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Ampeg's Hagstrom Owners Manual!

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This extremely rare piece of Hagström History and Memorabilia came up for sale from the USA recently.
Thankfully despite the updated "bidder1" "bidder2" etc fiasco, sometimes you still know who not to bid against...

You know we'll share the information with you all, so sincere thanks to Peter D in the UK for sending along these precious pictures!

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Click on the icon pictures below to open a full size version...

<<< When you buy a piece of music technology,
you expect a full set and maintenance manual.

Why not with a quality guitar too?

We're talking Swedish Craftsmanship here of course,
so here is... everything you need to know!

First comes the Welcome >>>

The assurance of quality, craftsmanship,

Urging you to look after your
valuable possession

To assure many years of satisfaction.

No question there eh?


<<< Fingerboard and strings

Plating, Finish

Tuning and Machines

The Patented H-Rail
The difference between a Rod and a Rail (Link)

No Warping and bowing with
a vintage Hagström!

How to make that adjustment >>>

Great detail your local luthier knows off by heart

How to check you're not getting carried away!

How many times have you needed to adjust one?

Not many I bet!


<<< Superb Adjustable bridge
that in principle pre-dates the tremar unit...
... and outlived it too!

Anyway, don't let it suffocate in the Car

And here's some tips for Hibernation...

(Then sell it on eBay for 10 times as much in 30 years time)

Regular Checkups >>>

Avoid Perspiration

String up regularly
(No Goretex or Elixirs then eh?)

Mount your strings!

Ball ends and Proper holes

(Hey this is getting rather risqué)


Thank goodness,

now I understand

at least once I get my protractor out

How many times have you
anticipated the length,

Chopped off the end...
Only to see it slide back
through the hole...

Just at the point of
optimum tune-ability

The tip is to count to three
But we all know it's easier said than done...

What the hell am I on about now?
Just look at the pictures eh?


A few words about
stringing up and depression

You won't be depressed with a
D'Aquisto of course

G strings, B strings
...how fashions change


Now you are in unison!

But if anytime you need surgery...

Let them know in ten days
then you'll get a
first class service
from Indiana

I hate surveys...

they want to find out
all your personal stuff...

Mind you if you didn't
do it then...

It would be fun to do it now...
(On second thoughts don't, Ampeg might not see the funny side)

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All levity aside, this is a great read... or at least I think so!
(Thanks again to Peter)

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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!