Hagstrom III Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Hagstrom  III Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1965)
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Hagstrom III Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Sweden, serial # 610565, blue lacquer finish, hardwood body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original grey chipboard 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 guitar boom. They were well-engineered but fairly inexpensive compared to many similar competitors and appear to have sold very well stateside. The necks are quite slim, re-inforced with a very sophisticated metal-sheathed truss rod system ("The Hagstrom Secret," according to the catalogs) that keeps them true over time and usually very easy to play.

This Hagstrom III Model is one of the more sophisticated of the time, with three single-coil pickups controlled by a single master volume knob and a bank of switches including on/off for each and "Mute" and "Tone" functions. The wood-body models like this are slightly less common than the earlier plastic-fronted versions and appear to have been introduced around 1965. This one has the earlier rounded-cover pickups usually seen that first year or two; they have a bright and slightly snarly tone when pushed.

This example is finished in the catalog-option but relatively uncommon light blue lacquer finish -- a very near match for Fender's much desired Sonic Blue and a great-looking livery. The Hagstrom logo on the upper body is a raised chrome script that would look at home on a vintage car! The "Tremar" vibrato unit and Adjust-O-Matic bridge are standard Hagstrom fittings more familiar from use by Guild and Harmony in the US; The tuners are the same Van Gents used on the better Burns guitars.

It is a very light and handy guitar, with a good, bright sound and a lot of sonic possibilities. Hagstroms in general were very popular with amateur teen combos and garage bands in the mid-late '60s and remain one of the best bargains going in a good quality 1960s vintage guitar.
Overall length is 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm.), 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 1/2 in. (622 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a super nice all-original guitar, very clean overall with some light wear, notably a few finish wear spots and dings to the body, with some fairly well done patching done. Everything is original and complete even the oft-missing trem arm is present. This is the nicest of these Swedish specials we have had, an excellent player in the coolest color, complete in a well preserved original heavy duty chipboard case. Overall Excellent + Condition.