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Glitter Sparkles
Now we moved
back to the dawn of Hagstrom Electric Guitar time...


1958-9 to be as precise as we can...

P46 Deluxe

Another model that employs the
'top of the range' Hagstrom Hi-Fi Chassis Unit,
which was granted patent on 13th June 1958

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   Buttons in order:
   Solo      (or Lead)
   Acc       (or Rhythm)
   LH        (Bridge and Neck pickups together)
   L          (Bridge Pickup)
   H          (Neck Pickup)
   O          (Off)
   Plus a little chrome reset button near ACC





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As with all the Glitter models, catch the light in a certain way, and the chameleon factor comes into view...
These are a couple of very quick shots taken on the evening of arrival - not in good light or with lots of time!

The Reverse is NOT the White Pearloid. Did you know Black was an option?

This solid body example is original. So unlike some other versions this is HEAVY!
Another inspiration for the Swede range that appeared much later?

The pearl effect fretboard is there, the acrylic transparent covering is also there.
But the whole body is black coming round to a ridged edge where the sparkle takes over.

There were two modifications soon after manufacture, the bridge was replaced with a fully adjustable version,
and the Hagstrom Tremolo arm was not standard on this particular model when new
- a unique guitar (unless you know otherwise?)
... and for once "unique" doesn't mean 'butchered'

...more UK pics soon - with a bit more patience, after all I've played it now, so I might even calm down soon...

 FUN TIME!    ...the picture up above on the left has 'items' representing six decades in history
what can you spot?

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Strumming by CDC (2003) ...from Karl E Hagstrom (1991)

The youngest Hagstrom live performer (9) with the oldest Hagstrom from 59!
If you know better, then let me know (or even Rob in Canada!)

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I am truly grateful for the opportunity to share this with you, and I hope it helps inform other owners and enquirers
 - these pictures below were supplied with the guitar, and represent the views and angles extremely well:

I wondered what it would be like to play, it felt comfortable - surprisingly comfortable!
The back of the neck feels rounder - more (dare I say) a bit Fender'ish, almost an acoustic roundness...

The fretboard feels as good as the Batman - which doesn't apply to all the glitters - it balances well under finger.

...and the solid weight is so well balanced - it's (YES REALLY) a fabulous player!!
Most of all thanks to Rudolf for allowing another fine example to join the Hagstrom UK collection.


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So, what can be done today with a guitar of this type?
Well, lots actually, they're great fun, and still known by the greats if music.
In the recent
Mark Knopfler album "Ragpicker's Dream"
Richard Bennett

can be seem playing for the album (2002)
(Link Updated)

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Notice the "+" and "-" buttons changed to SOLO and ACC (Lead and Rhythm) in most models,
also a small chrome reset button soon appeared, positioned offset from where (above) the + and - buttons are placed.

And in the UK - this was then...

Hmmm.... Seventy-Five Pounds...
Now if you're trying to work out the hire purchase, remember we had Pounds, Shillings and Pennies then
20 Shillings to the Pound, 12 Pennies to the shilling... so that makes it...
... a damn good reason for going decimal! (Oh yes, and there were about 2.5 US Dollars to the Pound too!)

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And by Contrast...in 1962

wait for it...


Esa Harju from Finland knows how to enjoy himself, - to quote: "ZERO NINE, a group of simple north-eastern Finnish boys, were more than a little astounded by the experience of playing for 30,000 people at Råsunda stadium in Stockholm, supporting AC/DC on their tour, letting it ring at the legendary Marquee club, and drinking backstage vodka in Russia to such an extent that sometimes I had to ask what country I was in…"

A fascinating guy, you just have to see his website - he has a lot more to offer, besides some of the most stunning Deluxe Pictures I have ever seen - here's a taster...

If you know your stuff, then you'll realise this is
NOT A Standard Deluxe. It is listed as a 1962 Deluxe
Ä Model

One of the first (and only) 75 made before the modification into Duck-foot or Batman design
and before the EDP46 models listed in 1963.

Here's a link to Elmo Harju's site: www.elmerson.com

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   See also:

   Hagstrom's 1961 GOYA branded semi-acoustic models, the Hagstrom Deluxe Ä (new modification), and for a more generalised view of the Hagstrom Standard and Deluxe range (produced mainly under the Hagstrom name), between 1958 and 1963, see the page EDP46

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There's nothing like a REAL original Swedish made Hagstrom (and there are loads around), but if it 'floats your boat', or you can't find an original then who are we to say?

Plenty has been said already and
will be said forever forward probably.
Only you know what's right for you!