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Hagstrom H8 / F-800 Bass

Solid body eight string bass guitar

1968 Hagstrom H8 Eight-String Bass Guitar
1968 Hagstrom H8 Eight-String Bass Guitar - reverse view
1968 Hagstrom advertisement
H8 advertising circa 1968-69 by US distributor Unicord (above) and UK distributor Rosetti (below)
1969 Hagstrom advertisement
Model: Hagstrom H8 / F-800 Bass
Available: 1967-69
Pickups: Two Hagstrom single coil bass pickups
Scale: 30 5/8"
Body: Birch or mahogany
Neck: Birch or mahogany, with rosewood fretboard. Dot position markers. 21 frets. Width at nut 1 5/8"
Hardware: Van Ghent tuning keys, Hagstrom chrome plated bridge tailpiece

Hagstrom was a Swedish Instrument manufacturer that started out making accordions, and by 1958 was making guitars too, though production finished in the early 1980s. In this time, they made many fine and innovative instruments, played by the likes of David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Brian Ferry and many more.

The H8 was the first eight string bass, and quickly spawned many multi-stringed bass rivals it was only manufactured for a brief period in the late 1960s. The strings were set in pairs, each tuned an octave apart, so it was played like a four string. It is of course possible to tune in 5ths or any other interval. The pole pieces are wider than those on previous Hagstrom bass pickups, to allow for the additional string. In total 2,249 were made, in seven batches of between 100 and 600 instruments between 1967 and 1969.

Hagstrom H8 Eight-String Bass Pickups

Few instruments are as steeped in rock and roll folklore as the Eight string basses used by Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding of the Hendrix Experience. The story goes that their bass (or possibly basses) was purchased in America in 1967 whilst the band was on tour. Noel used it on the 1967 album 'Axis Bold as Love' on the tracks Spanish Castle Magic, You've got me Floating and Little miss Lover.

Jimi Hendrix, Ed Gregory, and Curtis Knight at Studio 76

Then came Jimi's turn. After quitting a tour with the Monkees the Experience had a few weeks to kill, so Jimi decided to hang out with his old band Curtis Knight and the Squires. Needless to say, they jammed and recorded some great, and some not so great tracks. The better tracks feature Jimi on guitar with some blinding wah-wah fuelled psychedelia, but he also plays 8-string bass on some tracks (along with some very funky 4 string bass played by the bands regular bassist - Ed 'Bugs' Gregory). Jimi's sound is slightly distorted, and in many ways he fills the role of rhythm guitarist rather than bassist - these tracks can be heard on 'The Summer of Love Sessions. Another album to feature the H-8 was the outstanding 1998 compilation of BBC sessions. It can be clearly heard on the tracks taken from the Alexis Korner 'Rhythm and Blues' show, and is in fact mentioned on the program. The outstanding Hoochie Coochie Man (also featuring Alexis Korner on slide guitar) really benefits from the 8 strings heaviness, and can really be heard in the breakdown just after half way through.

1968 Hagstrom catalogue
The Hagstrom 1968 catalogue was the first to feature the Hagstrom F-800

Other users include Billy 'bass' Nelson of Funkadelic, Mike Rutherford (Genesis) on I know what I like, Andy Kulberg of the Blues Project, and Danny McCulloch of Eric Burden and the Animals. If you know of more, please leave a comment.

Hagstrom H8 Sound Clips

This is one of those instruments with a really distinctive sound. Full and bassy yet somehow trebly at the same time - that's eight strings for you! The sound is so full, that it can substitute for a bass and rhythm guitar simultaneously - a natural choice for a three piece band. Likewise in a larger band, it can be too much, particularly with more than one guitarist.

Clips below are from two different Hagstrom H8 Eight String Basses - the first two clips are from a 1967 bass fitted with round wound strings, and recorded directly into my sound card; ie no amplifier. The final clip is from a 1969 bass and played through a 1964 Ampeg B15 portaflex amplifier.

Both pickups, MUTE switch ON

Bridge pickup only

Through vintage Ampeg B15. Neck pickup only
Hagstrom H8 bass headstock detail
1968 Hagstrom H8 Bass  - Headstock detail
1968 Hagstrom H8 Bass - Reverse headstock detail

Instruments could be shipped with Natural, Black, Translucent Cherry, or Mahogany Burst headstocks. Note the exaggerated 'open book' headstock profile, somewhat similar to that of a Gibson. The headstock branding is typically a raised plastic scripted Hagstrom logo, although on occasion a decal seems to have replaced this. Tuning keys look somewhat odd - there are actually two different sets of Van Ghent keys - the larger attach to the main bass strings, the smaller (as used in numerous other Hagstrom six strings of the time) attach to the octave strings. Note the 'Made in Sweden' decal at the top reverse of the headstock.

Hagstrom H8  Bass converted to a four string

Towards the end of production, the H8 was not selling well and many instruments from later batches were converted to 4 string basses - by blocking off the holes with black plastic plates on the back, as shown above

Hagstrom H8 video clips

The Hagstrom Eight String bass is a pretty quirky instrument with some pretty unique sounds. And there are a LOT of tonal possibilities, both from the instruments controls, and the use of unconventional tunings. Strings are in pairs, traditionally tuned in octaves, just like a 12-string guitar. The treble string is positioned directly above, and quite close to, the bass string, and like the 12-string, notes are played together on both strings. It's not impossible to play fingerstyle, but is more effective when played with a pick. Unlike a guitar, chords are not really the name of the game, and as single notes are the focus of most bass lines, downward picks give the most tonal consistency. But you can play just the 'bass' strings if you carefully pick upwards. A typical hard plastic bass pick works ok, but I find you get a better result with a more flexible pick. Thin plastic is ok for playing multiple strings, but I quite like a thick leather pick. These are firm enough to get a decent sound when playing one string, but flexible enough when playing several. They do produce a darker jazzier sound though. The is significant extra footage of this guitar exploring more settings and detailing alternate tunings in the supporting members area.

1968 Hagstrom H8 / Ampeg B15 - 5th Riff (extract #1, 1m 31s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1968 Hagstrom H8, 1964 Ampeg B-15N

The H8 is traditionally tuned in octaves, but you can also get some very interesting effects using alternate tunings of the treble strings. For more examples of this, check out the long version of this video in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1968 Hagstrom H8 / Ampeg B15 - Upstrokes, Downstrokes (extract #2, 1m 53s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1968 Hagstrom H8, 1964 Ampeg B-15N

The H8 strings are in pairs - you need to play downstrokes to hit each pair with any degree of uniformity, but you can select just the 'bass' string with careful upstrokes. Check out the long version of this video in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1968 Hagstrom H8 / Ampeg B15 - Chime Time (extract #3, 1m 35s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1968 Hagstrom H8, 1964 Ampeg B-15N

We can get some really bright chiming tones from this bass / amp by selecting just the bridge pickup and picking down by the bridge. Check out the long version of this video in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1968 Hagstrom H8 / 1964 Ampeg B15 (long version, 8m 04s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1968 Hagstrom H8, 1964 Ampeg B-15N

The Hagstrom Eight String bass (H8, or F800) is a pretty quirky instrument with some pretty unique sounds. And there are a LOT of sound possibilities, both from the instruments controls, and the use of unconventional tunings. Strings are in pairs, traditionally tuned in octaves, just like a 12-string guitar. The treble string is positioned directly above, and quite close to, the bass string, and like the 12-string, notes are played together on both strings. It's not impossible to play fingerstyle, but is more effective when played with a pick. Unlike a guitar, chords are not really the name of the game, and as single notes are the focus of most basslines, downward picks give the most tonal consistency. But you can play just the 'bass' strings if you carefully pick upwards. A typical hard plastic bass pick works ok, but I find you get a better result with a more flexible pick. Thin plastic is ok for playing multiple strings, but I quite like a 'Leather Tones' leather guitar pick. These are firm enough to get a decent sound when playing one string, but flexible enough when playing several. They do produce a darker jazzier sound though. Hear the difference in the video.

You can also get some very interesting effects using alternate tunings of the treble strings; typically uptuning these by a 3rd or a 5th. Again, hear some of these sounds towards the end of the video.

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

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Mark Caffrey Comment left 16th March 2023 11:11:48 reply
Your comments Hi, I own a vintage Hagstrom H8 bass. I was hoping if you could please help me to date the serial number please ? The number on the neck plate is 723449. Thank you in advance, I greatly appreciate it. Regards, Mark.
Emircan Comment left 17th September 2019 17:05:45 reply
Hello, can anyone find out the year of manufacture for an H8 bass? Serial number is 727521. Thanks
Vintage Guitar and Bass Comment left 16th March 2023 22:10:42 reply
Batch 727 was of Hagstrom 8-strings produced between 1967-68. Yours is number 521 out of 600. So perhaps more likely 1968?
François CROCY Comment left 16th October 2017 11:11:11 reply
Hi. I own this F-800 Hagström bass guitar that came from a brother-in-law who died a long time ago. The instrument has been stored in poor conditions. I would like to bring it back to life sometime. The bass guitar has been covered with a heavy coat of white paint that was a real PIA to sand and revealed a body made of birch with a thin veneer on both sides. I would like to know what kind of finish was originally applied on this bass guitar (if I can avoid to pay the 35$ Hagström would charge for such inquiry). I am also looking for the headstock logo and some saddles that are missing. By the way, serial number of this instrument is 730174, built in Älvdalen in 1968. Thanks in advance for any further input.
Peter Garlick Comment left 12th January 2017 01:01:01 reply
I had one of these, but it was stolen from my car many years ago. I am sure that somewhere I still have the splint of wood that I knocked from it by hitting the (very) low roof with the head-stock at the Cavern in Liverpool. So, if the guitar you have has a splint of wood missing from the head-stock, then give it back to me!!
Josh Comment left 27th December 2016 04:04:09 reply
Hello. I have a H8 (#723193) with the 4 string from the factory modification. Just looking for some dating info. Thanks!
Vintage Guitar and Bass Comment left 22nd January 2017 05:05:20 reply
Hi Josh, batch 723 is 1967-68. I am surprised that this has the 4 string mod - I always considered those to be on the later batches...
Dave Webb Comment left 22nd November 2016 08:08:22 reply
Hi,I have a Hagstrom H8 thatI bought in the early 80s s/n723191, all is original except two of the neck screws. Very good cond. red, with only a couple of small dings. Just wondering what year/batch it is, and maybe current value. Thanks
Vintage Guitar and Bass Comment left 22nd January 2017 05:05:44 reply
Hi Dave - batch #723 was of 600 H8s made between 67 and 68. Prices have not changed significantly recently - and due to rarity it is hard to do more than guess. In good, complete condition probably 1000-1500 (dollars, pounds or euros!)
James Comment left 2nd April 2016 07:07:01 reply
Good day, I inherited an 8 string Hagstrom with a serial number starting with 746. Just wondering what year this base was made in.
Vintage Guitar and Bass Comment left 22nd January 2017 05:05:22 reply
Hi James 746 was again 200 instruments, produced between 1968 and 1969
Mr D Comment left 7th January 2016 19:07:01 reply
Hi guys,I have had an H8 with all hardware intact and in very good condition. Wondered when it was made; serial no:748164. Due to this I got a P11 semi acoustic which is awesome to play and sounds great. Enjoying your articles. Love and peace xx
Vintage Guitar and Bass Comment left 22nd January 2017 05:05:29 reply
Batch 748 was of 200 H8s produced in 1969
zag Comment left 17th July 2015 04:04:44 reply
Hi, my hagstrom H8 serial number is 727033, cherry red, the neck is perfect, only tuners are not originals. What year aproximatly and value? thanx
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 17th July 2015 04:04:23 reply
Zag, batch 727 (the second batch produced) was also of 600 basses built between 1967 and 1968
Keith Christian Comment left 27th March 2015 18:06:03 reply
Are the H8s that left the factory converted back to 4 string basses any different in value? sn#748107
John Comment left 9th February 2015 22:10:52 reply
I just bought a Hagstrom 8-string bass, Serial# 723393. It's in nice condition, wondering what year it was produced, and it's potential current value. Thanks so much.
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 9th February 2015 22:10:04 reply
Hi John, batch 723 was of 600 H8 basses manufactured 1967-68, value $500-$1500 depending on all the usual criteria
ryan Jones Comment left 7th December 2014 06:06:42 reply
758091 H8. Played lots in the studio and out on tour. Belonged to one of the Kinks I believe. I'm out of cash. Anybody interested? Cornwall, UK
Alejandro Comment left 7th December 2014 06:06:33 reply
Donde puedo conseguir el plano de los circuitos del Hagstrom 8 cuerdas y algunos repuestos, como así tambien el encordado.
Mike McAllister Comment left 7th December 2014 06:06:09 reply
I have one that I bought in 1977 for $150 CDN. Noel signed it at Steve's Music in Toronto in 1997.
Mats Erdin Comment left 25th October 2014 07:07:05 reply
I have a Hagstrom 8 string bass serial number 763247.. How old are this bass and what is the value?
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 25th October 2014 07:07:22 reply
Hi Mats, batch 763 was of 250 guitars produced in 1969 - typical prices online vary between $500 and $1500 depending on completeness, originality and condition
hurryyall Comment left 7th July 2013 23:11:41 reply
Can anyone confirm John Paul Jones (led zep) used a hagstrom 8?
Aldo Interdonato Comment left 24th January 2013 03:03:16 reply
I my Hagstrom 8 string is in great condition, 100% original, red color serial number 746008 can you tell me the year and the price in the market. Thank you in advance.
Randy Jordan Comment left 3rd January 2013 18:06:53 reply
Hello, I have a Hagstrom 8-string bass. It is in great shape for the year although it seems to have diffeent machines for the octave strings. I heard that a lot of musicians changed them out because the originals just weren't that good. This bass plays like butter! it has a small screw hole near the bridge and some marks where there may have been a thumb rest. It is Cherry Red and serial number 746152. Can you tell me what year this bass is and how many were made from this batch? Thanks :)
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 24th January 2013 03:03:07 reply
Aldo, Randy, batch 746 was just 200 H8s produced between 1968 and 1969. Value will be somewhere between $500 and $1500 depending on condition, and where and how you sell.
Bert Ohlsson Comment left 21st December 2012 20:08:23 reply
A friend of the owner of a former Hagström shop in Karlstad, in western Sweden, told me that Jimi had spotted his first 8 string Hagström bass there. He wanted to bring it with him and having them bill Fender in US. But the owner refused. Later Jimi bought two of these in Manhattan instead. The shop owner in Karlstad called Hagströms factory in Älvdalen and said there had been a crazy negro at their shop, trying to steal an 8 string bass..!
joy livingston Comment left 13th November 2012 08:08:04 reply
I am interested in a hagstrom 8 string base. serial number 727597. can you tell me the year and it's value in good condition?
Joe Cook Comment left 21st September 2012 06:06:03 reply
Greetings. My Hagstrom 8-string bass has the serial number 763227. Can you advise on the year it was made? Also, can you advise on a hard case? The original eventually fell apart (yes, I use my Hag8) and Hagstrom do not currently make a case to fit the old Hag8... Thank you. Joe
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 21st September 2012 23:11:26 reply
Hi Joe, batch 763 was the very last run of Hagstrom eight string basses. It was a batch of 250 guitars made in 1969 - and as yours is number 227 out of 250 it is one of the very last made
Sean Pee Comment left 9th July 2012 19:07:52 reply
Where do you get the strings for these machines? I guess a better question is what gauge strings are used for the high strings? Thanks!
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 9th July 2012 19:07:10 reply
Hi Sean, I'm not sure how easily (if at all) you can buy an off-the-shelf set. Last time I strung a Hagstrom eight string, I decided to use flats - so I used two different sets of Rotosounds that seemed to be pretty similar in build/materials - the bass strings were RS77M (medium scale Rotosound flats 40-90), whilst the octaves were flatwound guitar strings RS200 top tape flats (12-52, I use 24-52 only). I was very happy with the result, but then i've always preferred flatwound strings to roundwound.
Gwendolyn Zupans Comment left 11th June 2021 19:07:43 reply
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brandon Comment left 25th June 2012 01:01:59 reply
I have a 2 Hagstrom 8 string basses and I am trying to figure out what year they were made. the serial numbers are: 727534, 763108 I appreciate the help
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 13th November 2012 08:08:39 reply
727 was a batch of 600 Hagstrom eight string bass guitars built between 1967-68. Yours, being number 534 out of 600 is most likely from 1968. Batch 763 is one of a smaller batch (just 250 instruments) produced in 1969.
karen denslow Comment left 26th April 2012 07:07:26 reply
My Hagstrom 8-string serial no.748026 has the (tobbaco burst finish) What year aproximatly and value? The narrow neck and short scale is perfect.
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 15th May 2012 04:04:29 reply
Hi Karen - batch 748 was from 1969 - yours was the 26th out of 200. These sell anywhere between $500 and $1500 depending on the usual criteria


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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

1968 Shaftesbury catalogThe 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog was just four pages long, and contained four guitar models: the six string Barney Kessel-style 3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string 3261, the twelve string 3262 and the 3263 bass. Shaftesbury was the house-brand of major UK distributor Rose-Morris, and seems to have been launched as a response to the company's loss of it's distribution deal with Rickenbacker. The guitars were mid-priced, and built in (initially) Japan, and later Italy, by Eko

1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

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

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

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.