Well we've heard about those Japanese missing links "The Ultra Swede" - well here's one more Japanese offering from 1982. I've dubbed this the Ultra Bass purely because of the Ultra Swede name, I have no idea if it had an official name in the prototype stage...
Many thanks to Josef from Stuttgart for providing the pictures and information. This instrument already features on a well known website in Sweden (The Hagstrom Pages) so of course I will not duplicate the story shown there.
Suffice to say this is another example of the Japanese offering to Hagstrom in 1982, which was not taken forward to full production, one of the "final paragraphs" in the "final chapter" of the original story...
More Information and story of it's original discovery when
Hagstrom's Canadian distributor ARC closed:
Next we have a small selection of other prototype pictures from this time
Many thought the Ultra Swede was the only Prototype Guitar,
and the Basses above were the only departure. Clearly there were guitar models
too, and here are some pictures to prove it...
Craig Strong bought his from Long & Mcquade in Winnipeg Canada around 1983
This may well be unique, for as you see, there were a number
of offerings from the Japanese company. As we know none of these went into
production, virtually all of them going to Canada, via ARC. Most also stayed
locked away until ARC went out of business.
Did you know that the Canadian Distributor was
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