Hagstrom Guitars H8-II 8 String Wild Cherry Transparent Short Scale Bass & Gig Bag #0662
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Hagstrom Guitars H8-II 8 String Wild Cherry Transparent Short Scale Bass
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Factory B Stock: May have minor cosmetic scratches/scuffs if any at all. We could not find any noteworthy blemishes on this bass.
Most people invariably think of Hagstrom when talking about an 8-string bass. That’s because Hagstrom was the first brand to mass-produce an 8-string version: the H8. In the late 1960s, countless beat and hard rock icons experimented extensively and used its unique sound as the backbone for psychedelic and classic songs. The H8 not only survived this experimental era of the 1960s but quickly became a timeless instrument. With the H8-II of its RetroScape series, Hagstrom introduces an authentic re-issue of this legendary 8-string bass originally released in 1967. In other words, its tremendously powerful and sparkling sound is back!
What makes the H8-II so special? The octave sound of the high strings is just perfect. Unlike electronic devices, this approach is not subject to tracking problems. The narrow neck, the congenial 8-string bridge (string-through-body) and its short scale greatly contribute to the perfect playability of the string pairs. Hagstrom’s proprietary “Dyna-Rail” humbuckers produce a phat sound and can be split to single-coil mode using the volume control. The famous “H-Expander” trussrod ensures perfect neck relief despite the considerably higher tension of the eight strings. It also contributes to the bass’s fabulous sustain. The on-board sliders allow players to activate and deactivate the pickups individually. The global “Tone” and “Mute” sliders provide a host of additional sonic options. This attractive package is rounded out by the authentic double-cutaway body shape, which fits snugly in the RetroScape series’ design philosophy and will even win over die-hard vintage freaks.
The minute you lay your hands on a Hagstrom and strum it for the first time, you can instantly feel why Hagstrom has legions of devoted fans and why so many pro musicians have made it their “number one”.
H8-II Bass Specs
Body All Mahogany
Double Cutaway - Based on Original 1967 Design
Material: Hard Canadian Maple
Truss Rod: H-Expander™
Nut: Graph Tech™ Black Tusq XL 40 mm nut
Fretboard: Resinator™ Fretboard
Inlays: Hagstrom Perloid Dot Inlays
Frets: 21 Frets
Tuning Keys: Hagstrom Design 22:1 Tuning Pegs
Scale Length: 30.75“ / 781 mm
Pickups: 2 x Hagstrom DynaRail Humbucker
Controls: 1 x Volume Control with Push/Pull Coil Split
Kill Switch Located on Upper Bout
4 x Switches (left to right)
Neck - off/on
Bridge - off/on
Master Tone - off/mid & high cut
Mute - off/gain reduction & high cut
Bridge: Hagstrom Adjustable String-Through Body
4 x Hagstrom 22:1 Chrome Die Cast Tuners
4 x Hagstrom 18:1 Chrome Die Cast Tuners
Custom String Gauges (Complete replacement sets are available to order. Model Number: HBS-8)
G .040 / g .015 (Octave)
D .055 / d .025 (Octave)
A .070 / a .040 (Octave)
E .095 / e .055 (Octave)
H8-II Bass Standards
H-Expander All Hagstrom electric guitars and basses include our patented H-Expander™ truss rod. Providing tension at both ends and running the entire length of the neck, the rigid yet light-weight alloy truss rod allows for a very low action and thin neck, two factors that were instrumental in earning Hagstrom its reputation as the world’s fastest playing guitar. The H-Expander™ truss rod not only provides ultimate neck stability, but it also contributes to Hagstrom’s unique tone. Longer sustain and a round attack are some of the sonic characteristics the H-Expander™ adds to the tonal essence of Hagstrom.
Hagstrom models use 18:1 or 15:1 gear ratio machine heads based on our own designs to insure accurate tuning. Viking® and HB series basses feature machine heads with a 17:1 gear ratio.
Resinator™ wood is a wood composite material that is both more uniform in density and more stable than any standard wood product. These characteristics eliminate dead spots or “wolf tones” sometimes associated with conventional wood fingerboards. Resinator™ wood has an articulate sound similar to high quality ebony, but without any of the problems associated with ebony. It provides a stable and clear tone, and also adds higher overtones and harmonics which uniquely detail each note. Like our H-Expander™ truss rod, Resinator™ wood is a major contributor to the distinctive “Hagstrom tone”.