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Hagstrom Bass I Model FB Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1966)

Hagstrom  Bass I Model FB Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar  (1966)

Hagstrom Bass I Model FB Model Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1966), made in Sweden, serial # 690553, white finish, hardwood body with lucite cap, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original grey chipboard case.

The Swedish-made Hagstrom line of guitars was imported to the US in the mid 1960's by Merson Musical Products of New York; they were well-engineered and inexpensive and appear to have sold very well. The Hagstrom I series bodies used a clear back-painted acrylic front mounted to a plywood core, resulting in a light 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 controlled by a single master volume knob and a bank of switches allowing on/off for each and "Mute" and "Tone" functions.

These light and handy basses were very popular with amateur teen combos in the mid-late 60's and are still an excellent bargain in a good quality vintage bass guitar. These are not particularly rare, but this sharp-looking white-with-black-trim example is an excellent gigging bass.
 
Overall length is 44 1/4 in. (112.4 cm.), 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 in. (2.5 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 30 in. (762 mm.). Width of nut is 1 in. (25 mm.).

Very nice original condition overall; a good player. This bass has had the neck oversprayed at some point, so we're guessing there was some sort of small neck/headstock issue at some point. This was not a full break, as the face of the headstock shows an intact original finish and decal; likely some sort of crack at the back of the headstock. All is solid and finished over now, and the bass plays well with no lingering issues.

The rest of the instrument has small dings, a bit of corrosion to some metal parts, and a couple of small vinyl rips, but is overall relatively clean, and all hardware is original. There are a couple of small stress cracks visible in the plastic top in the area near the jack (extremely common on Hagstrom I's), but the plastic is solid and the jack works fine. Overall a good-looking and playing bass; not as clean as some we have had, but a sharp-looking and sounding example. Excellent - Condition.

Item # 7997
 
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