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Hagstrom Corvette / Condor

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Hagstrom electric guitars | Hagstrom Corvette / Condor
Hagstrom Condor and Imapala, taken from the 1966 Hagstrom Catalogue
Catalogue appearances of the Hagstrom Corvette
1966 Hagstrom catalogue1966 Hagstrom catalogue (Merson, USA)
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1968 Hagstrom catalogue1968 Hagstrom catalogue (Unichord, USA)
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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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lew skinner Comment left 7th July 2015 20:08:01
would like to buy one of the corvette model-- where/ and what would i be expected to pay?? Thanls

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