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Fans... of the
Original Swedish Hagströms
It's a kind of A-Z of the best music era, Abba to Zappa, Aerosmith to ZZ-Top...
Pass Your Mouse Over the rectangle below
once it has loaded, to play the video excerpt...
course there was ABBA (there would
have to be eh?)
Short excerpts of the precision we are well used to
Hopefully greeted with a little more than "Mama Mia!"
See the Swede and the H45/J45 acoustic in action
It's not until you hear them again that you remember how good it
- well I think so anyway!
(if it doesn't load in under 1min
- only a 1.3Mb wmv file - it can be bigger in your own player
David Bowie -
Do you remember that 12 string break before "This is ground control to
Major Tom" ?
Hopefully he still has the Hagström 12 used on Space Oddity. Most pics
show his Kent branded Hagström Electric. See Below right... Hey David - please let us know?
Steve Hackett ...from GENESIS
(Melody Maker Dec 1972 - Hagstrom
H-12 electric) ...and I have it on good
authority that Steve still has his one (2005)!
Brian Ferry -
Hagstrom Electric EDP46 Deluxe,
originally made around 1963 'Retro' use
Roxy Music in the UK (early 70's)
helped turn it into a collector item
Manfred Mann's Eathband
Steve Waller - Hagstrom Swede Guitar
- His first decent acoustic was a Swedish made Hagström and it
was used to record his very first album for Transatlantic Records way back in
1967: A peg bridge H-45.
Click the link to see his comprehensive site, hear clips, and maybe order the
wonderful Live DVD recorded in 2003 to celebrate 35 years as a composer and
performer - to this day Gordon thrills his fans at a wide variety of venues.
Hagstrom La Rita Classical - once owned by
Gordon Giltrap I tried to buy this instrument
Probably made late 60's, the back and sides an attractive
laminate, the top solid Spruce. The inlay around the sound hole is various
veneers formed into a complex marquetry pattern. The fingerboard and bridge are
Rosewood. I wasmuch too late!
Update November 2001 -
Gordon has advised me that he's become the proud owner of a rare
Hagstrom Jimmy Oval -
what a fabulous choice!
Update May 2002 -
Gordon Has bought a BJ12 - See the new dedicated
page on this site, a second Jimmy Oval, and that "first decent acoustic"
December 2003 - "In Concert"
Pictures showing Hagstrom BJ12 / H33 on stage
SEE ADDITIONAL PICTURES:
February 2002 - Photo of CAT STEVENS
located - see page
H33e/BJ12e plus the French Legend Michel Polnareff
in front of "Sacré Coeur", France in 1966
a man of many styles since this, he even wrote the score for the film soundtrack
ZZtop above here! - See also the
current bands page for diversity such
Dave Brewis - The Kane Gang - "Respect
Yourself" Video grabs from November 1984
There was also Blondie
- "Sight and Sound" CD DVD using a Hagstrom deluxe 90 - anyone got a picture I
legendary eight-string electric bass,
Serial 723006 (The sixth one ever made - in 1967)
ah yes, but it was actually Noel Redding
who played the H8 bass regularly we all
at least on 'Spanish Castle Magic', 'You've got me
Floating' and 'Little miss Lover'others?
that Jimi used the H8 in studio,
and bought one during the Experience's
tour of the USA in 1967...
Well that looks quite clear eh:
Studio 76 on the 17th of July 1967 - jams later titled
"Get that Feeling", "Odd Ball", "Love Love" & "Hush Now",
- plus a jam based on The Beatles' "Day Tripper"!
That's what I like to see - evidence!
Noel was approached by a Hagström representative during a visit in Gothenburg in
his hotel room, where he was given an H8. Sven Bornemark read this in a recent
there have been two H8's???
Well, if you follow the link line next to Jimi's name above, then click on the
picture (above right) of Noel Redding, you'll see another close picture of the
H8 shown here.
They certainly are different!
The one accredited to Jimi is natural wood finish, Noels is solid colour...
If ever there was qualification from the
fabulous days of Prog Rock
GENESIS another H8 player included
RUTHERFORD from GENESIS:
"...He uses an 8-string Hagstrom bass on "I Know What I
Like", since the weight of the Shergold begins to make a deep rut in his
shoulder if worn for too long. Shergold? Hagstrom? Whatever happened to (sigh)
Fenders and Gibsons? "People have this thing about these being the guitars to
use and those ones not. I go purely on sound. Like acoustics. Everyone raves
about Gibson acoustics. I think they're rubbish...."
(Beat Instrumental Aug 1977) ...He used an H8 Hagstrom bass on "I Know What I Like"
(noted Melody Maker Dec 1972 - used a
Hagstrom 12 string BJ12)
Here you see both Steve a with Hagstrom 12 string acoustic and Mike (?maybe?) on
another in 1973 playing "Supper's Ready"
too - not just keyboards as you see...
If there's more to be
revealed, we'll have to promote this to a page on it's own... such as a picture
of the H8 and possibly an H-12 ??
see Bill Nelson in another advert.
This one signed by Bill.
Permission was granted by Bill's Management Company for us to display
this picture. If you wish to do likewise, then please also ask permission:
With a list of credits ranging from Be Bop Deluxe to Atom Shop, commissions
and collaborations from Gary Numan to Roger Eno, I could not start to describe
Bill's influences over four decades... another good source of summary
information and biography can be found by clicking
Born in 1923, Cordell Jackson,
started performing in the 1930s with her father's band,
There were (and are) many others too.
Follow the links page to experience more...
1968 'TV special'.
HERE for a sound clip too!
There was also a story that the USA agent supplied a "heavily modified" version
of the Hagstrom for Elvis to play. However the the guitar used by
Elvis was owned by Al Casey. It was Al's own guitar and a standard
original Hagstrom Viking Deluxe guitar. It is documented on another site, but for some reason I understand
it is "secret"! It was also reported that it is now in the custody of a
Casino in Illinois with a price tag of US$50,000...
I've found the Viking
"like Elvis played" as everyone says (without being too specific) on eBay (Ha
Ha), - actually his was the Deluxe shown above - but mine's a 1968 transition
version and a real GAS in the sunburst, then more recently (again from Canada -
previously Rob's 'Alvy') the Cherry Red - the earliest remaining full 1N?
How about a twelve string now? Read all about the different Viking models by
clicking the Viking link above or follow the trail near the base of this page...
The only Deluxe version I have is the Concord Deluxe
Bass - hey, what do I mean ONLY? It's a dream, and
what a solid harmonious sound!
forget to check out Visitor Contributions (Pics), and Hagstrom Stories
- links below
See Hagstrom and Me for the Viking dream; a
"lost model" between VI with Strat style neck and head and VIN body: quite rare,
Serial 731642 conceived in 1968....
and "Hagstrom Stories" - See menus top and bottom
You'll find my Hagstrom pictures and stories on
"Hagstrom and Me"
Anyone with Hagstrom
photo's is very welcome.
Send them to me for posting. There's an e-mail link on virtually every page of
A story isn't absolutely necessary, but adds a little bit of what we like to add
to this site
- Appreciation and the appreciators!
So bung a pic of you too along with it.... Hell, past and present...
stage photo's...you, the dog and the Hag... It's up to you!
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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!