The first Hagstrom UK J45
can be found here along with the
Bjarton pegbridge version
Feb 2007: Visiting
your site it's good to see I'm not the only one who thinks Hagstrom (Bjarton)
was a exeptional guitar. I bought my B60 when I was 17, back in 1977. Second
hand, but as good as new. I think this one was build in 1974. I played her
since, and the sound has only improved by the years. I have varnished her twice
in that 30 years, the last time very thin with a water-based paint: The
sustainnnnnn is exceptional, and the tone well balanced. I hope you can use this
little story on your site! Best regards from the Netherlands, Joost Heemskerk
Whilst eagerly awaiting delivery of a J45 from Switzerland early 2002, out of the blue another turns up from the UK. This one isn't for sale. In fact it was looking for a BJ12 to go with it at the time! Update: It was worth the wait for both of us in the end
Thanks to Mike in the UK (Cheshire) for this fine contribution.
This fine J45 6 string from (probably)
mid to late 60's is a good 6 string partner to a BJ12.
Click the Pictures for larger versions.
Here you see more closely the fine finish on these models, this one also sports a removable pickup, which has been a feature since it was bought around 1968-9.
From: Mike Grundy
Sent: 22 February 2002 16:35
...and part of a follow up...
I agree with you.
I’ve just bought a Gibson Les Paul and the action on the
Hagstrom is lower and more sensitive…! I’m sure you won’t be
disappointed with the J45. I has a big round sound
when played hard and is light and clear when played gently. I’ve always used
lighter than normal acoustic strings usually 10 or sometimes 11 gauge and it
handles them beautifully.
(Someone please send me a replacement volume knob so I can send it to Mike... - please?)
PS I wasn't disappointed...
Canada - He of the Wall of Hag Basses brings us this superb H45-E.
-----Original Message----- From: mick phillips, Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 6:06 PM To: webstrom Cc: mick phillips Subject: 1969 j45 Hi, just found your site and thought you might be interested in a couple of pics of my J45 serial no. 109540. It was bought new from Kempsters Music in Swindon, England in 1969. It has since been to Germany when I was trying to become a popstar (only me?), fallen out of the group van whilst moving, but luckily in a case. It is aged but compares more than favourably with some Gibsons and Ovations etc when old musicians congregate. Superb rich tone and an action almost as low as my Telecaster. Regards, Mick Phillips
Now what Mick didn't realise
was that this guitar was probably made within a month or so of my own (first)
hagstrom - my BJ12 (Serial 109564). What a find eh?
From: mick phillips
Friday, February 14, 2003 8:06 PM Re: 1969 j45
I purchased my H45 in 1973 from my guitar teacher who had bought it for his son who (being a a spoiled brat and not knowing what he had) didn't like the color and demanded a different color and style. So his father sold it to me. At the time I paid $300.00 The scratches around the sound hole are from when I played in a band and used a clip-on pickup. Needless to say I don't use it anymore. I'm interested in the serial number because Mark Philips' J45 (ABOVE) has a serial number 109540 and H45 has a serial number of 101020. Does that mean it's older than '69? I would apreciate any info as to the value or year of my H45. I was really impressed with your site and have learned a lot of things about my guitar that I never knew. Thanks for the opportunity to share my pics with you and your viewers. Attached are some pics. The obviously older pic of me from '82 was when I was playing in a band in Colorado. The next one is of me in 2002 and then a pic of the guitar at present. It sounds better than ever and yet its been through hell. I can't help but remember the time when I was playing in my friends wedding and to be safe I locked it up in my friends truck after I was done so nothing would happen to it. I then come to realize some people are looking for a small boy and guess where we find him.....He had stolen my friends keys from the table and locked himself up in the truck jumping up and down on the guitar like a trampoline. Thank GOD it held up to the abuse and still strobes out with ease and the harmonics are perfect. It took a lickin' and keeps on pickin'..... --- JAY ROFFEY
ED: Thanks to Jay for the story, and for realising how great these guitars are to play!
Although the serial number info is completely lost for the acoustics, it is safe to say the sequence – especially in the same models would be in order, so yes yours was made a short while before Mike’s. The actual date of manufacture may have been earlier of course in both cases. As for the H or J bit. This was always a bit “fluid” with Hagstrom. I’ve seen Bjarton pickguards on Hagstrom branded models, and J45 instead of H45 also on Hagstrom branded models. It may have been something to do with the initial destination country or something. The same applies to the 12 string BJ12 or H33. Hagstrom distributed Gibson and Fender throughout Scandinavia through their own chain of music stores too, so there was no animosity. The only model to “draw the line” was when Fender asked Hagstrom not to send the Scandi (Strat killer) to the USA. I read with my mouth (literally) wide open the story about the boy using your guitar as a trampoline!!! Amazing stuff, we know how well they were made. I guess no-one would have dared to do this test deliberately…
Hallo , My name is Tom Waltner , and I live in Beer - Sheva Israel. I own and old Hagstrom Acoustic guitar that I would very much like to know it's year of production and every detail about the instrument you can tell me. the model is J-45 and the serial number is 54145305. sincerely...
Of course I gave as much info as I could, as much as waxing lyrical about the similarity to my own cherished J45....
Hi again Tom, Yes, this is really nice, a top of the range model most probably made early seventies.
It is exactly the same as my own J45 which was originally owned in Switzerland. What is more, I have taken mine out of it’s case just now to check the serial number: 54143961 - only 1344 difference.
Hagstrom had agents all over Europe and in many other countries right up to around 1980. So the distribution channels were very wide. This model was also known as an H45 in some catalogues. There is also a larger 12 string model the BJ12 also Known as an H33 You can see there was an open relationship between the Hagstrom Factory and the Bjarton Factory nearby, where the acoustic and semi-acoustic electric guitars were produced. Yours (like mine) has the “B” logo of Bjarton clearly on the pick-guard below the sound-hole. I personally think this version and colour is the best looking one they did in this model, and the fully adjustable action (with “H” profile rod), plus the bridge which can be adjusted for height and intonation, you are hard pressed to find a better guitar of its style. I know a few professionals who when they pick mine up are very impressed, and want “just a few more minutes” (etc). The Hagstrom neck is very comfortable, and accommodates most players as it is so slim and fast. This is due to the patented expander stretcher tuss rod assembly which has not been matched even today. As long as there have been no bad accidents then it will likely be true and straight for “ever”.
Chuck from Denmark brings us the same J45(H45) model in it's real brand name - Bjarton - Note there is no disguising the association with Hagstrom. Above we saw the "B" on the pickguard of a Hagstrom branded instrument, and here The "H" emblem on the tailpiece of a Bjarton branded instrument, yet the pickguard is a tortoiseshell design!
Also another serial number is supplied with a date when bought new. Communicating with Torgil Hagman recently, (see History page) he offered to try to get some wider information if the right people - such as Mr Kurt Nilsson the former owner of Bjarton was still with us.
Hi. I came across your site and want to contribute with my Bjarton's data:
I bought new it in Odense, Denmark in late 1971 or early 1972. It has the serial number 128294 and the label does not say "Hagström" but "Bjarton" (see pic.) The headstock has "Bjarton" on it, not "Hagström".
The trapeze has the well-known H-logo on it, though. The back of the neck is almost square - but I believe this is normal. It still plays and sounds wonderfully though the finish is somewhat worn. I have been looking around for means to mike it but have not yet found a good solution - any suggestions. Greetings Chuck
My suggestion: A Fishman Rare Earth sound-hole pickup
An H45e peg bridge - first one
we've had here.. Thanks Graham
Dear hagstrom.org.uk webmaster I have included a couple of pictures of me playing my Hagstrom H45E. These photos were taken about 6 years ago when I was playing in the band “Hair O’ The Dogma”, and I’ve now smartened up the hair and clothing and become a respectable database manager. I have also moved to Australia and have had to leave my beloved H45 with my dad in England.
My dad says that the guitar was his 21st birthday present and when you consider that he’s 60 this year that means the guitar is almost 40 years old. The guitar has the BEST tone and playing action/feel of ANY guitar I’ve ever played but due to wear and tear (and regular gigging) the guitar is not in the best condition. Please can you tell me where I can get the guitar restored to as good a condition possible, preferably using original Hagstrom parts? Obviously I would have to arrange for my dad to actually get the work done but I think it is definitely worth it. This guitar is the closest thing we have to a family heirloom. Yours Sincerely Graham Keigher
...So from Malmo Sweden, Pontus Welander
bought this next example in a 'flea market' November 2003!
Mind you I hope it gets a 'haircut' soon
But then I am so very much into these great acoustic players...
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