Hagstremely III - A tale of Woe? Heck NO!
What is the ultimate Hagström Electric guitar? Wow what a question. People often ask me what's my favourite, but that's an impossible question to answer. It just depends on your mood and style at the time. Do you go for all out glitter or laid back jazz, well the Hagstrom III is neither, but it is a very versatile proposition; a superb classic look, and a good weight to carry and.... oh just take a look below later eh?
In Sept 2004 I updated the pictures, with some of the originals still further down the page. I included a streaming video (now a 'You Tube' link) as a demonstration of all those switches, and Chris had his first proper play on this great guitar even though it had been here quite a while. The pictures were in anticipation of a departure... yes I had said I'd never sell that beauty, but in a moment of madness I decided to give it away free to a notable and worthy player with a great story. So back across the Atlantic again, it found a new home. I had convinced myself I didn't do it justice, and there was promise of it getting some public use in the future.... Of course, the recipient disappeared again into the 'internet ether' a short while after... and the beauty hasn't seen light of day again as far as I know. You live and learn... I resolved to find a replacement one day... See the photo's...
Chris enjoyed playing this little treasure I'd coveted for a long time before letting it go...
Two years four months later (January 2007) this appeared on
eBay... residing in Kent (no, not where I grew up in England, but Kent Ohio
USA). Jeff had bought it new in 1969 - using his teenage savings. The Ohio retailer
supplied it complete with plush
lined Hagström Case, and of course the 10year neck warranty! Time moved on and the package was consigned to the wardrobe
for over 30 years! Any collector is happy to read these words, often used in
descriptions too easily; however the apparent condition and the proof of
ownership was there...
If John H tells me that USPS is perfectly OK to send to Europe again, I'll...
3-4 day Global Express shipping meant (with many phone-calls,
emails, and patient progressing) 13 days
very little tarnish to be seen on the gilt case hardware
the experience continued to thrill
and for the first time I saw the exquisite back, and visible wood grain
Everything polished to a bright sparkle straight out of the box
Now, the dilemma repeats itself... do I let Chris play it? (Ha Ha).
One thing is certain - I don't care who you are, or how good the story is...
...this one is ours.
MADE WHERE? Yes, of course!
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