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IndustryMusical instruments
Founded1925; 98 years ago (1925)
FounderAlbin Hagström
Defunctc. 1983–2004
HeadquartersÄlvdalen, Sweden
Area served
Key people
Albin Hagström, Karl-Erik Hagström, Jimmy D'Aquisto
Acoustic and electric guitars
Bass guitars
lap steel guitars
effects units
mixing consoles
guitar strings
ParentTricor AB

Hagström (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈhɑ̌ːɡstrœm])[citation needed] is a musical instrument manufacturer in Älvdalen, Dalecarlia, Sweden. Their original products were accordions that they initially imported from Germany and then Italy before opening their own facility in 1932. During the late 1950s, the company started making electric guitars and later amplifiers. The early guitars were heavily influenced by the accordion production and had a special look and feel. Hagström were the first company to mass-produce 8 string bass guitars as well as the first to build a guitar/synthesizer hybrid (Swede Patch 2000). The company ceased production in 1983. In 2004 the brand was resurrected and is now in production in China. In 2008 Hagström expanded their line of products and launched their own line of basses including a re-issue of their famous Hagström H8, an 8 string bass.

Accordions 1925 to 1970[edit]

Albin Hagström began importing accordions from Germany and Italy in 1925 and founded "Firma Albin Hagström". Albin expanded his business with shops in Sweden, Norway and Denmark and in 1932 he started manufacturing accordions himself in Älvdalen. In 1936, Hagström hired two Italian accordion builders who helped to update and streamline the manufacturing process. In 1939 Hagström started to establish themselves in USA by opening "Hagstrom Music Company Inc." in Rockefeller Center in New York as well as "Albin Hagstrom Inc." in Jamestown. However, in 1940 the launch was canceled due to World War II and the people hired to run the company disappeared with the company's funds. In 1946 Sven Hillring was sent over from Sweden to oversee a new launch of the new accordion factory in Jamestown, which was in business until 1949.

Back in Sweden the brand continued to grow throughout the 1940s and 1950s and at one time had a total of forty-eight shops in northern Europe. In 1953 the accordion production reached its peak with 15,000 units being built. At this time the company also started a number of accordion schools; it is estimated that over 70,000 people have attended these schools. Founder Albin Hagström died in 1952 at the age 47 and was succeeded by Erik Wisén. In 1968 the Super Cromatic was introduced which came to be the last accordion built, with the last one made in 1970.

In 1984 the company returned to its roots by once again importing accordions from Germany and Italy. The shops were sold, and employees were encouraged to venture out on their own, which resulted in two new companies in Älvdalen. Musitech was started by Hagstrom and sold to Rolf Lindhamn, who was the official Swedish retailer of Aria and Guild guitars. Per-Åke Olsson who participated in the development of the Super Swede founded Amtech which is producing PA systems and light rigs as well as computer equipment. The original "AB Albin Hagström" company still exists to this day and still owns many of the facilities in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.[1]

Hagströms Accordions[edit]

  • 1930s
    • Excellent - The first accordions manufactured by Hagström..
    • Granesso
  • 1940s
    • 389-31
    • "Granesso 70
    • Accordia Superior and Extra
  • 1950s
    • Castello" and Minor - Built in Italy.
    • Skandia
    • 773 and 813
    • Constellation, Marita and Rosella
    • Master 4/5
    • Rigoletto I, II and III
    • Rosita I and II
    • Consul Maestro and Maestoso
    • Constella II and Estrella
    • Accordia Royal
    • "Diana" Prod in Älvdalen ca 1955-1960.
  • 1960s
    • Walter Special 40 - Named after Andrew Walter, well-known contemporary accordionist.
    • Super Cromatic - The last accordion manufactured, widely considered to be one of the best accordions available.

Guitars: 1958 to 1983[edit]

Three generations of Hagström guitars: A Standard 80 made in 1960, a Kent II made in 1964 and a HIIN OT made in 1975

In 1958, Swedish-based Hagström started manufacturing electric guitars, being one of the first to produce the instrument professionally outside of the United States. The early Hagström Deluxe solid body guitars featured a distinctive sparkle and pearloid celluloid finish that was previously used on their line of accordions. Soon Hagström expanded their line-up of guitars to include hollow bodies like the Viking and the Jimmy. In 1961 the first line of Hagström basses was available to the public, this eventually came to include the groundbreaking 8 string bass.

Models of electric guitar included the Hagström 1, the H series (h II, h III, h II N), the Swede (Originally called The Hagström LP, or Les Paul, due to the instrument's resemblance to the popular Les Paul manufactured by Gibson Guitars), the Super Swede, the Impala, the Corvette (called the Condor in the US), the Viking, the Swede Patch 2000 (one of the first synthesizer guitars) and the Jimmy (named for Jimmy D'Aquisto, a respected New York luthier brought in by Hagström to design the guitar). Basses include The Swede Bass and the Hagström H8 - the first ever mass-produced eight stringed bass guitar, which found fame when used by the likes of Noel Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Mike Rutherford, and others. Another innovation was the H-Expander Truss Rod, which gives the neck additional strength allowing it to be unusually thin. Thus the action can be set lower than guitar necks built with traditional truss rods.

Beside their line of instruments Hagström also produced amplifiers, speakers, effects units, guitar strings and mixing consoles, which were used by ABBA on their first world tour. A very small run of lap steels, banjos and mandolins were also built but are rare to come across. In 1962 Albin's son, Karl-Erik Hagström returned from working five years in the US with establishing their Line O guitars. In 1967 he took over as CEO of the company. In their native Sweden, the company became well known not only for selling music hardware, but also for "teach-yourself" books and mail courses on electric guitar, bass, keyboards etc., learning tools that deliberately took in a rock and pop repertory, chord analysis and tuning apart from teaching how to read music. By recognizing the electric guitar as an instrument in its own right, and not just an amped-up version of the acoustic and by accepting the new repertory, Hagström popularized the instrumental skills of the new music outside of the networks associated with rock clubs, and record shops, and at a time when rock music was barely ever being written about from a musical perspective.

Production ended for Swedish-made Hagströms in 1983 as the company were outpriced by other major guitar brands that had moved their stock production lines to Asia. Hagström did make some Japanese prototypes; however, they were not pleased with the workmanship and would rather close down the company than cheapen the brand. The interest in the original Hagström brand still has a cult following around the world and a Hagström Festival takes place in Älvdalen, Sweden around the first week of June every year since 2006.

Hagström Guitars[edit]

A vintage Hagström leaning against a Hagström amplifier combo
  • Standard, DeLuxe and DeLuxe A, 1958–1962 - Sold in America under the name Goya (not to be confused with Goya guitars, acoustic guitars by Levin). Equipped with the Hagströms Speed-O-Matic fretboard, look similar to the Gibson Les Paul. Sometimes called The Glitter Guitars. DeLuxe A was nicknamed the Batman because of its unusual look.
  • Kent, Kent I och Kent II, 1962–1966 - Sold in America as Hagström F-11, F-200 or F-300, and in England as Futurama. The first Hagström guitar with the "Tremar" tremolo system as standard. Inspired by the Fender Stratocaster.
  • Hagström Futurama Coronado Automatic, 1963. 200 built specially by Hagström to the requirements of Ben Davis - owner of the Selmer company in London.
  • Automatic, Impala and Corvette, 1963–1967 - Automatic was a cross between the Impala and the Corvette. The Corvette was named the Condor in America. All models had a glued neck.
  • Hagström I, II and III, 1964–1976 - Gibson SG-inspired body with a Fender-style headstock. Hagström II and III were sold in America as the F-200 and F-300. The later model H-IIN had the same body, but two humbucking pickups, and rotary knobs instead of slide switches. The H-IIN-OT lacked the tremolo tail.
  • Viking, Viking 1, Viking II, Viking DeLuxe and Viking I N, 1965–1979 - Hagströms first semi-hollow guitar. With the Viking I N he pickups were changed from single-coils to humbuckers.
  • Hagström Jimmy, 1969–1979 - Semihollow guitar designed by Jimmy D´Aquisto, available with a regular or oval F-hole.
  • Swede and Super Swede, 1970–1983 - Last model to be manufactured in Älvdalen. Inspired by the Gibson Les Paul. Super Swede was originally named Swede DeLuxe, but the name was changed after being called the Super Swede in a music magazine.
  • Scandi, 1976–1980 - Stratocaster-inspired model with three single coil pickups. Also called Hagström III and built in a small run for left-handed players.
  • Swede Patch 2000, 1976–1979 - A hybrid between a guitar and a synthesizer, required a special technique to play and was very hard to play.
  • Partner, 1979 - Like the later humbucker version of Hagström II, but with a wraparound bridge/tailpiece.
  • Ultra Swede, 1983 - Produced in Japan to cut costs but didn't live up to Hagströms standards.

Hagström Bass Guitars[edit]

  • Hagström Standard and DeLuxe Bass, 1961 - Hagströms first bass. Based on the designs of their guitars and equipped with Hagström's Speed-O-Matic fretboard.
  • Kent, 1962 - Sold in America as the Hagström FB.
  • Coronado IV and VI, 1963 - available with 4 or 6 strings. also fitted with the Hagströms Speed-O-Matic fretboard.
  • Concord and Concord De Luxe, 1965 – semi-hollow bass.
  • Hagström II B, 1965
  • Hagström H8, 1967 - The world's first 8 string bass.
  • Hagström Jazz Bass, 1973–1977
  • Hagström Scanbass, 1979 - Fretless bass.
  • Super Swede Bass, 1980 - Last bass built by Hagström in Sweden.

Decoding Serial Numbers[edit]

1. Hagstrom used a 6 or 7digit serial number on production (1963 - 1983) electric guitar and bass models.

2. The first 3 digits of the serial number indicate the manufacturing Production Run number. The remainder of the number is the sequence number for that unit (guitar or bass) within the production run. The format is PPPNNNN where PPP is the production run number and NNN or NNNN is the sequence number within that production run.

3. Hagstrom did keep detailed records for each unit produced, and there is a book to that effect but not widely available. you may want to seek it out. Without the book you may be able to determine the year however.

Here are some real-world examples:

a. Some serial numbers reveal a clear-cut result. For example, serial number 618324 is from the production run 618 which consisted of 1000 Hagstrom II guitars started and completed in 1964. Therefore, all units with a 618NNNN serial number are from the year 1964.

b. However, others are less clear. For example, serial number 680873 is a Viking V-1 and the 873rd guitar made in production run 680. That run started in 1965 and completed in 1966. 1000 units were made in that run, so it is impossible with existing records to know if this guitar was actually made in 1965 or made in 1966. We know that this sequence number (873) is a high number in relation to the total of 1000 guitars produced in the run. We can therefore make the guess that it was most likely produced in 1966. The best that can be said in this instance is that the actual manufacture date is no earlier than 1965 and no later than 1966.

4. Serial numbers were etched on the guitar neck backing plate where the neck is joined to the body. There are instances where the serial number appeared on the input jack plate (seen on a Hagstrom Swede from 1973)as well. This may have been common and an alternative serial number location.

5. In 1975/76 the numbers “53” were added as a prefix to the serial number (53 PPPNNNN) and should be ignored for decoding purposes.

6. Production run numbers are in general sequential with some exceptions. In a real-world example: Production runs 706, 707, 708, 709, 711, 712, 713, 714, 715, 716, and 718 are verified to have all started in 1967. It can then be predicted that runs 710 and 717 also started in 1967, if those runs occurred. The likelihood of the start date being consistent relative to those adjacent to it is considered high but caution should be used as this may not always have been true.

7. Any serial number beginning with the digits "500" indicates the model is a prototype.

Partial Serial Number List[edit]

Production Run Data (Principal Contributor Thornton Davis)
Production Run PR Start Year PR End Year Model Total in PR Notes
021 1977 1978 Hagstrom Swede 600
025 1978 1978 Hagstrom "Jimmy" 100
055 1979 1979 Viking V-1 245 Production run 055 was the very last run of the Viking model
056 1979 1979 "Hagstrom "Jimmy" 302 Designed by James d'Aquisto for Hagstrom

in the mid 70's as a jazz guitar

057 1979? 1979? "Hagstrom "Jimmy" ? Designed by James d'Aquisto for Hagstrom in the mid 70's as a jazz guitar
065 1980 1980 Hagstrom Super Swede 300 The first production run for the Super Swede
076 1980 1981 Hagstrom Super Swede 250
077 1980 1982 Hagstrom Swede 127 077 was one of the very last production runs that the factory produced before closing
078 1983 1983 Hagstrom Super Swede 250 Very Last production run
079 1979 1979 Hagstrom Swede 250 This run never occurred or was canceled
449 1958 1959 Hagstrom Deluxe 197 The earliest Hagstrom production run on record produced Hagstrom Deluxe guitars.
The Deluxe has a sparkle finish and Maple neck push button tone controls located on the upper bout in a single cutaway style body.
It has 4 pickups paired in twos at the neck and at the bridge.
500 Prototype All prototype Hagstrom guitars and basses were given the serial batch number 500.
So if you happen upon one bearing the serial number 500xxx you know it's a prototype.
543 Hagstrom I
545 1963 Hagstrom III Futurama 1002
550 1963 1964 Hagstrom Coronado IV 149
574 1963 1964 Futurama 1000 "Futurama" is the predecessor to the Hagstrom-1
575 1964 1964 Kent Bass 500
584 1963 1964 Futurama 990
587 1964 1964 """Hagstrom"" bass" 500
589 1964 1965 Coronado Bass 200 Often labeled Coronado IV on the Headstock
600 1964 1964 PB-24-G 200 PB-24-G (pre model change to Hagstrom-1)
601 1964 1964 Hagstrom III Futurama
604 1964 1964 Futurama
608 1964 Hagstrom II Predicted to have started in 1964 based on adjacency of similarly numbered runs
609 1964 1964 Hagstrom Bass 500
610 1964 1965 Hagstrom II (F-200 USA) 1000
618 1964 1964 Hagstrom II 1000
619 1965 1965 Hagstrom II-B
620 1964 1965 Kent-1 1000
621 1964 1964 Kent 1-B 500
624 1964 1964 Hagstrom III (F-300 USA) 1000 Hagstrom De Luxe III
625 1965 1965 Hagstrom Deluxe 500
632 1965 Hagstrom II Predicted to have started in 1965 based on adjacency of similarly numbered runs
633 1965 1965 Hagstrom II-B 500 Hagstrom Deluxe bass
638 1965 1966 Hagstrom 12
639 1965 1966 Kent-1 3202 The factory production identifies run 639 as being "Kent 1".
The guitar should have the rounded p/u's
The factory changed to the squared off p/u's in 1966.
Lavender was a standard finish. If it has both logos its possible the guitar is a "transition model" that contains both features and logos from the Kent 1 and the Hagstrom 1.
Run 639 was the very last run of the Kent 1 model and they may have run out of the Kent logos and therefore used the Hagstrom logo.
The Kent 1 model was replaced with the Hagstrom 1 when run 639 finished.
640 1965 1966 Kent 1-B 1300 Kent Bass Last run for the Kent 1-B
647 1965 1967 Concord Standard C1 Bass 999
650 1965 1966 Hagstrom I 2497
651 1966 1966 Hagstrom I-B 1000
652 1965 1965 Hagstrom II (F-200 USA) 1000
653 1965 1966 Hagstrom III
654 1965 1966 Hagstrom II-B
656 1965 1965 Hagstrom III 1000
658 1966 1967 Coronado IV
659 1966 1966 Hagstrom III (F-300 USA) 100 This run was all Left handed models
660 1966 1966 Hagstrom II-BN 1000 Hagstrom-12 (H12)
663 1966 1966 Hagstrom 12 (F-125 USA) 960 12 string guitar
668 1966 1967 Hagstrom 12 999 12 string guitar
669 1966 1966 Hagstrom I 958
671 1966 1966 Hagstrom II (F-200 USA) 1000
672 1966 1966 Hagstrom II (F-200 USA) 1000
673 1966 1967 Hagstrom II (F-200 USA) 999
674 1967 1967 Hagstrom II (F-200 USA) 999
675 1966 1966 Hagstrom III (F-300 USA) 1001
676 1966 Unknown Hagstrom III (F-300 USA) 1000
677 1966 1967 Hagstrom III (F-300 USA) 999
678 1966 1966 Hagstrom II-B 1098
679 1966 1967 Hagstrom II-B 1003
680 1965 1966 Viking V-1 1000
690 1966 1967 Hagstrom IB bass 1162
693 1966 1966 Viking V-1 1000
695 1966 1967 Viking V-1 1000
696 1966 1967 Concord Standard C1 Bass 1000
699 1966 1967 Hagstrom III (F-300 USA) 1000
700 Hagstrom II-B
706 1967 1967 Hagstrom 12 (F-125 USA) 1000
707 1967 1968 Hagstrom II (F-200 USA) 1000
708 1967 1968 Hagstrom II (F-200 USA) Unknown
709 1967 1967 Hagstrom III (F-300 USA) 997
710 1967 Predicted to have started in 1967 based on adjacency of similarly numbered runs
711 1967 1969 Hagstrom II-B
712 1967 1967 Viking V-1 999 The standard Viking with 6 inline tuners on the headstock
713 1967 1967 Viking V-1 1039
714 1967 1967 Viking V-1 1001
715 1967 1967 Viking V-2 1001
716 1967 1971 Concord Standard C1 Bass 750 There were 3 runs (647-696-716) of the standard Concord between 1965 to 1971 which produced a total of 749 basses
717 1967 Predicted to have started in 1967 based on adjacency of similarly numbered runs
718 1967 1967 Concord Bass C2 Deluxe
723 1967 1968 Hagstrom 8 String 600
726 1968 1969 Hagstrom III (F-300 USA) 650
731 1968 1968 Viking V-1 1000
732 1967 1968 Viking V-2
733 1968 1968 Concord Bass C2 Deluxe
768 1969 1970 Hagstrom II-N (HIIN / F-200N USA) 250 First run of this model mixed headstocks

in this run.

770 1970 1970 LP 50 First Run of the Swede L.P. (Les Paul). The name was change to Swede in 1971
778 1970 1970 Hagstrom II 100
784 1970 1970 Hagstrom III (F-300 USA) 955
787 1970 1970 Hagstrom I 200 Considered a rare model due to limited production
788 1970 Unknown Hagstrom II-N (HIIN / F-200N USA) All HIIN in this run had the two sided headstock, presumably 1970
789 1970 1971 LP 200 Production runs 789 & 797 ran back to back, afterward changed the model to the Swede
790 1971 1971 Hagstrom II-BN 400
797 1971 1971 LP 200
804 1971 1971 Hagstrom II-N (HIIN / F-200N USA) 500
806 1970 1972 Hagstrom III
811 1971 1971 Hagstrom Swede 150
812 1971 1971 Hagstrom I-B 150 Bass made for Canadian dealer ARC Sound as "student basses" w/ low price also called model F100B.
A total of 652 in 4 production runs between 1971-73 were produced.
When ARC Sound went out of business the remaining H-1-B basses in the factory inventory were sold to their UK and European dealers as the F100B.
814 1971 1971 Hagstrom Swede 150
815 1971 1972 Hagstrom Swede Bass 250
821 1971 1972 Hagstrom Swede Bass 300
822 1972 1972 Hagstrom II
828 1972 1972 Viking V-1N 200
836 1971 1971 Hagstrom 1 B 102
839 1972 1972 Viking V-1N 200 Viking-1N features the 3+3 headstock and humbucker pickups.
A second toggle switch appears on this model (the 2nd generation of the Viking).
The two toggle switches are the pickup selector and the "tone control" which is a phase control for either series or parallel.
846 1972 1973 Hagstrom II-B 277
849 1972 1972 Hagstrom II-N (HIIN / F-200N USA) 15
851 1972 1973 Hagstrom Swede 200
852 1972 1972 Viking V-1N Unknown The Viking-1N features a 3+3 headstock and humbucker pickups
853 1972 1972 Hagstrom 1 B 200
859 1972 1972 Hagstrom II-N (HIIN / F-200N USA) 500 The Hagstrom II-N is the factories version of Gibson SG body shape.
H-II-N-OT does not have the vibrato tailpiece
865 1973 1973 Hagstrom 1 B 200
869 1973 1973 Hagstrom Swede 300
871 1973 1973 Viking V-1N 252 The Viking-1N features a 3+3 headstock and humbucker pickups
888 1973 1973 Hagstrom Swede 300
895 1974 1974 Hagstrom Swede 500
905 1974 1974 Hagstrom Swede 500
910 1974 1974 Hagstrom Swede 500
913 1974 1975 Hagstrom Swede 500
929 1975 1975 Hagstrom II-B-NV 10
932 1975 1975 Hagstrom Swede 500 Total is for Standard Swede and does not include Super or Ultra Swede
933 1974 1975 Hagstrom Swede Bass 500
934 1975 1975 Hagstrom Swede Bass 500
938 1975 1976 Hagstrom Swede 500
947 1975 1975 Viking V-1N 200 The Viking-1N features a 3+3 headstock and humbucker pickups
965 1977 1977 "Hagstrom "Jimmy" 200
977 1976 1976 Hagstrom II-N (HIIN / F-200N USA) 250
988 1977 1977 Hagstrom "Jazzbass" 75

Guitars: 2004 to present day[edit]

As of 2004, Hagström has been reopened for the international market being distributed by "Tricor AB". They are marketing new versions of a great number of the more famous models from Sweden. The official Hagström design team have taken certain liberties with the designs and made some improvements and other deviations from the original Swedish designs. Hagström has again started the production of more exclusive Hagstrom guitars within Europe, which have been specially developed to reproduce the sounds of the originals. These models are called the Northen Series.

Current Hagström Guitars[edit]

Viking model, one of the classic Hagström guitars that are currently being reproduced
Vintage Swede (1974)
  • Deluxe D2H and Deluxe-F D2F. The Deluxe models come with two humbuckers and are single cutaway guitars. They have simple wiring with two potentiometers for master volume and tone control. These models were some of the first made when manufacturing resumed in 2004; however, they are no longer in production. The shape and dimensions of the D2H appear to have been based on that of the early [1958-62] pearloid-covered models such as the Standard 80 [pictured].
  • Deuce and Deuce-F. The Deuce models come with two humbuckers and are dual cutaway guitars, where Hagstrom claims that these are siblings based upon the Super Swede model. Both guitars have independent push/pull tone pots for coil splitting each individual pickup.
  • Fantomen. The Fantomen models come with two humbuckers and are asymmetrical in design closely resembling the Gibson RD. The models come with two volume and two push/pull tone pots. The Fantomen was designed in collaboration with Ghost (Swedish band).[2]
  • RetroScape. Hagstrom’s RetroScape Series consist of authentically recreated guitars from Hagstrom's history. The intention being to bring modern playability to these great designs without compromising any of the retro-vibe. There are two ranges of guitars: the 3-pickup Condor (& its 2-pickup sister the Impala) and the 3-pickup H-III (along with 2-pickup H-II). All of these feature modified headstocks from the 1960s originals as well as an upgraded bridge and re-engineered “Vintage Tremar” vibrato for functional improvement.
  • UltraLux Series XL-5 and Ultralux Series XL-2. The XL-5 comes with two humbuckers and one single coil pickup, the XL-2 is identical except it lacks the single coil pickup. Equipped with the FCS-2 bridge system.
  • UltraLux Series Ultra Swede. Comes with a coil tap switch that gives the humbucker pickups a single coil sound when tapped. Also includes "Custom 62" pickups being considered a more aggressive and hot set of pickups. Two Special Edition models were manufactured. One was for the Nitro company who manufactures snowboards and the other for Absolut vodka.
  • Select Super Swede, Select Swede and Select Ultra Swede. Identical except for the Select Super Swede's longer neck (25,5" compared to 24,75") and the Select Ultra Swede is available with Custom 58 uncovered pickups.
  • Super Swede - Also offered as Tremar Super Swede, and Tremar Super Swede P-90 (equipped with 3 H-90-S pickups (N/RW/N)(S- Stands for "Spiced" which are specially voiced to provide more of an accentuated Single coil sound)) and a 6-way rotary switch. Hagstrom's "Tremar unit" is Hagstrom's special designed vintage "Tremar" tremolo system which is known to be one of the best "Vintage" type of tremolo units on the market.
  • Swede . Also offered as Tremar Swede, and Swede-SE using Hagstrom's unique H-90-S pickups.
  • F-20 and the F-200. The F-200 lacks the tremolo that comes with the F-20 as well as having a set mahogany neck compared to the maple bolt-on neck of the F-20.

The F-20 has a one piece 45mm basswood body and uses the FCS-1 tremolo system. The F-200 has a 40mm contoured Mahogany body.

  • F200P . Available with two H-90 Single coils and FCS-1 tremolo as standard.
  • Viking, Viking II and Viking IIP. A reissue of the Hagström Viking, the Viking and the Deluxe are identical except for the Deluxe having a flamed top, different inlays on the fingerboard and a different F-hole. The Viking II is a model which uses a bolt-on neck opposed to the Viking which uses a set neck.
  • HJ-500 and the HJ-600 . A reissue of the original Hagström Jimmy. Tremar HJ-500 using Hagstrom's special designed vintage "Tremar" tremolo system on this model, being a popular choice for rockabilly guitarists, looking for a dependable tremolo unit.
  • HL-550. Semi-hollow body with a single floating humbucker pickup.
  • HJ-800 . A reissue of the original Hagström Jimmy, equipped with a Solid Spruce top, Custom 58 pickups, and a 25" scale length.

Current Hagström Bass guitars[edit]

  • HB-8. Re-issue of the original 8 string bass.
  • HB-4.
  • Viking Bass.
  • FXB-200, -210, -220, -520, and -530
  • Beluga II, IIF, III, and IIIF

Hagströms as collectibles[edit]

Ever since 1983, when original production stopped, Hagströms have been sought-after collectors' items. Pat Smear is known for having one of the largest Hagström collections in America and reportedly claimed that Hagströms are the most roadworthy guitars he's ever used. The world's largest collection of Hagström guitars was previously owned by Arne Johansson in Östersund, Sweden and consisted of more than 80 Hagström guitars plus a number amplifiers and other instruments and Hagström products. The entire collection was bought by the publicly owned museum of the Dalarna province, that owned a smaller collection of instruments, on 4 May 2012. Their collection now consists of more than 100 Hagström guitars.

The red Viking II that Elvis Presley used on Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special was sold in the early nineties for more than $50,000 and was on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A 1981 Super Swede with custom blue and yellow graphics was sold for 60,100 Swedish kronor (approx. $8,850 USD), making it one of the most expensive Hagströms ever sold.

The Guitar Collection features a rare Hagström Futurama Coronado automatic.[3]

Notable users[edit]


  • Hagström - Allt i musik. Swedish documentary film, first broadcast in 2004 by the K Special television show on SVT2 in Sweden.


  1. ^ "Hagström". www.albinhagstrom.se. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Fantomen Guitar by Hagstrom Guitars of Sweden". www.hagstromguitars.com. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  3. ^ "The Guitar Collection of Guy Mackenzie: vintage, old, rare and unusual electric guitars". The Guitar Collection. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Ghost Guitar Rig". MixingABand. Retrieved 20 February 2022.

External links[edit]

Media related to Hagström at Wikimedia Commons