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Gordon Giltrap - Past and Present

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Talking with Gordon Giltrap recently we discussed his memories of Hagstrom, his contemporaries and the respect there was in the professional community for these instruments. Not anticipating the demise, moving on, most have long forgotten until something 'jogs the memory' As with most players the typical response might be... Oh yes, I loved that guitar... easily as good as a Gibson or Levin... but they didn't cost a silly amount of money did they... what did happen to Hagstrom?



I mentioned some time ago on the "Hagstrom Fans" page how Gordon Giltrap used a J45/H45 made around 1966 on his First Album for Transatlantic Records in 1967. He has kindly searched out the only known photo and sent me a scanned image of it.

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With a list of friends that reads like an encyclopaedia of modern popular music. Gordon has maintained an eye on many styles of music without compromise to quality, from theme music that everyone recognises, through to jazz collaborations with Martin Taylor.

(See Guitarist magazine May 2002)

He also enjoyed the purity of a Hagstrom / Bjarton La Rita at one time (picture on the Hagstrom Fans page). This was my first direct contact with Gordon Giltrap... when I was too late to bid for its purchase last year.

Lastly, the renewed affair with Swedish curves will be sure to please all visitors, two superb gleaming examples in the form of a BJ12 and a rare Jimmy Oval exactly the same as my own!

Let us hope they find themselves on a CD or stage somewhere soon!

Find out much more and hear the purest sounds by visiting Gordon's own website, which can be found at www.giltrap.co.uk - buy a few CD's while you're there, before reporting back here promptly now... ;-)

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My sincere thanks to Gordon for sharing this with us.

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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!