In 1958, Swedish-based Hagstrom started manufacturing electric guitars and basses.
Established in the 1925 as a manufacturer of accordions, Hagstrom also has a long history of building guitars. Production of acoustic steel string and classical guitars dates back as early as the 1940‘s. In 1958, the first Hagstrom electric guitars were built. Covered in sparkle and pearloid celluloid with stamped metal logos, they featured an ingenious use of materials previously used in their accordion production. Over time Hagstrom’s range of instruments expanded into classic designs such as semi-acoustic and jazz models (“Viking®” and “Jimmy”), solid-bodies (“Swede” and “Super Swede”), and electric basses. The world’s first 8-string bass, the “H8”, was introduced, and became an instant success. Hagstrom guitars became known world-wide for their professional quality, excellent playability, unique features, and great value.
The reissues of the undisputed Hagstrom classics stand out from the gray masses with a unique look and clever manufacturing processes. After a meticulous selection process, our production team chose competent raw material and hardware suppliers and sent them the specifications and technical requirements for reproducing the Hagstrom classics. Hagstrom's unique H-Expander™ truss rod, distinctive bridge, tailpiece design, and visual touches such as logos and headstock shape were produced using the original specifications and drawings. Our pickups feature a special winding that brings the original voicing back to life.
Hagstrom’s tradition of innovation continues with careful introduction of more modern features and design enhancements, without compromise to our traditions. For example, fingerboards are now made of our unique Resinator™ wood, with resonance and sustain qualities far superior to anything ebony or rosewood can offer. Original tuning key designs have been slightly updated to make them easier to use, and electronics controls have been enhanced where appropriate to appeal to modern playing techniques. We’ve also expanded the range by introducing the Ultralux and Northen Series to meet the needs of modern players. Every step of the way we have strived to deliver the same exceptional performance at surprising value, which is the historical foundation of Hagstrom’s reputation.
When you purchase a Hagstrom guitar, you can be confident your investment will provide you an authentic piece of Hagstrom’s history, and will become a life-long musical and artistic companion.
The minute you lay your hands on a Hagstrom and strum it for the first time, you can instantly feel why Hagstrom has legions of devoted fans and why so many pro musicians have made it their “number one”. Hagstrom’s unmistakable headstock is iconic. Hagstrom guitars are also known for their playing comfort and tonal versatility, the result of design innovations such as our aerospace engineered H-Expander™ truss rod, Resinator™ fingerboard, custom wound pickups, and unique hardware. All of these features contribute to Hagstrom’s distinct and unmatched sound, which has jumpstarted many careers around the world. Now fasten your seatbelts and let us take you on a ride to explore the Hagstrom range. You’re about to discover a dazzling assortment of electric guitars, electric basses and acoustics that will whet your appetite to travel to your nearest dealer and try one out today. Enjoy!
This great book tells the history of Hagstrom electric and acoustic guitars, made by a Swedish innovative company founded in the 1920s by a young entrepreneur, Albin Hagström (1905–1952), first as a maker and distributor of accordions. As musical tastes moved from “squeezeboxes” to rock’n’roll guitars, Hagstrom made the move along the changes in music.
The result is more than a quarter of a million guitars made from 1947 to present, used by beginners and amateurs as well as renowned professionals in jazz, rock, folk, country – all genres you can think of. Among the artists playing Hagström guitars are Frank Zappa, David Bowie, John Lennon, and Elvis Presley, and groups such as (of course) ABBA and Blue Swede, Nirvana, The Eagles, Foo Fighters, and Genesis.
And in spite of the company’s location in a small village near the mountain districts of Sweden, an innovative in-house staff built state-of-the-art instruments and invented cutting edge novelties such as guitar synthesizers and stereo PA systems.
Super Swede DeLuxe: The Hagstrom Guitar History So Far focuses on Hagstrom’s guitar production. 213 pages, richly illustrated. Language: English.
Super Swede DeLuxe: The Hagstrom Guitar History So Far by Swedish author and musician Mikael Jansson is available for Swedish visitors to purchase the book on Bokus.