Hagstrom bass guitar dating
The heads had a slightly more pointed throat than the Strat-styles. Controls were the same for both guitars, with 0=standby, 1=neck pickup, 2=bridge pickup, Hi, Mid, Low, Solo, and Accompaniment.
Both had a finetune bridge and Hagstrom vibrato, and were available in mahogany sunburst or red sunburst.
The third and fourth buttons were filters designed “…to be adjusted to match input of connected amplifier.” A long bar that ran all across the bottom of both pickups appeared to be a fingerrest.
It also had the old Kent mini-Strat body, but it was not covered in plastic and vinyl, but rather finished in a solid color.
It still had the logo on the upper horn, which fits with the Kent I, and it still had the old oval single-coils, now three, of course.
To recap: the Hagstrom company was founded by Albin Hgstrom (1905-1952) in Alvdalen, Sweden in 1921 as an accordion importing firm. Hagstrom’s first guitars were the sparkle plastic-covered acoustic/electrics with replaceable pickup assemblies, introduced in the U. In ’62 Hagstrom struck a deal with another Swedish manufacturer, Bjarton, to make acoustic guitars sold in the U. as Fender Tarrega and Buegeleisen & Jacobson Espana guitars.
In late ’31/early ’32, Hagstrom set up his own factory and began manufacturing Hagstrom-brand accordions. Also in ’62 Hagstrom dropped the sparkle guitars in favor of the new vinyl-covered Kents (Futurama in the U.