Between 1963 and 1967 Hagstrom were building the Corvette, (or Condor as it was known in America; Gretsch were already using the name Corvette) alongside the Hagstrom Impala. It was an impressive guitar with 3 pickups (as opposed to the two of the Impala) and a fetching Red or Mahogany Sunburst polyester finish. It had rather interesting push button controls, consisting of eight separate switches allowing a total of 27 distinct tones. The controls allowed for any pickup combination (black buttons, each pickup can be on or off), a tone setting of dark, mid or bright (red buttons), and either solo or accompaniment mode (blue buttons).
A total of 1058 Corvettes were produced in 6 batches typically of between 100-250 at a time. It had a set neck; unusual as Hagstrom solid-bodies generally had bolt-on necks.
The name Condor was used by both American distributors who dealt with this guitar, Merson and Unichord. A similar model, branded Futurama rather than Hagstrom, was the Coronado Automatic; available through Selmer in the United Kingdom only.
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