The H-II and H-III were introduced in
1965, so 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of these iconic guitars.
Known for their quirky switches and easy playability, they quickly
achieved wide popularity.
Favorites among punk and grunge bands looking for a hard-rocking
individualist statement, H-IIs and H-IIIs have been showing up in
the hands of artists such as Aaron North (The Icarus Line, Nine Inch
Nails) for years. Many people have been asking for these classics to
be re-issued, and we at Hagstrom are happy to comply with lovingly
recreated and updated versions of these great classics.
A comfortably profiled Canadian Maple neck is bolted to a
hand-selected American Alder body insuring that the original attack
and "bite" of the H-II and H-III is maintained. The classic
6-in-line Hagstrom headstock design, used for the first production
of H-IIs and H-IIIs, has been slightly updated, and the "Vintage
Tremar" has been re-engineered for functional improvements without
sacrificing its original appearance.
Hagstrom has taken great care in recreating the original pickups,
and the new ceramic "C-Spin" pickups do an excellent job of matching
the originals' sonic glory. Tone-shaping functionality is enhanced
by incorporating Hagstrom's new RC-Circuit into the volume control,
which allows for volume reduction without the loss of that high
Slightly brighter and more vivid tone, Ample amounts of attack
(snap), Strong resonance and sustain, Great serviceability.
In combination with the trusted long travel Tune-O-Matic roller
bridge and the Graphtech Black TUSQ XL nut, the re-engineered
Vintage Tremar vibrato unit keeps it original appearance while
tremendously improving its functionality. Smooth vibrato action and
great tuning stability included.
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.
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".
Brand Hagstrom Guitars
Type Solid Body Electric Guitars
Series Hagstrom H-II Retroscape Series
Finish 3 Tone Sunburst Gloss
Body Style Double Cutaway
Body Wood American Alder
Neck Wood Canadian Hard Maple
Construction Bolt on
Truss Rod H-Expander
Fretboard Resinator Wood, Radius of 15"
Frets 22 Medium Jumbo
Inlays 6 mm Pearl Dot
Scale Length 24.75" (628 mm)
Nut GraphTech Black Tusq XL, Nut Width is 43mm
Machine Heads Diecast Hagstrom Design 15:1 Gear Ratio
Bridge Long Travel Tune-O-Matic with Hagstrom Vintage Tremar Tailpiece
Pickups 2 x Hagstrom Ceramic C-Spin
Controls 1 x Volume with R/C Tone Circuit/Kill Switch on Upper Horn
Unique Features Strings:D'Addario EXP 110 (10-46)
Comes with Hagstrom Hardshell Case in Tan Tolex with Hagstrom Logo