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Life and Soul (Old Band photos)
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- send your photo and paragraph of text to the e-mail address shown at the bottom of every page with "Old Band" in the subject line.

Choose one photo that represents your Hagstrom toting band, any one visible Hagstrom instrument will qualify, scan and send it to us with a sentence or small paragraph about the early band, the school beat group, the garage boomers, the HagPartridge family, or your own moody (dig those teenage hormones) blues band...

1966 in Springfield Virginia

This picture was taken at a school dance in Springfield, Virginia in the spring of 1966. I was 19 years old and had the Hagstrom bass for about 2 years. I am 58 years old now and still have the bass and along with 2 Fender Jazzbasses and a Rickenbacker, I still use it and it still works just fine. I use the sub-bass setting to do old Mo-town stuff and the full treble setting for "My Generation" by the Who. Gary Evans in Salt Lake City, Utah


And here's that same bass in a photo from Saturday October 14 2006 !


Click on the Icon Picture left to see a larger close-up of how it stands the test of time... No wonder "My Generation" was the best time eh?

That's a 'then and now' to be proud of eh?


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1966, and The Imitations... Now, who was the fifth Beatle?

...those "baby blue" plastic-covered Hagstroms were shipped to the island of Puerto Rico "en masse", so there should be a good supply of them there still, including the "mauve" color version, (kind of "pinkish-mauve"), and including the bass version in Black, if I remember that one correctly. We are talking 1965-on though around 1968. My rhythm guitarist had both of them, and they were not bad guitars or basses at all, just didn't have much volume. But they played well in tune and were comfortable to play. In fact, I have a photo of Pete playing the Hagstrom 6-string in 1966. I can tell it is the Hagstrom because I was there, but it is not very visible. Pete was a Beatle's expert, he could play John Lennon's guitar style like noone else I've heard since. Remember, this was Puerto Rico in the early to mid 1960's, yes, we contracted the Beatles' bug down there too. regards again, Jose A. Maymon Nashville, TN

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Mike Seracin's pics from his old (from 1970 to about 1975) Banquet / Polka band:

The HIB looks a little unique eh? Well here's more pictures

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This is one cool picture.

Many years ago however I did own a Hagstrom guitar and I have a picture taken at Head in the Clouds, Norwich circa 1969.
I thought you might be interested so here is a copy. I really regret parting with that guitar! regards Nick Roche


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The Silver Strings (with Kent Guitars)
1963 1964 playing at schools and small clubs. in Hedehusene Denmark.
robert pihl

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Phil Meboe

Greetings, I have been enjoying your Hagstrom web page (and watching your son demo the Hagstrom III). I purchased a Hagstrom III in the spring of 1966 (just a youngster of 19). My band was full time on the road that summer. I kept my Hagstrom for a couple years, and then (foolishly - because I wanted something newer) traded it off on a Fender Coranado II. Yuk! Wish I still had the Hagstrom. It was a great guitar with a great neck. I'm still playing after all these years - Fender Jazzmaster, Parker Fly, and Guild F50 - but I'd love to still be playing that Hagstrom III.

I've attached a picture of my Hagstom III and me from my on-the-road days in the summer of 1966 (dig the pants!). Picture is a bit faded near the top, but the Hagstrom is pretty clear. Blessings, Phil Meboe La Crosse WI USA

Interestingly, back then, much of my favorite music came from the UK (Beatles, Kinks, Dave Clark 5)
- still love that early Beatles stuff.  And today, some of my favorite music still comes from the UK. 
Now it's Christian music (Delerious, Matt Redman, Hillsongs).  Great stuff still coming from the UK.

Click these two pics for bigger versions - and thanks Phil. Like you, I wish I had my old H-III too!

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