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We first met Steve when he supplied some
pictures to start off the Bass page - ages ago now it seems!
Steve’s Hagstrom story - and recommendations - and great pictures!
I am very fortunate to have in my possession, four fine examples of Swedish craftsmanship. My first experience with Hagstrom guitars was back in the 60’s, where I found myself between basses and was forced to borrow a friend’s. This was a sunburst 8-string. Incredible! That summer I worked in Vancouver and decided to spend some money on a new Hagstrom. In a small music store on East Hastings Street I found a new Cherry red 8-string bass. Don’t remember what I paid, after all it was the 60’s. About 5 years later I decided it would be cool to add split precision pickups. Ouch! And for some strange reason I sold it about 5 years after that. But that wasn’t the end of the story. One day while selling some bass bins to another local player, I asked for a bass to do a demo. He brings out my old hagstrom 8. Well , we made a deal and I was reunited with my old bass. Recently , I managed to find an old pickguard to repair the previous alterations. Looks almost as good as new.
few years back , Gordie Pendleton, opened a little music store (Gordies Music)
in the heart of the fernwood district of Victoria. I stopped to have a
look one day and made a new friend. I mentioned my love of Hagstroms to Gordie
and, in what seemed like only a few weeks, he called to say he had an old
Corvette in his shop. One look and I was forced to sell an old fender acoustic
and buy this guitar. Any hag lover would understand what I mean. About a year
later, A fellow comes into his store with an H1B. He needs the tuner repaired.
Gordie says,” I know someone who collects these, will you sell?”. The answer is
no, but a few months later he changes his mind and I get another call. The
repair was easy and the bass is mint. Now, Gordies Music has been doing well
enough to expand a little. Gordie has been so good to me that I decide to
offer my help with remodeling of his new space. About two weeks later, the dust
is settling and he is ready to open. Gordie says to me “ I’ve got something for
you to say thankyou for your work.” He pulls out this incredible alligator case.
I open it and inside is a beautiful Hagstrom H11 acoustic guitar. I’m floored.
With the exception of my 8-string bass( ser#746012), Gordie is responsible for the rest of my (expanding) collection. The Corvette (ser# 588205) ,the H1B (ser# 853085) and the H11 acoustic (ser# 84637). This has got to be worth an honorable mention at the next hag lovers meeting.
Check out Gordies by clicking this pic! www.gordiesmusic.com
Well, what can I say Steve, thanks for all the info, the great story, and you never know, there may be another one on the way after this free advert for Gordie!!
Seriously though, A hag for every mood is always important in life... you've just about got it covered here -
There must be loads of stories (and pics) around from the last forty years, why not share them with us!
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