It's nice to see the attention now given to
these old masterpieces.
But going back to 2001, Rob's been doing this
Hagstrom thing for a while...
Since sending this pic mid
2001, you can now find this guitar somewhere on a
And finally the update as
Here's Jon Kohmann from Norway with a live pic from 1987
From Jim Wilcox - A pair of Hagstroms vintage 1976. I am on
That one had been hanging over a heater in Western Pennsylvania when I bought it. The glue started powdering away between the two halves of the neck. In 1978, Karl Hagstrom Sr. pro-rated it and made a custom Swede/SuperSwede (with Jimmy D’Aquisto as his US agent to inspect the thing). I had swapped out the machines for Schallers, so he put Hagstrom-engraved Schallers on mine. I like the old stop-piece better (more Les Paul-ish), but the Flour de Li (sp?) is a little nicer than the harp. The new one has an even thinner and even wider neck. Love it. Still have it. Jim Wilcox Thanks Jim - you haven't changed a bit... and I still look like David Cassidy... LOL!!!
Hi David, I don't think the neck was ever changed. I bought it from an older gentleman who bought it new for his son in the sixties. He told me his son played it for only a few months and it sat in a closet ever since. I could see why he didn't play it, since the action was a mile high. I had no problem adjusting the neck, but I had to shave more than an eighth of an inch ( three centimeters) off of the bottom of the bridge. I'm surprised Hagstrom shipped it like that. It was nearly unplayable. The neck is perfect and the vinyl is in great condition, but the plastic is cracked in several places, most notably at the bridge, which was screwed down as tight as possible. Once I got it in shape, I fell in love with it, until I bought the Hagstrom III, which has become my favorite. Here's a picture of my Swede I just sold on eBay. Thanks for all the good info. Cheers, Ed
all the fuss about - It's a Swede eh?
Erland Alexander Heir from Norway has captured all aspects of the Visitor pages Guitar, Bass and Amp... and with such a delightful shot. Notice the pinched waist of the Bass compared to the Six string guitar, a lovely comparison side by side. So, what did he have to say about his pride and joy?
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I like the look of that amp.... Now Dave, we need a Bass amp.... Thank you Erland!
Hi, I would like to know if you are interested in adding my Guitar to your picture gallery.
There were 150 Swedes produced in that 811 production run, and as far as know, these were the only guitars with the "patch" headstock badge. All other Swedes has the Fleur De Lys on the headstock.
1971 Hagstrom Swede (Patch)...Serial 811060 If you need any other pictures of the guitar, please let me know. My name is Sol Levinson and I live In Montreal Canada. It is actually the second one I bought, the first was stolen. it had the Fleur de lys. I don't remember the serial # completely , 8 0 2 3 were part of it. Peace, Be Well, Have Fun, Sol
very much Sol. Peace to you, friend, and thanks for the text and pics. This is
such a super-clean and sparkling example - well looked after, and obviously
appreciated, - so it should be, they're great players!
Update Dec 2002:
This guitar was shown on another site as being for sale, then even shown
Back to business, why not check out Sol's brilliant oil painting work at http://www.earthartgallery.com/painters/Sol_Levinson/images1.html
It took time, but David Ream finally "persweded" himself he could afford one...
Thanks again for your website. I enjoy the all the pictures you have on the site. I sent the pix of the 75th Patch ever made (Swede) that I recently acquired. They look sort of red compared to the actual color which is natural mahogany. I know that I am at least the third owner.
The guy I bought it from had it since the early 80's - he thought that he got it in '81. All the modifications were done to it before he got it because he thought it was all original which obviously it isn't. Normally I never do anything to a guitar that is in it's original condition becuase I figure it was built the way the manufacturer thought best to design and build it.
So if I don't like the way the guitar is as it is I usually just pass on it. I am not a collector. I am a player, so I look for guitars that I can play with nothing other than adjustments. However with this guitar I can't really do that since the circuit board is gone. Someone has drilled a hole in the top to put in the mini toggle switch. In short it, is impossible to put it in its original condition so I am willing to make some after market upgrades that do not further damage or detract from the guitar as it now is and make it play/sound better.
I am going to keep the original Hagstrom parts in case I ever need to put it close as possible to its vintage state. After I have made the adjustments and modifications that me and my luthier decide upon I will post before and after photos on my website with a link to yours (with your permission) to show it as I originally received it.
Well now for my Hagstrom story... In about 1978 or 1979 I was in high school and there was a local music store in California near my home. I had been playing bass and guitar for about 3 years and had never really owned a quality instrument. In this store they got a matched set Swede and Swede bass and had them in their display window with a price tag of $850.00(USD)each.
Now to give you an idea what that meant to me, I had worked very hard to buy my first car that I was now driving and gasoline and insurance was draining me for every cent I could possibly earn. My car only cost me $450.00 (USD) so as you could see how this guitar was priced way out of my range but they both were the tranparent cherry red with chrome hardware and were the most beautiful guitars I had ever seen. In short they became the object of my desire which remained unfulfilled and to be honest kind of lost in the recesses of my memory as the years had passed.
Hagstroms just completely were out of my life and I never crossed another one since. I was going out with a girl from Sweden for a while in about '81 ... but that is another story. Fast forward 25 years.... I am on ebay just looking at guitars and I suddenly remember how I loved that Hagstrom guitar I wanted way back then. I search and find them wow! -but they weren't the same guitar as I wanted way back then. I didn't even know the model name - I just knew it looked like an LP. So, I begin searching Hagstrom on the 'net and find a friendly community of Hagstrom lovers and their websites. I especially enjoyed your web site and the official website in Sweden.
They are even better than I remember. I learned the model name (Swede) and begin a quest to buy a Swede, Patch or SuperSwede. About a month ago I get my Guitar and it has become my favorite guitar. There are simply no other guitars like it. It is fast, plays wonderfully for a guy like me with a light touch especially the Patch with its extra thin neck. I am proud to be a Hagstrom player. I am considering selling/trading my Gibson to get another one. You can't play just one! So many thanks to all the friendly people who play Hagstroms and thank God for the Internet which helped me realize my dream.
Moreover David, thanks for sharing your prize with us, and realising the quality of the original instrument, so many get less attentive owners who don't appreciate what they're meant for... music...pleasure...and a little bit of synergy when you take hold of that piece of art... and make it Live!
Gerrit got a Diamond Deal
in the Big Apple
and this great Swede
and see other pictures...
on the VIKING VISITORS page
OK, safe to take the Shades off?
Here's One of the LAST Hagstrom
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hey there, ...how's things, luv the page you got goin' on! these pic's aren't the best...moved to the states in march/03 and...yep..had to leave my baby behind....still no name for her...any ideas?? the pics don't do it justice, it's more a cherry/pink burst...excellent shape..and the serial number is 53 076176 bought in either '83 or '86 still not sure yet..lol..nonetheless she's great!! Wonderfull sound and lot's of "wow's", actually had one guy say, "ohhh, he's bringin' out the devil" hmmm...possible name...naaaa..she's not evil but; she is definetely one to be listend to and obsorbed or consumed by. soo, if you want...any idea how much she might be worth?? Any clue on a name for her...i play blues and when i get goin'...i get all outta control and go into epileptic spasms with her....and burn up the board...ouch! (12 bar blues is always best to get a crowd drinkin' and tappin') lemme know what you think, and what other's might think...always nice to hear nice things about her...and to be honest with you.....this is a first me doin' this....not too many people seen my guitar not to mention...are aloud to touch it or play it...shelfish huh?? lol take care, enjoy the day, and "play on"!! Colin
- life's short, enjoy your days, and "Make it Happen" - colin
me and my ummm...pink...lol aren't we a pair....well..mostly me i suppose in this shot..lol it looks more red here, but; trust me, it's not....it's got a bright pink in the center...like a salmon....hmmm...maybe a fish name or so...lol
soo, seems how my guitar is still in canada and i'm here in long beach california u.s.a., without it!!! Man, i miss it, don't trust the airlines to ship it over...it goes onboard with me and takes up a seat with me..lol
Well Colin, thanks for the insight, and (you now know) this came from the last batch of 250 recorded as made in 1980-1, so if you get back together again soon send some more pics eh?
You're right - Life is short!
Oh yes if you have a suggestion for the name folks - let Colin know eh? (Mail to email@example.com)
From the UK John Read brings us this gorgeous
pair of late Swedes.
Robert Ledoux's amazing sunburst late swede
- boy what a picture that makes eh - a few quick switch flick tone changes remain visible though!
It turns out this is a heavily modified and refinished 1970 Hagstrom LP (pre being named Swede). This is evident through the small single bolt neck attachment. But there was more:
Completely altered electronics - New pickups (type un-stated), and the double toggle switches originally on each horn had been replaced by a single pu switch on the lower body. The four dial arrangement was now a three dial two volume, one tone.
All hard ware was now a gold colour, the pick-guard was now a cream colour matching the pu's
Even the strap buttons were different, gone the double button on the base of the body.
The lady selling on behalf of her late husband was unable to give any technical detail, apart from that I am told the original spec was a standard burgundy colour over mahogany, and that this revamp cost the former owner $700!
Even the most steadfast purist would agree that from these pictures it looks quite stunning
Personally I think it is a most desirable modern presentation - I only wonder how it plays and sounds...
For an instrument nearing 25 year old , you'd say it looked fresh out of a production unit!
Here's another that's received some
'attention' since the factory.
Despite the DiMarzio Super distortion, I still get bowled
over, maybe not enough to buy one, but then we can all be a bit puritanical at
Hi, Here is my Super Swede in nm condition (1978) I am second owner. First owner was a famous Dutch guitarist. The p-ups are made for him (pick-ups are DiMarzio Super distortion) as well as some electronic wiring within the body (does not show) Hope you like it. I also own a Jimmy, same colour (osb) F-hole,in nm condition. Regards, JB
Jacques other treasures are certainly worth a look,
Hello, I'm proud to have been the owner of a Hagstrom Super
Swede. I bought the guitar in 1978
I'm sorry to say that I hear your story from
a few people over the years.
guys at AM&S were extremely co-operative before 'going live', and beyond the call of duty...
Here's a shot of both... I will take more detailed shots of the Ultra's machine heads (Gotohs),
knobs, switches and bridge when I get a chance....
and true to his word he did do some excellent graphic work
To follow this, we have one
of the last Swedes to be
Talking of 'Specials' - Hagstrom would make whatever you wanted, and although they sometimes ran a small qty of Lefties, they'd run one for you if you ordered it too... Here's one from around 1979:
Hi i have a beautiful 70's left-handed Swede which I bought from new and used for many years, now for sale. It has gained a few blemishes in use - but only noticable if looked for. It really is in remarkable condition for its age and service. I can only find one number on it - that is on the jack socket - 53 040045 - would this be it's serial number? Is it considered vintage? Is it collectable? I really have no idea of it's value and would appreciate any help you could give please. Pictures are attached. Thanks so much - Eliot
Like to send you some pics of my two Hagstroms I own.
Originally I started out with a '80 VSB Swede that my
I love this colour!
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There is no price list any more!
Don't be put off now... please send your Hagpics* for sharing with the net !!!
There must be loads of
pics around from the last forty years, why not share them with us!
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