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Hagstrom guitar 1968 catalogue

Front cover, 'The Fastest Playing Neck in the World'

Hagstrom 1968 guitar catalog. Front cover. 12-string guitars were all the rage in the second half of the 1960s. At this point in 1968, Hagstrom offered several multi-stringed instruments - all with the special design 'H expander-stretcher' truss rod, for low action and easy playing. The title of this catalogue is The Fastest Playing Neck in the World. The guitar pictured on the cover was the F-12-S solid-body twelve string. This is the American name for this instrument - elsewhere it was designated H-12.

There are parallels with this cover image, and Hagstrom advertisements produced by Unicord in 1967 - notably the Long and Slippery advertisements featuring Frank Zappa, who holds the F-12-S in a rather similar manner. (Actually the Zappa advertisement seems to be a collage produced from the image shown here).

1968 Hagstrom guitar catalogue - front cover

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Hagstrom Vintage Viking  Guitar

Hagstrom Vintage Viking Guitar

Salinas, California, 939**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Hagstrom Viking guitar
Original hardshell case
All original has it normal wear due to age.
" This is a Viking Model 1 which was made from 1970 - 1972 (batch 791). This serial number, is original to this guitar puts it around the 1972 date because Hagstrom made 200 of these models total " .
Vintage Hagstrom
All Hagstrom instruments and amplifiers, made in Alvdalen between 1958 and the beginning of the 80s, have a unique serial number. The serial number is structured so that ... more
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Hagstrom 1965 bass guitar - red - slim neck - fast action great bass

Hagstrom 1965 bass guitar - red - slim neck - fast action great bass

Bayonne, New Jersey, 070**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Hagstrom 1965 bass guitar - red - slim neck - fast action - double truss rods in neck, awesome deep bass sound guitar has been taken care os since purchase original owner great condition as pictures show - market value $5, 500 00 - best bass ever made.... more
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Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The Swedes outdid themselves with these

1960s Hagstrom Coronado. Version 2. Medium scale, beautiful full mahogany. This one is definitely player grade. Battle scars throughout, and a repair on the neck pocket (pictured). Bridge is missing a couple screws to hold the saddles in place but the string tension does the job of holding them tight. Also some separation in the pick guard, but otherwise all original and in solid shape

Truss rod and neck are healthy. Just setup with... more
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Hagstrom 12 String Electric Guitar, White, Hardshell Case

Hagstrom 12 String Electric Guitar, White, Hardshell Case

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 549**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Hagstrom 12 String Electric Guitar, White, Hardshell Case
Serial# 668748 (1966-67) Production Run 668; #748 of 999
Guitar weight: 8lbs 1oz
Includes Deluxe G&G Hardshell Case
This Hagstrom F-12S is a recent consignment at Mike's Music and Sound. The 12 string is in very good condition and has been completely restrung and setup by our guitar techs. The neck is straight; the frets have some wear, nothing that affects playability and the truss rod functions properly. The body shows ... more
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1967 - Hagstrom V 1 - Viking - Sunburst w / Bigsby Tremlo - Excellent Condition

1967 - Hagstrom V 1 - Viking - Sunburst w / Bigsby Tremlo - Excellent Condition

Lawrence Township, New Jersey, 086**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1967 Hagstrom "Viking" with "Wammy Bar" - Sunburst finish   Professionally Restored Body. I had a Wood restoration company restore the body for me because it was cracking, and the top part of the bridge was missing   Everything else is 100% original . It has that old time " Twang" sound to it when played. Excellent Condition
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1963 Hagstrom Corvette 6-string electric guitar with hard shell case ?? RARE

1963 Hagstrom Corvette 6-string electric guitar with hard shell case ?? RARE

Waynesville, North Carolina, 287**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a very rare 1963 #573165 original Hagstrom Corvette. Its been well played and spent most of its years in a studio as well as live performance. Always been one of my favorites. Still plays great and sounds great. Lots of different sounds are attainable with the 3 pickup and 3 tone push button system. This is a very slim, "fast" neck with very low action. Its all original with no mods. Comes with nice square hard shell case
Being a 60 year old guitar its in good shape but with some ... more
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You are bidding on ONE 1966 HAGSTROM CORONADO IV RARE VINTAGE BASS GUITAR IN CHERRY SUNBURST WITH CASE. This is a used guitar that has cosemtic surface marks, scratches, small dings and wear indicative of normal use. Overall it's in good condition. All the switches and controls work. We did notice a bit of hum when you select the higher frequency setting on either pickup that sounds like some ... more
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Very Rare Vintage Iconic 1971 Hagstrom BJ-12 12 String Acoustic Guitar

Very Rare Vintage Iconic 1971 Hagstrom BJ-12 12 String Acoustic Guitar

Big Pine, California, 935**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Presented for your viewing pleasure and consideration is this super rare, super iconic vintage all original 1971 Hagstrom BJ-12 12-string jumbo dreadnought acoustic guitar - the only one currently listed on Reverb!

What makes this guitar so iconic you ask? John Lennon used this same model in studio recordings, David Bowie wrote a lot of his most popular songs - including Space Oddity - on this same model and Cat Stevens was known to use this model to write some of his songs as ... more
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1960s Hagstrom VIKING Hollowbody Sunburst made in Sweden

1960's Hagstrom VIKING Hollowbody Sunburst made in Sweden

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1960's made in Sweden Hagstrom Viking in its original Sunburst finish. It has a great playing neck with good frets. It's all original and 100% complete. A later soft shell case is included. This Viking is in great shape with minor nicks + dings and other minor cosmetic wear including some blemishes in the finish on the top of the headstock. The treble side of the nut has a small additional notch near the high E ... more
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Hagstrom XII 1960??s Sunburst 12 String

Hagstrom XII 1960??s Sunburst 12 String

Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


rare 60??s Hagstrom XII 12 string in sunburst. Sounds great, feels great. some of the switches don??t work, but it??s never bothered me. It essentially has two different tones, a more full range, and the more shiny Treble-y mode. Selling at a little more of a discount than I??ve seen these go for because of the switches
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1960s Hagstrom Viking V1 Vintage Hollowbody Cherry Red w /  Case

1960s Hagstrom Viking V1 Vintage Hollowbody Cherry Red w / Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1967 Hagstrom Viking V1 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced from 1965-72, this Swedish semi-hollow model has been played by artists including Frank Zappa, Pat Smear, and Elvis, who famously played the upscale V2 iteration during his televised 1968 Comeback Special
Tonewoods include a maple body, maple neck, and bound rosewood fingerboard, and this guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 2oz. The original ... 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


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
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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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


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Hagstrom Viking V1 Semi-hollow body guitar 65 orig case excellent

Hagstrom Viking V1 Semi-hollow body guitar '65 orig case excellent

Hopewell, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This 1965 Hagstrom Viking was one of the first 1000 made and in the first year. The famous fast playing neck is due to the 60??s slim neck and low frets. This one has practically no wear at all on the first few frets and then none after that. The guitar received a pro setup and totally cleaned and plays and sounds great! SN# 646989
Awesome underpriced collectable guitar. I believe this is a sleeper meaning it will gain more favor as the years go by and become collectable. Great ... more
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Vintage 1967 Hagstrom Viking I Semi-Hollow Guitar

Vintage 1967 Hagstrom Viking I Semi-Hollow Guitar

Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 544**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Pre-owned condition, please see photosto evaluate the physical condition of the item for yourself.
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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


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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1967 Hagstrom Viking I Sunburst

1967 Hagstrom Viking I Sunburst

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


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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Used 1960s Hagstrom III Electric Guitar with Gig Bag

Used 1960s Hagstrom III Electric Guitar with Gig Bag

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


Up for sale is a used Hagstrom III electric guitar. This awesome retro guitar is in fantastic shape for its age with only a few minor cosmetic imperfections. (pictured) The guitar and its electronics have been throughly tested and found to be in perfect working order. It will also ship with a vintage gig bag Listing and template services provided by inkFrog
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Hagstrom 1964 - Red

Hagstrom 1964 - Red

Englewood, Florida, 342**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Hagstrom electric guitar is a rare find for any music enthusiast. With a vibrant red body color, this guitar is perfect for right-handed players who want to make a statement on stage. Made in 1964, this guitar is a true classic and is sure to impress any fan of vintage music gear. The Hagstrom brand is known for its high-quality instruments, and this guitar is no exception. Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting out, this guitar is perfect for anyone who wants to make great ... more
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Hagstrom HJ 600 Jazz Box 1972 - natural

Hagstrom HJ 600 Jazz Box 1972 - natural

Englewood, Florida, 342**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Hagstrom HJ 600 Jazz Box guitar from 1972 is a rare gem for any music enthusiast. With its natural finish and 6-string configuration, this right-handed electric guitar is perfect for any jazz or rock player. The brand Hagstrom is known for its high-quality and unique designs, making this guitar a must-have for any collector The guitar is in excellent shape and has been well-maintained over the years, ensuring its longevity and playability. Whether you're a seasoned player or a collector, ... more
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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.