Bjarne Norman Jensen from Denmark sent us these two
pictures of his Hagstrom cabinets with Lansing speakers.
They've been in use every week since 1972, and "still going strong".
Now that is quality eh?
Click for larger views
Marcus Superswede Johansson brings
us a drool-able 1962 Hagstrom 39!
I stumbled on this beauty two days
ago. It claims to be a model 39, (says so on the back and on the
schematics). Three things about the amp puzzles me.
1. The pattern on the vinyl cover... snakeskin-tweed?? hehehe havn't seen
anything like it before. Is it original? (No)
2. The diskant speaker in the upper left corner. I can't tell wether it's
an original part or if somebody put it there to improve/destroy this
fabulous amp.. (A Modification)
3. The knobs look nothing like the knobs i've seen on pictures of other
39:ers... I'm new to Hagström amps so this webpage caught my eye! I would
love to hear what you people think. What is this that stand before me?
(A Gorgeous Amp still !!!)
specs: The main speaker is a Sinus B-1051 8 ohm made by "Högtalarefabriken
AB Stockholm Sweden" The small diskant speaker says "TTT 4 ohm 50w". The
nr on the controllpanel, (serialnr?): 504288
The schematics says: "principschema för förstärkare Hagström 39 9w" I love
this thing!!! The sound it create when i plug in is amazing..so warm The
little wooden tremolo stompbox is a wonderful detail, (my wife laughed at
it...please forgive her she knows not....)
Here are some more pics (Click to
Oh what a lovely prize! Thanks Marcus.
On a visit to Älvdalen in October 2005 we
tried out an amp sitting in the corner at Musitech. Solid State I know,
yet such a warm rounded sound that I had to ignore it's visual condition,
and buy it straight away! Anders later had a theory about the early
solid states being warmer sounding as the transistors were not silicone
based... now there's a clever thought, but then we are talking Anders K...
When the GA-225 arrived in the UK the condition had further
deteriorated with a few of the accessory items having vibrated off
completely! This is a test of the overall strength of construction, as
heaven knows how much throwing around it takes to remove knobs, a coloured
light cover, and to make the top handle completely unscrew!
About ten minutes got the handle back in place, and we'll show more of
this 1969 beauty very soon.
Peerless Speakers made in Denmark, but no other visible
marking on them... we managed to get it back together, and plugged it
in... yes... oh yes: Reverb and Tremolo all fine!
Managed to find a couple of knobs for it too
(darn it - I should have searched for some in Sweden, but we ran out of
time... Still if I tidy it up more I'll do some more pics... but the
playing is what counts, and it's great!
from Sweden sent us some pictures of an old
(shown on the Real Oldies
page). It was handed down to him by his father, it
is said to have been bought in 1950, and converted to semi acoustic with a
neck pu and pickguard. I would have thought it must have been a bit later,
but I do not know exactly when...
However this is the AMPS page, so what better than the amp that goes with
it. Again what we do know is that it was in the era of Hagstrom Oslo
fabrication and this amp - branded Hagstrom, was also made in Norway.
If you can tell us more, than we
have here already - then please do!
Jan says: an old Hagstrøm tube amplifier
Model: TGF 10 / C Serial: 720,70W it was made in: Telrad, radiofabrikk,
barliveien 14, Oslo, Norway. This amplifier is in good shape, works, and
it sounds good.
CLICK the Pics to see larger versions...
Here are the pictures of the amplifier. I really don't
know much about this amplifier, maybe someone else can tell me more about
it. If someone should have a servicemanual or bias-adjustments procedures
please send me an email email@example.com
The tubes that are used from the right are; one EF86,
two ECC83 ,two EL84 and the rectifier tube in the power supply is EZ81
This stamp is located on the inside of the amplifier, I
think this is the manufactures name
Thanks for the great pictures Jan, and the notes that go
with it. I know I've seen one of these somewhere before, just can't place
it at the moment, unfortunately it wasn't here in the UK collection!
Then in July 2005, Bjorn Jensen
gave us this insight to ^^above^^ history...
This Hagstrom amp was built as a prototype
for Hagstrom in late 50's (i do not remember the exact year.) build by
Birgir Sparbo and he's Norwegian company Telrad radio fabrikk. the story
is that Hagstrom suddenly decided to build their own amps right after they
got this prototype. So the first hagstrom amps is probably copies of
Telrad amps. Harald Ødegaard is the man that delivered this amp to
Hagstrom (he is still alive and has told me this story) I have a big
collection (ca 60 pices) of Telrad amps form the early 1950 models to
latest 1977. I have also schematics and almost everything leftover from
the faktory. Telrad also had a factory in Gotenborg Sweden in mid to late
60's. This is some interesting info ??? Bjorn
Here's a couple of pics of a Hagstrom 310 recently restored by
my friend Anders Karlsson...
This project took time, valves, determination - and achieved much satisfaction! (Then in Dec 2001 - The appreciation was enhanced by the amp
being delivered to the UK to use with the collection here)
Very few people know how ahead of time Hagstrom was when they designed the 310.
The 310 is actually both a 2-channel mixer,a tremolo-unit and a guitar combo.
The two channels are identical microphone inputs with mixing capability. The
first tube in the amp is used as a pre-amp/mixer as this tube is a twin tube
where the outputs converge into one of the halves of the second tube. Here the
sum signal of the two microphone inputs gets the tremolo added.
Then the signal goes to the second half of the second tube
where it is further amplified before coming to the complicated power amplifier
valve that actually is a double penthode/triode. In this tube the triode is used
to invert the signal for one half of the push-pull amplifier formed by the two
Hence this is an ideal amplifier for the street singer with
one song microphone and one guitar, violin or what ever. Two guitars can also be
used and mixed at wish although there is only one tone control.
The 310 is now our voice microphone amp during all practice sessions with
Golden Boulder, coupled with an old Watkins Copicat unit I bought new... quite a
Click the small picture to see the original Watkins (WEM) Copicat leaflet.
BEFORE WE MOVE ON, TALK ABOUT A COPYCAT...
Look closely beyond the initial brand name "Kent", down by the input sockets...
Thanks go to Lars Top-Galia from Denmark for the original pictures
I'd rather have this one than my own in the sense of Hagstrom collecting, and
the fact that it's something I still use often would make it a purists dream!
Just see the layout - this is an earlier tube version but Watkins would have
something to be proud about here too eh...
May 2004: I was lucky enough to obtain the unit, and thanks to
Lars for the superb packing!
Ronny DeGruyter from Belgium shows us his Watkins branded one found recently
(yes I know it's not Hagstrom, but it's great isn't it!) You can read the
history of WEM Watkins, Copicat and his dominance of the slaved PA systems etc
on Charlie's own website... and you can buy a brand new Copicat still today as
well as packs of tape loops. Now that's lasting appeal eh?
Now back to the Hagstroms...
May 2002 - Tommy Ollars Sent
this GORGEOUS 310 restoration picture - The Tweed Version!
June 27th 2002 - Happily this
one too found it's home at Hagstrom UK, going into immediate use alongside it's
other family members...
"THANK YOU TOMMY" IS AN UNDER-STATEMENT!
10WATTS OF VALVE IS WORTH MANY TIMES A
TRANSISTOR... BUT... WAIT... WHAT SOUND FROM YONDER FJORD?
[ e-mail me for schematic ]
The other Hagström
favourite is the 620 head
- a real classy sound, hand wired valve of course...
I have a mysterious (to me..) amp model 620, and I'd like to get all the
possible information about it. I haven't found anything of it from the internet
and hoped you could help me. Information like when it was made, schematics etc.
would be nice. There is one picture attached. You may use my picture in your
site, but I'd like to stay anonymous. Thank you. ("J" from Finland)
Now how about bringing the concept up to
date and get the Hagström logo back on it....
Get a state of the art speaker stack... hmmm
Here is the
Transistorised/ Solid State
(YES ANOTHER HAGSTROM FIRST)
The Hagstrom GA85 Model 1700 Reverb,
Serial 697028 - A lovely "Big Beast"!
Weighing in at 60lb or thereabouts, two guitar plus three
2 x 12" Philips speakers / 85watts output... arrived from Northern Sweden safely
June 2002 - thanks UPS !
A few crackles initially when you crank it up, but a nice deep rounded sound
Thanks to Kent Johansson
from Malmberget, Sweden.
and welcome to the website Kent - Hey, they named a guitar after you didn't
they, or was it Superman?... See the reverb unit found inside
by clicking here
this then... A Beautiful big BT100
and 4x12 Cab. I am thankful to Zeljko Franci Smailagic from Porec,
Croatia for this collection of photos. See his pictures and comments:
Dear David; OK, what I do know is that it is a BT 100, solid
state model that was produced from the middle seventies. It has 100 w output
power on 8 Ohms , two separate channels, no effects. I am a valve/tube freak,
all my amps are Orange, Marshall, Fender, Vox... and I have only two solid
state; a Gallien Krueger and this one. There is something in this head that
makes it sound quite well, a real vintage sound. However, it does miss a good
reverb to be in a high class ( or at least a fx loop - send/return to facilitate
the connection of an external effect). The head was purchased in 1976 ( 77?) by
the first owner and I got it from him in 1979. I played it a lot before, for
some 10 years and since then it is in my home "playground" and played from time
to time. The serial number is 53 949069. The only thing I had to deal with is
some broom so ( as you can see on the photos) I added a small wire for
"grounding or earthing" which does the trick. The really amazing thing however
is the Hagstrom box. Serial number 53 874015, model P412, 100W, 8 ohms, 4 x 12"
loudspeakers ( strange model of speaker with a small cone in the middle - alike
the modern coaxial types today). I would guess that the loudspeakers are Philips
5200 but I have never opened the thing - never needed to as it works perfectly.
When I say works I do mean really works as it is being used on daily base since
1979 when I got it ( it came with the a.m. head). A superb, very vintage tone,
it really "sings". I have used many top model boxes ( Marshall 1960AV Slash
signature, Rivera RO 212 with EV, various Boogie boxes, etc.,...) but this one
is my favorite. I use it with many heads and it gives perfect vintage sound,
superb clean as well as amazing punchy, crispy and/or distorted tone. I am only
careful not to send too high wattage to the box ( not more than 100W) -it does
the rest of the job. Amazing reliability, 25 years of service without any
problem. I hope this is of interest and help. Thanks for the Hagstrom page, I
love it. Keep the good work and hope the sun stays in your area longer than
usually. Take care Zeljko
Well, thanks again Zeljko. This is what makes the site
special. The variety and the pleasure everyone gets from their Hagstrom!
Incidentally it looks like fun with the Zoom effects unit... and there's me with
a Pod2 through the 310! Mind you I'd love a good bass speaker cab if anyone
wants to offload one!
Hagstrom Mixer Desk (CLICK
PICS BELOW to open the dedicated page)
After Hagstrom, Amtech continued to manufacture these units,
click the pictures above to read the expanded story, and bigger pictures You can find a couple of current products
"Age-One" and "Age-Pro" guitar effects
by following the link below.
...or by writing to Amtech AB, Box 61, 796 22 Alvdalen, Sweden.
came first? The Duck or the Hag?
Tobias Persson from Sweden posed a question... then found the
We are lucky enough to tell the tale here though
...a friend found this at a recycling
station, I replaced a few tubes and it works fine with my Mini-Disc, might this
be a modified Hagström ?
(Click on the small pictures either side for larger views)
Hi again I have got some info from a
Swedish source, it seems to be a Mullard preamp/amp kit built together, the
preamp is the box underneath and the amp is the circuit-board on top. Hagström
used this kit for their 510/614 amps with some variations, the missing tube is
to be a ecc83, it also works with the ecc82 but not as well. I have some pics of
it, Enjoy !
Quack! said the Mullard I realise it should be Mallard -
call it un-poetic licence for my obscure "chicken and egg" analogy
- if you hadn't noticed or didn't understand my humour anyway - never mind!
Here's a couple of Hagström 510 pics from Lars in Sweden
I DO love these little bits of general
Manfred Graeder, has provided us with an inspired collection
of Bass Guitar information
This addition to his collection is both fitting for him as it is for us!
Hello David, Please find attached some pictures of my Hagstrom
Bass 210 Amp. This tube Amp is still completely operative and is a perfect
addition to my Hagstrom Bass collection. Since I'm not an Amp specialist I let
the pictures speak for themselves, maybe one of the other Hagstrom specialists
could add some technical background information. Best Regards, Manfred
As Manfred says - Please feel free to add detail to this
selection of photos,
meantime, thanks again to Manfred, and congratulations on your addition to the
Jacob from the Home of Hagstrom sent this on New Year's Eve 2003...
The Hagstrom 39 Amp
Hello, fellow Hagström lover :-) - just stumbled on your site
and must say I like it a lot :-) Here are 2 pics of my Hagström 39 amp
..recently found it for sale (private owner) in Gothenburg, Sweden and just HAD
to have it!
This cool amp was probably made ca 1960-1963 and is in
surprisingly good shape - actually, it is almost immaculate. Do I need to add
that it sounds nice, also? If you don´t push it too hard, it has that perfect
jazzy feel and tone, a bit dark and muddy like all Hagström amps, but perfect
for that blues jam or the sleazy jazz session :-).
It seems to like my Strat and my De Armond Starfire special
best (single coils), but can handle the Ibanez jazz hollowbody with HB:s, too.
It has 2 inputs, tremolo, 1x ECC83, 2 x ECL82 plus EZ80 tube
rectifier, plus a 10" Sinus (italian speaker brand, re-labeled for Sinus acc to
some former Sinus employee).
The circuit is built on a phenolic (spring-supported to the
chassis) PCB which is really state-of-the-art for being that early in the 60:s.
Not very service-friendly, but what the heck...
The tremolo is almost Leslie-like in speed and depth, so
smooth....and I just love the 1-knob tone control.
amp is perfectly giggable now that all stray value components are swapped.
I also have a 1964 310 in tweed which is louder, but only half
as cool as this one :-)
Cheers and Happy new year from Sweden, home of Hagström amps
[ e-mail me for schematic ]
What a great end to 2003, it
really made my day to see such a great example of something still cherished and
My 310's (above) get regular
use, not just because they are Hagstrom amps, but because they are so good!
I have to say that I find these
39 amps so appealing.
To see one in in such good
condition and appreciated so much is a real pleasure.
Thanks Richard for taking the
time to send us such good pictures and info.
Kohkoinen sent me some pics of his 614 amp - you can see the family resemblance with the above...
A "virtually brand new" 45 year old Hagstrom amp??? It looks like a transistor radio in a
typewriter case... but it's a lot more fun than that, the Hagstrom 26!
(Let me tell the story through the e-mails, dotted around with some pictures...)
From: Tommy Berg Larsen - Saturday, January 03, 2004 -
During the years of playing the guitars I have owned many Hagstrøm amps. I have
one amp left, and I was wondering if you could help me with
about that one. It is very small, light blue, stuck inside a "typewriter-box"
the numbers on it is Hagstøm 26 548286. It has two mic inputs on its right side
and a tremolo. Best regards, Tommy Berg Larsen, Norway
Hi Tommy, Thank you for your e-mail. I
know the one you mean, but I do not have any specifications at the moment. I
will ask around and see what I can come up with for you. Is there anything
specific you need to know? I have seen a photo of one dated 1962. Kind regards,
(I sent a photo link to the one on the official
David. Thank you for answering me. It is the same amp, no doubt. The only
difference I can find from the photo is the red button down left.
It is not on my amp. (Since Hagstøm was made in Sweden, there
are lots of amps and guitars under beds and in closets around here, but I have
never seen this one before) I was wondering what year my amp was made?
It looks like it was made yesterday. One of the old guys here
told me it was bought in 1953, but i don´t know what is right. I will take a
photo of it and send it to you. Again, thanks, Best regards, Tommy
Hi again Tommy, Purely as an ‘educated
guess’, 1953 sounds very early, but it is possible. Hagstrom started making
electric guitars in 1958.
This is not strictly just a guitar amp, it is possible it was 1953, the tremolo
function makes it likely intended for keyboards, practice or guitar. I will see
if anyone can tell me more. The red oval bottom left is a “Made in Sweden” Label
/ Sticker, often found inside early Hagstrom supplied guitars. So it is not
surprising that this has since gone, or maybe as a label, it may not have been
stuck onto yours. I look forward to your picture.
CLICK ON ANY
TO SEE THE FULL DETAIL
Hi, David! Here are pics of the amp. Does not look old, I think. You can tell
from the stamp inside the case that it was bought in Norway. Best regards, Tommy
OR for a
LARGER VERSION (635kb)
I am very grateful
to Tommy for taking the trouble to share these pictures with us all.
If anyone can shed light on
when this model was first produced, then please do let us know!
Finland sends us Jani Koskelainen & a request about a 310...
January 05, 2004: Hi! My friend got Hagstrom 310 for free
(tweed), but it needs severe electrical restoration.. :) I'm the *lucky*
repairman, but i haven't been able to find the schematic for 310.. If possible,
could you please send one for me.. Thanks in advance! Yours, Jani Koskelainen,
Two days later...
Thanks very much for the schematic! After looking the amp more closely i
found out that it was pretty much 'potatoes and meatballs (swedish?)' :)
Yesterday we had a holiday here in finland and i had plenty of time to repair
it.. (before i was able to read e-mail) ..so i can't send you pictures 'before'.
But i can borrow my friend's digital camera and shoot some pictures 'after' :)
Especially there is one power supply capacitor (which i removed!) that is NOT
supposed to be in the circuit and it looks almost like bomb! Also original knobs
are lost.. Currently there is pretty ugly knobs installed. (I haven't yet found
knobs 'cool' enough) Despite the looks it sounds totally awesome and it has
really dynamic feel (At least with humbuckers). I will send you some pics..!
One day later...
Hi again! Here are pictures that i promised.. I hope this isn't too big
mail since there are several pics attached! Rgrds, -Jani-
What we have now is some really comprehensive views of the
inside and outside.
I hope you enjoy looking at the detail of this "potatoes and meatballs"
masterpiece - Ha Ha...
First for Art and more...
All angles of the cabinet...
(CLICK THE ICON
PICS TO ENLARGE)
Some of the work and inside!
2x SIZE VERSIONS OF
THE FOUR ABOVE CAN BE
Tommy Berg Larsen returns
...with some more up to date stuff this time!
Very Smart bit of Hagstrom kit here - I'd love it myself, yet
so often it is unappreciated in it's homeland, as "oh yes another old Hagstrom
amp". The problem is getting this kind of thing shipped anywhere easily. Many
people are put off arranging anything bigger than a guitar!
So, what have we here? A Hagstrom PA / Mixer unit sitting in a
console with a "Super Dynamic Echo Unit", plus two handsome looking PA cabs with
solid covers/stands. Lovely stuff!
August 2004 - The owner...
HI - from NORWAY ! I am the photographer and the owner of the PA 2000 & Super
Dynamic Echo presented on Your web-site ! Until this evening I had never heard
about Your Hagström forum, so I was totally taken by surprise discovering MY
pictures of MY equipment !! I dropped into Your web-site totally on occasion,
searching the net for information about Hagström 210 bass amp ): I know a guy
selling a 210 top + orig. speaker here in Norway; - nearly mint condition... I
bought the small PA2000 livemixer-console & Super Dynamic Echo during the winter
1975-76 when I was a full time musician here in Norway. These Hagström items has
followed me ever since... We also had 4 speakers, which all were sold in the
late 70-ies. Later I managed to buy back one set (the 2 pcs. on the pictures).
Tonight I wrote immediately to Amtech for more information, searching spare
parts (2 knobs for the mixer) and maybe service on the echo-box (it is all in
function / even the foot-operated remote control with red light !).
Best rgds., VIDAR F. - this nice gear might be sold to the right persons - any
Look at the quality and condition of the piping and general
finish on those cabs!
Thanks again Tommy for taking the time to send these pictures
in to us,
and Vidar for making the follow up!
Hey don't get
Tommy is back again...
Tommy Ollars (see right up near the top - Tweed 310 May 2002)
We are really getting the range covered
now, here is a great 'personal recommendation' for the later ranges,
the solid state era so often gets a 'bad press' in the eyes of the valve
Sure there's a difference, but NO WAY a lost cause!
Hello David. Thought I'd send you a couple of photos of my new
toys. I found this system for sale. I got in touch with the seller and we agreed
on the price, as he did not have any photos available I got a deal "blind".
Normally I do not do this but I felt that the price gave room for some nicks and
dents, I could accept it. Luckily there was not so much that had happened since
it left the factory. First impression was that it needs some cleaning up. I have
now tried it out last evening with some friends and it is a really good system.
( Compare the speaker height with my acoustic Washburn standing beside. )
I have not measured but I think the two speakers in each cabinet are 12" in
It has a very soft tone, not so much hissing noise from the
amp and I also noticed that the transformer did not humm, despite the fact that
I had it connected to a non-grounded power outlet. (The PA-system / Riley/ we
have in our band makes much more noise and that is a fairly modern set. OK - it
is not top of the line but still) The only thing I should do is clean up the
potentiometers for master and channel volume knobs. Slight noise when turning
them. Also one of the speakers has a minor damage in one corner, a plastic strip
has cracked. I think it is standard material and can be renewed quite easily.
Besides that I will probably renew the speaker cables. The plugs are nice and
bulletproof but the cables could be replaced with new material. ( I like plugs
that has no plastic parts that crack and so on. They should be all metal.)
One fun add-on that I got with the set is a Dynacord tape-echo
system. I have not tried it since the tape was missing. The seller gave me some
material and splicing equipment so I could fix it up. The P-50 is prepared for
this echo system and I got all the necessary wiring harness between the amp and
the echo unit. Best regards / Keep on rocking with Hagström. Tommy
Oh boy... if it wasn't for the carriage
costs I'd be green with envy Tommy - GORGEOUS!
Thanks for taking the time to send us this - again different - insight into the
Morten Jorgensen from Norway
sent us this great couple of pics.
Still in service this Hagstrom Bass 210 gets a great sound out of this
wonderful Ampeg Bass... just look further down!
Surfed by your nice Hagstrom site and thought I might add to
your collection of amp pictures...
Please find attached my precious pair; a Hagstrom 210 bass amp in tweed covering
and my Ampeg amub 1 bass,
If you want details (or more pictures) just give me a hint… Enjoy!
I Love that Bass design!
I don't want to 'steal' pics from everywhere, so apart
from any contributions from visitors (PLEASE), here's a link to some
pics (don't just copy them though - respect).
Anyone with Hagstrom
photo's is very welcome.
Send them to me for posting. There's an e-mail link on virtually every page of
A story isn't absolutely necessary, but adds a little bit of what we like to add
to this site
- Appreciation and the appreciators!
So bung a pic of you too along with it.... Hell, past and present...
stage photo's...you, the dog and the Hag... It's up to you!
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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!