Hagstrom I Model F-11 Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Hagstrom  I Model F-11 Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1965)

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Hagstrom I Model F-11 Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Sweden, serial # 650134, black finish, wood body with acrylic overlay, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black chipboard case.

The Swedish-made Hagstrom line of electric guitars was imported to the US in the mid-1960s by Mershon Musical Products of New York. At the height of the '60s guitar boom, there was a huge appetite for electrics of all types and this somewhat Strat-like plastic-faced twanger was a natural. They were built to a fairly high standard, well-engineered for their relatively inexpensive price, especially compared to some other European imports -- and appear to have sold quite well.

The Hagstrom I series bodies were built with a clear back-painted acrylic front mounted to a plywood core which was sheathed in thin colored vinyl. This sandwich method was a bit unorthodox but resulted in a lightweight and very colorful-looking instrument. The necks are very slim, reinforced with a very sophisticated metal-sheathed truss rod system ("The Hagstrom Secret", according to the catalogs) that keeps them very true over time and very easy to play. The two pickups are rather Strat-like in tone, controlled by a single master volume knob and a bank of switches allowing on/off for each, as well as "Mute" and "Tone" functions. This example has the earlier style round-corner pickup covers.

These light and super handy guitars were very popular with amateur teen combos in the mid-late '60s and are still an excellent bargain in a good quality vintage solid-body guitar. In general Hagstrom I's are not particularly rare, but this sharp-looking example is finished in a dramatic black-and-white "tuxedo" livery and is one of the coolest we have had.
 
Overall length is 39 5/8 in. (100.6 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 5/8 in. (651 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a nicely original guitar overall, with some small chips to the finish on the back of the neck and just light average wear overall. Everything is original and complete except the wooden bridge has been modified to rest on Gibson-style wheels, which makes it much easier to adjust and more stable in use. The jack area on the plastic top has never been broken out and the vibrato arm is intact, two things often not found on these. This is a good-sounding and playing guitar; a nice and very sharp-looking example of this Swedish-made garage band classic. Excellent - Condition.