The Hagstrom HIIBN was the descendant of the HIIB; a broadly similar model produced from 1965-71. The HIIBN shared the same styling, especially with regards the body / scratchplate; but had an entirely different neck, with contrasting peghead arrangement: two per side rather than four-in-a-row. It had new humbucking pickups instead of the older single coil units, and four control pots, rather than one pot and four switches.
They were produced by Hagstrom in Alvdalen, Sweden, between 1969 and 1976; a total of 3493 basses in 14 batches. In America, it was known as the F400N and was Hagstrom's bass companion model to the HIIN (F200N) six string guitar. The model was later renamed HB901 when it was distributed by Ampeg in the mid-70s.
A full-scale bass guitar with a booming bass sound. Again two vigorous pickups, each with a separate volume and tone control. With the 3-position switch, - treble, middle and bass level - it enables the player to produce all the much-coveted bass sounds of today - like the "crack", "hollow", "soft", "floating", "sharp" and "clicking" sounds
The Special's controls can produce the complete range of today's popular bass effects.
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Stylistically it was also very similar to the Hagstrom H8 eight string bass, but importantly with two volume and two tone controls; a big improvement on the pickup and mute switches of the 1960s Hagstrom basses. Like these other instruments, it also had the on/off switch on the top body horn.
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