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A 1971-2 (?) Hagstrom Catalogue:

First that lady... (A New version of the Picture can be found here)


Just to help you concentrate on the sculpture and features of the fine curves... of the HC4 (or Isabella if Bjarton branded), I can reveal the identity of the lady. Swedish? No indeed she is Canadian. Her name is Kathy Robertson.

The catalogue quotes her as a famous Canadian ballad singer and guitarist. Where is she now?

The only other Kathy Robertson I have found was involved with a project albums such as:
HILLBILLY DOWN: Roy Nichols V2 Various The second salute/benefit for ailing country guitar legend Roy Nichols. The emphasis this time is more on original tunes from the likes of Kathy Robertson, Tony Gullkyson, Pete Anderson and Randy Weeks, but they all reveal a deep love of classic country sounds. Fittingly, Merle Haggard concludes this heartfelt disc as Nichols, for many years, played lead guitar for Hag. (Cowgirl Records)
However this doesn't sound like ballads or Canada... - Can someone confirm or enlighten please?    Over/back to Rob Maybe?

Now we have left that one up to you the reader, lets move on to the detail of the Catalogue itself. This one is not specifically dated, but clearly is late sixties era.

Here is a selection of models from the catalogue, starting with the acoustics:

From left to right, top row, then the two below:
(Paraphrased from the catalogue, with links to slightly larger picture versions. I've shown the Bjarton Model name also where known - please advise others, thanks.)

HC2 / Rosita - A Large Spanish Model with back and sides of beautifully grained mahogany. The top is made of selected alp spruce, with tasteful mosaic decor around the sound-hole and with wooden bands around the top. Neck of mahogany, and fingerboard of ebony. This excellent instrument is mounted with superb nylon strings. The instrument is treated with a special lacquer in a satin-etched and very resistant finish.

HC5 La Rita - A Spanish Model with back and sides of beautifully figured mahogany. The top is made of selected alp spruce, with mosaic decor around the sound-hole. Black, red and white celluloid bindings around the top. Two piece neck in mahogany with fingerboard in jacaranda. The guitar is finished with a mirror-polish, and mounted with extra resonant nylon strings.

H33 / BJ12 - A 12 string model used by many leading folk artists, a rich tone suitable for country and other styles. Spruce top and shaded in a light brown colour. Black and white celluloid inlays around the sound-hole and top sides. The neck is made of mahogany and equipped with adjustable aluminium profile. An adjustable bridge makes it possible to adjust all strings in height and to tune each string individually. The instrument is delivered mirror polished and is available with or without microphone.

HC4 / Isabella - Large Spanish model with sides and back of beautifully striped mahogany. The top is made of acoustical spruce. Neck of mahogany and fingerboard of jacaranda. A tasteful mosaic decor around the sound-hole together with a nice contouring gives the guitar a very delicate appearance, which has made it one of our favourite and most popular models

HC3 - A guitar in large size with back and sides of maple and top of excellent acoustical spruce. The whole instrument is beautifully shaded and mirror polished. White and black celluloid inlays around the top, back and sound-hole. Nickel plated machine heads of the highest quality.

H45 / J45 - (lower left) A very Popular model, the six string version of the H33/BJ12.
H45-E (Not pictured) Electric version of H45

"The Classic" (pictured on it's side) - A large Spanish model in luxury style with back and sides of lovely flame-grained maple. Top of old good spruce, best quality. Beautiful mosaic decor around the sound-hole. Jacaranda bands around the top and white strips as decor on the sides. Neck of mahogany and with head-piece artistically carved. Fingerboard made of ebony and gold plated machine heads. The instrument is stained in a brown colour and lacquered in a satin-etched finish. Unlimited guarantee for the first owner. An instrument that improves with age.

Hey, any original owners of the Classic around?  It should be nearing peak performance soon eh?

These were not the only finishes available, as shown in places on this site. My own H33 is later with mother-of-pearl headstock and blonde satin-etched finish. My BJ12's are clearly the same model, one maybe earlier than the one shown here, and the logo is oriented differently, the second - like the H33 has the decorated headstock. My J45(H45) is like the one shown although the shading (sunburst) is more cherry than tobacco colour, and again it has the decorated headstock. See them all together HERE, with specific pages linked to elsewhere on the site.

Oh yes...Cat Stevens See the pic here!

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