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Hagstrom Guitar Catalogs

Vintage catalogs featuring Hagstrom guitars and basses

Hagstrom guitars were manufactured in Sweden, and were distributed by numerous different companies at different times worldwide; Merson Musical Products, Unicord, and Ampeg in the USA, ARC in Canada and Selmer in the UK. Selmer actually sold some of these guitars with Futurama branding. They appeared in dedicated Hagstrom catalogs, and within distributor catalogs. A selection of vintage literature is reproduced here, some entirely dedicated to Hagstrom guitars, and some with just a small number of Hagstroms (or Futuramas).

1964 Selmer Hofner, Futurama and Hagstrom catalog
1964. Selmer (UK) catalog featuring Hofner, Futurama and Hagstrom guitars (plus some other brands). This catalog includes three Hagstrom solid body guitars and three basses - all with Futurama branding. The H-45 Country Western acoustic is the only guitar offered with Hagstrom branding.
1966 Selmer Hofner, Futurama and Hagstrom catalog
1966. Selmer (UK) catalog featuring Hofner, Futurama and Hagstrom guitars. Includes the new semi-acoustic Viking and Viking bass, plus several acoustics, the H-45, H-45E, H-33, H-33E (though these model designations are not used here!) The Hagstrom-made solid bodies are branded Futurama, though the range is somewhat diminished with just two guitars and one bass.
1966 Hagstrom catalog
1966 with the world's fastest playing neck. Two color catalog, produced by Merson Musical Products (New York, USA). 8 pages.
1966 Hagstrom catalog
1966 Hagstrom guitars and basses move people. The first full color US Hagstrom catalog. Produced by Merson Musical Products (New York, USA). This catalog contains much of the same product range as the previous, shorter Merson publication, though spread over 16 pages.
1968 Hagstrom catalog
1968 The fastest playing neck in the world. Catalog produced by Unichord (New York, USA). 8 pages. This catalog features the new F-800 (H-8) eight string bass.
1972 Hagstrom catalog
1972 Hagstrom catalog, produced by Arc (Canada). 8 pages. Features the entire early seventies Hagstrom range; Swede, Viking, Jimmy D'Aquisto and F-200 electrics, and the Swede, F100B and F400N basses. It also includes a range of 8 acoustics.
1975 Hagstrom catalog
1975 Hagstrom catalog, produced by Ampeg (Indiana, USA). 14 pages of electric guitars and basses. Containing the Swede, Scandia, Jimmy D'Aquisto and Special electrics, and the Swede and Special bass guitars.

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1975 Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar Natural Mahogany w /  OHSC

1975 Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar Natural Mahogany w / OHSC

Des Plaines, Illinois, 600**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1325

For your prime viewing pleasure is this 1975 Hagstrom Swede guitar in overall excellent condition, and plays beautifully up and down the neck with low comfortable action. Crafted with precision and care, this guitar embodies the iconic Hagstrom design elements of the '70s era, from its sleek contours to its impeccable construction. Its lustrous, natural mahogany body exudes warmth and depth, showcasing the rich grain of the wood with an understated elegance and some finish checking from age ... more
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HAGSTROM VIKING DELUXE 6 STRING - BLACK GLOSS For Parts Only

HAGSTROM VIKING DELUXE 6 STRING - BLACK GLOSS For Parts Only

Lynnwood, Washington, 980**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$450

HAGSTROM VIKING DELUXE 6 STRING - BLACK GLOSS For Parts Only this item it is being sold in as is conditions, expectations you will see some dents, and some scratches. The item remains untested for parts only. Missing some strings. I guess you can see in the pictures. Please let us know if you have any questions
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RARE HAGSTROM 12 String SOLID BODY GUITAR 1 owner 1966 Original Case "clean"

RARE HAGSTROM 12 String SOLID BODY GUITAR 1 owner 1966 Original Case "clean"

Newport, Rhode Island, 028**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1495

UP FOR SALE??. A RARE ALL ORIGINAL 1966 ONE OWNER HAGSTROM 12-STRING SOLID BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR WITH ORIGINAL CASE??. THIS GUITAR IS IN FANTASTIC CONDITION WITH ALL THE ELECTRONICS & KNOBS WORKING PERFECT??. THIS GUITAR SOUNDS & PLAYS GREAT??. HARD TO FIND A BETTER ORIGINAL EXAMPLE!
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Hagstrom Vintage Viking Electric Guitar

Hagstrom Vintage Viking Electric Guitar

Boca Raton, Florida, 334**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500

For sale is a gorgeous 2007 Hagstrom Deluxe guitar in Natural Blonde. As you can see it has a beautiful flamed finish. This guitar was manufactured in China in December of 2007. The finish is immaculate - not a scratch, dent or blemish anywhere. The pickguard has very minor pick swirls. There is virtually no fret wear whatsoever. . The fretboard is Hagstrom??s patented ??Resinator?? design. It??s a composite which closely resembles ebony. The scale length is 24 75??, and fretboard radius is 15 ... more
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HAGSTROM VIKING DELUXE 12 STRING - BLACK GLOSS

HAGSTROM VIKING DELUXE 12 STRING - BLACK GLOSS

Chino, California, 917**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$790

Private Collection sale. My wife says, "You have to sell guitars " AKA, Save me from divorce sale. We reviewed sales on eBay and Reverb and feel this is the lowest possible price we can take. The low price does not reflect the condition: We are selling well below this guitar's average price.
This Hagstrom 12-string Viking Deluxe is the smoothest playing 12-string I have ever played. It??s effortless??low action. The sounds unplugged are beautiful, only to have them amplified - You still ... more
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Open Box Hagstrom VIK-ABE Viking Electric Guitar, Aged Sky Blue

Open Box Hagstrom VIK-ABE Viking Electric Guitar, Aged Sky Blue

Appleton, Wisconsin, 549**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$750

Orders placed by 1:30 PM CST ship the same business day!
Pixel Pro Audio is an authorized Hagstrom dealer This open box Hagstrom VIK-ABE Viking Electric Guitar comes in an Aged Sky Blue finish
At A Glance
Case Included: No Actual Instrument Weight: 7 8 pounds Crafted in: China Hand Dominance: Right-Handed Condition
This is an open box customer return. This item has minimal wear and comes with all of the original accessories, but the packaging has wear from ... more
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1965 Hagstrom VIKING I Thin Hollowbody Electric Guitar made in Sweden W / HSC

1965 Hagstrom VIKING I Thin Hollowbody Electric Guitar made in Sweden W / HSC

Berkeley, California, 947**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1400

Up for sale is a killer Hagstrom Viking I serial number 646556 Made in 1965-66 in Sweden.
This vintage guitar is All Original
It is a very lightweight full hollow body guitar that has a wonderful vibe   Slender fast taper neck and a unique tobacco burst finish paired with a set of Hagstrom vintage screen pickups   These pickups have a sound all of their own that is more reminiscent of a gold foil pickup than a P90 or DeArmond. Nice and airy sounding, but has an edge to them as ... more
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Hagstrom 67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881072759 OB

Hagstrom '67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881072759 OB

Kansas City, Missouri, 641**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$896

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Hagstrom 67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881069827 OB

Hagstrom '67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881069827 OB

Kansas City, Missouri, 641**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$896

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Hagstrom 67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881051730 OB

Hagstrom '67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881051730 OB

Kansas City, Missouri, 641**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$896

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Hagstrom 67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881058555 OB

Hagstrom '67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881058555 OB

Kansas City, Missouri, 641**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$896

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Hagstrom 67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881061326 OB

Hagstrom '67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881061326 OB

Kansas City, Missouri, 641**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$896

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Open Box Hagstrom 67 Viking II Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Vintage Sunburst

Open Box Hagstrom '67 Viking II Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Vintage Sunburst

Appleton, Wisconsin, 549**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$800

Orders placed by 1:30 PM CST ship the same business day!
Pixel Pro Audio is an authorized Hagstrom dealer This open box Hagstrom '67 Viking II Hollowbody Electric Guitar comes in a Vintage Sunburst order
At A Glance
Case Included: No Actual Instrument Weight: 6 85 pounds Crafted in: China Hand Dominance: Right-Handed Condition
This is an open box customer return. This item has minimal wear and comes with all of the original accessories, but the packaging has ... more
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1967 Hagstrom Viking I Sunburst

1967 Hagstrom Viking I Sunburst

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1299

Just in is this great 1967 Hagstrom Viking I
Quick Details
Weight 6 0lbs
Nut Width 1 9 / 16th "
Depth at 1st fret 0 75 "
Depth at 12th Fret 0 80 "
This 1967 Hagstrom Viking is a great player and is in great shape
The body has a small scratch by the upper f-hole and a small u shaped crack in the clear on the back
Also the headstock logo has come off partially(all Pictured)
The binding on the neck was replaced and Gibson style fret nibs were added so no more sharp ... more
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1960s Hagstrom Viking Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

1960's Hagstrom Viking Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

Providence, Rhode Island, 029**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1499

Free eBay listing template designed by dewiso com1960's Hagstrom Viking Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
In good condition for its age. The guitar shows some cosmetic wear please see Our detailed pictures for more reference.
Included: Hagstrom Viking Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar only
SIGNATURE REQUIRED UP ON DELIVERY THANK YOU Contact us
We can be contacted at any time through eBay messages if you have any questions, comments or product requests. We do our best to respond within 24-48 ... more
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Hagstrom Viking Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

Hagstrom Viking Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, 207**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$499

HagstromVIKING
Not sure of the year, but I believe it to be 2012
Beautiful Sunburst finishExtremely well taken care of with very mild wear Rating it as EXCELLENT condition
EXCELLENT: When something's been used a bit but is still close to new, youcan file it under Excellent. For modern gear, Excellent items arealmost entirely free of blemishes and other visual defects and havebeen played or used with the utmost care. For vintage items, theremay be some marks here and there, but the item ... more
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1965 Hagstrom Impala Sunburst

1965 Hagstrom Impala Sunburst

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1799

Up for sale is this really cool mid 60's Hagstrom Impala
Quick Details
Weight 7 2lbs
Nut width 1 5 / 8th inches
Depth at 1st fret 0 78 inches
Depth at 12th fret 0 84
What a great guitar this Impala is
The body and finish is in very good shape with minimal wear. There is some wear on the bottom bout by the input jack(pictured) The bottom of the H on the hagstrom logo is missing on the body. There is also a few small imperfections in the clear on the back of the ... more
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Hagstrom Ultra Swede Electric Guitar Gloss Red Used With Hard Case

Hagstrom Ultra Swede Electric Guitar Gloss Red Used With Hard Case

Unionville, New York, 109**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$599

Hagstrom Ultra Swede Electric Guitar Gloss Red Used.
Guitar is estate fresh check out my other guitars from same collection. None smoking home . Don??t think he ever took this out of the studio. Comes with orig case might show normal wear looks nice to me . He had so much stuff I don??t think he played this much. What you see here is what I send you. Case has keys inside . Guitar looks even better in person! I do not know where this was made . Maybe you hagstrom experts know from the serial ... more
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HAGSTROM D2F Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar Black Sparkle Finish

HAGSTROM D2F Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar Black Sparkle Finish

Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1150

HAGSTROM D2F Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar Black Sparkle Finish In one of the boldest interpretations of the single cut design, the Hagstrom D2 Deluxe boasts extraordinary styling and is drop dead gorgeous. This semi-hollow model is simply superb. The Hagstrom D2 Deluxe Electric Guitar sounds warm and rich with glorious overtones. Hagstrom??s ingenious patented H Expander truss rod provides tension at either end and runs the entire length of the neck. This rigid yet lightweight alloy ... more
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Used 1964 Hagstrom II Electric Guitar with Case- Red

Used 1964 Hagstrom II Electric Guitar with Case- Red

Hudson Falls, New York, 128**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1199

Up for sale is a Vintage 1964 Hagstrom II electric guitar. It looks like this may have been refinished in a satin red and it looks great. Electronics appear to be original(pictured) and they have a really nice vintage voicing. The neck has had a fresh setup and it plays great. includes a hard shell case.
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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

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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.