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On Sonic Youth's [website](http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gtr135.html), a Hagstrom Viking Deluxe AM is listed among Lee Ranaldo's gear, and it says: "Used by Lee: 1985 1985 -- ?? NOTES: A sunburst Hagstrom Viking can be seen at Lee's feet in a picture from the March/April 1985 Europe tour. I've never seen this elsewhere and can't even guess what it might have been used for. Sunburst body 2 pickups Rosewood fretboard Black pickguard 2 f-holes"more
I played a Hagstrom (a Swede, not a Viking) a long time before I got this guitar, and loved the neck and fretboard. I remember it playing better than most other guitars I was used to (even high-end Strats and Les Pauls), which was astonishing given the significant price difference. I've always been a fan of the Gibson ES-335's and 355's, so I saw the Viking and decided to compare it with the Gibson versions. After a few shootouts, the Hagstrom definitely won in terms of playability and price, but may be a little short in terms of the sound -- honestly, changing to Gibson pickups would solve that problem. The thing that won me over is the fact that this guitar could seriously hold its own when compared to guitars that are 4 or 5 times the price, if not more. Plus it has a great, distinct style that makes people look twice when you bring it on stage :)