Friday, March 9, 2012

1967 Hagstrom III

The Hagstrom H model guitar (they were available in I,II, and III designations) resemble what would happen if a Gibson SG and a Fender Jaguar were to have made love and procreated on a romantic holiday in Sweden. While quirky, these instruments sound great and are of typically excellent quality.

This three pickup model III was the most deluxe of the H series guitars, and this one is finished in a European equivalent of Dakota red to cap off this ultra cool guitar. Tonally, the guitar is very similar to a Fender Stratocaster, and does the "in-between" nasally tones quite well when the neck/middle or middle/bridge pickups are turned on together. There's also some other switches that muffle and thin out the tone that are basically useless, in my opinion. In addition to all those excellent features, this guitar has a thick Brazilian rosewood fingerboard capped onto a very slim, low profile neck, with a low tension 24 1/2' scale.

A fantastic buy on the vintage guitar market, especially for those players who are smaller/ shorter in stature.

all images courtesy of the author; c2012 Derek See

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