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Original Catalogue Information

There are a few Hagstrom Guitars Catalogues around still - they come up on the auction sites from time to time, if you are lucky someone will contact you with pieces.

Over time I will transcribe the catalogue contents for you. However this is a very slow process, completely 'by hand'. I realise there will be some who will just steal this effort, but think on, you could always link to this page in your auction adverts instead - as an appreciation?

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1978-9 we have two sets of information.
First: Models included in the (UK) Bell Musical Instruments Catalogue
Second: Hagstrom's set of literature from FCN (UK) Distributor
Click to GO SEE  See 1978 Price List (UK)

Circa 1976 Hagstrom International (Newsletter/Catalogue) (UK)
Front Cover Story - Europe's Finest Guitars
Back Cover - Hagstrom in Britain (and around the world)

Circa 1975/6
Jazzbass Advert (Swedish)

I hope to provide a translation
to this advert in the coming months


Thanks to Ulf Peterson

Take the Tour - including:
    SuperSwede introduction adverts.. Views  during Hagstrom manufacturing...
    Feature on Larry Coryell... Introducing the Guitar Synth' The Patch 2000...
    New 12 and 6 string Acoustics with a new headstock and bridge style...
    Finishing with the only SuperSwede advert I've seen to date...

 May 1975 USA Catalogue Ampeg, Elkhart, Indiana
   So Ampeg use different Model numbers and names - confusing eh?

   But then the Models do change - so check them out (Click the Picture) to start...

   "Scandia" now when did you last see it called that on E-Bay?

...and the 10 page Swing-Tag manual - so much info in such a (rare) small place!

Big picture for such a small item?

You'll be amazed at how much is in this little booklet.

Tips, Maintenance, Storage, how to string it up even!


1971 Bjarton Catalogue
Including details of the 'other Jimmy' model
 that confuses the e-auctions occasionally!

 Plus a few Extra items of interest
 from the guy who kindly sent the catalogue to me.

1971-2 (?) Canadian Catalogue (Arc Musical Instruments - Ahed Musical Corporation Ltd)




1970-1 (?) Original Swedish flier for some key Electric and Semi-Acoustic Info
such as the Jimmy HN Custom, and how the "Swede" got it's name!   Then carry on down to more FULL CATALOGUE details below...

Click on the above picture to see the original reverse text in Swedish...
Or CLICK HERE to see the same translated into English by our good friend Anders Karlsson.
Either way to take it, you'll also find out how the "Swede" was first named!

Picture kindly Supplied by Tomas Melander

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1966 USA Catalogue (Merson Musical Products Corp. NY. Subsidiary of Gulf + Western Inds)
Acoustic                  (Texts are now up to date)
Beat Solids              - So there's plenty to see!

Pro Range    Semi-Acoustics   Price List Jan 67 (USA)

66 Catalogue Excerpts:
That Neck - So Fast !
"Micromatic"... "Electro Sound".... "RoyalTone"... "Golden Tone"... and "In Motion" Vibrato... ALL HERE!

1967 Unicord Hagstrom Classics Catalogue (Stunning stuff from Bjarton)

The variety based around the better known Isabella and La Rita models

....violin grade maple
... rosewood, walnut, spruce
...gold plating


1966-7 USA Brochure (Merson Musical Products Corp.) - Hagstrom Electric, Slim-line Guitars - Basses
Another view of the F11 Plastic Top 2 Pickup model
The F200 2 Pickup and F300 with 3 Pickups - Hagstrom's "Futura" models.
The Hagstrom Impala and Condor (note the name change)
The FB Plastic Top 2 pickup Bass model
The F400 Deluxe 2 pickup Bass
The Coronado IV Pro Bass
Cases and Covers from Zipper to Alligator style
            (Details are READY - just click the picture!)

Undated Bjarton Acoustic Catalogue

Take a look at the models, the factory itself and even

work in progress pictures in the Bjarton factory

(Thanks go to Peter Jensen from Denmark for these rare pictures).

ESPANA Catalogue (~1965)

 Many questions to begin with regarding this brand

 often confusing, but now it is ALL made clear!




1964 Selmer UK Catalogue excerpts

Added Nov 2004

1964 Selmer catalogue - Hofner, may be posted later,
but we highlight Futurama, Hagstrom, España for now.



1952 Hagstrom Catalogue
This is a real gem. A veritable time capsule of information
with all the musical equipment Hagstrom used to supply!
All in Swedish of course, but even if you can't read all the words,
it is a fabulous record to browse through, and easy to follow!



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How much did your guitar cost in 1967 (USA) ?

How much did your guitar cost in 1978 (UK) ?

Much more to come!

(Other makes Catalogues are shown on "Other Brands" Page)

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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!