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Hagstrom Swede

solid body electric guitar

Hagstrom electric guitars | Hagstrom Swede
Hagstrom Swede, as shown in the 1975 Hagstrom catalogue
Hagstrom Swede, as shown in the 1975 Hagstrom catalogue
ModelSwede HG803
Pickups2 reverse mounted humbuckers
Scale24 3/4"
BodyBound mahogany
NeckBound mahogany bolt-on neck with ebony fretboard. 22 frets, block pearloid inlays. Width at nut 1 11/16"
Hardware2 volume and 2 tone controls, pckup selector switch, 3-position tone switch. Chrome plated bridge, and machines
FinishesInitially cherry, then natural and black, and finally white finishes
1972 guitar and bass catalogue
Two very special Hagstrom pickups, "anti hum", sensitive, and with peak-efficiency. Both pickups activated by separate volume and tone controls and by two 3-position switches.
1975 electrics catalogue
The Hagstrom Swede is one of the most coveted guitars in the world. It's so compact and easy to handle, it seems almost too small for the magnificent sound it produces.

The Hagstrom Swede was very much influenced by the Gibson Les Paul; not just the obvious body shape similarity, but also the chocie of mahogany body and neck, humbucking pickups and separate volume and tone controls for each pickup, rather than the series of on/off switches so widely used by Hagstrom previously. It was very much Hagstroms flagship model, existing as a six string guitar and a companion Swede bass.

In the early seventies Hagstrom guitars were distributed by Arc Musical Instruments in the US, however from 1974 Ampeg took over this role. The 1975 Hagstrom catalogue allocates the Swede with a model number HG803, although this designation is not seen in the majority of mid seventies advertising.

The truss rod in the Swede is the typical H expander truss rod, patented, and used exclusively in Hagstrom guitar and bass necks.

Hagstrom Swede - The Swede ...it took us a long time to makeHagstrom Swede - The Swede ...it took us a long time to make
Like most things that come out of Sweden, Hagstrom guitars are painstakingly engineered and designed with one thing in mind; perfection. For two years we have dedicated ourselves to quality and cra...
Hagstrom Swede - The Swede - for the select fewHagstrom Swede - The Swede - for the select few
Early seventies for the Hagstrom Swede featuring Domenic Troiano (Mandala, Bush, James Gang)
Hagstrom Swede - Now thats a good ad.Hagstrom Swede - Now thats a good ad.
Black and white advert for the Hagstrom Swede guitar and bass
Hagstrom Swede - The difference between a rod and a railHagstrom Swede - The difference between a rod and a rail
Advert not just for the Swede, but for Hagstom guitars in general. It highlights the famous Hagstrom rail truss rod that is responsible for their low neck actions, and easy playability, but also fo...
Hagstrom Swede - What Ampeg is bringing to America isnt just another guitarHagstrom Swede - What Ampeg is bringing to America isnt just another guitar
One of the few full-colour Hagstrom offerings; this mid 1970s advertisement for the Hagstrom Swede was placed in the US, by American distributor Ampeg. It shows a nice Swede in natural finish.

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Hagstrom Swedes for sale

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Black Beauty Comment left 27th September 2012 08:08:33
I got a Hagström and wonder what year it was made, Click image for larger version Name: Skjermbilde 2012-09-03 kl. 22.49.30.jpg Its a bit worn out and damaged but the sound is fine. The tuners seems to be swopped with some unoriginal ones made in germany, but i think the guitar is from the 70s sometime and made in sweden. The serial number is 53 932348, can someone help me and find out how much its worth? When its made? And how much the damages decreases the price of it? It is damaged with lots of scrapes and one of the volumebuttons is pushed into it, needs to be renovated but works fine to play, sounds good.
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 27th September 2012 08:08:04
Hi, the batch number of your Hagtsrom Swede is 932 - which was a run of 500 Swedes made in 1975. As for value, condition, your location etc are really important. Post some pictures in the Hagstrom forum so we can have a look.

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