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We first met Steve when he supplied some pictures to start off the Bass page - ages ago now it seems!
So, it's great to have this round up of the background, history - and his secret source of supply!!!

Steve’s Hagstrom story - and recommendations - and great pictures!

 Steve's collection

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Just a refresher above of that HIB from 1972 which started of the Bass Visitors page. A gorgeous ruddy colour at the horns makes for an interesting sunburst.
Serial # 853085 makes this a 1972 example. One of a batch run of 200.

 

I am very fortunate to have in my possession, four fine examples of Swedish craftsmanship. My first experience with Hagstrom  guitars was back in the 60’s, where I found myself between basses and was forced to borrow a friend’s. This was a sunburst 8-string.  Incredible! That summer I worked in Vancouver and decided to spend  some money on a new Hagstrom. In a small music store on East Hastings Street I found a new Cherry red 8-string bass. Don’t remember what I paid, after all it was the 60’s. About  5 years later I decided it would be cool to add split precision pickups.  Ouch!  And for some strange reason I sold it about 5 years after that.  But that wasn’t the end of the story. One day while selling some bass bins to another local player, I asked for a bass to do a demo. He brings out my old hagstrom 8. Well , we made a deal and I was reunited with my old bass.  Recently , I managed to find an old pickguard to repair the previous alterations. Looks almost as good as new.

A few years back , Gordie Pendleton, opened a little music store (Gordies Music) in the heart of the fernwood district of Victoria.  I stopped to have a look one day and made a new friend. I mentioned my love of Hagstroms to Gordie and, in what seemed like only a few weeks, he called to say he had an old Corvette in his shop. One look and I was forced to sell an old fender acoustic and buy this guitar. Any hag lover would understand what I mean. About a year later, A fellow comes into his store with an H1B. He needs the tuner repaired.  Gordie says,” I know someone who collects these, will you sell?”. The answer is no, but a few months later he changes his mind and I get another call. The repair was easy and the bass is mint. Now, Gordies Music has been doing well enough to expand a little.  Gordie has been so good to me that I decide to offer my help with remodeling of his new space. About two weeks later, the dust is settling and he is ready to open. Gordie says to me “ I’ve got something for you to say thankyou for your work.” He pulls out this incredible alligator case. I open it and inside is a beautiful Hagstrom H11 acoustic guitar. I’m floored.

With the exception of my 8-string bass( ser#746012), Gordie is responsible for the rest of  my (expanding)  collection.        The Corvette (ser# 588205) ,the H1B (ser# 853085) and the H11 acoustic (ser# 84637). This has got to be worth an honorable mention at the next hag lovers meeting. 

 

Check out Gordies by clicking this pic!   www.gordiesmusic.com   

 

Well, what can I say Steve, thanks for all the info, the great story, and you never know, there may be another one on the way after this free advert for Gordie!!

Seriously though, A hag for every mood is always important in life... you've just about got it covered here -

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There must be loads of stories (and pics) around from the last forty years, why not share them with us!

 
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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!