Hagstrom Ultra Max review

Meet the sleek, versatile Scandanavian weapon that might just be your new favourite single-cut

Hagstrom Ultra Max review
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Guitar World Verdict

A slimmed-down solid-body single-cut that's versatile enough to please a wide variety of players, and it looks pretty cool, too.


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    Fast neck, incredible setup.

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    A stylish finish.

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    Huge range of sounds, with some great singlecoil tones.


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    Quirky wiring.

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It’s been 15 years since Swedish guitar manufacturer Hagstrom was revived, and the brand shows no sign of slowing down. 

Since Hag’s second coming, we’ve grown familiar with a number of features that are unique to one of the 1970s best-loved guitar companies: the Resinator fingerboard (made of wood composite for consistency), the H-Expander truss rod (allowing for a thinner, yet stable neck), Sustain Block Tailpiece (individual brass terminators to bulk-up string resonance) and well as those signature 18:1 machine heads. 

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Stuart Williams

Stuart is a freelancer for Guitar World and heads up Total Guitar magazine's gear section. He formerly edited Total Guitar and Rhythm magazines in the UK and has been playing guitar and drums for over two decades (his arms are very tired). When he's not working on the site, he can be found gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.