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Anyone who's been on the Hagstrom trail for a while will have seen or heard about Bill.
That is why I was very pleased when he mailed me about whether I'd 'like a few pictures' for the site.

I don't intend making a meal of this, but feast your eyes on some of the tremendous pictures he's put
together of some stunning examples from his past and present Hagstrom collection.

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First up aught to be something quite special, but what do we choose?

"OK, how about transition Viking IN, Viking I head stock, humbucker pickups, but the kicker is, factory original white, with black binding, finish.
When it was offered for sale to me, I was dubious of the finish (I have the very nice white '79 Viking, but there are not white Viking IN's as far as I know.), but upon very closer examination, pickups, tuners removed, examination of cracks in the finish, and of course the reverse black white black binding, I think it is safe to say is very original.

Great guitar, fun to play, Viking I with humbuckers, what else could one ask for?"

I agree totally Bill, mine is a sunburst from 1968, not as stunning to look at, but a peach to play!

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Next up, following on with the rare colour theme...

"The wonderfully purple Super Swede, S/N 0752xx. ...

...zoom in on the beautiful purple polyester, plastic white/black/white binding, chrome bridge/tailpiece assembly to beat all tailpiece assemblies, contrasting materials to the limit, WOW!

 

You can just imagine the long hair and flares that accompanied this beauty on stage eh? Absolutely gorgeous, even if I am a natural wood lover, this is so special!

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This is a real Deluxe sight, how many picture compositions like this are you likely to see ever again?
From 1961 a blue sparkle bass, a red sparkle bass, and a maybe unique black 'bat' bass or Deluxe Ä

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We know the SuperSwede is special, the finest model Hagstrom produced, and a variety of special order finishes.
here are more examples Bill has experienced close up... and if you think the sparkle above warranted sunglasses, then continue down the page for some totally awesome views...

Considering the short production period for the SuperSwede (from 1977 to 1981) there is an amazing variety to the finishes


 

A beautiful natural finish

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Below we see the "Hot Pink" maple flame top with and without flash - just for the sheer impact!

 

Here we see the fabulous Lingonberry Burst

...another stunner!

Well, I believe we've comprehensively illustrated one of the finest guitars in the world...

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This is the finest example from the Norwegian Hagstroms I have ever seen,
an H15, s/n 12-920-10 possible going back to the 40's?


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and high resolution.


Incredibly bright and clean for it's age.

It is a real pleasure to be able to share and show!
- Thanks again Bill

 

More from Bill's private collection to follow...

 

 

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!