Manfred's Hagstrom Stories.
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He's no Semi-Collector he's becoming a Solid Specialist, and he's back!
The red one is number 934011 and the black one 934181. I will find one in mahogany sometime ... Take care, Manfred
Manfred brings us something unusual in the USA, and not too frequently seen here
in the UK. A favourite of mine - The
Hello David, This week I'd like to present one of the latest Hagstrom Bass Models. A Scanbass with Serial Number 53 023125 build in the year 1977/78. This bass has a completely different bridge, switches and pickups to the other models. The neck has a slightly different form which allows mounting the strings counterclockwise on the tuners without twisting them.
It is an honor to share pictures and knowledge about these fantastic instruments with all the other Hagstrom fans, especially on the best Hagstrom Website of the world. Anyway it would be great to see more pictures from all the others around. Yours, Manfred
The pictures you have provided are of great interest, as I haven't seen "under the covers" on one of these before; so once again my friend - Thank you very much. I did have an offer some time back of a rare fretless Scanbass, but had to pass on it as it was at the same time as the Coronado VI. Not being a bass player for real, I had to make a choice, and went for the oddity factor in the end! That fretless Scanbass turned up a while later with a visitor from Sweden. It had returned 'home'to Sweden, and the pictures now reside on this site.
I am honoured you give the site such high esteem, there are a few of us who work closely together with our sites to (lets say) 'keep it in tune'. Without the generous nature of people like yourself, these sites would be a lot leaner, and less interesting!
Manfred's special of the week is served in such style I need not tell you much, as the photo's describe themselves so well. What a splendid example of this revised model The HIIBN, and a perfect addition to the collection kindly offered for display here on Hagstrom UK (We are again honoured Manfred).
I have only one complaint in the whole of this gorgeous page, and have indicated it through only partly cropping his first photo. (I have to crop and compress pics to save web space) So, what is the nature of my complaint?
Why is the sun shining quite so much ALL the time where Manfred lives!!! Ah well, sunny Bognor Regis isn't too bad compared to some places... but Florida seems to beckon!
Hello David, For this weeks update I've selected a HII B N in near mint condition. The serial number is 821167 and it is built in 1971-72. Take Care, Manfred
Well folks this superb collection continues to thrive on the strength of contacts Manfred has gained around the world wide community.
He's made his mark for sure. Thanks again.
This latest prize consists of a super example of a Swede Bass Patch model (Patch 2000) from a batch of 125 made in 1977.
Hello David, Since I've send no pictures last week this weeks update contain some more. This is a Swede Patch 2000 Bass built in 1977 with serial number 999008. Beside the synthesizer port and switch there are some remarkable differences to the Standard Swede Bass. On the attached pictures you could see the different tail piece, the saddles with additional plastic cap and the pickup selector switch. Unfortunately I did not have the according pedals yet. Regards, Manfred
Some superb shots in this selection - the bridge and tail detail - notice the black plastic-like topped bridge saddles for example... the "Gibsonesque" capped toggle switch (no backing plate though), for pick-up selection... The flick switch for synthesizer mode... Also note the tail piece setup, separating each string - found generally on later Hagstrom models to stop cross over from one string to another... Super shots - Thank you once again Manfred!
Manfred is also on the lookout for an Ampeg Patch Pedal
set and a small synthesizer box to put through his amp.
Hello David, It's a pleasure for me to present the Superswede Bass you requested. This Bass is out of the last batch of Hagstrom Basses from 1981 and one of the last ever build with serial number 53 109101.
This one has the imperfect milky lacquer which accentuates every small ding or scratch, but gives also a very special charm to the bass. Very special is that the neck is continued in one piece through the body with attached sides, like Les Paul's "The Log".
The controls are the same like it's introduced with the Jazzbass. One master volume and additional volume controls for the two pickups. The tailpiece is separated for every string. Two strap knobs are mounted on the bottom to allow a perfect playing position.
Thanks to Craig from Hagstromworld who offered that bass to me. Regards, Manfred
Very much a Scandi Jazzbass influence, and a great player by the looks. Very of its time, so sad it was the last we heard eh?
Yes the knobs were introduced on the 1976 HIII Scandi, as well as the Bass so there was a lot of influence in this parting bass presentation from "The House of Hagström".
Such a shame about the milky lacquer, this also happened on a couple of the late Superswede Guitars. (Yes the truth hurts...), however what a magnificent looking beast, and that straight-through centre section for concentrating the resonation is so distinctive as well.
Another classic model Manfred, and a very worthy addition to your superb collection, once again I am pleased and honoured to share these pictures and details through Hagstrom UK.
Manfred, will the living museum of Hagstrom Basses ever open to the public?
July 2003: Hello David, Let me first congratulate to the 2 Year Anniversary of your excellent Website.
In the following there's a very special donation from me. This set of pictures show the Jazzbass Patch 2000.
This is number 47 out of 75 ever built.
I must not describe the
this is already done better than I could on your site.
... Yours, Manfred
I really love the looks of the Hagstrom
Scandi and Scanbass offerings, in fact go back up a bit,
Manfred (THE Bassman) Graeder has graced this site with his
Hello David, Please find attached a set of pictures of an H II B N from the first series 769. The very special of that bass is the mute mechanism on the bridge.
I believe that this is a special feature only of that series, because I haven’t seen it on any other H II B N batches so far. If I’m right then this is one of 200 Basses with this mute mechanism ever build.
Maybe it was an attempt to build a mechanical substitute to
the electronic switch of the predecessor model H II B, which is dropped later
Hello David, I’ve added an additional pearl to my collection.
As usual; anytime I get another Hagstrom Bass there’s a
Well, we can always rely on the finest
detail and the best investigations from Manfred.
Cheers to you Manfred!
Such dedication is inspired. Almost as
inspired as I am looking at this page of contributions
There must be loads of stories (and pics) around from the last forty years, why not share them with us!
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