The H-II and H-III were introduced in 1965, so 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of these iconic guitars. Many people have been asking for these classics to be re-issued, and Hagstrom are happy to comply with lovingly recreated and updated versions of these great classics…
Known for their quirky switches and easy playability, the Hagstrom H-III 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.
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 cera mic “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 frequency “shimmer”.
The RetroScape Series will consist of authentically recreated guitars from the rich landscape of Hagstrom’s history. Our mission is to bring modern playability to these great designs without compromising any of the badass-retro-vibe coolness that they offer to any guitarist who wants to break away from the current crowd by reaching back in time… rock-n-roll’s formative years… Hagstrom’s RetroScape.
- Material: American Alder
- Style: Double Cutaway
- Binding: None
- Neck Joint: Bolt On
- Neck Material: Canadian Hard Maple
- Binding: None
- Truss Rod: H-Expander
- Fingerboard Material: Resinator™
- Fingerboard Radius: 15″
- Inlays: 6 mm Pearl Dot
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Scale Length: 24.75″ (628 mm)
- Nut: GraphTech Black Tusq XL
- Nut Width: 43mm
- Pickups: 3 x Hagstrom Ceramic C-Spin
- Pickup Selection:
- Neck Pickup On/Off
- Middle Pickup On/Off
- Bridge Pickup On/Off
- Master Tone On/Off
- Mute On/Off
- Top (Bass Cut) On/Off
- Controls: 1 x Volume with R/C Tone Circuit, Kill Switch on Upper Horn
- Bridge: Long Travel T-O-M Roller Bridge
- Tailpiece: Hagstrom Vintage Tremar
- Machine Keys: Hagstrom 15:1 Die Cast
- Strings: D’Addario EXP 110 (10-46)
- Colors: Black, White, 3-tone Sunburst, Aged Sky Blue