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Tim Webster is the Guitar and Vocals for Redheaded Stepchild that formed in North London in mid 2002, from some band members who had previously been in other bands, but obviously not for long enough to learn any lasting life lessons or interpersonal skills. Tim Webster plays guitar, writes the songs and sings. He enjoys taking guitars apart and obsessing over unattainable girls to a soundtrack of US no-wave and morbid UK new-wave. (Read more here: http://www.redheadedstepchild.co.uk )

So what has all this to do with Hagstrom? Well, Tim is another of that special breed who keep Hagstrom live and kicking.

Photo courtesy of Shauna and the Bull and Gate 6th May 2003

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Hi, here's something a little different for your visitor contributions page. My unusual 3 humbucker Hagstrom II project is shown and discussed (albeit not >in any great depth, admittedly) in the following thread: http://www.jag-stang.com/dcforum/DCForumID15/1177.html 

It doesn't really have much of a story, other than that I acquired it in an already modified state and further 'upgraded' it with a nice hot super distortion and a frankly evil dimarzio X2N.

The wiring was also considerably modified to allow all the humbuckers to be split, and I moved the 'mute' switch to the 'on/off' position so I could use it like the lead/rhythm circuit on the Jazzmaster.

This guitar replaces my Hagstrom III as my main stage guitar and has been getting a fair bit of use recently in my fuzzy art band redheaded stepchild.

I think your site is a great resource, although I noticed one glaring omission on your 'famous fans' of Hagstrom page- that of Mark Arm of Mudhoney. I think he is main reason many of my musician friends and myself became aware of Hagstrom Guitars, probably even more so than Pat Smear. Keep up the good work, Tim Webster

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I was aware of the Mudhoney connection but had never had the "photo opportunity" to make a listing complete. Since then Tim has provided just the link and as soon as permission is given I shall put the record straight.

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Hi David, sure you can use the pics of my Hagstrom II I posted in that thread.

I may also have a couple of it 'in action' to send when I get my photos back from Boots.

It's worth noting that I'm usually very respectful of old guitars- hence the lengths I've been going to to return my Hagstrom I to stock configuration- but since the HII had already been messed with it seemed best to go all-out in hotrodding it.


 Well, roll on Monday when Boots opens again (Chemist and photo store for all those outside UK) and thanks Tim for the story, info and pics to date!

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