Resinator™ wood is a wood composite material that is both more uniform in
density and more stable than any standard wood product. These characteristics
eliminate dead spots or “wolf tones” sometimes associated with conventional wood
fingerboards. Resinator™ wood has an articulate sound similar to high quality
ebony, but without any of the problems associated with ebony. It provides a
stable and clear tone, and also adds higher overtones and harmonics which
uniquely detail each note. Like our H-Expander™ truss rod, Resinator™ wood is a
major contributor to the distinctive “Hagstrom tone”.
Hagstrom uses a variety of different neck joints throughout our range. Our
set-neck recipe is the classic and time-tested Mortise and Tenon joint, a design
that most efficiently transfers string energy from neck to body, and can often
only be found on more expensive custom-built guitars. A team of experienced and
dedicated craftsmen hand carves every neck joint, insuring perfect execution of
this traditional technique preferred by luthiers for generations.
The classic Viking trapeze stringholder/-tailpiece design, is a work of art in
itself. Right underneath the top part, where the two beautifully swept beams
meet, it features a string claw for easy access and super comfortable string
changes. Adorned with the legendary Hagstrom crest it truly is elegance defined.