Hagstrom I Model F-11 Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Hagstrom  I Model F-11 Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1965)

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Hagstrom I Model F-11 Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Sweden, blue finish, wood body with acrylic overlay, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

The Swedish-made Hagstrom line of guitars was imported to the US in the mid-1960s by Mershon Musical Products of New York at the height of the '60s guitar boom. They were built to a fairly high standard, well-engineered and relatively inexpensive -- especially compared to some other European imports- and appear to have sold quite well.

The Hagstrom I series bodies were built with a clear back-painted acrylic front mounted to a plywood core which was sheathed in thin colored vinyl. This sandwich method was a bit unorthodox but resulted in a lightweight and very colorful looking instrument. The necks are very slim, re-inforced with a very sophisticated metal-sheathed truss rod system ("The Hagstrom Secret" according to the catalogs) that keeps them very true over time and very easy to play. The two pickups are rather Strat-like in tone, controlled by a single master volume knob and a bank of switches allowing on/off for each and "Mute" and "Tone" functions. This example has the earlier style round-corner pickup covers.

These light and super handy guitars were very popular with amateur teen combos in the mid-late '60s and are still an excellent bargain in a good quality vintage solid body guitar. In general Hagstrom Is are not particularly rare but this sharp-looking example is finished in vibrant blue is one of the coolest we have had. It also includes a particularly nice original US Jobber-supplied rectangular hardshell case -- most had a simple grey chipboard as stock so someone shelled out a bit more for this guitar when new!
Overall length is 39 5/8 in. (100.6 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 5/8 in. (651 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a relatively clean example overall and remains all original except for a changed volume knob. Even the often lost whammy arm from the Hagstrom "Tremar" unit is intact. It is not perfectly preserved but there is not a lot of wear; there are some small typical stress marks to the plastic body faceplate around the lower screws and the jack, and an area of digs and dents (and finish worn to the primer) on the back of the neck. The frets and fingerboard do not show a lot of wear and this is a good player with the typical bright and snarly tone. Includes an nice original HSC in alligator-grained Tolex. Excellent Condition.