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Viking Serial Number Examples: R04280008204010109C85472594 (You have a Sealed Burner Range if you can only remove the burner cap and burner, but not the burner bowl.) Open the Oven Door. If you do not see it there, remove the toe-kick grill (below Oven Door) and the label will be in the middle attached to the bottom frame. On newer units, after opening oven door, look up under the control face for the label.
During the filming for the 1968 TV Special, "Elvis", a 1968 Red Hagstrom Viking II was borrowed for use by Elvis in several segments of the show including a stand up performance in front of a live crowd.
Manufactured only in 1967 and 68, only 1350 of this model, the Viking II, were said to have been produced.
It is about 40 watts with two EL34 tubes, reverb and tremolo in a case only 14" inches tall, 19" across, and about 7" deep." Several years ago while in Nashville visiting Scotty I stopped by Gruhn Guitars downtown and saw an old Hagstrom Viking II on the rack. The guitar had been almost completely stripped of parts but the wood (neck and body) were there as was the original tuners, string guide and wiring harness with switch.
The process took about 2 months and I have to say that I was more than satisfied with the result.
I had sent along a few photos of Elvis with the one from the NBC Special and they matched it much closer than my expectation.
Hagstrom at that time used polyester lacquer finishes and I felt that the new finish should be the same.
I checked with Tracy Longo at Guitar Tech Corner, who you may remember from the pages about Bob Bain, and he suggested Lays Guitar Shop in Akron, Ohio to do the work so after contacting them I shipped it out.
Viking Model Numbers generally begin with a V (for Professional Series Products) or D (for Designer Series Products).