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Hags are just GR8
- This one, the
H-8 Bass!

    - Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mike Rutherford and so many more!

H8 Travel? Well this one doesn't.
From it's origins in Älvdalen Sweden in L8 1969, it travelled to USA...
It's movements are not documented for many years, but in 2006 it travelled back to Älvdalen Sweden for the Festival...
Then back to the 'Big Country' again for 8 months, after which the owner - Manfred - offered it to me, so
in March 2007 it arrived in the UK... where it will join other members of the family here at the Hagström UK collection.
Darn it, why wasn't made in 1968 just for the effect... oh jeez, you've nothing to complain about, just get on with it...

While we're here, let's just consider the importance of quality packaging for these irreplaceable treasures.

A substantial box with room to spare, and strong enough not to crumple at first sight.

Plenty of high impact foam layers inside and outside the original hard case.

Layers and filling of substantial high impact foam to stop the old case moving around inside the box while in transit.

 

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Why does it matter? Well, now you've found someone good enough to send it to the UK (an all too often eBay "issue"), you want to ensure it can survive the trauma of time, temperatures and travel...

Acceptance, February 20, 2007, 12:08 pm, xxxx
International Dispatch, February 24, 2007, 6:43 am, MIAMI AMC
Arrived Abroad, February 27, 2007, 11:38 am, GREAT BRITAIN
Into Foreign Customs, February 27, 2007, 5:23 pm, GREAT BRITAIN
Out of Foreign Customs, March 02, 2007, 8:11 am, GREAT BRITAIN
(Then pay the import duty VAT and clearance fees...)
Delivered Abroad, March 06, 2007, 4:01 pm, GREAT BRITAIN

Phew... made it...

            ...and boy it was worth it!

 

So, What's in the Box?

A gorgeous H-8 with original Hard case, and set of Merson / Unicord Distributor warranty cards...

 

748069 was crafted in 1969. Nobody is going to suggest it is still spotless, but certainly a gr8 example of the world's first 8 string bass, the H-8. Totally solid and in gr8 playing condition, this beauty is exactly what we needed here, to use, and cre8 music... I've seen some terrible examples of this model, but this is not one of those. A few touch ups, but no rebuild here!
Amazing considering it's earned more air-miles than many readers here.


Shown here in the "Spanish Castle Magic position"... (left-wise) - mind you we'll learn to play it right-handed here!

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Click the three pics below to open larger versions:


The Subtle curves we
expect from a vintage Hagstrom


The attention to detail and bright
chromed hardware


The quirky machines layout
unique to the model obviously!

 

Some 'dings' across the top, made good again...

 
Now maybe I should send off the warranty card (ha-ha)


(Click to view You Tube)

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Manfred Graeder answers a many time question regarding the H8 - "what are the string gauges?"
Here's the answer:
E low = .095 E high = .055 A low = .070 A high = .040 D low = .055 D high = .025 G low = .040 G high = .015

Thank you Manfred !

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Apart from Hendrix, Noel Redding, Phil Lynnott, Danny McCulloch from The Animals, Andy Kulberg from The Blues Project
and many others at the time - in 1979 here is Lemmy from Motorhead on Top of The Pops!

 

See the H-III / F300 Here   |  See the H-II / F200 and a Tiger Case Here  |  See the H-12 / F-12S Here

DID YOU KNOW THERE WAS A REVAMPED 1970's H-8 PROTOTYPE MADE?

CLEARLY INFLUENCED BY THE SCANDI AND SCANBASS
MODELS OF THE MID-LATE 1970's

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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!