Hagstrom III Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Hagstrom  III Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1965)

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Hagstrom III Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Sweden, serial # 618939, red lacquer finish, hardwood body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black alligator chipboard case.

The Swedish-made Hagstrom line of guitars was imported to the US in the mid-1960s by Mershon Musical Products of New York at the height of the guitar boom. They were well-engineered but fairly inexpensive compared to most competitors and appear to have sold very well. The necks are quite slim, re-inforced with a very sophisticated metal-sheathed truss rod system ("The Hagstrom Secret," according to the catalogs) that keeps them true over time and very easy to play.

This Hagstrom III Model is one of the more sophisticated of the time, with three single-coil pickups controlled by a single master volume knob and a bank of switches including on/off for each and "Mute" and "Tone" functions. The wood-body models like this are slightly less common than the earlier plastic-fronted versions and appear to have been introduced around 1965.

It is a very light and handy guitar, with a very good, bright sound and a lot of sonic possibilities. Hagstroms in general were very popular with amateur teen combos in the mid-late '60s and remain one of the best bargains in a good quality vintage guitar.
 
Overall length is 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm.), 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 1/2 in. (622 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a very nicely original guitar, clean overall with a bit of wear and scuffing to the pickguard and switch array and a few finish chips and dings to the body. Everything is original and complete except that the screw that locks the trem arm in place is missing; the trem works fine regardless. Excellent Condition.