Hagstrom guitars were manufactured in Sweden, and, at this point distributed in the USA by Unicord, in New York. The previous US Hagstrom Hagstrom guitars and basses move people catalog had been produced by Merson - though it seems Unicord and Merson had been merged by 1968, both under the umbrella of Gulf + Western. The predecessor was full color, with 16 pages; this '68 catalog was simpler: just two-color with only eight pages.
Multi-stringed instruments are very much in evidence in this catalog, with the 12-string F-12-S taking pride of place on the front page. Within, there is also the 12-string H33 acoustic, plus two new models: a 12-string version of the semi-acoustic Viking (actually a name not used here!), the V-12; plus the new solid body F-800 eight-string bass - both instruments dubuting in 1967, and make their first catalogue appearances here.
The 1968 The Fastest Playing Neck in the World catalog contained eight electric guitars, five acoustics (three folk acoustic, two country western) and five bass guitars. All models included in this catalog are shown with their American model names. In Europe and elsewhere, these guitars had alternate designations. See each page for further details.
This catalog includes a four six string, and one twelve string solid body Hagstrom guitars: F-200, F-300, Impala/Condor and F-12-S. Viking series hollow bodies were the V-1, V-2 and twelve string V-12. Then there were five bass models: two hollow body: C-1 and C-2; and three solid bodies: F-400, F-800 (eight string) and Coronado IV.
The 1968 Hagstrom catalog features the following guitars and basses:
Need the value of your guitar? The Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide 2023 is out now