The Hagstrom UK La Rita
can be found here
Mike Bell dropped by in Sept '02...
I am the lucky so and so who beat you to the Gordon Giltrap La Rita - sorry. I can tell you that it sounds wonderful and plays like a dream. Karl Hagstrom told me that it was probably built in around 1968.
At this time I had decided to build a small collection of acoustic guitars with the intention of passing them on to any of my grandchildren (currently 5yrs,3yrs and 6 months) who might become interested in playing guitar as they get older. The La Rita was displayed on Gordon's site at the same time as the Guild. I knew nothing of Hagstrom guitars, although the name was familiar from my younger guitar playing days. It just looked such a nice guitar and as Gordon assured me of its quality I decided to buy it at the same time. Since getting the La Rita I have been clumsily teaching myself some simple classical pieces. It is beautifully made and sounds wonderful. According to Karl Hagstrom it dates from around 1968. I had the pleasure of traveling down to Gordon's home to collect my purchases and he had kindly made me a CD of him playing some of his compositions on the two guitars. It is quite daunting to pick up a guitar which has been played so well in the past by a real meastro but I get great pleasure from owning these fine examples of the guitar makers craft. Best wishes Mike Bell
Thank you Mike, these masterpieces are so well made, and the attention to detail is superb. The sound... well you said it all. The
Hi David As promised, here are 6 pics of the Hagstrom Senorita
I have been talking about. A full front, the back of the head showing the store
label, zoom in to read the store label, the sound hole, note the wear at the 8
o'clock position from the thumb being used as an anchor for finger picking, the
key hardware, the head front and across the top and up the neck, this shows the
crazing of the clear top finish and the cracking up to the bridge. The cracks
are over stiffeners, odd, so there is no movement and no change in the sound.
You can expand the photos well enough to see the serial number clearly. Note my
neat winding of the new strings in the head shot, I took several other shots and
could take more professional looking pics but I wanted to get these to you
tonight. If you want better shots, I will take them. As I do not have high speed
internet it will take a while to send these pics.
Some people do not rate the Bjarton Manufactured acoustic models. I really do not understand this beyond simple snobbery at times. From the simple through to the most ornate models, they stand the test of time, even if they have had less than pampered lives, they still sound good, and play so easily and accurately. So if it has to have a big brand on the headstock, then tell your bank manager why it makes the difference - not me!
PS: Another name for this model is the La Rita
Thank you for taking the time Bruce, and if the visitor makes
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