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How about the Hagström Jazz bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mrbaloo, Nov 20, 2005.


  1. mrbaloo

    mrbaloo

    May 9, 2002
    Sweden
    Hi

    I just spotted an ad for a Hagström Jazz bass from 1973. The ad tells me that the bass is in "good condition".

    Ok, what is the overall opinion of the Hagström Jazz bass (i.e. playability/bulid quality/sound...)?

    /MrBaloo
     
  2. Groundloop

    Groundloop

    Jun 21, 2005
    Toronto
    I don't have any experience with Hagstrom basses, but I used to own a 'Swede' model guitar that was the same vintage as the bass you're asking about. The construction and tone were top notch.

    The best advice I can give is play it, and buy it if you like it.

    PS. 1973 was the first year Hagstrom produced the 'Jazz Bass', and in 1977 Fender made them change the name. Kinda reminds me of the story about Fender reps going into the Tokai factory (late '70's? Early '80's?) and sawing the headstocks off of basses and guitars.
     
  3. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    First, try to get the model number. I am no expert, but I have never heard of a "jazz bass" model. Is it the semi-hollow?

    The Hagstrom's ranged from low end to high end instruments. They all tended to have thin necks designed for speed. Most (all?) where short scale.
     
  4. mrbaloo

    mrbaloo

    May 9, 2002
    Sweden
    As Groundloop said, Hagström renamed the bass to Scanbass later on. It is a jazz bass similar to the Fender model...

    /MrBaloo
     
  5. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Cool, sorry I know nothing about this bass. I was surprised to find it is a full 34" scale though. Nice looking bass too. Many of the Hagstroms tended to be "cheesey" looking.

    Looks like one of the higher quality ones though. If you like how it plays, I would grab it. Then tend to be great basses. And Hagstrom owners tend to be *very* helpful.
     
  6. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    The Scanbass (aka Jazz Bass) was Hagstrom's attempt to incorporate both a Fender Precision and Jazz into one instrument.

    The body and neck of the Scanbass has the same dimensions and contours of a Precision, but the electronics are the same configuration as found in a Fender Jazz.

    Nice basses, I used to own one. Here's a picture of it

    [​IMG]

    TD
    :cool:
     
  7. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Nice. How much did they weigh? A rough guess will do.
     
  8. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    It was in the 11 - 12 lbs range. Very heavy, and solid.

    I can't say that I miss it.

    TD
     
  9. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    Virginia
    i have a black '65 hagstrom that i love, and will never sell.
    quirky instrument, tons of character!!
    and really inexpensive.
    great 70's porn soundtrack tone ;)
    d
     
  10. I've only played a fretless Hagström Jazz, briefly and unplugged, in a local store. It's heavy, nicely playable, seems to be solidly built, and is extremely nice looking. If I had the money, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it for a second.
     
  11. mrbaloo

    mrbaloo

    May 9, 2002
    Sweden
    Hi

    Thanks, your information is important for me.

    I noticed that you're living in Malmö (Sweden). That Hagström jazz (not fretless though) that I've spotted an ad for, is located in Malmö too. It's just sad that I'm living in the north of Sweden, so it's hard for me to try the Hagström out...

    /MrBaloo