boost, kind of like a half-cocked wah. When
the switch is down, you get an added boost
of bass. The filters are bypassed in the middle position. These filters work on both pickups and the shifts in tone will definitely make
your ordinary riffs sound outstanding. The
filters are usable for clean as well as distorted
settings, and the added bass was great for
jazz. I spent a week nailing my favorite John
Scofield riffs, not to mention the mid boost
for lead playing. An added bonus of the
Swede’s filter controls is that it becomes a
very versatile guitar for recording. The filters
work great for making your guitar sound different, especially when layering guitar tracks.
If you’re looking for that wall-of-guitar sound,
then look no further. The Swede will save
you from having to run multiple amps in the
studio. This guitar is a lot of fun to play and a
time saver in the studio.
The Final mojo
The Hagstrom Swede is a lot of guitar for the
money. The attention to detail demonstrated
by the custom hardware and upgraded pickups shows that they listen to their customers
about what features are important at this price
range. The added tonality of the Swede makes
this guitar extremely versatile for any style of
music. I do have a request for Hagstrom and
I’m sure I’m not alone when I ask: when is the
Pat Smear model coming out?
you’re looking for a mid-priced retro
rocker with lots of upgrades.
you’re looking for a guitar with a
locking tremolo and active pickups.
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