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An interesting story, but we don't want to bore you, so to clarify 'what is what' when it comes to the brand name of Hagstrom...

It started as a Swedish brand in the 1920's making accordions...
(Albin Hagström moved from young farm-hand to entrepreneur with superb skill and determination, despite court cases involving his envious parents, where later, millions was wasted on lawyers over a period of ten years. Despite this Albin won through, and Hagström developed into the biggest music retail network in Scandinavia, also by the 1950's developing and sponsoring music education throughout the country).

It started making electric guitars in 1958, and ceased making them in 1981.
(The copycat market made it impossible to remain competitive, and advances by Japanese  manufacturers along with the existing Canadian distributors were turned down by Karl-Erik Hagström Senior "They were not real Hagstroms"  The company ceased normal trading in 1983, but never officially closed down).
(read the story)

The next 20 years
Numerous approaches to revive the brand were refused. These included Swedish and American collectors, companies and consortiums right through to the Foo-Fighters Hagstrom devotee, Pat Smear. Karl-Erik senior wanted it to be more than opportunism, but without the Swedish operation it wouldn't be Hagström, and with the family showing little interest beyond duty to the brand, it was best left as it was. You could always write to Sweden, and more than 20years on you'd still get a personal reply from Karl Erik Hagstrom Senior, from his office still attended daily. For devotees, enthusiasts, and players, the profile of the old brand was also maintained through the internet, with myths, rumours and stories... discussed, refuted, or revealed. So by the millennium, there was still a cult following worldwide.

Karl Erik Hagström Junior gained a majority share in the Hagstrom company around 2000
Intrigue and rivalry had often been an element of the Hagström family history even going back to the early days of accordions, and by the turn of the millennium it was rumoured that the next generation - Karl Erik Hagström (Junior) - had gained a majority in the company.

A few Lights were switched back on in 2003
Clearly the approaches to revive the brand name had continued, and now landed on fertile ears. Contacts from the original Canadian distributor such as Peter Patrick, Scandinavian company EM Nordic such as Benny Englund, and the German company Music Meyer formed the project managed under a company known as Tricor. It all seemed to be an exciting prospect if done well.

A new range of guitars were launched in 2005
David Lee from USA was appointed as designer, and Chinese production started to appear in 2005. Karl-Erik Hagström senior (by now starting to succumb to ill health)  was kept in the loop, often indirectly, but he stated he felt he could trust Benny Englund (a long standing business friend) with the project. He was still able to comment on - as well as remain a thorn in the side of the initial offerings, but began to accept that he could no longer protect old standards and values; the world has moved on. All new Chinese Hagstroms are 'personally approved by Karl Erik Hagstrom'.... but which one eh?

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So, what's the bottom line?
Original Hagström Guitars were made in Sweden, between 1958 and 1981
There is talk from Tricor / David Lee that there may be some limited production from Sweden in the future
Original Hagström guitar values continue to rise as people re-awaken to the brand
There are plenty of new made Hagstrom guitars on eBay: new, seconds, and second-hand
There is the promise of a next phase of new production for the more discerning player in the future
So the initial offering is seen as "value for money" in its heavily discounted price bracket...

Example story - May 2007: Straight from the Forum here at Hagstrom UK

Tim Webster
 



May 11th, 2007 - 8:43 AM

Re: cheaply agstroms

I'm a long-term Hagstrom player, and have just bought one of these very same guitars (F300, fancy-pants blue, factory second) following a disasterous day spent trying every single cheap Fender Strat I could lay my hands on. This guitar, no matter what I may have said about these reissues in the past, really seems like a viable alternative to the poorly made Mexican and Squier guitars I tried. Sure it feels cheap- the body finish is too thick, the tuners are dinky and the plastics are hardly top-notch, but it's only ever going to be used about the house for recording and occasional stratty moments. It'd be perfect to learn on. At least compared to the crap Encore or whatever I had as a first guitar.

And the damage...
£75 buy-it-now
£50 postage/customs
£40 proper pickups: http://store.guitarfetish.com/19repralstpi.html

Total £165 for a highly beatable guitar :-)

( Click to Go to the Hagstrom UK FORUM )

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YOU WILL FIND LOTS OF WEBSITES DEVOTED TO THE ORIGINAL HAGSTROM HERITAGE
MANY WITH ORIGINAL HAGSTROM INSTRUMENTS FOR SALE - AND AT THE TIME OF WRITING
THEY ARE STILL REASONABLY AFFORDABLE - SO YOU CAN JUDGE HOW TO INVEST...

There can be confusion at times about what is an original Hagström guitar: There are some basic clues

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We have a number of exclusive recorded interviews with Karl-Erik Hagström Senior, which cover the original story
back from before to his own childhood, right through to his thoughts on the future reputation of the Hagstroem brand.

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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!