Special Update November 2018 - 10
years after my last update!
-----Original Message----- From: bob
giarla Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 3:34 PM
Did I ever tell you all how much I
LOVE these voluminous (in every way) beauties?? ... Oh I did, did I...
Kehlet from Copenhagen Denmark brings the first one I've seen...
One thing that struck me straight away was the type of pickup used on this, typical of a "made in-house" unit (as all Hagstrom pickups were - throughout all the acoustic and electric guitars), but this one looks different by it's sympathetic colouring the same as the fingerboard, and built right into the body. There were a number of variations on the way the "e" models were set up, and this is the first one I've seen quite like this!
Also in this model there is no evidence of Hagstrom, as of course without the chrome tail (as some people prefer their acoustics) there is no H and lions crests/motif.
Nicolai sent these pictures through to see if someone wanted to make an offer for this old beauty. If it is still on the "Wanted or Selling" page, then you're in with a chance of this piece of history! Bear in mind the "e" version is rare anyway. The brand is that of the actual manufacturer Bjarton, who made for Hagstrom, Fender, and probably a few other well respected names along the way, as well as later working with James D'Aquisto when the Jimmy jazz models were being developed.
We've raved about the
J45 H45 BJ12, and here a well
loved - and well looked after B120,
This one is so well looked after! Must be the clean Swiss air too - Thank you Jean-Claude!
Hello David, Here you'll find attached some pictures of my Hagstrom B120. I don't have a lot to say about this guitar. What I know is that this guitar was bought in Neuchâtel (Switzerland) in a shop music called Hug Musique as you can see the stamp behind the guitar's head. I'm the owner of it since 1988, after the death of the previous owner. I only know that he was not the first owner of this guitar. The B120 is in a very good state and sounds very well. I don't want to value it. I like too much playing it. I've never asked what kind of guitar I had before last month when I was in a guitar shop. I said to the young assistant that I have a 12 string Hagstrom guitar and he answered that he had never heard this name!! So I searched the web to get some information on Hagstrom, and I found your site. I live not far away from Neuchâtel in the French part of Switzerland (50 km from Bern). Thank you again for your complete information about the B120. Best regards Jean-Claude VUILLEUMIER
Spoken like a true appreciator - someone who cares more about playing than valuing
WHAT MORE CAN I SAY TO CONVINCE YOU THESE STAND OUT, AS WELL AS THE TEST OF TIME!!!
Then along comes James...
From: JAMES HALPIN Friday, February 14, 2003 11:03 PM To: David Cox at Home Subject: Re: My H-33 SN: 96094 David, It's been many months since we corresponded, but I finally got access to a digital camera and was able to get some shots f my H-33. They're not great, but maybe you can use them. You'll notice in a couple that I actually still have the original Hagstrom information/warranty card with it from 1969! Here are the pictures. Feel free to use them. Jim
How could I resist - excellent photo's I have to say!
Well, there you have a good example of how difficult it is to date the acoustics. The above J45 fits almost exactly with my Hagstrom (marked BJ12) 12string, yet this Hagstrom 12 string (exactly the same model - but branded H33) has a different batch sequence!!!
ED: All I can say is the next
one on "e-buy" deserves a good price!
Hi David I was on your site some time ago I don't know if you remember me sending you an email about my bj-12.I apologise for the delay in sending you the pics that I said I would but time like my memory sometimes slips away.Any way here we go my bj12 is still around a little worst for wear but still gives me that great sound of which a lot of my friends are a bit jealous ha-ha.I play it every day when I get home from work I would very much like some tips on how to may be clean it up a bit it is an old and dear friend that's been with me for at least twenty-five or so years and deserves to be treated with respect.I have included a few pics of our early years together and will give you a little background on each. the set of three are of myself and some other old and dear friends in our glory days. the top photo is a house party back in 77-the second is a beach party locally in79. Ihave to mention the pretty young thing in front of me and the bj 12 sitting is also still around and the mother of my three children.the third was taken at another beach party in 81.the other pic I took today Feb..112003. I think your site is great and honours a great instrument good luck to you and yours and I hope to hear from you soon Hag On. Best regards Lee Stewart
Lee also sent an MP3
Thanks for taking the time to share your sounds and pictures Lee!
December 2003 and "A
Star Appeared in the East"...
Henry Telstar to be precise
But now he also appreciates the full sound of these beauties...
Thursday, December 18, 2003 - To: David Cox at Home Subject:
Cheers Henry! Happy Christmas!
Here's a little point of interest...
Not only is this another VERY old BJ12 from the early to mid 1960's, but just look at the condition
It's a shame about the one sweeping line on the lower bout.
Otherwise this is extremely kewl, wonderfully mature,
VERY CLOSE TO COS's CYPRUS EXAMPLE
REALLY, REALLY, REALLY CLOSE
- Just TEN guitars later on in production!!!
Oh yes, bring these fabulous instruments back together here at Hagstrom UK...
Forget your Gibsons and Martins etc., - you really must try a good one of these!
Lets now throw everything into question with yet another variation on the theme. In may 2005, this next one was auctioned on eBay, without much fanfare, and yet it is the only one I've ever seen. It hails from the mid sixties, early for this version of the model, thin neck right up to the body, typical Hagstrom 12 string acoustic neck shape, but the body was smaller and more shaped overall, with the same depth of body for tone, and some lovely wood used for the headstock!
Thanks to House of Guitars, Salt Lake City, Utah USA for the photos.
Finally, there is a lot of speculation
about whether The Beatles
had any hands on contact with Hagström or Bjärton instruments.
Dear Friends of Bjarton/hagstrom guitars, I got this 12
strings acoustic guitar in my collection. I would like to learn more about this
guitar. This guitar was ownerd by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (John Lennon
played this guitar also) and he present the guitar to Klaus Voormann as a gift
in the early 70`s. Klaus is a good friend of mine and he said to me: "Do you
need this guitar for your fantastic Beatles collection?". And I said yes, of
course... I supported Klaus for his artwork for the Beatles Anthology in 1995! I
hope I hear from you soon.
Please note: although I will try
my best for an occasional request, this site is not an official price record
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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