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Hagstrom Concord Bass

Semi-acoustic short-scale electric bass

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1967 Hagstrom Concord bass - cherry red finish
Have a closer look at this 1967 Hagstrom Concord bass
1966 guitar and bass catalogue
The "live" sound is reproduced acoustically in the body, then electrically projected by the super-sensitive Hagstrom pickups... banishing feeback from your performance
1968 electrics catalogue
"True" sound... with exceptionally wide tonal range created by special sound posts beneath the bridge.
Hagstrom Concord from the 1964 Selmer catalogue
Hagstrom Concord (or Viking bass, as it was known in the UK) in the 1966 Selmer catalogue
Hagstrom present a new instrument which will be around for a long time. A fine-looking bass in the Viking styling
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Images taken from the 1966 Hagstrom catalogueHagstrom Concord C-1Hagstrom Concord C-2
ModelConcord C-1Concord C-2
PickupsTwo single coilTwo single coil
BodyHollow body with f-holes. Bound front and back. . Dimensions: 18 1/2" X 16 1/4" X 1 3/4"Hollow body with f-holes. Bound front and back. Dimensions: 18 1/2" X 16 1/4" X 1 3/4". Flamed maple and spruce
NeckRosewood fingerboard, dot inlays. Fender-style headstockEbony fingerboard, block inlays. Bound neck and Fender-style headstock.
HardwareTwo volume and tone controls, pickup selector switch, chrome plated hardwareTwo volume and tone controls, pickup selector switch, gold plated hardware
FinishesMahogany sunburst, Golden mahogany sunburst, cherry red

The Hagstrom Concord was initially known as the Hagstrom Viking bass; the companion bass model to the Hagstrom Viking guitar. Early models had a floating rosewood bridge, however this was replaced by a fixed bridge attached to the body with sound posts. Other subtle changes include the shape of the Hagstrom Crest tailpiece and scratchplate

The table below compares the Concord with some of its American-built competitors, at 1966 (US zone 1) prices: the Fender Coronado, Gibson EB2, Harmony H27, Guild Starfire, and Gretsch Country Gentleman. A few solid body instruments are included for comparison.

ManufacturerModelPickupsScale1966 Price1967 Price1968 Price
HagstromC-1231"$260 $285
 C-2231"$435 $435
EpiphoneRivoli130"$360 $425
FenderPrecision134"$223 $239.50
 Coronado I130"$349.50 $389.50
 Coronado II230"  $449.50
GuildStarfire I130"$350$350$370
GretschPX6070134"$375 $375
 PX6071130"$350 $350

As can be seen, the C-1 is competitively priced amongst other electric acoustic basses, however the C-2 is actually priced above all others. True it has gold plated hardware (along with the Gretsch PX6070), but perhaps this was the reason that two years later, whilst the C-1 had risen in price to $285, the C-2 remained at $435, costing less than the equivalent models from Gibson and Fender

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Hagstrom Concord basses for sale

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marky Comment left 13th June 2012 17:05:16
Really want to know how the modern reissue compares to the vintage basses. Other than looks are they comparable as players. And what about durability. Always thought the originals felt a bit 'breakable'. Anyone with experience of both?

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