Strange but true...
Here's a big question for all of you out there...
Per J contacted the Hagstrom UK forum about a Hagström Guitar...
"Hi guitar lovers! I am not an active guitar man, but I bought a Hagström for about twenty years ago. It have the shape of a Viking-model but its a solid electric guitar. Red colour. It have been collecting dust since i bought it. Anyone have clue what model it is? Can not find a serial but I could send pics if someone would like to help me. PJ So we asked for some pictures...
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 3:27 PM
I stumbled on your website while I was looking for info on the bass that's
pictured in the enclosed attachment. Do you have any info about it?
I got it about 5 years ago, for $100. It plays great, and hasn't had to have any work done on it so far, aside from replacing the roundwound strings with flatwounds. If you know any more about it, drop me an email.
FOLLOW UP message...
there's a serial number on the back, where the neck meets the body. It says, "Steel Adjustable Neck 0053743." It's stamped onto a square piece of metal, with four bolts.
All I could offer from the Hagstrom view for this guy was an auction on e-Bay for a Concord Deluxe body...
...but who am I to get all snobbish about it? He enjoys it and that's what music is all about eh?
DO YOU HAVE MORE EXAMPLES OF CUSTOMISED OR STRANGE HAGSTROM DERIVATIVES?
YOU KNOW WHERE TO SEND THE DETAILS!
Well we finally got to the bottom of this one
Randy Albright from Indiana, has just purchased the bass below... yep the body is identified - it's a Univox copy of the old Gibson EB1 which hailed from around 1953!
The Univox was probably late sixties, early seventies in the tradition of taking the best then doing it themselves!
Seeing this gives me some peace of mind about the Hagstrom Concord Deluxe neck being applied, however, it definitely suits the correct neck.
However the original Gibson EB1 sported right-angle rear facing tuners.
Not so much strange or horrific - just unusually rare?
In 2006 we were sent this picture asking for information - click to follow the link to a page of pics and text
OK, Hang on to your hats folks, back to full strength!
February 2005 - I am enclosing some pictures of my old Canadian Hagstrom bass that I thought you might find interesting. It is in quite sorry shape: I bought it in a pawn shop in London, Ontario for $50 back in 1986 or so, and it was already pretty distressed then. Unfortunately my teen years were not overly kind to this guitar, and at some point I stupidly replaced the original single pickup with a Seymour Duncan. After I lost the pickguard I was forced to use duct tape. I also never quite got around to soldering the leads, and the alligator clips were only ever upgraded to sticky tape. It looks a bit like a Franken-strom. Despite its external condition, though, this is an amazingly playable guitar. The neck is the thinnest I've ever played on a bass, and with new strings it gets a sound that's both percussive and resonant, almost like a semi-acoustic, but with more slap. I like your site! Best, Dennis Vanderspek Peterborough, Ontario...
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