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What a super start to Page Two of the Visitor Contributions. Also Celebrating 20,000 hits on the Home page, I had thought to save this one for "you know what" in the new year... hmmm have to wait and see now...

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Erland Alexander Heir from Norway has captured all aspects of the Visitor pages Guitar, Bass and Amp... and with such a delightful shot. Notice the pinched waist of the Bass compared to the Six string guitar, a lovely comparison side by side. So, what did he have to say about his pride and joy?

Click on the picture to open it up full size!
Hi! Thanks for a great site! Here`s a picture of my 2 Hagstrøm guitars as well as a Hagstrøm Amp. From left, a 1972 Swede bass and a 1977 Swede guitar. The blue amp is an Hagstrøm GA225 from 1971. GA225 was my first amp. back in 1974. I trade it with an Peavey in 76. But when I found this one in Stockholm this summer, I did a fast deal!

I like the look of that amp.... Now Dave, we need a Bass amp.... Thank you Erland!

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Ken S from New York sent a "Please Help" message recently. Oh it does my heart good to give people good news... out of the depths of the (by coincidence) moody looking picture, shines one of my favourites...

Dear Webstrom, I have a Hagstrom Guitar Serial #743357. This guitar must be close to 25 years old and really I don't know much about this guitar. Enclosed are 2 pictures of the guitar.
Please help me on any info about it (Year, Cost $$$) it is in good shape just needs a good cleaning..

Thanks Ken S New York, USA

Just click on the pictures to enjoy the depth of artistry captured by this picture. I don't believe it was intentional, nor that it hides a tale of woe. Some might have said oh yea not worth much I'll give you $150, take it off your hands etc., I did offer to adopt it, but (as always) advised there is no list, (see note at bottom of page) happily I had the price when new available, and mentioned the rarity, collectability, and some recent auction prices for similar ones.
(This will not always be known - so please don't use me as an update / sense check just for the sake of it - PLEASE!)

Oh yes if you want a brighter picture of the Blonde 'F' hole Jimmy Click Here

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Sol from Montreal Canada brings us this Swede story...

Hi, I would like to know if you are interested in adding my Guitar to your picture gallery.

There were 150 Swedes produced in that 811 production run, and as far as know, these were the only guitars with the "patch" headstock badge. All other Swedes has the Fleur De Lys on the headstock.

1971 Hagstrom Swede (Patch)...Serial 811060 If you need any other pictures of the guitar, please let me know. My name is Sol Levinson and I live In Montreal Canada. It is actually the second one I bought, the first was stolen. it had the Fleur de lys. I don't remember the serial # completely , 8 0 2 3 were part of it. Peace, Be Well, Have Fun, Sol

Thanks very much Sol. Peace to you, friend, and thanks for the text and pics. This is such a super-clean and sparkling example - well looked after, and obviously appreciated, - so it should be, they're great players!

Just a small addition about the headstock and your description:  
It is interesting to see the logo style, and you are right - most have the "Fleur de Lys" style. This style originates from the background used on the Jimmy signature semi-acoustics, (See above example). This styling also appeared on the later SuperSwede model, and
"Patch"... well that was actually one of the wired neck for analogue synthesiser models that appeared 1976, and had a din socket close by the jack socket for dual modes of play. Yours has it's own special "factoid", coming from the first full batch made under the name "Swede", previous batches were called Hagstrom L.P. (and made differently). It is wonderful to see the superb condition, in further communications Sol confirmed it is is near mint condition.
 
(As always, click the small pics to view larger versions)

Update Dec 2002: This guitar was shown on another site as being for sale, then even shown sold!
The owner had not sold it, nor was it for sale, despite 'encouragement' to do so by that site's operators.
It remained listed despite e-mail requests to remove it. It was finally removed by 31st December 2002.
Please beware some opportunistic people may ask for photos, then end up misrepresenting them.
www.hagstromusa.com, www.hagstromcanada.com and www.hagstrom.org.uk will always respect your rightful wishes.
Any link you find on this site should be OK, but always be sure to 'use your head' before parting with money or rights.

Back to business, why not check out Sol's brilliant oil painting work at http://www.earthartgallery.com/painters/Sol_Levinson/images1.html

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Ciao a grazie!

Had me worried for a moment. I thought we had the youngest Hagstrom player beat by this one! Lovely Viking 1 also eh?

Batch 713 - Made in 1967

Ciao David, grazie per tutte le informazioni da te riuscitami ad inviare. Complimenti vivissimi per il tuo sito web e per la cordialità nonchè la puntualità e competenza con la quale rispondi ai tuoi utenti. Per le fotografie da me inviate ti autorizzo a pubblicarle sul tuo sito web per quanto tempo vuoi e apportando pure le modifiche che tu desideri. Ciao a grazie di cuore. Gabriele Busani, Velate (Mi)

    Hey, thanks Gabriele, I couldn't have put it better myself (without translation tools anyway!)

And of course... Ciao Ricky! (Pictured)


The "record" is still safe I hope - Phew!

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Patience is a sweet thing, and promises are worth keeping...

I received an e-mail from Yvon Lavoie (Canada) 12th November 2002 asking some questions about a couple of Hagstroms...

pictures promised in return for info... it happens many times... then on Christmas Eve: "HI DAVID I DID NOT FORGET YOU,PICTURES PROMISED WILL BE MAILED IN THE 1 ST WEEK OF JANUARY 2003.BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL. YVON" Then yes 28th of January they arrived at my office Canada post to the UK... Now that's dedication!

First another gorgeous red Viking, made the same year as Gabriele's Viking above, but two batches on - (715) - the bridge has changed to a wooden base with fully adjustable height and saddles version favoured on many models after this time. Great original case too. A mass of photo's, and a lot of time spent putting the contribution together, so let's take a look eh?

Then if that wasn't enough, a beautiful Jimmy Oval
from the very last batch of 100 made in 1979!
The same colour as my own, I well appreciate the pleasure from this one! The colouring is quite intense on these models, and the curvature of the body rising out from the defined edges as if to reveal another guitar under the surface when it catches the light... (enough Dave)...

Having retired last year Yvon is looking at this as a kind of hobby. Well, all I can say is you could have done a lot worse.... a lot worse indeed!
 

HI,I LIVE IN CANADA(15 MILES NORTH EAST OF MONTREAL Q.C.) AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT MY HAGSTROM VIKING CIRCA 1967 IN CHERRY RED COLOUR, THE SERIAL NUMBER IS 715... AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY HAD BEEN MADE OF THIS ONE. ALSO I HAD A JIMMY SERIAL NUMBER 53 057 ..., CHERRYBURST? ,HOW MANY OF THIS ONE HAD BEEN MADE AND THE RANK OF THIS ONE. I ALSO HAD A SOLID BODY IN THE 1960's, IT WAS RED ,2 P.U.AND A LITTLE WHAMMY BAR? I WOULD LIKE TO SEND YOU BY REGULAR MAIL PHOTOS OF THESE, CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE I SHALL SEND THE PHOTOS,. MANY THANKS FOR ALL THE INFOS YOU WILL PROVIDE AND HAVE A NICE DAY TO ALL. IT IS TRUE THAT HAGSTROM HAS THE THINNEST NECK FOR WHAT I HAD ,THE NEAREST NECK THAT WAS SIMILAR WAS A MOSRITE.

Well, questions answered, photo's arrived and up on site, JOB DONE - Thanks Yvon, and good luck with the renewed hobby!

It's so rewarding that so many of you Canadians are such nice people that's two people who've bothered to take dedicated photo's and send them by mail - such true sincerity restores the faith eh (Hey Rob, you're kinda OK too... so don't worry - Ha-Ha).

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It took time, but David Ream finally "persweded" himself he could afford one...

Thanks again for your website. I enjoy the all the pictures you have on the site. I sent the pix of the 75th Patch ever made (Swede) that I recently acquired. They look sort of red compared to the actual color which is natural mahogany. I know that I am at least the third owner.

The guy I bought it from had it since the early 80's - he thought that he got it in '81. All the modifications were done to it before he got it because he thought it was all original which obviously it isn't. Normally I never do anything to a guitar that is in it's original condition becuase I figure it was built the way the manufacturer thought best to design and build it.

So if I don't like the way the guitar is as it is I usually just pass on it. I am not a collector. I am a player, so I look for guitars that I can play with nothing other than adjustments. However with this guitar I can't really do that since the circuit board is gone. Someone has drilled a hole in the top to put in the mini toggle switch. In short it, is impossible to put it in its original condition so I am willing to make some after market upgrades that do not further damage or detract from the guitar as it now is and make it play/sound better.

I am going to keep the original Hagstrom parts in case I ever need to put it close as possible to its vintage state. After I have made the adjustments and modifications that me and my luthier decide upon I will post before and after photos on my website with a link to yours (with your permission) to show it as I originally received it.

Well now for my Hagstrom story... In about 1978 or 1979 I was in high school and there was a local music store in California near my home. I had been playing bass and guitar for about 3 years and had never really owned a quality instrument. In this store they got a matched set Swede and Swede bass and had them in their display window with a price tag of $850.00(USD)each.

Now to give you an idea what that meant to me, I had worked very hard to buy my first car that I was now driving and gasoline and insurance was draining me for every cent I could possibly earn. My car only cost me $450.00 (USD) so as you could see how this guitar was priced way out of my range but they both were the tranparent cherry red with chrome hardware and were the most beautiful guitars I had ever seen. In short they became the object of my desire which remained unfulfilled and to be honest kind of lost in the recesses of my memory as the years had passed.

Hagstroms just completely were out of my life and I never crossed another one since. I was going out with a girl from Sweden for a while in about '81 ... but that is another story. Fast forward 25 years.... I am on ebay just looking at guitars and I suddenly remember how I loved that Hagstrom guitar I wanted way back then. I search and find them wow! -but they weren't the same guitar as I wanted way back then. I didn't even know the model name - I just knew it looked like an LP. So, I begin searching Hagstrom on the 'net and find a friendly community of Hagstrom lovers and their websites. I especially enjoyed your web site and the official website in Sweden.

They are even better than I remember. I learned the model name (Swede) and begin a quest to buy a Swede, Patch or SuperSwede. About a month ago I get my Guitar and it has become my favorite guitar. There are simply no other guitars like it. It is fast, plays wonderfully for a guy like me with a light touch especially the Patch with its extra thin neck. I am proud to be a Hagstrom player. I am considering selling/trading my Gibson to get another one. You can't play just one! So many thanks to all the friendly people who play Hagstroms and thank God for the Internet which helped me realize my dream.

Moreover David, thanks for sharing your prize with us, and realising the quality of the original instrument, so many get less attentive owners who don't appreciate what they're meant for... music...pleasure...and a little bit of synergy when you take hold of that piece of art... and make it Live!

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Since the article on the EDP46 and the arrival of the classic Red Goya, I am pleased to have received a flurry of messages from people who also appreciate these individual pieces of unique guitar history. In a variety of versions colours and pickup specs, these are actually great players too, so don't write them off as being just a quirky collector item.

Patrick Desplanque from USA was one of them, and with a bit of background provides a perfect backdrop for his Goya picture.
 

Thursday, February 20, 2003 2:39 AM - Subject: Enjoying your site! I love your site and the other Hagstrom sites as well. On a whim I had decided to research the origins of a guitar I bought used in NY in 1962-63. As it turns out, your site has helped me identify it as a GOYA Standard 90. I still have it but long ago, having broken one of the tuning pegs, I replaced them all with aftermarket parts. I wish now I had'nt! I don't suppose I could find a set of originals (unless...). The instrument is identical in every respect to the red sparkle except that the body is black. It sounds quite good although the action is very hard (normal?). Does it have collector's value (assuming it were in excellent condition- I would rate mine "fair")? I'd love to hear from you

So as always I try to give a bit of a reply - as we appreciate our visitors!

Subject: Your site     Hello David: Thank you very much for your kind and enthusiastic reply. If memory serves I paid $80 for the guitar in 62 or 63 (used, with original case which was in bad shape and long gone). The plate with the serial plate was replaced with a blank one but there is a number (free hand) on the aluminium plate that serves as a washer for the neck adjusting screws. It is a 3 digit number and could be the unit number that normally follows the batch number. I'll check and revert. I was in an amateur band in school in the mid 60's and although they were not known in the US, we played Shadows and Spotnick songs (or tried to ;-)). Yes I have a digital camera and will try to take some decent shots and e-mail them. Again thanks and all the best. Patrick

 

Thanks Patrick

 

 

 

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Thorsten Lundquist kindly contacted me to say I was welcome
to use any of his photo's and link his site.

LUCKY GUY - LUCKY PRODUCTION - www.lucky.se Go See!
Stockholm. Sweden.

Here's a couple to be going on with, but do visit the site
- Collecting everything from Hagstrom Levin Gibson to Fender Guitars to Citroen 2CV's with 'fenders' both ends!
Recording Studios, and guitars for sale (no hags though!)

So, as an small example I thought we'd do an almost "first and last" (of a style)
First The Kent PB-24-G from 1962 then the Hagstrom Partner from 1979


Notice the ridge through the centre for the pickups on the Partner - first appeared on the HI in 1970?
Take a look at a Former Front Page Feature from Bernie to check it out!

...and dont forget to go and see the rest of Thorsten's collection at LUCKY PRODUCTION - www.lucky.se

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John Forster from Maryport, UK and his Jimmy III ? (a-hem...)

Hi David, I bought "Jimmy" when I had an music/electrical shop in Maryport. I saw it in a catalogue and just had to have one. It cost me about £600. At the time I was playing in a jazz combo and fortunately my bank manager was a fan, and I had no problem convincing him that I really needed a new guitar. If I'd asked him for £200 for the electricity bill he would probably have said NO!, but a new guitar was much more important. Long gone are the days when my bank manager liked to say YES!. I fitted the third pick-up myself, it's a Gibson humbucker, (Shame on me I hear you say). It does give a great sound and I don't regret doing it at all. I like it, and I never intended to sell it so what the heck. I played him all the time until about ten years ago when I bought a Patrick Eggle New York. Unfortunately I was playing a lot of C&W and "Jimmy" didn't have enough twang on the top end so he went in to semi-retirement, like me.

The picture of me and "Jimmy" is in the local British Legion Club in Maryport. We played for dancing on a Friday night and we backed various artist on Saturdays. I was in the resident trio for nearly ten years and had a great time. I started playing in a band when I was 19 and I played continually on the music scene up until 18 months ago when I suffered a slight stroke. I couldn't play for a few weeks and I sort of got used to not going out in all weathers trailing up and down the county so I packed it all in. I teach guitar full time now and also make Hawaiian guitars etc. Why not visit my website www.johnforsterguitars.co.uk and who knows, you just might know an Hawaiian who's looking for a guitar! Anyhow it's nice talking to you and I hope you find the pics are of some use. If I come across anymore I'll send them on to you. Regards John Forster

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Gerrit got a Diamond Deal in the Big Apple

 

Hi, I've certainly enjoyed perusing the interesting stories and beautiful photos on your site.
 

Back in the 70's I had a Hagstrom Swede just like the one in the photos I've attached. I liked it a lot, but the realities of paying my own way through college forced me to sell it.
 

 While I've enjoyed the fruits of having gone to college, I missed that guitar. recently I became interested in playing again after having been away from music for many years.
 

I found this guitar, and the Viking, at a dealer of vintage guitars in Rochester, NY (Diamond Strings).
 

I bought this Swede (a 1974, just like the one I had), but the 12-string Viking caught my eye as well. I purchased it also, and when I opened the package I was just overwhelmed with how beautiful it was!
 

It has some very minor finish checking, and that's about all. I had to clean up the electronics a little on both guitars, and had to polish the Swede out a bit, both overall I have two very playable and quite beautiful instruments.

The neck on the Viking is a bit narrow for a 12-string (especially since I have rather large fingers), but if you tune it down 2 steps and capo the 4th fret you get a great easy-playing 12.
 

The Swede just plays exactly like I remember my first one playing, easy and fast. Use these photos as you please on you site, or just enjoy them. If you like, I'll try to get some more to you. This message has pictures of the Viking. I will send a follow-on message with pictures of the Swede, to keep the message size low. Best regards, Gerrit
 

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Thanks for the pics and info Gerrit, I love that Viking 12. As a guy who grew up with a 12 string (acoustic BJ12) I can appreciate the fullness and clarity of this style.

 

I am lucky enough to have a Hagstrom 12 (solid) too, and there I can appreciate your comments regarding string spacing! However, it doesn't take anytime to adjust between the differences, and what a sound eh?

Nice guy that Bruce Diamond by all accounts.

 

 

 

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Short and Sweet... Black Beauty is a "Yester play"...


Here's a picture of my Swede "Black Beauty". I recently bought this from Jim Yester, the original rhythm guitarist for The Association.
Here's a link to a video where I think Jim's playing her:  http://www.theassociation.net/ram/backseatofheaven-56k.ram
Cheers- Paul Wecker

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Randy's Condor - is a Corvette - is a fine example!

This Hagstrom Condor is mint condition. I've had one in my closet for almost 35 years -- bought it new in 1967.


Actually, I'm loaning my Condor a friend on Saturday, so I probably won't have time to get a shot of it before then. I will keep the it in mind, however, and will send you a shot soon upon its return. May be a month or two.
(He's a good friend.)

I last played it in the 80s, and even though I took it apart and cleaned all the moving parts and button areas as best I could, a few of my buttons are "iffy," as I recall.

But other than that, it sounds wonderful and the finish is mint. I've concentrated on acoustic since the 70s.

But I'm still in love with the look of the Condor, and the memories of the late 60s when I was playing it. Best regards, Randy

      

David, Hey, I bought some film last night and snapped a few shots. Here are the promised photos of my 1967 Hagstrom Condor. Best regards, Randy Scott St. Louis, MO USA

That's what I like - a sense of duty - yes folks, get your pictures in to me, add a bit of background, and hey presto, here they are!
Thanks Randy, it's a really gorgeous looking example - make sure your friend takes care while enjoying one of the best players from Hagstrom!!

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Please note: although I will try my best for the occasional request, this site is not an official price record site, and if I can help, any valuations are still difficult as there are silly prices from time to time, very variable quality, and it all depends on the person who wants to sell and the person who wants to buy. I am no dealer, and therefore can not provide a firm expectation considering the above. As Kwinn says - 
Be patient if you're looking for the right Hagstrom!

There is no price list any more!

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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!