New and Used Hagstrom Viking REX-TONE Guitars for Sale
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You’ve probably noticed that the Rex-Tone has two toggle switches. The one on the guitar’s top horn is a standard three-way pickup selector, giving you the bridge humbucker on its own, both pickups, or the neck pickup solo.
The switch on the lower horn is a three-way filter that activates a ‘hi-mid cut’ in the up position and a ‘hi-cut’ when flicked down. The middle position bypasses the filter.
Plugging in and flicking the tone filter switch up provides a honky ‘parked’ wah tone, which sounds particularly effective when you dial in some overdrive.
The hi-cut setting drops your treble frequencies and warms the signal up a bit, which works well for jazzy chords. It also sounds great with filthy ‘spitting frying pan’ fuzz, and you can pull off some soupy grunge sounds with this setting.
As interesting as the tone filter is, we love the Rex-Tone when it’s off too. This guitar has such a fantastic jangle to its high-end that it’s almost a shame to mess with it, and the Alnico magnet-loaded humbuckers pump out glorious old-school blues and rock tones too.
Still, we reckon the filter switch is a great feature. You’ll never hear us complaining about having too many tonal options.
The choice of good quality, mid-range semis these days is mind-boggling. The Hagstrom Viking Rex-Tone skips the queue thanks to its fantastic playability, the tonal options offered by the filter switch, and a pair of the best-sounding humbuckers you’ll find on a guitar at this price.
Body: Semi-Hollow Contoured Ply Maple
Neck: Canadian Hard Maple, set
Fingerboard: Resinator™ Fretboard with Hagstrom 6mm Dot Position Marks
Fretboard Radius: 15
Tuning Keys: Hagstrom 18:1 Die Cast
Scale Length: 24,75“ / 628 mm / Graph Tech™ Black Tusq XL 43mm nut
Pickups: 2 x Hagstrom Custom 58
Pickup Selector: 3-Way Toggle 3-Way Toggle Switch
Bridge: Long Travel Tune-O-Matic w/ Hagstrom Trapeze Tail Piece
Controls: 2 x Volume 2 x Tone 3-Way Sound Filter Toggle switch (Hi-Mid Cut/ Center Bypass / Hi Cut)
String Setup: 10-46 – .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046