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Hagstrom Concord Bass

Semi-acoustic short-scale electric bass

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The Swedish-built Hagstrom Concord bass was initially known as the Hagstrom Viking bass; the companion bass model to the Hagstrom Viking guitar. The Concord was short/medium scale, lightweight, and as such very playable, despite lacking the feedback-reducing center body block of the Gibson EB2 / Epiphone Rivoli. There were two models: the Concord C-1, and a flashier version, the Concord C-2 Deluxe.

1967 Hagstrom Concord bass - cherry red finish
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Hagstrom Concord C-1
From the 1966 Hagstrom catalog
Model Concord C-1
Available 1965-1971
Production 2749
Pickups Two single coil
Scale 31"
Body Hollow body with f-holes. Bound front and back. . Dimensions: 18 1/2" X 16 1/4" X 1 3/4"
Neck Rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays. Fender-style headstock
Hardware Two volume and tone controls, pickup selector switch, chrome plated hardware
Finishes Mahogany sunburst, Golden mahogany sunburst, cherry red
Hagstrom Concord C-2
From the 1966 Hagstrom catalog
Model Concord C-2
Available 1967-68
Production 150
Pickups Two single coil
Scale 31"
Body 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
Neck Ebony fingerboard, block inlays. Bound neck and Fender-style headstock.
Hardware Two volume and tone controls, pickup selector switch, gold plated hardware
Finishes Mahogany sunburst, Golden mahogany sunburst, cherry red

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

Hagstrom Concord / Viking bass catalog apperances

Hagstrom 1966 catalog - with the world's fastest playing neck
1966 with the world's fastest playing neck catalog
Lightweight, graceful, slim body, in double cutaway design. 16" arched body
1966 Hagstrom guitar and bass catalog
1966 guitar and bass catalog
The "live" sound is reproduced acoustically in the body, then electrically projected by the super-sensitive Hagstrom pickups... banishing feedback from your performance
Hagstrom Concord from the 1964 Selmer catalogue
Hagstrom Concord (or Viking bass, as it was known in the UK) in the 1966 Selmer catalog
Hagstrom present a new instrument which will be around for a long time. A fine-looking bass in the Viking styling
1968 Hagstrom electrics catalog
1968 electrics catalog
"True" sound... with exceptionally wide tonal range created by special sound posts beneath the bridge.

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.

Hagstrom Concord vs. other semi-acoustic basses

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

Hagstrom Concord / Viking bass shipping data

The Hagstrom Concord bass was produced in four batches between 1965 and 1971. According to shipping data there were three batches of Concord C1, and one batch of the Concord Deluxe C2, although this is actually incomplete. A few examples have turned up with batch numbers other than those listed in the data, although it is not clear how big these batches were. There were some small changes over the course of production; early models (from batch 647) had a floating rosewood bridge, (later changing to a fixed bridge), a rectangular tailpiece (changing to the Hagstrom Crest design) and a plain (or no?) scratchplate.

 Batch NumberYearQuantity
Concord C16471965-67999
Concord C169619671000
Concord C17161967-71750
total C1  2749
Concord Deluxe C27181967-68150
total C2  150

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Roger Glimsjö Comment left 27th December 2018 22:10:19 reply
Sorry, The C1, is the bass I have since 18 years back, now. The C2, only for about 9 mounths. You can´t feel any technical or playable differents between them, the C2 have only a more luxury outfit. I bought the C2 for it´s beautifully "look". (-:
Roger Glimsjö Comment left 13th November 2018 03:03:55 reply
Well, I´ve one of each, the C2 for 18 years now. It´s a beautiful piece it has a very nice tone and very playable very good sustain, light.(Best neck in the world, ever ?). I use it often on tour and very often in the studio/home. No mechanical problems at all and the electronic had one incident and it was a bad soldering in one of the pots.... no problem. If you find one, BUY IT !
marky Comment left 14th June 2012 02:02:16 reply
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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1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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1959 Hofner Committee

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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

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Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.