Hagstrom basses are based on two different series, these being the Vintage, and Northen series. Each series has been specially developed to offer a truly unique instrument, to cater to a multitude of different players and playing styles. At the top of the list heads the stunning European made Northen Series bass, takes a Hagstrom classic into focus, bringing forth a one of the worlds most coveted and captivating basses. The Vintage series basses (H and Viking® basses) have been specially created by examining Hagstroms classic repertoire of bass models from the past, where the tone and playability has been taken into serious consideration to bring these renowned classics back to the world.
50years ago, in 1967 Hagstrom’s US distributor brought the idea of an 8-string bass. At that time, the only other company producing an 8-string bass was Rickenbacker, but these were custom-order instruments; thus, Hagstrom became the first manufacturer to serial produce an 8-string bass, bringing this unique instrument to a much wider audience.
Before too long bassist Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience discovered it, and its unique sound can be heard on the The Jimi Hendrix Experience album “Axis: Bold as Love” (check out the track “Spanish Castle Magic” where the H8 really shines). In fact, Jimi Hendrix himself was a fan of the instrument and used it in various sessions over a period of several years; he owned the sixth H8 ever produced. Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister also showed up from time-to-time playing an H8.
We went to great lengths to ensure that our H8II is a faithful re-creation of this historic instrument in Hagstrom’s leg¬acy. A double cutaway mahogany body is bolted to a Canadian Maple neck supported with Hagstrom’s H-Expander® truss-rod. The H8II features a short 30.75” (781mm) scale length with a dot-inlaid Resinator® fingerboard. Pickups are Hagstrom’s DynaRail Humbuckers with an additional coil-split feature activated by a push/pull switch built into the volume control.
Body: Double Cutaway - Based on Original 1967 Design. All Mahogany Construction
Neck: Bolt-On - Hard Canadian Maple - “C” Profile, H-Expander™ Truss Rod, Multi-ply Binding
Fingerboard/Nut: Resinator™ Fingerboard / 30.75” (781 mm) Scale Length, Pearloid Dot Inlays, 21 Medium Jumbo Frets / 15” Radius, GraphTech Black Tusq Nut / 40mm Nut Width
Electronics: 2 x Hagstrom Dyna-Rail Humbucker, 1 x Volume Control with Push/Pull Coil Split, Kill Switch
Hardware Parts: Hagstrom Adjustable String-Through Body Bridge, 4 x Hagstrom 22:1 Chrome Die Cast Tuners, 4 x Hagstrom 18:1 Chrome Die Cast Tuners
Optional: Case B-60 or Bag B-40