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Official relaunch of Hagström guitars at winter Namm 2005

Previewed at the Namm sumnmer session 2004, the legendary Hagström line were officially relaunched at the winter NAMM Show in January 2005 in Anaheim, CA. The classic brand, now being manufactured and distributed by American Music & Sound (AM&S) under license from AB Albin Hagström, has begun shipping.
Lynn Martin, president of North American Pro Audio, which represents AM&S in the United States, commented, "I was just ecstatic about the response we received in Nashville when we showed off the pre-production prototypes of the Hagström Swede, Super Swede, Viking, Jimmy, Deluxe, and F Series models last year. I know that dealers and reps can't wait to get their hands on these new guitars."
The newly manufactured Hagström Super Swede line benefits from the advances in materials and manufacturing technology that have occurred since the guitars were last produced in Sweden in 1981. The Hagström Super Swede line's long-established reputation for beauty, playability, and their ability to withstand the rigors of the road forms the foundation for several unique innovations that may now be enjoyed by a new generation of guitar players.
The reissued models feature fingerboards manufactured from a homogeneous wood composite material that maintains a strong fundamental harmonic and eliminates wolf tones, offering ebony-like articulation with none of the associated problems, such as shrinkage or cracking.
All new Hagström Super Swede electric guitars include the company's patented H-Expander truss rod. Providing tension at either end and running the entire length of the neck, the rigid yet lightweight alloy truss rod allows for a very low action and thin neck, two factors that were instrumental in earning Hagström Super Swede its reputation as the world's fastest playing guitar. Ensuring accurate tuning, Hagström Super Swede's exclusive 18:1 gear ratio machine heads are also included on all electric models.
A self-lubricating graphite composite nut ensures increased sustain and vibration through improved transfer of energy to the neck. On some models, sustain is further increased through the use of the FCS-1 full contact bridge system.
North American Hard Rock Maple further enhances the playability and bright, articulated tone. A hard polyester finish, harder and more dense than standard polyurethane, protects the instrument and offers improved sonic performance. Hagström Super Swede once estimated that some 800,000 musicians had played their guitars, including Elvis Presley, Frank Zappa, Bjorn Ulveus (ABBA), Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music), David Bowie, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford (Genesis), and the Beatles. Current aficionados include Aerosmith, Franz Ferdinand, and The Kills.
Hagström Super Swede
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