Dating hagstrom guitars
Hagstrom had a long history of mass producing instruments in Europe under a number of brand names, but never gained mass acceptance in North America.In 1962, Hagstrom launched a series of guitars with coloured hard plastic (lucite) tops and vinyl covered backs.The rigid yet lightweight alloy truss rod allows for very low action and a thin set maple neck.Another Hagstrom exclusive, the resinator fretboard is an extraordinary, homogeneous wood composite that maintains a strong fundamental harmonic and eliminates wolf tones.The bass plays quite well, and the guitar could benefit from a setup, and they’d be quite usable instruments. Hagstrom serial numbers indicate batch number (first three digits) and position (last three digits).While batch dating information isn’t readily available, we know that production of the Hagstrom 1 started in late 1965 (at least, it was renamed from its ‘Kent’ brand name and entered the Hagstrom catalog) and the pickups changed to a rectangular shape in 1966. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
) ..yes, the Scandi would have been the replacement for the HIII had the marketing succeeded!
It offers the articulate sound of high-quality ebony but with more consistency and durability. The self-lubricating graphite composite nut is much harder than bone or plastic resulting in more string vibration through the neck.
Tuning is also improved and string binding is eliminated by self-lubrication.
But before that, here's an engineer's view of an old KENT or PB24G of the early 60's No serial supplied, and as you see from a sorry state it was once in, I think it's been brought back to something of interest I think it has a unique appeal and a halfway house to those resin guitars of the 70's - without the weight of course!
You can see all the stress cracks of the last 40 odd years, but the wood is actually nice under all that plastic, lucite and vinyl...
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Very nice to see such a great website about Hagstrm. For your information, I yesterday found a red Hagstrm Kent I, serial number: 537099, and bought it. Best wishes Glenn Bergman, hus, Sweden Here's a couple to be going on with, but do visit the site - Collecting everything from Hagstrom Levin Gibson to Fender Guitars to Citroen 2CV's with 'fenders' both ends! Selmer would have been pleased to receive this example originally, as by the time these were being made, Hagstrom were entering their busiest period for some time. As you see Ed maintains the following which just reinforces some of the minor queries from the batch listings. Along with a couple of others Hags in his collection... Bernie Van started off 2003 with this I enjoy your website.