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Hagstrom vintage electric guitars
Time and product line
 
1958 - 1983

Just made in Sweden - Where else!



 

Sparkle & Pearloid - 1958-1963  "The early days"

In the beginig there was only accordions! From january 1925 until the summer of 1958 the main business of the Hagstrom company was based on accordions. There was some acoustic guitars produced in Oslo, Norway and a couple of Hawaiian lap steel guitars built in Falun, Sweden in the late 1940's. After a journey to the US in 1958 Albin Hagström's oldest son Karl Erik Hagström came back to Sweden stating that the accordion era was comming towards an end and that the future was rock´n´roll and that Rock music demanded electric guitars insted of accordions! After some research, witch included taking a Gibson Les Paul "Goldtop" apart (Hagstrom was the Scandinavian Gibson distributor at that time), the head designer Holger Berglund and his right hand man Arne Hårdén started to design the first Hagstrom electric guitar.

During the end of 1958 there was a pre-production batch of guitars built. Those instruments probably have their serial numbers stamped in their perloid covered bodys starting from P-001. The first "official" batch of Hagstrom electric guitars is batch 449. The first part of this batch is Hagstrom De Luxe "small model" and the last part is the "large model" witch later became the Hagstrom De Luxe 90. In this first batch there was 200 guitars built from 1958 to 1959. The last batch of Sparkle & Pearloid guitars was batch 540 built in 1963.

Guitar models built in the Sparkle & Pearliod era

  • De Luxe "smal model", 1958-1959. Basically this is the same model that later became the Standard 80. One big differes is that "the small model" had the binding on the middle of the side of the body. Known colors: white perloid plastic.

  • Standard "Sweetone", 1959 (probably the same type of guitar as the Standard 80). Sevral "Sweetone" guitars have other colors than the white perloid. Known colors: white, red and blue perloid plastic, mahogany front with white perloid plastic back and sides, white pearloid front with blue pearloid sides, back and neck!

  • Standard 80, 1959-1962. The most common of the Sparkle & Pearloid guitars. The finish with white perloid body and neck or white body with black neck. The Standard 80 was built with or without the Hagstrom Tremar tremolosystem. Known colors white perloid plastic, red and blue sparkle front, all black body and neck, mahogany front.

  • De Luxe 90, 1959-1962. Probably the very first De Luxe 90 guitras were those named "Big model" in the last part of the first official produced batch, 449 from 1958-1959. Known colors: red, blue (some turns more to purple than blue), gold and sea foam green sparkle front, all black body and neck, mahogany front.

  • Goya 80, export USA, 1960-1962. Same specifications as the Standard 80. The US distributor of Hagstrom considered Hagström to be a hard-to-sell brand name on the US market and therefor used the name Goya insted. Due to the fact that the custom fees were lower on acoustic, or in this case non electric guitars, most of the guitars were delivered without electronics and then assembled in teh US. There was four different electronic units to chose from, P12, one pick up and two buttons, P24 two pick ups and four buttons, P26, and P46. Known colors white perloid plastic, red, blue, gold and champagne sparkle front, all black body and neck, mahogany front.

  • Goya 90, export USA, 1960-1962. Same specifications as the De Luxe 90, the rest of the  story is the sama as for the Goya 80 above. Known colors: red, blue, gold and champagne sparkle front, all black body and neck, mahogany front.

  • De Lux "Batman", 1962-1963. Also nick named "Duck's foot". This is the only guitar designed by Karl Erik Hagstrom himself. The Batman has set neck and came with or without Tremar tremolo. Known colors: red, blue (some turns more to purple than blue) sparkle front, all black body and neck.


 

Pre-production protoype of De Luxe, P46, 1958
Serial # P-007, Available information indicates there was a pre production batch,
P-001 - P-999 made
in 1958.




Standard "Sweetone" 1959
Serial # 452031,
In the "Sweetone batch" 452 you also find
guitars with red, blue and white pearloid finish.




Goya 80, 1960/61, Serial # 477162
The first Hagstrom guitars sold in the US wasbranded Goya instead of Hagström.


 

Hagstrom Standard 80, 1961Serial # 493032, without Tremar



Hagstrom Standard 80, 1962
Serial # 517017, without Tremar



Hagstrom De Luxe 90, 1961/62
Serial # 499245,
Black wasn't the most common finish.



Hagstrom Standard 80, 1962, Serial # 522072, Probably from the last batch of pearl, sparkle and perloid guitars.


Hagstrom De Luxe "Batman", 1962

Serial # 519259,
Another one of the rare Batman guitars, originally blue but after 20 years in a cafe window it's more grey than blue...

De Luxe "smal model" P24, 1959 serial # 449185,
From the first "official" batch 449.




Hagstrom De Luxe 90 left 1959/60
Serial # 466250, one of very few known!
Probably there was only two left sparkle
guitars ever built.


Goya 80, 1961, Serial # 493066




Standard "Sweetone" 1959,
Serial # 452xxx
One of just a small number in red perloid finish.



Hagstrom De Luxe 90, 1961
Serial # 488121, with tremar unit.



Hagstrom Standard 80, 1960/61Serial # 483142,
Probably the most common type of guitar from
the Hagstrom pearl, sparkle and glitter era, white pearl finish with P-24 pick up unit and
Tremar tremolo system.



Hagstrom De Luxe "Batman", 1962
Serial # 519100,
One of the rare Batman guitars, this one in "mint" condition!







 

 


 
Hagstrom Kent - 1962 - 1966

In 1962 there was a brand new Hagstrom model introduced on the market. This guitar has a very "Strat" like shape and design with two cut aways, tremolo and six in line headstock. Because of the front in acrylate containimng all the electronics and the body covered in vinyl needing no paint those guitars could be manufactured cheaply and rationally meeting the huge demand for electric guitars in the early 60's. The main reason not branding those "budget" guitars Hagstrom was, according to Karl Erik Hagström, their doubts if the acrylic fronts would keep from cracking! Some Kent guitars with the acrylic front was sold without the Kent logo on the front of the headstock and some with. From 1963 there was also Kent branded guitars build with all solid bodies with two or three pick ups. All Kent guitars had the Tremar tremolo system.
  • Kent - PB-24-G, 1962-1964. Vinyl covered body, acrylic front with two fixed pick ups and four slide switches, black neck and headstock (early models has the "dolpin nose" shaped headstock. Known colors: red, blue, purple/lavendel and orange/brown.

  • Kent II, 1963-1966. Solid body (no acrylic front), pick gaurd with two adjustable pick ups, one volume control and four slide switches. Known colors: red and blue.

  • Kent III, 1963-1966. Solid body (no acrylic front), pick gaurd with three adjustable pick ups, one volume control and six slide switches. Known colors: red and blue.


 
 


Hagstrom KENT PB-24-G, 1962 Serial # 500203. Blue front
and white backside! This is probably
the firs run of Kent
guitars! This run is not included in the "blue
book" but
100% confirmed as an original Hagstrom by
AB Albin Hagstrom 
in Äldalen, Sweden.

 



Hagstrom KENT PB-24-G, 1962
Serial # 527248


Hagstrom KENT PB-24-G, 1963Serial # 554025

 




KENT "new model" according to production log,
Serial # 563463



Hagstrom KENT II, 1963/64, Futurama according to
production log,
Serial # 574767




 
Hagstrom "New Shapes" - 1963 - 1967

In the early 1960s Hagstrom attempted to design guitars with a new, more untraditional "look". The Corvette, Impala and Automatic are far more "futuristic" than the other Hagstrom guitars from the same time. As guitar players seemes to be more "traditional" than expected none of those flashy push button guitars ever made any commercial succsess.

  • Automatic, 1963-1965. Based on the same body shape the Automatic appears in three different designs, the Futurama Automatic (for the UK market only), the Automatic and the Automatic (Corvette). Known colors: brown and red burst.

  • Corvette, 1963-1967. The Corvette was renamed Condor for the US market since General Motors sold the Chevrolet Corvette car. Known colors: brown and red burst.

  • Impala, 1963-1967. Strangely the Impala got to keep its original name also on the US market despite there was also a Chevrolet Impala car. Known colors: brown and red burst.


 
 


Hagstrom Impala, 1964/65
Serial # 588474



Hagstrom Automatic,
1965
Automatic (Corvette)
according to the production log. Serial # 598190


Hagstrom Corvette, 1964
Serial # 573176


Hagstrom Condor 1966-67 Condor branded
Hagstrom
Corvette for the US market.
Serial # 664075

 



 
 
Hagstrom "Numbers" - 1963 -1972
 
  • Hagstrom I, 1965-1971. Basically the same guitar as the Kent (vinyl covered body and acrylatic front) but with adjustable pick ups and narrower neck. The fact that the Hagstrom I guitar has two pick ups is a bit confusing as the Hagstrom II also have two pick ups and the Hagstrom III have three pick ups! In the late 1960's and early 1970's a rare bird appears witch is actually a one pick up Hagstrom I designed for the Canadian market. Known colors - Hagstrom I with acrylic front: red, blue, black and white. Hagstrom I - solid body with one pick up: sunburst.

  • Hagstrom II, 1963-1965. Basically the same body shape as the Hagstrom I and the Kent guitars but with solid lacquered bodies. The Hagstrom II guitar was also branded Futurama and sold by Selmer on the UK market. All Hagstrom II and Futurama guitars from this period have bevelled edges (compare with the Kent II and Kent III guitars witch seems to be the same guitar, but with rounded egdes on the body). Known colors: red, blue and sea foam green.

  • Hagstrom II, 1965-1972. From 1965 the bodies got a more "SG" like shape and pick ups with pickup rings. The first guitars with this design appears as Hagstrom De Luxe in the production log. Known colors: red, blue, black, white, translucent red and sunburst.

  • Hagstrom III, 1963-1965. Same story as for Hagstrom II above.

  • Hagstrom III, 1965-1972. Same story as for Hagstrom III above.

  • Hagstrom 12 string, 1965-1967. Same design and shape as the Hagstrom II (1965-1972) but with 12 strings.

  • Futurama - export to GBR, 1962-1965. During this period Hagstrom guitars were sold in the UK as Futuramas. Those Futurama branded Hagstrom made guitars are not to be mixed up with other Futurama guitars imported by Selmer from other countries!


 
 


Hagstrom I, ca 1965 Serial # unknown



Hagstrom III, 1964 "Futurama" according
to production log,
Serial # 601942



Hagstrom III, 1965/66 Serial # 653121



Hagstrom II, 1972 Serial # 822302

 

 


Hagstrom II, 1963/64 Serial # 584946



Hagstrom De Luxe III, 1964/65
Repainted in purple, original colour is red
Serial # 624855



Hagstrom III, 1970/72 Serial # 806697


Hagstrom 12 string, 1965/66
Serial # 638442

 
 



 
Hagstrom - "A new generation" - 1969 - 1983

In 1969 the first Hagstrom HIIN appears witch indicates that a new generation Hagstrom guitars are taking over. This generation have more a powerfull sound with their humbucker pick ups and a  more user friendly control layout with two volume and two tone controls and a tree way pick up selector instead of the earlier slide switches with pre-set tone choices.

  • H II N, H II N OT, 1969-1976. Known colors: black, cherry, sunburst, brownburst and natural mahogany

  • H III / Scandi, 1976-1980. Known colors: sunburst, white, natural ash, translucent red, purple and some custom finish.

  • Partner, 1979. Known colors: red with red or natural neck and head stock.

  • Swede, 1970-1982. Known colors: natural mahogany, cherry red, black and white.

  • Swede Patch - Patch 2000, 1976-1977. Known colors: natural mahogany

  • Swede De Luxe, Super Swede, 1977-1983. Known colors: Maple version - golden sunburst, tobacco brown, wine red, white and natural wood. Mahogany version - natural wood, cherry red and some custom finishes.

  • Ultra Swede, 1983. The Ultra Swede is recorded in the production log as a part of batch 53 078, but all the Ultra Swede guitars was built in Japan and don't have any official serial numbers. Known colors: purple.


 
 


Hagstrom HIIN, 1971, Serial # 804408



Hagstrom HIII/Scandi, 1976
Serial # 53 896194


Hagstrom HIII/Scandi, 1976 Serial # 53 896###


 


Hagstrom Partner "blond head", 1979
Serial # 53 063031



Hagstrom L.P (Swede), 1971  Serial # 797060




Hagstrom Swede de lux (Super Swede), 1978/80
Serial # 53 043440


Hagstrom HIIN OT, 1975 Serial # 53 954101



Hagstrom Scandi, 1978/80
Serial # 53 022176



Hagstrom Partner "red head", 1979
Serial # 53 063417



Hagstrom Swede,  1974 Serial # 53 910322


 








 
 
Hagstrom vintage semi acoustic electric guitars
time and product line
 

Hagstrom semi acoustic guitars - 1965-1973

  • Viking I and Viking, 1965-1972.

  • Viking II, 1967-1968.

  • Viking De Luxe, 1967.

  • Viking I N and Viking, 1972-1979.

  • Jimmy, f-hole, 1969 and 1976-1979.

  • Jimmy, o-hole, 1977-1979.


 
 


Hagstrom Viking I, 1965/66  
Serial # 646155


Hagstrom Viking , 1967  Serial # 713336



Hagstrom Jimmy, 1969, first run!
Serial # 743071, blonde birch


Hagstrom Viking I N, 1973  Serial 871023


Hagstrom Jimmy, 1977
Serial # 53 987070, sunburst

 

 


 

"Almost Hagstroms" and some modified Hagstrom guitars
 
 


Hagstrom "Superstrat"

 


Hagstrom HII "Out of shape"

 
 
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