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Real Oldies!                HAGSTROM ACOUSTICS

I have decided to keep them all together on one page, as I am now getting a few turn up from visitors. Many pre-date the association with Bjarton. In February 2004, I was advised on 'a very good authority' that Hagström's first guitars sold in their retail stores were sourced from Norway. This was also to ease the import / export restrictions that arose after World War Two. These were very different to the quality they went on to distribute once the transition into guitars became the main focus for the company.  With the production still concentrating on Accordions, the mainstay of the business. (Owners send your pictures please). Indeed accordion manufacturing spread around the world to ease the export situation too, with the ill-fated Hagstrom factory at Jamestown New York, and the Darlington England factory which operated well into the late forties. The old Darlington company has many secrets still, but one point of interest is that it was here that the famous guitar lacquering technique was formulated and recorded by Nils E Larsson, who came back to Sweden with his English bride, and went on to spray or supervise virtually every guitar produced by Hagström. His formulae remained a close secret until the books were shown to me in 2005 by Karl Erik Hagström senior.

accordion pictures courtesy of Eva Sjölin

Meanwhile the demand for guitars was still young,  It wasn't until Hagström responded to the growth of interest in guitars, and the slowing of accordion demand that other manufacturers such as Bjärton in Sweden became heavily involved in acoustic production. Karl Erik sr approached Bjärton - a small Swedish classical instrument maker - and convinced them this was the way to go.

We know (from Anders Karlsson below) that the musical interests of the Hagström company extended into schools, and this is a dual benefit, as students become familiar with the brand of Hagström, as well as the life long interest it may provide for the students themselves.

Anyone care to comment? Anyone's grand-parents have any more info (PLEASE?)

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We could broaden the subject matter on this page to anything from the fifties backwards... then maybe split that out too if we get enough subject matter! So, surprise me with what you can find with a Hagström Musical connection, and send me the details!

You could start with a browse through the 1952 Hagstrom Catalogue - what an assortment!

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Then in November 2004 Asgaut Steinnes from Norway passed me this info...

From an essay on /AB Albin Hagstrøm/ by Magnus Nilsson, student at School of Music and Music Education, Göteborg University (2000) I have learned this about the Norwegian Hagstrøm history:

The first Hagstrøm shop outside Swedish Alvdalen was established in Oslo in 1928. A/S A. Hagstrøm imported and had exclusive rights to sell Hagstrøm products in Norway. Due to import-prohibition after the Second World War there were no musical instruments to get hold of. So in 1946 A/S A. Hagstrøm started to make acoustic guitars.

The guitar-factory in Oslo had about 35 employees, and produced about 15.000 guitars. Magnus Nilsson has not documented when this production ended.  

(Many thanks to Asgaut for this info, it has puzzled a lot of people up to now).


< This example comes from Bill Marriott, who  has his own page on this site, and part of it includes this fabulous beauty from the Oslo production...


Open Bill's page

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Feb 07 - Bjørn Haugseth brings us a rare sight, and another variation on the Oslo production...the K1


First, thanks for a great tribute site to Hagstrøm guitars. So far, i haven`t been much of a guitar collector (only six so far, and only one Hagstrom), but reading your site makes me want more than just one Hagstrom!

Ok, back to business. I have just come over a guitar that is not reviewed on your site, it`s called model K-1, serial number 54787 and is produced in Oslo, Norway around 1960.

It was not an expensive model, as can be seen on the rough finish, but it looks and sound quite nice. The model that looks most like mine is the "Konsert Cutaway" from the 1960 catalogue.

It was purchased by post order by my father in law from Hagstrom Musikk in Oslo in 1961.

Since then it has not been used very much, and it has not been out of the bag the last 20 years.

Due to dry storage, the guitar needed some gluing an small repairs, so it was delivered to Imerslund Musikk, a leading instrument supplier in Oslo, who actually is located at the same address as Hagstrom Musikk in the 60`s!

The circle is complete... The guitar was given a full overhaul, and a modern jack input was placed at the side of the body, other than that it is original. As can be seen on the picture, it has the golden "hammered" finish, that I believe is unique to the Norwegian production.

If you have any more info on this model, I will be happy to know!

Superb stuff Bjørn, thanks for taking the time to send it in!

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Vidar from Norway sent this Amazing set of pictures (Jan 06)
My name is Vidar Tjessem from Norway. Here is some pics of my guitar, a Hagstrøm perfect ser.no. 32-053. The guitar is in mint condition and i am glad to own it !
It has the old style Hagstrom 'Gitar' label inside and I just wish we knew more about the story behind it. Was it made by Landola? Was it made at the Hagström factory in Norway?

Unless I am told otherwise, I'd guess Landola, as Karl-Erik himself says that the Hagstrom Factory in Norway after the war was just a means of supply, and not so much a work of art! Where ever it is, this is surely a work of art - lucky Vidar - I bet you are glad to own it!

Here are some more pictures to click on and open bigger versions:


This is a big picture once you click the icon. Such a beautiful and rare example needs to have room to be seen properly.

Many thanks Vidar!

DiArmond Model 1000 Pickup unit - does this give a clue to dating it?

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There are more from this era further down this page, but before we move on here's a (temporary picture) of a Rosita model of this time and from this same production facility in Oslo. It was retrieved from a landfill site in Norway! It sports a higher spec neck and a shaped headstock. (New picture awaited):

Hello, my name is Anders Nilsen, and I live in Drammen, Norway.  I am a happy owner of a very old Hagstrom guitar. I actually haven't seen any other Hagstrom that is similar to the one I own. The picture I attached is not a very good one, so I will take some better pictures in the not too distant future. (I'll try to explain as thoroughly as I can concerning the smaller attributes of this guitar.)

Unfortunately it's history is rather short, since I got it from my uncle who works at landfill about 4 years ago. He actually found it there, I am sorry to say. Where this guitar has been before it came to me, (or even better, who has this guitar been played by?) is an impossible question. But I certainly remember all the good times I've had with, before becoming aware of the fact that it's an antique that should be treated carefully.

Now, on the the guitar's appearance and soul: It looks very much like Bill Marriott's H15, except for the headstock, bridge, other small details and the actual colour of the the guitar. As you can see on the picture, mine has a asymmetrical cut that looks like the kind you would find on Rickenbacker guitars. The serial number 53707 is stamped on the top. It also has a label which says "Rosita". The tuners are not exceptionally functional, the G-tuner is bent and is hardly working at all, so I recently changed the old ones to some relatively new tuners I got from an Epiphone Les Paul, keeping the old set, of course. I can send pictures of them too, they are pretty unusual tuners for a steel stringed acoustic.

As we go down to the neck, which unfortunately has had its binding beat off, we see the inlays, which are layed horizontally. I'm not sure of the material, I'm guessing mother of pearl, but they are in contrast to Bill Marriott's, which has dots. The frets are made of brass, and the neck meets the at the 12th fret. The neck has no truss rod, by the way. The body itself has signs of heavy use, and the years have not been kind to it. There are some dents and scratches. The colour resembles Marriott's, except that mine is more brown than black, and the burst is brighter than Marriott's. The coat laquer (correct term?) has started to crack like an old Leonardo da Vinci paiting. It also has the typical cream binding around the edges. The bridge also differs, and I also think the body itself is somewhat smaller than Marriott's. But it is remarkably heavy for such a small guitar.

Inside of the body, there is a sticker, identical to Marriott's. It says: "Hagstrom Oslo Gitar" with the name "Rosita" and the serial number 53707, written with a pencil. Well, that's the features. Playingwise, from a guitarists point of view, it's.....well, original. It has a very striking sound, sometimes it almost sounds like a piano. I love the sound it projects, this hard and chimey "old" sound, especially with brand new strings. The neck has a distinctive V-shape, which I'm not that used to. When it comes to age of the guitar, I'm not too sure, but I'm guessing it's at least 50 years old, judging from the sticker inside the body and the overall feel of the guitar. By the way, do you have the slightest idea how much a guitar like this is worth? Not that I'm planning to sell it, but it's interesting to know. Besides, my mother is a antique lunatic, worshipping very old things. I'm sorry I don't have more pictures, but I will send some as fast as I can get my hands on a digital camera.

 Thanks to Anders Nilsen for the mail and info

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Hagstrøm Rosita, serial number 53460 - slightly older than the one above...
Rune Braaten
sends us some exceptional pictures. His father bought this guitar new in the summer 1959. He bought it in Oddvar Vestad's musical store in the Norwegian town Molde, paying NOK 250 (Norwegian kroner). The average monthly income in 1959 was NOK 1.200, so I guess he saw it as an investment... NOK 250 equals approximately 33 euro, but if you convert it to present day value, the cost would be approximately NOK 4.750, or 623 euro.


Who else but Hagström could have designed a headstock like this?
Another example of the post WWII Hagström Oslo factory.

The following pictures have been set as thumbnails to click on. They will open a larger picture to view much greater detail...

A lovely selection of photos were passed to us, allowing
some tremendous detail to be shown. Click to see...


(May 2006)  

P.S. I use nylon strings on this guitar, as I'm a little afraid it won't stand the tension of heavy steel strings. The nylon strings make the sound, ahem, interesting. The tuning forks should probably be replaced if the guitar is to be put in regular use, as the guitar won't stay in tune for more than 10 minutes...

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Hagstrom Bjarton Studio.jpg (109268 bytes)Hagstrom (Bjarton) Studio, an acoustic used at the Hagstrom Music School in the early  1960's, (courtesy of Anders Karlsson). See the stories page...

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OK so it's wild kind of question, but I've got your attention (Rob style)
I've been sent these pictures by Peter Jensen. Vintage Guitars in Stockholm say
they have seen these a few times over the years, and they date back to "the fifties"

If you can supply any further information,
the owner would be very pleased - and so would Hagstrom UK!

UPDATE: Click to see this old Bjarton re-strung, polished ready to play!

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October 2004:

Ari from Sweden also shows us his old 'mini model'

Click the icon size pics for full size pictures of this lovely Bjarton acoustic.
Hi there, Here is some pictures for U. U can use them on yr great web page, if U like to. I have this "mini model" and I play it often :-) It sounds great because the Spruce top is very thin. Keep up the good work with yr page! Cheers -Ari from Sweden

Note the 'old style' Bjarton logo on the headstock.

These pics are quite large when you click on them!

Thanks Ari!

I don't have any idea when it was made. I bought it from a used furniture shop. Jus when I was looking the guitar hanging on the wall, looking like it is in wrong place, the owner came and did put a -50% discount price tag on it. I guess it was a "sign" for me that the guitar wanted to come home with me. Well, I would have bought it any way with the full price .

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Hello there, Can you please advise me about this old Bjarton with serial nr. 22071 (handwritten in the label) I never ever find pictures of Bjartons with the logo in the headstock like this one. It is a fantastic guitar and has beautiful front and back and an ebony fingerboard. Any info is so much appreciated Best regards Jaap, Waterloo, Belgium

likely mid to late 1950's. The lettering style is of that period. I haven't seen one with the additional decoration around the name, nor the additional decorative attention this one has! How many layers of binding is that... - Wow!

Lovely bur walnut back, and the stripe down the back of the neck along with all these other features, is like looking for an early contender for the Classic model that became the top of the line acoustic for hagstrom in the sixties. That one did have carving to the head as well, but this type of model would have been a good contender!

Thanks Jaap for the pic's!

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Olof from Sweden sent me this extremely coool picture of a Bjarton Jazz acoustic!


I have just bought a guitar that I know little about and I wonder I you could help. It is a Bjarton arch-top (see the picture). Inside the body it is printed "Bjärton musikinstrument Bjärnum Sweden" and than on the same note there is a handwritten number "21820".

On the back of the headstock there's a number marked in the wood "366". As you can see on the picture the bridge is missing...

This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a few years – and it looks in great condition too. I know I’m biased by these things, but I love it! However I can not give you a precise answer, so I shall give you what info I can… Now, it 'so happens' there is a variation on this model hidden away on this website.

It was converted to take the old hi-fi pickup unit used on the very first Hagström electrics Although the tail piece is different on this, it is the same principle based on the same model, and so the bridge would be appropriate too.

(Open the link to the other example I'm referring to)

Karl-Erik Hagström told me (this other example) came from 1962 as a prototype when they were deciding on something before the Hagström Viking model. So yours is clearly of the same era. The bridge there looks to be bone over rosewood, and a fixed position. However I can not place it with any other model.

I am pleased Olaf contacted me, as I love this old piece of history. I'm so glad he shared it with us!

Notice also the headstock shape here... then think about the J/H-45 and H33 or BJ12 models - all little signs of things to come, yet this is itself a fabulous looking instrument! An almost James D'Aquisto ('ish) looking body... hmmm...

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Then along came Viv Jacobsen...
Feb 07

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This is the third variation on this model I have seen.
Acoustic, Twin pickup - here - and the 1958 Hi-Fi
chassis version seen in the first Hagstrom sparkle guitars.


You may notice the individual ebony bridge saddles (one missing)


Many Thanks to Viv Jacobsen for sending these pictures in. Guitars of this age are starting to appear from out of the attics and store rooms, occasionally outside Scandinavia too, even "gobsmackingly"  I saw one on eBay only last month.

People are so unaware of them now that they do not get the attention they deserve in vintage terms yet, so for a while they tend to be a buyer's bargain if in as good condition as these here!

Lastly, how about a peek at a later Bjarton incarnation, complete with Hi-Fi chassis! It wasn't until the Viking range that Hagstrom truly had a semi-acoustic to offer the world. more...

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Jan Snedsbøl from Sweden sent in these old and interesting guitar pictures

Hello. I send you a couple of pictures of an real old Hagstrom guitar. It was produced in; A.Hagstrøm Musikkinstrument fabrikk Oslo. It was bought in Oslo, Norway the year 1950. It's a Hagstrøm modell Perfekt with serial number: 16647 The pickup isn't original I guess. I have search on the internet about this modell, but came up with nothing, so I guess it's rare. If anybody knows anything more about it so please send an email to me duggurd@spray.se

And the strange thing about this guitar is that when we spoke with a guitar salesman he had the same modell but that was made in Sweden, and he had never heard about this model been made in Norway, so he was rather surprised. You asked about the pickup, and yes everything works but the volume control is replaced, I also have (go see) an old Hagstrøm tube amplifier model:TGF 10 / C serial: 720,70W And this was made in: Telrad, radiofabrikk, barliveien 14, Oslo, Norway. This also works. Best regards from Jan Snedsbøl in Sweden.

CLICK for Label details

The headstock reads "Perfekt". The tail looks familiar, and the bridge similar to the Jimmy jazz model much later, also in 1950 there wouldn't have been such guitar pickups - so definitely some modification as Jan says. How much modification we don't know, and it didn't appear in the 1952 catalogue -  so if anyone can tell us more - please do!

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Hallo !!! I would like to send you some pictures of my Hagstrøm guitar.

I bought it from a friend of my father in 1975. It was allready old. I guess it is made in Norway because the label on the back of the head has the text Hagstrøm Musikk.

In Norway we spell music with 2 K's, (musikk). In Sweden with only 1 K, (musik).

The serial number is 9/599. I don't know which year it is made. When I bought it there where only screw holes after mic's that had been mounted on the neck and by the bridge, but no marks after volume knobs or switches. Maybe this guitar was delivered without mic's.

The microphone that is mounted on the neck now, I mounted in 1976 and works OK. The guitar is in good shape and very good to play.

Best regards from Morten Ek Hansen, Sarpsborg, Norway

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Now this is something completely different again!

The soundholes shape completely different to anything before,
are we sure it's a Hagstrom? Well yes actually...

Well Morten, thanks indeed for another enlightening example!

March 2013 - Mikael Jansson wrote:

Hi David,

I did some investigation on the guitar belonging to Morten Ek Hansen (scroll down halfway).

It is most certainly a Hüttl Combo, made in Germany, sold by the Hagström Oslo shop. Hagström Oslo imported guitars by Hüttl who often sold them with no name (as did many other German makers, Fasan and Klira for example), allowing the retailer or distributor to put his own brand name on them (thus the upper bout decal, methinks). Probably late 50s.

Cheers, Mikael


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Hagström wasn't adverse to using highly coloured finishes. Many of the electrics sported bright colours, and this was part of the heritage from the days of accordion making up to the sixties. However there are some examples of acoustics that received similar treatment [Link] or see the picture on the History page on this site.

Craig (Canada) bought that great Green Glitter Acoustic (1958-9) Model 16

From: Dustin Dobbs (Craig)
Friday, March 22, 2002 8:53 PM          VERIFIED (SEE BELOW)
To: davidcox
Subject: RE: I just got a new (old) Hagstrom...

Hi David. My Green Hagstrom acoustic plays extremely well. It has nylon strings on it (which sound amazing). It has the deepest bass tone ever, for such a small guitar. It came with the original hardshell (cardboard type) case and softshell gigbag!! There's not a scratch on the guitar. It's in amazing condition as well. The hardshell case is a bit beaten though (which protected the guitar rather well). The guitar is a shiny weird metallic dimpled colour. It's quite breath-taking while being ugly at the same time. I'll send you better pics of it because the ones that i sent you a while back do not compliment it whatsoever. Cheers!!

ED: Dustin has some other glitter too...
pics starting to arrive... Look See

The guitar above first featured on my site on the History page

Some eminent Hagstrom aficionados have been right to question the validity if the "Green Demon" finish above. The finish may not be original - it isn't like other Hagstrom sparkle finishes, but languishing on a for sale site in Canada, we know it's a model made for Hagstrom by someone probably in the fifties, so I bet it would like to meet it's closest family member... in all it's nude glory (OK no more Green folks)...

Update June 2006:
No more eminent source of information can be found than Karl Erik Hagström senior. During the Älvdalen Festival the above Green Glitter acoustic was finally identified to its current owner - Bill Marriott - it is a valid model in it's coated version, and a brochure was found to validate it. It was known as a Hagstrom Calypso - complete with body name tag as shown. So, there is another mystery solved!

Bill did obtain a scan of the brochure, however the printer used to output the copy was running low on some ink colours, and the very aspect we've all mused over since Craig sent the pictures to me in March 2002, is not clear, but believe me, the original brochure sheet shows it clearly!

This old lady below shows another more traditional early Hagstrom finish. Irrespective of the colour above, this was found in The Isle of Wight (offshore mid south UK.... about 50 miles from where I'm sitting)...

and last of all... The sound-hole, with clearly old label.

  Click on the pictures to see larger versions and more detail.

  Hagstrom Logo in Headstock, "A.Hagstrom" and does that say OSLO, on the label? Now how about that... NORWAY??? Does this question the other acoustic theories about the origins of some of the "Espana" guitars too?? (Another story, another time!) I do know Hagstrom had chains of stores throughout Scandinavia at one time. The plot is already thick enough thank you!!!

It certainly looks VERY early (mid fifties?), timing lent to the theory that the "Green Demon" above was a prototype, coming out of the transition from glitter accordions to glitter guitars.

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And another one has been Found, there's a Tail and a Tale to tell too...
May 2003 - Jon Ivar Kolstad from Norway: Hi there!

First of all, I want to say thanks a lot for a very informative and nice website about the Hagstrøm guitars. I really like websites that dedicate all their attention to certain guitars, effects, amps, etc. I guess I can tell you a few words about my Hagstrøm.

And a few words it is indeed, because I don’t know much about it. I picked it up at a small shop here in Norway (where I live), and it cost me about 41£. (A few days ago I got myself a 68’ Gibson LG 12 at about 390£. So I’m starting to feel the desire to start collecting! J) Anyway, the Hagstrøm that I bought had been standing in a corner in that small shop for so long. I felt a bit sorry for it, and I brought it home with me.

I don’t know much about old/vintage guitars and since the serial-number list(s) from Hagstrøm have disappeared, there’s probably not much of a chance to date my guitar. But as you can see, I’ve attached some pictures for you. Feel free to use them on your site, if you want to. Here’s the info that I can read from the label and serial number at the headstock: “Model 16-62. A/S A.Hagstrøm Instrumentfabrikk Oslo Nummer 7114” Translated it says: Model 16-62. A/S A.Hagstrøm Instrument factory Oslo. Serial number: 7114

I don’t know the story of the guitar; it was sold privately through the shop. But it hasn’t been used for years, because the strings were all rusty, the wood piece that supports the strings right in front of the bridge had fallen off due to the glue not working anymore, and I have never seen a guitar with so much dust in it! He he!

Anyway, hope you enjoy the few photos! Keep up the great work on your website and please let me know if you can tell me anything about this guitar! Best regards, Jon Ivar Kolstad

Jon Ivar Kolstad www.kolstad.no/jonivar  homepage with morten abel tabs, music & songs < CHECK IT OUT!

ED: Now for the next tale or should I say NECK and TAIL the two previous (above) were peg or through bridge models, yet this one has a tailpiece, and the neck comes to a rounded end almost flush with the sound-hole. (The shame is all these variation records are likely to be lost in the mist of time if it wasn't for the likes of Ivar, and the guys above... (Thanks all, and one day maybe some old records will re-appear)

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Asgaut Steinnes from Norway provides some subtle differences on the theme, and some more information passed down the line...



Thank you for this important web site. I collect Norwegian manufactured acoustic guitars (see: www.steinnes.net/gitar ), and I am the lucky owner of this Hagstrøm .

It has a different label than the one from Isle of Wight and the Kolstad-guitar on your site. My Hagstrøm is Model 15, serialnr. 3419....



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I also show you the picture of another Hagstrøm . This is not my guitar and the owner tells me that his grandfather told him that this guitar was bought before the war (in 1939?). I don't know if this can be true, but it sure looks old (se the end of the neck near the sound-hole). It has the same label as the IoW and Kolstad-guitar, and it says: Modell 15-34 serialnr: 4134. Feel free to use the pictures on the Hagstrom-site and perhaps you can comment on these two guitars regarded to age and so on. ragards Asgaut Steinnes near Stavanger, Norway


Thanks to Asgaut Steinnes for his pictures and information. Interesting to hear about the pre-war story. Look closely at the neck shape where it comes toward the sound-hole, apart from that it looks very similar to the one from Jon Ivar Kolstad. Above you see similar guitar bodies with three different neck endings! Now there was me thinking nothing much changed for about forty years in guitar design eh?

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March 2004 Asgaut returns to show us the trio (yes another example has arrived). There is another point of interest with this example, as it is branded ROSITA - a later model name from Bjarton!

Hello again, I now am the lucky owner of 3 Hagstroms - see pictures. A few days ago I got hold of the one in the middle. I got it from a flea-market so I unfortunately don't know anything about it. It has a label like the Kolstad-guitar on your site, and it is special in the way that the labels is marked:
Modell: Rosita, Serienr. 12717. And the logo on the headstock is special.

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< Here's the Hagstrom Logo from around 1945.

I understood the long line across the "t" was something for European markets.
This and the ones above show this to be like it for a long time.

The ( ö )  survived in labels but became ( o ) on logos a long time ago...


From: Jan Ove Juliussen -

Sunday, September 21, 2003
Subject: My Hagstrøm!


Hi!  Here's a few pics of my old Hagstrøm. Feel free to post them on your website. Here's what I know about it:

My grandfather bought it in Norway, before he met my grandmother. He can't remember exactly when, but he met her in 1945, so it's at least 58 years old.

The label inside says "Modell 1606 a/s A. Hagström Musikkinstrument- fabrikk, Oslo, nummer 1406", which means something like "Model 1606. A/S A. Hagstrom musical instrument factory, Serial no. 1406".

to see bigger wooden bridge and pins.

Everything on the guitar is made of wood, the bridge, the nut, even the string pins. As you can see from the pics, it's been used a lot, but it plays like a dream, and i still use it.

I hope this helps you in determining the ages of the different guitars.

Judging from the model numbers, the second Steinnes guitar is probably older than this one, that is, pre 1945.



Jan Oscar Juliussen

Thanks Jan, I'm always really interested in clues to the story of Hagstrom from any angle... thanks for taking the time to send the pictures and info!


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Then Gerben Wedekind picks one up for 'next to nothing' in The Netherlands (April 2004).

Hello, today ive bought an acoustic hagstrom ( for 30 euro's so i guess quite a steal!) but I havent got a clue which type it is and in which year its build. My hagstrom seems to have all the characteristics that the hagstroms on you 'real oldie' page have. can you help me out to solve the identity problem? Thanks in regard!

Looks like a model 15 to me, but then even I spend all my time guessing what's around the corner, and without a label it's even more difficult to get a rough date even!

True, these are not professional or expensive models, but to find something in such bright and clean condition that may well be well over 50 years old is a great piece of history - for absolutely nothing in investment!

Sure if you're not into the story, then there's not so much to get excited about, but thankfully there are people around who enjoy taking part in the project, so many thanks to Gerben for the information and pictures!

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I have received many graphic accounts of these great old guitars in the last couple of years. Nothing is more appealing than to put a story behind a particular instrument, especially if it comes from a personal or family account. I would like to share with you one such account from Bob who comes from Norway, his memories of his grandfather...

From: BJONASSEN Sent: Sunday, August 22, 2004 6:00 PM
Subject: Found a Model 16 Hagstrom Acoustic
Greetings, I have just returned from Norway with my new (old) Hagstrom Model 16 Sr # 42530. This guitar was my Grandfather's and I was able to obtain it from my Aunt. I was told it was purchased by my Grandfather just after the war. He died in 1966.

It's in beautiful condition with just a little wear around the first couple of frets since he played it often. According to my father who was in the underground in Norway during WWII the Germans occupied the schools and churches of Norway as barracks. They also stripped out the pipe organs of churches for the metal. Therefore after the war there was no organs in the churches as people started going to church again. So, again, according to my father everyone would buy these Hagstrom guitars and accordions and that is what was played in the churches on Sunday. So it is not surprising that there are so many of them around.

My question is that someone put wire strings on this guitar not too long ago. Should there be wire or nylon strings. Any other info would be appreciated. Thanks, Bob

...As for your question. These models were indeed strung with steel strings. They were not meant to be classical music models, more the parlour guitar which led to the rise of blues, then early rock and roll. Similar models were often student guitars supplied into the education system when Hagström developed this side of their business. It was both a benefit to the education system, and of course the future business for Hagström! Many of these have been strung with nylon to ease the tension on the neck and body after all these years, and that may be no bad thing… although not correct as far as I know.

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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!