Hagstrom 1966 guitar catalog (Merson USA). Page 7. Right hand page (of a two page spread) on the Hagstrom F-200 / H-II and Hagstrom F-300 /H-III guitars and Hastrom F-400 / H-IIB bass. For the accompanying descriptions, see the previous page.
The two guitars share the same basic hardware: bridge, vibrato, pickups and machine heads. All models have the same basic electronics: an on/off switch for each pickup, a mute and tone switch.
Although similar in appearance, the F-200, F-300 and F-400 were a marked improvement on the F-11 and F-B that are listed on the earlier pages of this publication. They had similar shapes, necks and some hardware, but there were some significant differences. Whilst the F-11 and F-B had a ply body, covered with a colored acrylic fascia, the F200/F300/F400 were actually solid birch, with a typical polyester finish, plus a more durable separate output jack. The previous (early 1966) Merson Hagstrom catalog shows these higher-end models with the same 'rounded' pickups and control plate as the F-11 and F-B, but during 1966, the F-200/F-300/F-400 were improved with new rectangular pickups, and more tightly spaced controls with no plate. Actually the F-400 bass shown here is an intermediate, with rectangular pickups, but old-style control plate.
All color options available are shown here: red, blue, black, white and sunburst. Left handed versions of the three-pickup F-300 and F-400 bass were also available, but only in Red, Black and Sunburst finishes.
1966 US list prices for these guitars were: F-200 $195; F-300 $215; F-300 LH (left handed) $235; F-400 $195; F-400 LH (left handed) $215.
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