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Guillaume Latraverse

Hi!  Just thought I'd share pictures of my guitar. It has the Strat shaped headstock of the HII and the electronics of the HIIN. The guitar is in almost new condition and 100% original. The serial number is 768029. If you have more info like year of production and how many guitars like mine were produced, I'd be glad to hear from you! I'm from Montreal Qc Canada and bought it locally for only $450 can =) ! This is my first Hagstrom and probably not my last one (I have an eye on a Viking from 68 with Strat shaped headstock and humbuckers) as I really enjoy playing and looking at these guitars! Feel free to post pictures and the information I gave you on your website if you want to! Guillaume

   

   
Dear Guillaume,

This is an interesting example. It comes from a batch of 250 made in 1969. How many were exactly like this will be uncertain, for as you know, this is a transition. One very interesting aspect is the bridge, which like a batch of basses from the same year (769xxx) has a limited production feature of a roll over damper mechanism within the bridge. It would appear that the guitar and the bass models with this mechanism were sent to Canada.
[See: http://www.hagstrom.org.uk/hagstrom_bass.htm  ]

As you indicate, Canada is a great place to find unusual Hagström models. There are a few examples of ‘specials’ or more realistically models which use up old parts. A perfect example of this principle is the H1 model guitar 787xxx which used the tail from a Hagström Standard, a pickup never seen before, and not used again until the final ‘wash up’ of odd pieces that became the Hagström Partner in 1979.

I can only imagine the conversations that led to some of these special models – the most interesting of all being the use of the Standard tail on that H1, and then someone saying we’ve got those pickups with the single line across them from 1970 which we can use on the Partner model in 1979!
[See: http://www.hagstrom.org.uk/visstory/visitorsallthe-hs.htm  ]

It is the finest example of how a company, run as a family business, appeared to the outside world as big and bold as the biggest names we all know today. Yet within the walls of decision making, there was tremendous flexibility, and the need to tidy up every so often!

Fortunately people do not see this as a failing, at least not in the final outcome. All these ‘special’ models provide a great “twist” to the formality of the published brochures, and not least, a great talking point 36 years later!

Getting back to your own example, this looks to be in superb condition, and I hope you enjoy it for it’s playability as much as it’s history. The final version of this model is well respected, and extremely useable. This is a great “twist” on the story as I say and quite unusual now. Your desire for a Viking from the transition makes great sense too. I bought my first non acoustic Hagström via Canada… one of these Strat headed humbuckers models. I love it!
[See: http://www.hagstrom.org.uk/viking_has_landed.htm  ]

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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!