This is the most well known bass range starting from just after the Glitter or Sparkle models, through
the plastic fronted vinyl backed, into the more traditional solid bodied, then the main range of H-IB and H-IIB
and the world renowned H-8 - the first solid electric 8 string bass in the world - loved by many famous names.
Then finally some of the finest standard basses - still revered today, based around the H-IIBN
Early models shared names with the Futurama and Kent Brands for the UK and USA markets.
The Hagstrom UK collection H-8 Bass. (Click Pic)
For H-8 Visitors Click HERE
Back in June 03 Bruce from Ottowa (further up this page) sent pictures of his HIIBN with a mute device.
Asking around at the time to various people... I received a resounding SILENCE. It looked original and quite a useable device, but no records to back it up.
Then within the last month we have had Manfred Graeder's example - with exploded views of the device itself and then Lionel Rochette brings us another! Amazing...
Hi! I found the link to your site through MusicPlayer.com - the LowDown section. I'm happy to contribute to your picture "collection" of Hagstrom axes. I bought this one (s/n 769161) used in 1970 for almost nothing and played with it up to december 2002.
It has the damper at the bridge like Bruce's (from Ottawa) but I removed it many years ago (although I still have it stored somewhere)... I bought myself a five stringer a year ago but still carry my Hag around as a backup to every gig and still play it from time to time.
Having been on the road for that long, I must say it is in pretty good shape. I took a few quick shots a few minutes ago but must admit I didn't take the time to clean it up and everything.
If the shots are not good enough and/or if you want more, drop me an eMail, I'll re-shoot the beast with more care.
Lionel ...forgot to tell, I live in Québec City, Quebec, Canada. Lionel
No problem with your pictures Lionel -
Yes it does look in really great condition.
As I always say to contributors (and mean it) - Thanks for taking the time - it's appreciated!
I was wondering if you could possibly help me. I got your email
address from the Hagstrom USA site. I noticed that you were able to date
My wife came home with a Hagstrom bass today. (It was thrown in
the trash by one of my neighbors who recently began renting and was doing house
It seems to be an old bass, but is in very good condition. It has 4 switches (L, H, TONE, MUTE) and one volume knob. It has two pickups. The serial # is 619037.
I play bass, but am totally unfamiliar with Hagstrom instruments. I would appreciate any help you can give me.
Thank You. Cheers, Joe McKasty
apart from tuners, it's a later
Saturday, November 15, 2003 2:20 AM
To: David Cox at Home
Subject: Re: Hagstrom bass
Hello David, I can't thank you enough for taking the time to educate me regarding the evolution of the Hagstrom solidbody electric bass........
I don't believe I could have received this insightful information, in the manner that you communicated it, anywhere else. I certainly have a better understanding of my new bass, "rescued" from bass oblivion.
Greetings from across the pond, Joe
Well, that sort of reply is the only
profit from this project. Maybe one day I'll sell things too, but for now life
is complicated enough passing enquiries along from those who need to those who
Mind you, if you don't want ANYTHING
Hi I have an old Futurama Bass (I only found out by looking at these pages that it is, indeed a Futurama) I bought it when I was 12 years old (thirty years ago) from a friend of mine for the princely sum of twenty-seven English Pounds. Unfortunately, he had rubbed the name off the headstock and replaced it with a Fender logo.
Would you happen to know where I could buy a Futurama Logo to bring the Guitar back to it's origins? He also sanded the Ice Blue colour off the guitar and polished up the wood. The model number on the back is 546177 It looks and still plays beautifully although I now use a Hofner Violin Bass and a Dean Active bass at my gigs. The Futurama still has a pride of place at home. (Well, he's been bidding for a decal since a tip off the old ...BAY - so don't spoil his quest eh?)
Hi Dean, Your model was indeed the Futurama model, yours made in 1963. It was the next step on from the PB-24-G, and production was split between Hagstrom Futurama and the Kent brand (only in the USA). At this time Hagstrom were building their reputation well internationally, and even though the name Futurama was a brand well known in the UK, on these the model still mainly had a “Hagstrom” headstock decal. There may have been some with a Futurama decal just for Selmer to distribute, but by now Hagstrom had established their own name.
The most popular colours were red and white, although I can’t tell you how many of each, I can tell you the total recoded production of this model was 1,999 in any headstock badge. (150 were badged Kent). The model then changed to a new Futurama model, soon to be known as the H1B, as Hagstrom phased out the connection to the brand-name.
Now, how about the decal… you could of course choose Futurama, Hagstrom or Kent. The choice is yours, but where to find them? Hagstrom ones do come up on eBay from time to time. Most decals are a standard “Waterslide” principle for these, so any you may see will be right, although you may have to dispense with a suffix of “III” or “Scandi” or whatever from other models. There were also solid decals on some models but none were used on yours, so any Hagstrom logo waterslide will be right. The only way you are likely to get a Futurama decal is to create your own waterslide on the computer – it can be done with a good scanned image.
As for Kent, they have become cheapened over time (despite the David Bowie connection) as so many far east makers got involved in various production models over the years after. The choice is yours, but if it was mine I’d put Hagstrom on it, and maybe even think about a red body job – it looks in great working order! I don’t normally suggest re-painting, as I love natural wood myself. But these models were not produced in natural colour (as far as I have ever seen), and the finish looks really solid, ready to do? The method uses colours and polyester lacquer in wet layers – at least 12 coats, which form a very smooth yet tactile solid finish, quite unlike some of the dull finishes found with other brands – even today.
I’m glad you appreciate your little bit of history. There are few around these days; even fewer that are not just a mess of dings and scratches! The pickups on these are quite elderly, being designed in the mid fifties, and produced – as all Hagstrom pickups – right there in Sweden. These pickups are exactly the same as the ones put into the original 1958 glitter guitars. Shortly after this, they changed to an improved moderately higher output, until around 70 when the humbuckers became more popular.
(Hey, there is no limit on a Hag)
Here is a picture of me and my Hagstrom bass. It is a model II BN, same one pictured in the photos from Edmonton Canada. Just some side info: I am 16 and mainly play jazz on the bass but I am in a band called Speed Limit (visit www.aspeedlimit.com for more pics). Overall I think the hagstrom neck is by far the fastest and easiest playing neck in the world and I have played on a lot such as: Steinberger basses, Dearmond Ashbory, Fender P and jazz, knockoff fenders, Gibson hollowbodies. I would rate my experience with Hagstroms a 10 out of 10! Too bad they stopped production. Thanks Drew Sherman
Most people (including Bruce)
use the heal of the hand when the effect is needed, so what about this then.
I've seen less original looking setups to this before, could this be a real
Hagstrom version? We intend to find out...
Hi Dave This is the second of two emails. This one is re the
unique bridge on my Hag bass. A full front, a head shot, a top view of the
bridge, an angled view, the serial number, the body front and close up of the
bridge. I took several other shots but to save time I have selected the ones
that give the most detail. The bridge has some very minor pitting in the chrome
but what you see on the finish is mostly some light dust.
Thank you very much Bruce, for taking the time and trouble, now we must get a consensus for you on this version!
Well, my " Holy Grail " of Hagstrom Basses has
arrived in the form of a 1973 Sunburst H 1 B. I finally had the chance to " Put
it to the Test ", last Night in an Open Stage Jam. I had had the H 1 B in the
Shop for some minor Service/Repair work. Then, I greased the Tuning Gears,
applied Fingerboard Oil to the Frets, and put on a new Set of D'Addario EXL-170M
Medium Scale Soft Gauge Bass Strings. The Result: Voila ! Magic ! Sounds Clear,
Crisp, Bright, Warm, & Alive.... better than my 71' CherryBurst H II B N. At
least, very different.
Thanks Mike for the photo's and the insight!
Here's a rather nice HIIBN from 1973-4
From: Charlene [email@example.com] Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2002 6:54 AM
Hi: Don't know much 'bout this bass - I got it in college in '82 for $100
w/case and I fell in love with the hagstrom action. I haven't found another one
like it in all my searches, the closest one I've found to
May 17th 2002
Both Home to Roost at Hagstrom UK!
Then in December 2004 Jan is Back (See
Concord Bass) with a couple
of additions (you can see the
other - a Futurama III here)
Anyone with Hagstrom
photo's is very welcome.
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