Impala A fine looking bird
Hagstrom introduced the Impala model in 1963, and the instrument quickly found its way into the hands of many professional and aspiring musicians throughout the world. This was a period of great experimentation and innovation in electric guitar design. With their futuristic body shapes and unique assortment of tone-shaping options, the Impala stood out and became integral in creating great music and inspiring amazing artists. They have become highly sought after as collectibles, and vintage instrument still find its way onto stage worldwide since being discontinued by Hagstrom decades ago.
With their re-introduction in 2015, Hagstrom has taken great care to keep the set-neck “soul” of the Impala intact while incorporating important design improvements that will immediately appeal to modern players. The neck profile has been slightly rounded, weight balance of has been optimized, and important improvements to the “Vintage Tremar” tremolo have been made. Finally, an improved switching array maintains the look and function of the originals while incorporating modern, dependable, and ergonomic slide switches.
Since the tone of this instrument carved such a powerful space in the hearts of players, countless hours have been spent to reproduce the essence of the original pickups used in the Impala. The hard work has paid off with Hagstrom’s “Retro-S” Alnico-5 pickups, which expertly recreate the essence of the ‘60s sound and, at the same time, keep the door open for more modern sonic possibilities.
Hagstrom uses a variety of different neck joints throughout our range. Our set neck recipe is the classic and time tested Mortise and Tenon joint. A design that can often only be found on more expensive custom built guitars. We place our time and dedication to ensure a perfectly fitted neck joint, for each and every Hagstrom body and neck.
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 does not only provide ultimate stability of the neck, but also plays a hand in providing you with the unique “Hagstrom tone”. Longer sustain and a round attack, are a couple of the sonic characteristics that the H-Expander adds to the tonal essence of Hagstrom.
In combination with the trusted long travel Tune-O-Matic roller bridge and the Graphtech Black TUSQ XL nut, the re-engineered Vintage Tremar vibrato unit keeps it original appearance while tremendously improving its functionality. Smooth vibrato action and great tuning stability included.
- Body: Mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany, set
- Fingerboard: Resinator Fretboard with Hagstrom 6mm Dot Position Marks / Graph Tech Black Tusq XL 43mm nut
- Pickups: 2 x Retro-S Alnico 5
- Vibrato: Original Tremar System
- Bridge: Tremar Roller Bridge
- Material: Mahogany
- Style: Asymmetric Double Cutaway
- Binding: None
- Joint: Set Neck
- Material: Mahogany
- Binding: None
- Truss Rod: H-Expander
- Material: Resinator
- Radius: 15"
- Inlays: 6 mm Pearl Dot
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Scale Length: 24.75" (628 mm)
- Nut: GraphTech Black Tusq XL
- Nut Width: 43mm
- Pickups: 2 x Hagstrom AlNiCo-5 Retro-S
- Controls: 1 x Volume with R/C Tone Circuit
- Bridge: Long Travel T-O-M Roller Bridge
- Tailpiece: Hagstrom Vintage Tremar
- Machine Keys: Hagstrom 15:1 Ratio Die Cast
- Strings: D'Addario EXP 110 (10-46)
- Hagstrom Bag: E-20