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Vintage Hagstroms

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by plar, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. plar

    plar

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    How do vintage hagstroms sound and are they worth much?
  2. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL A Hard Rockin Lover of GREENBURST Supporting Member

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    Those hagstrom swedes were some pretty sweet axes , they used to be on the affordable side of vintage but I think that could be changing.
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    They have a very cool vibe, but not everyone likes the tone or the super-skinny necks. How much they're worth varies dramatically depending on the condition. A beat-up one missing some of the plastic/vinyl top parts isn't worth much at all, but a very clean one with all original parts intact can be worth maybe as much as $800 to a collector.
  4. aesir6

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    I love my 68' Hagstrom. It sounds good, its super lightweight, only problem for me is that the fretboard is so tiny and one of the machine heads is broken so I dont have and E string for it. Go to my gear page in my signature. you can see it in the slideshow. :)
  5. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K.

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    i dig my '65.(on the left. the right is a 69 harmony tenor)
    awesome bass. had to take out the electronics because they were wasted, but i bought it for 230.00.
    this thing has tons of character.
    [​IMG]
  6. plar

    plar

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    Any way to figure out the year by the serial number?
  7. Bassconbeatz

    Bassconbeatz Way down low Supporting Member

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    My first bass was a Hagstrom. My Dad purchased it through a swap meet. It had a Les Paul shaped body, and it was pretty thumpy. I really didn't like the 30inch scale, but it was great using it as a beginner bass. I think I've seen some sold on Ebay for less than $400.00.
  8. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

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    Hagstom 8 strings in great shape have hit as high as $1100. Swedes can go anywhere from $600-800 in good shape, and Concords a little lower. Don't know too much about the rest of the solidbodies.
  9. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

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    In a nutshell no.

    But I'll tell you how the Hagstrom serial numbering system works. The first 3 represent the production run number. the last 3-4 digits is the sequence in numerical order of where the instrument was made in the production run.

    For example, 701464 = production run #701
    Instrument is the 464th one made in that run.

    If you happen to have a copy of The Hagstrom Blue Book, then you can look up production run #701 and see that it was a run of Hagstrom II-B basses with a total of 998 being made in that particular run in 1967.

    Yes, I happen to own a copy of this booklet. I've owned it for a number of years.

    Got a Hag and want to know more about it? Post your serial number and i'll tell you when your Hag was made. BTW, In 1973 all Hagstrom instruments had the prefix number 53 added to the beginning of the serial number of the instrument.


    TD

    My Hagstrom bass collection,

    [​IMG]
  10. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

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    D.A.R.K, FYI your stringing of your Hag II-B bass is incorrect. The strings are meant to wrap around the string post from the left. Yours are strung with them being on the right side of the string post.

    Only the A and D strings should be strung through the centre portion of the hold down bar on the headstock. The E and G strings are meant to be strung to the outsides of the string hold down bar.

    When properly strung, the strings will perfectly line up with the nut, pickup poles and the bridge/tailpiece.

    Here's a photo so you can see what I mean.

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    TD
  11. aesir6

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    I think I love you!:ninja: Ive been wanting one of those Concordes pretty bad except the burst finish.
  12. plar

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    609458 Can u look this up? Thanks.
  13. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K.

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    that makes a hell of alot more sense (with the hold down bar in it's given position) it's never given me any grief tuning-wise.....
    i've seen quite a few of these in local stores, but i've never seen one strung correctly. thanks for revealing the mystery behind the hold-bar.
    i'll give it a go if i ever change the strings again.:p

  14. Dude

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    Wow Thornton!!!



    :eek: :hyper: :eek:
  15. wujuu

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    +1

    wow thornton, impressive collection :bassist:
  16. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

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    plar, your bass was made in 1964. It was the 458th bass made in production run number 609 which produced a total of 500 basses.

    Hope this helps.

    TD
  17. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

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    Thornton - Nice Array! Beauties....

    The first bass I ever saw was a Haggy and I finally got one just like it a couple of months ago, followed closely by a Coronado that popped up. I love how they sound. The Coronado's Bi-Sonics are something else! Very easy to play too.
  18. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

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    Excellent.
  19. plar

    plar

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    Thanks for looking that up. The bass is not mine but one that I am looking at buying.
    It looks similar to yours , Thornton, all the way on the right. How do it sound?
  20. Dallyd31

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    How are the Concords for feedback at stage volume. I have a line on a sweet red one.....it plays like a dream, but the guy doesn't have a bass amp, so I can't plug it in. I love it, but am afraid of feedback due to being a true hollowbody. By the way, how is the tone of these plugged in ???

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