1972 Hagstrom HIIN-OT
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From the 1972 Hagstrom catalogue
This is the HAGSTROM SPECIAL. A solid body guitar with two "anti-hum" peak efficiency pickups. Separate volume and tone control for each pickup. Also a 3-position switch enabling a choice of pickup sounds. A treble position to create a vigorous bright rock sound. A neutral position for a more round and warm tone, often preferred for rhythm chords, and a bass position for the lush and lovely, but still melodic blues sounds.
The HIIN, and this variant, the HIIN-OT descended from the Hagstrom II and III guitars of the late 1960s. It had the same birch body, bolt-on birch neck, and Stratocaster-crossed-with-SG body shape. But now upgraded 'anti-hum' pickups, Gibson-style 2-volume-2-tone controls, and 3-tuner-a-side headstock configuration.
Produced by Hagstrom in Sweden, but also distributed variously as the F200-OT or HG800 Special. This is, of course, the non-tremolo version of the HIIN/H801/F200N, with standard Hagstrom tremolo unit.
From the 1975 Hagstrom catalogue
There's good reason for calling this solid-body guitar the Special: it combines outstanding musical quality and workmanship at a moderate price.
Hagstrom serial numbers follow the pattern of batch number, then number within batch. So in this case, number 845026 signifies instrument 26 (026) from batch 845 - Hagstrom records show this to be a batch of 250 instruments produced in 1972. There were five batches altogether (of the non-tremolo version) produced between 1971 and 1975; about a seventh of the total HIIN output.
The Hagstrom HIIN scratchplate with metallic back - two pickups, each with a volume and tone control (right), three-way pickup selector switch (bottom left), and on/off switch (top left). Pots are made by Spanish manufacturer Piher - all four are rated 500k log with code 6S37.
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