|Model||F200N, HIIN or HG800/801|
|Pickups||2 reverse mounted humbuckers|
|Neck||Birch. 22 frets, dot inlays. Width at nut 1 11/16"|
|Hardware||2 volume and 2 tone controls, pckup selector switch. Chrome plated bridge, and machines|
|Finishes||Black, cherry, or sunburst
Although HIIN production commenced in 1969, the majority of these dual humbucker Hagstroms left the Älvdalen plant (Sweden) in the early 1970s. This model was the direct descendant of Hagstroms 60s models the HII (or F200) and HIII (F300), with some notable differences; primarily pickups (humbuckers rather than single coil units) and headstock shape (tuners 3 per side, rather than 6 in a row) and controls (potentiometers rather than switches). The use of potentiometers was a clear improvement over the various switches that harked back to Hagstrom's early days as an accordion manufacturer.
A 1972 HIIN-OT with fixed tailpiece rather than the standard Hagstrom vibrato
|1972 guitar and bass catalogue|
A treble position to create a vigourous 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 sound.
|1975 electrics catalogue|
Theres good reason for calling this solid-body guitar the Special; it combines outstanding musical quality and workmanship at a moderate price.
The HIIN solid-body electric guitar was also distributed as the F200N, and later, when Ampeg became the US distributor the HG801. Over the course of production, just over 4800 instruments were built. A non-vibrato version, with stop tailpiece was given the model designation HIIN-OT, but also known as the HG800 or F200-OT. Furthermore, a bass guitar equivalent, the F400N, HIIBN or HB901 was also available at the same time.
The truss rod in the F200N is the typical H expander truss rod, patented, and used exclusively in Hagstrom guitar and bass necks, and largely responsible for their claim of the "fastest playing neck in the world".
The HIIN is a fine-playing guitar and still commands attention from Hagstrom collectors and players alike.
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