Most people invariably think of
Hagstrom when talking about an 8-string bass. That’s because
Hagstrom was the first brand to mass-produce an 8-string version:
the H8. In the late 1960s, countless beat and hard rock icons
experimented extensively and used its unique sound as the backbone
for psychedelic and classic songs.
The H8 not only survived this experimental era of the 1960s but
quickly became a timeless instrument. With the H8-II of its
RetroScape series, Hagstrom introduces an authentic re-issue of this
legendary 8-string bass originally released in 1967. In other words,
its tremendously powerful and sparkling sound is back!
What makes the H8-II so special? The octave sound of the high
strings is just perfect. Unlike electronic devices, this approach is
not subject to tracking problems. The narrow neck, the congenial
8-string bridge (string-through-body) and its short scale greatly
contribute to the perfect playability of the string pairs.
Hagstrom’s proprietary “Dyna-Rail” humbuckers produce a phat sound
and can be split to single-coil mode using the volume control.
The famous “H-Expander” trussrod ensures perfect neck relief despite
the considerably higher tension of the eight strings. It also
contributes to the bass’s fabulous sustain. The on-board sliders
allow players to activate and deactivate the pickups individually.
The global “Tone” and “Mute” sliders provide a host of additional
This attractive package is rounded out by the authentic
double-cutaway body shape, which fits snugly in the RetroScape
series’ design philosophy and will even win over die-hard vintage
H8-II BASS GUITAR STANDARDS:
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".
Hagstrom Machine Heads
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.
Pickups: 2 x Hagstrom DynaRail Humbucker
Controls: 1 x Volume Control with Push/Pull Coil Split
Kill Switch Located on Upper Bout
4 x Switches (left to right)
Neck - off/on
Bridge - off/on
Master Tone - off/mid & high cut
Mute - off/gain reduction & high cut
Brand Hagstrom Guitars
Type Electric Bass Guitars
Type 8-String Bass Guitars
Series Hagstrom H8-II Bass Series
Finish Wild Cherry Transparent Gloss
Body Wood Mahogany
Neck Wood Canadian Hard Maple
Neck 15" Radius with "C" Neck Profile
Truss Rod H-Expander
Fretboard Binding Multi-Ply Binding
Fretboard Resinator Wood
Frets 21 Frets
Inlays Pearl Dot Inlays
Scale Length 30.75" (781 mm)
Nut GraphTech Black Tusq XL, Nut Width is 40mm
Machine Heads 4 x Hagstrom 22:1 Chrome Die Cast Tuners, 4 x Hagstrom 18:1 Chrome
Die Cast Tuners
Bridge Hagstrom Heavy Duty 8-String, String Through Body
Pickups 2 x Dyna Rail 1025HB/N Alnico 5
Pickup Selector 4 x Switches (left to right)
Controls 1 x Volume Control with Push/Pull Coil Split
Unique Features Custom String Gauges (Replacement set available, SKU:HSHBS8)
Comes with Hagstrom Hardshell Case in Tan Tolex with Hagstrom Logo
1 Year Warranty
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