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6th January 2005 - Information Release:
Guitars will be available (USA) following the January NAMM show - Solid models expected to be in retail stores from Late Feb/Jazz from Early March, and exclusive news: The BASS guitars are due to launch late Summer 2005!  There will be both a four string and an eight string (YES, 8 String) model.

International availability will be announced later in 2005.

27th October 2004 - Information Release:
To quote: "Looks like initial delivery will be mid to end December.
There is about a two week delay on the initial production at this point.
David Lee just reported back to us about the progress at the factory and said everything looks incredible."
They did say shipping November so 'darn good going' (as the USA contingent would say)!
Keep your eyes open for more info when we have it!
Dates apply only to USA at this stage. No plans have been announced yet for Europe.
 

8th August 2004 Press Release:

PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release

AM&S Shows Hagstrom Guitars, Launches Web Site

AGOURA HILLS, CA (August 9, 2004) - Some say they're the perfect guitars, which probably explains the enthusiastic response to the return of the legendary Hagstrom line at the recent 2004 NAMM Summer Session in Nashville. The classic brand, manufactured and distributed by American Music & Sound

(AM&S) under license from AB Albin Hagstrom, will begin shipping in November and will be officially launched at the NAMM Show in January 2005 in Anaheim, CA.

AM&S president Lynn Martin comments, "I am just ecstatic about the response to our pre-launch of Hagstrom guitars at the Summer NAMM Show. The pre-production prototypes of the Swede, Super Swede, Viking, Jimmy, Deluxe, and F Series models were very well received. Dealers and customers seem barely able to wait for new Hagstrom guitars to start arriving in stores at the end of the year."

In the meantime, AM&S has launched a web site for the new line of Hagstrom guitars at www.hagstromguitars.com, where visitors can learn more about the reissued models as well as the long history of these well-respected instruments. Owners will be also able to register their guitars and find information on the original Hagstrom 10 year warranty offered on all new guitars.

The newly manufactured Hagstrom line benefits from the advances in materials and manufacturing technology that have occurred since the guitars were last produced in Sweden in 1981. The Hagstrom line's long-established reputation for beauty, playability, and their ability to withstand the rigors of the road forms the foundation for several unique innovations that may now be enjoyed by a new generation of guitar players.

The reissued models feature fingerboards manufactured from Diamondwood, a revolutionary, homogeneous wood composite material that maintains a strong fundamental harmonic and eliminates wolf tones. Diamondwood offers ebony-like articulation yet with none of the associated problems, such as shrinkage or cracking.

All new Hagstom electric guitars include the company's patented H-Expander truss rod. Providing tension at either end and running the entire length of the neck, the rigid yet lightweight alloy truss rod allows for a very low action and thin neck, two factors that were instrumental in earning Hagstrom its reputation as the world's fastest playing guitar. Ensuring accurate tuning, Hagstrom's exclusive 18:1 gear ratio machine heads are also included on all electric models.

A self-lubricating graphite composite nut ensures increased sustain and vibration through improved transfer of energy to the neck, while the hard tropical mahogany tone woods used on the body produce a warm, mellow sound. On some models, sustain is further increased through the use of the FCS-1 full contact bridge system, which offers more contiguous contact than any other tremolo bridge on the market. Driving the guitar body with uninhibited string energy also generates maximum tone and sustain, so the Hagstrom block stop tailpiece is employed to deliver the maximum vibration into the body.

North American Hard Rock Maple, arguably the finest neck wood and used by the best luthiers worldwide, further enhances the playability and bright, articulated tone. A hard polyester finish, harder and more dense than standard polyurethane, protects the instrument and offers improved sonic performance.

Hagstrom once estimated that some 800,000 musicians had played their guitars, including Elvis Presley, Frank Zappa, Bjorn Ulveus (ABBA), Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music), David Bowie, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford (Genesis), and the Beatles. Current aficionados include Aerosmith, Franz Ferdinand, and The Kills.

Established since 2002, American Music & Sound (AM&S) distributes Allen & Heath professional audio mixing consoles, KV2 Audio live sound speaker systems, NetCIRA, a division of Fostex Japan, Mark Bass amplification, Walden Guitars, and Hagstrom Guitars.

 

14th July 2004 - Press Release:
Following the news in January that American Music & Sound is reissuing the
classic Hagstrom line of guitars, the company will preview over one dozen
prototypes at the 2004 NAMM Summer Session later this month.

PRESS RELEASE - For immediate release
AM&S Previews the Revived Hagstrom Guitar Line at the 2004 NAMM Summer
Session
AGOURA HILLS, CA (July 14, 2004) -- American Music & Sound (AM&S) will be
offering dealers and attendees a preview of the newly revived Hagstrom line
of electric and acoustic guitars at the 2004 NAMM Summer Session (Booth
#4214, Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville, TN, July 23-25, 2004).
Visitors will have an opportunity to try out over one dozen prototype models
of the reissued classic brand, including the Swede, Super Swede, Viking, De
Luxe, and Jimmy.
Original Hagstrom guitars are highly revered for their quality and design,
most notably for their fast playing necks. Many models employed a patented
'H' expander-stretcher made of a rigid alloy that allowed for a very low
action and thin neck, and made for very fast playing. All reissued models
will feature the original Hagstrom fast playing neck and all electric models
will additionally feature the original 'H' expander. The reissued models
will feature fretboards manufactured from Diamondwood, a revolutionary
wood-composite material.
Originally manufactured in Sweden between 1958 and 1981, Hagstrom guitars
continue to enjoy a devoted following worldwide. At the 2004 NAMM Show in
January, AM&S announced that the company would be reissuing the classic
Hagstrom line of guitars in the summer.
Hagstrom once estimated that some 800,000 musicians had played their
guitars, including Elvis Presley, Frank Zappa, Bjorn Ulveus (ABBA), Bryan
Ferry (Roxy Music), David Bowie, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding,
Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford (Genesis), and the Beatles. Current
aficionados include Aerosmith, Franz Ferdinand, and The Kills.
Established since 2002, American Music & Sound (AM&S) distributes Allen &
Heath professional audio mixing consoles, KV2 Audio live sound speaker
systems, NetCIRA, a division of Fostex Japan, Mark Bass amplification,
Walden Guitars, and Hagstrom Guitars.

Previously:

May 1st 2004 Now for Immediate Release!

          ...passed to Hagstrom UK, from Messers Hagström

                        - To release May 2004:

                   

                PRESS RELEASE

 

 

LEGENDARY HAGSTROM GUITARS TO RETURN IN SUMMER 2004

AGOURA HILLS, CA -- American Music & Sound (AM&S) have announced that they will start distributing reissues of the classic Hagstrom line of guitars in summer 2004. Originally manufactured in Sweden between 1958 and 1981, Hagstrom guitars continue to enjoy a devoted following worldwide.

Hagstrom guitars are highly revered for their quality and design, and most notably for their fast playing necks. Many models employed a patented 'H' expander-stretcher made of a rigid alloy that allowed for a very low action and thin neck, and made for very fast playing. Such was the popularity of the instruments in their heyday that Hagstrom once estimated that some 800,000 musicians had played their guitars, including Elvis Presley, Frank Zappa, Bjorn Ulveus (ABBA), Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music), and the Beatles.

Lynn P. Martin, President of North American Pro Audio, commented, "We are very excited to be bringing back the legendary Hagstrom line. Although the guitars have been out of production for over 20 years, their popularity has not waned. Now, we are looking forward to introducing new generations to these fine instruments."

See also: the first magazine advert being used for the reissue Hagstrom guitars in USA.
If you follow this link: [MORE]  you would have to have been fairly astute to notice this little passing announcement from NAMM in Jan 2004

Other Messages:
...news from Nashville, from Tim Shaw (former VP of Gibson guitars, now with Fender) From: Tim Shaw  ....I just read in Music Trades that...  ...will re-introduce the Hagstrom brand at NAMM here in July...

For other "NAMES" from the Famous Names list for Hagstrom Guitars [MORE]

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March 2004 - Swedish National television to transmit a one hour documentary on the Hagstrom Story. All in music (Tonight K Special) on Albin Hagström is a music documentary on Swedish popular music and the country’s biggest manufacturer of musical instruments ever. [MORE]


February 2004 - Golden Boulder to appear on BBC Television March 2004, featuring Hagstrom guitars from the UK collection, plus guest frontman Ace from Skunk Anansie. [MORE]

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The Golden Boulder association is due to the use of Hagstrom Guitars from the Hagstrom UK collection, and because of the family connection!

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In association with www.davidcox.co.uk this UK appreciation site was started to allow more space for development. 

 

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There's nothing like a REAL original Swedish made Hagstrom (and there are loads around), but if it 'floats your boat', or you can't find an original then who are we to say?

Plenty has been said already and
will be said forever forward probably.
Only you know what's right for you!