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1967 Hagstrom Concord C-1 Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chode, Apr 3, 2020.


  1. chode

    chode

    Oct 12, 2019
    Been playing a Fender Precision for a few years and love it, but was interested in getting a hollow body guitar. After a couple of not-great online purchases and interactions I decided I'll only ever buy a guitar in person again.

    I saw a store that had a Framus star bass (everybody knows Bill Wyman played one of these, but just as important to me, was used by Jerry Handley). Went to check it out, and ended up getting this Hagstrom Concord bass instead. I had never heard of this company before but seemed to like it over the Framus. The store had no case, but a guy shopping there happened to be selling a Washburn case on craigslist and it worked out for this bass perfectly. One of the photos is a little lever I screwed into the case to prevent it from closing on my hands, which had to be fixed right away.

    Generally speaking, it's a pretty cool sounding bass and paired with my Fender Precision gives me a lot of options. I play them both about the same amount, practicing or gigging. The only thing really with this bass is it can feedback at higher volumes, but for me I usually play in bars and it isn't really an issue. I used it on a short tour and it worked out fine. I haven't been forced into the scenario of covering the F-holes yet.

    Hope you dig.
     

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  2. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Play as good as it looks?
     
  3. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    Hagstroms are not low end basses at all , that one looks very cool , nice find . Hagstrom is the company that made the Bisonic single coils in the late 60's Guild Starfire basses . Phil Lesh and Jack Casaday both used Starfires with those Hagstrom pickups . I used to play a buddies Hagstrom solid body in the early 70's and the tone always reminded me of John Entwistles Live at Leeds . That bass had slide switches and looked a little strange but played and sounded great .
     
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  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Wow man, I'd say you did the right thing by skipping the Framus and getting this one. It's gorgeous.
     
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  5. chode

    chode

    Oct 12, 2019
    that store had a couple guild starfires (Jack Casady enough said), but were way out of my price range. cool to know they had the same pickups though, this bass has a certain punchy sound but being a hollow body it's not the same "punchy" as a Rickenbacker. it weighs nothing, and the weight distribution is very nice: big body, small neck. it feels great to play on; it's a toy compared to my precision bass.

    I would say that it's dynamic, and with a foam mute under the bridge it sounds like a stand-up bass, so in that regard I'd have to disagree about it not being a "low-end" bass; it's definitely "boomier" than my Precision bass, and has a more dynamic sound, but it's short-scale... so the Precision bass has a more consistent and even sound across the neck. There's definitely a reason why Precision basses are more popular and this one is not, it seems more sensitive in that way. I've been trying to imitate Rockette Morton by holding a pick as usual, while using metal banjo picks on my middle and ring fingers. These coupled with the foam mute on the Hagstrom give it a pretty wild "banjo/bass" sound that I'm digging.
     
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  6. that's a beauty!
     
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