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Hagar previously endorsed Yamaha guitars, which are currently producing a line of Hagar signature guitars named the Yamaha AES620 SH. The guitar is based on Yamaha's AES620 and features a number of modifications requested by Hagar, including a Seymour Duncan JB pickup in the bridge position, a "Cabo Wabo" inlay at the twelfth fret and custom translucent red finish. In addition to his signature model, Hagar also plays a handmade AES920 solid-body guitar. Previously Hagar collaborated with Washburn Guitars, which made a Hagar signature guitar named Washburn RR150, which featured Seymour Duncan pickups and a piezo pickup incorporated into the bridge. In recent years, Hagar has switched to Gibson Guitars, having two signatures by them: the "Red Rocker" Les Paul, and the Sammy Hagar Explorer.

Hagar has used Crate Amplifiers, which marketed a Hagar signature 120-watt amplifier named Crate BV120RH Red Voodoo Amp Head. Currently, he uses Blackstar and Marshall amps, making use of the Marshall Vintage Modern 2466 head and Blackstar Series One 100-watt head.

Backing bands

During his solo career, Hagar has had a number of backing bands. Many played with him on a regular basis as more than just guest musicians. Generally these musicians also record most of the backing vocals for Hagar's albums. The most notable and longest standing group of Hagar's are called The Waboritas, who were founded in 1997 for the Marching to Mars Tour. Also, time spent in Van Halen interrupted Hagar's solo career; it was on hiatus from 1985 to 1996 other than small returns to studio work in 1987 and 1993. When Hagar went on tour with Van Halen in 2004, the band were paid to be held on reserve for Hagar after the tour, despite the band going into a temporary hiatus for the duration

Hagar put the Waboritas on lifetime salary/vacation again, with the understanding that when he wanted to play with them they would be there ready to play, in 2009 following Hagar's involvement in the band Chickenfoot. Initially, Hagar reported he would only occasionally play with the Wabos from then on, for shows at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, particularly his annual birthday concert. However, due to commitments of other members of Chickenfoot slowing the band's progress, Hagar has performed more than he initially planned to with The Wabos line-up.

Note on line-ups: Hagar sometimes played all guitar parts on records, hence the list of guitar players having gaps.

The Waboritas (2003, 2004–2009, 2010–present)

  • Vic Johnson - guitar (1997–2003, 2004–2009, 2010-)
  • Mona Gnader - bass (1997–2003, 2004–2009, 2010-)
  • David Lauser - drums (1981–1985, 1987, 1993, 1997–2003, 2004–2009, 2010-)

Former band members


  • David Lewark (1976–1977)
  • Gary Pihl (1977–1985)
  • Glen Campbell (ex Juicy Lucy)


  • Bill Church (1976–1985)
  • Jonathan Pierce (1993, 1997)


  • Scott Mathews (1976–1977)
  • Chuck Ruff (1977–1980)
  • Denny Carmassi (1977, 1997)
  • Billy Carmassi


  • Alan Fitzgerald (1976–1979)
  • Geoff Workman (1980)
  • Jesse Harms (1984–1985, 1987, 1997–2003)


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