Haskin’s Hagstroms

This site was established by long time Hagstrom guitar and bass enthusiast John A. Haskin to communicate and connect with the vintage Hagstrom community.  John wished to share his experience and knowledge about the instruments, their restoration, and be able to provide instruments and parts to novices, collectors, and enthusiasts.

John passed away in November of 2019.  He was my best and longest friend.  Though John was a few years my senior our shared memories reach back to church school in the late 1950’s, Boy Scouting in the 60’s, and a lasting friendship in music, philosophy, and sailing from the early 70’s on.  We have played and sang together for countless thousands of hours since that time.

In the 60’s when John was playing in a ‘garage band’ he first encountered Hagstrom in the form of an H I bass, though it wasn’t until later in the 20th century that he became an active collector and restorer of Hagstrom instruments.  John hooked me on ‘Hags’ and I learned much from him over the years.  I helped John with the repair and restoration of his instruments particularly the electronics.

John was known as a person of integrity, commitment,and passion in all aspects of his life.  With the guitars this was expressed through both his personal collection of instruments and his desire to preserve well-used Hagstroms as instruments rather than ‘part them out’ even though they were sometime more valuable as parts.  He would buy them on eBay in virtually any condition, fix them up, and find new homes for them.  Last week when inventorying his workshop, I counted 49 necks in varying states of re-finish!

Through mutual agreement and legally established in his will, I am charged with continuing the task of finding new homes for these instruments.  I did not expect this task to fall to me so soon.  I have no personal stake in this; it is simply what you do for a friend and their family at this time of loss.  I will continue in John’s spirit of integrity.  You may contact me through this web site.

John Loveless

January 1, 2020

New Arrivals

1969 H II N – Sunburst – #768071
This is a rare “transition” H II N. It is one of only 250 H II Ns made from late 1969 to early 1970. I was made early enough in ...
$750.00
1972 Hagstrom H II –Birch Red Burst – #822079
This is the coolest H II that I have ever seen! This is from the last production batch of the single-coil H IIs. It has several features I had not ...
$650.00
1967 Hagstrom H II –Burst – #707213
This is a nice clean example of a basic H II guitar. It has an opaque burst finish with no grain showing through from the wood. It has just a ...
$450.00
1979 Hagstrom Partner – Red – #52...
According to Hagstrom records, only 437 Partner guitars were made using a variety of parts and influences from previous models.  Essentially the Partner is an H II N with the ...
$850.00
1963 Kent Cromwell – Red – #563182
This is a Hagstrom guitar that you don’t see every day.  According to the book SuperSwede De Luxe, copyright 2020 by Mikael Jansson, p. 47: “Some 200 Kent guitars were also ...
$550.00
1966 Hagstrom I B – White – #690552
This H I B from late 1966 is in excellent condition.  Like its partner, the white 6 string also listed,  the vinyl on the back could use some cleaning, but ...
$550.00
1976 Hagstrom Jimmy – Sunburst – #53-965107
A very nice looking and Playing “Jimmy” from the first run in the 70’s. This instrument is in good to very good condition depending on how you value its assets ...
$1,100.00
1967 Hagstrom H III – Mahogany Red Burst – ...
A beautiful and unusual Mahogany body H III from 1967.  The mahogany grain shows through a red burst finish to make a very striking instrument.  This guitar is in very ...
$650.00
1967 Hagstrom H II – Mahogany Red Burst – #...
A beautiful and unusual Mahogany body H II from 1967. The mahogany grain shows through a red burst finish to make a very striking instrument. This guitar is in very ...
$600.00
1965 Hagstrom Kent I B bass guitar – Lilac –...
This is a very nice example of a Kent series bass with the vinyl back and plastic front.  As is common, the lilac (some say lavender) color is very light.  ...
$650.00
1965 Hagstrom Kent I guitar – Lilac – #639686
This is a very nice example of a Kent series guitar with the vinyl back and plastic front. As is common, the lilac (some say lavender) color is very light. ...
$550.00
The Last Jimmy Oval Hole Archtop -1979
#53-057100was the last guitar Hagstrom crafted in the third run of oval hole “Jimmys”.  These instruments are the same materials and dimensions as the better known ‘F’ hole “D’Aquistos” except ...
$2,500.00
The First Jimmy Oval Hole Archtop – 1977
#53-987001 was the first guitar Hagstrom crafted in the first of the 3 runs of oval hole “Jimmys”.  These instruments are the same materials and dimensions as the better known ...
$2,500.00
Fretless Jazz Bass – 1977
#53-988053 A rare and beautiful Fretless Jazz Bass, or Jazzbass, as Hagstrom called them.  Burgundy or ‘wine’ color over Mahogany.  No one’s collection is complete without one.  Excellent Condition with ...
$1,400.00
1968 Viking 1 – Ribbon Mahogany or is it Bubinga?
A beautiful transition model 60’s Viking in near mint condition – very rare.  Additional photos and details available upon request.
$950.00
Rare Jimmy D’Aquisto Handmade Hagstrom Prototype
This instrument was handmade by Jimmy D’Aquisto in Alvaden, Sweden in the late 1960’s while instructing the Hagstom employees on how to make the archtop guitar they wanted to add ...
Accepting All Reasonable Offers

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1967 Viking Deluxe – Golden Sunburst – #7...
This Viking DeLuxe is beautiful. The Golden Sunburst color was John’s favorite and he had several of these over the years. This instrument is virtually flawless with no marks on ...
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1967 Coronado IV – Brown Burst – #658266
Hagstrom made less than 1000 Coronado IV basses from 1963 to 1970 and though this original design was not as popular as some of their instruments they are respected and ...
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196X Coronado IV BiSonic – Brown Burst – ...
Hagstrom made less than 1000 Coronado IV basses from 1963 to 1970 the first of which had their, now legendary, “BiSonic” pickups. These pickups make this instrument a standout, however, ...
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1966 or 67 Corvette – Brown Mahogany Sunb...
Here’s a nice Corvette guitar for your collection in good to very good condition. The guitar has quite a few annoying dings on the still glossy finish although the frets ...
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1971 Hagstrom H I-O – Red – #808064
“The H I-O is a rare bird,” according to the book SuperSwede De Luxe, copyright 2020 by Mikael Jansson, p. 57.*  Jansson continues: “made in a batch of 200 exclusively for ...
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1963 Kent PB-24-G – Blue – #554163
This is another very nice early Hagstrom. Other than some discoloration on the vinyl this instrument is beautiful: no cracks, no serious wear, simply beautiful. Though the early H I’s ...
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1966 Hagstrom I – White – #669495
If you need a white H I to fill out your collection, this is it. This Hagstrom I is in excellent condition. It is amazing how good it looks after ...
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1966/67 Blue Hagstrom H I B – #690506
This H I B bass is from the last series of Kent style basses.  John Haskin listed its condition as very good.  It comes with a nice Tiger Stripe case.  ...
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1972 H I B Deluxe (Canadian) – #853091
This beautiful H I B Deluxe was made for the Canadian market. At that time currency exchange rates were not favorable for Canada so Hagstrom ‘simplified’ some of their models ...
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1967 Hagstrom Impala – #664461
This is a very good ‘player’s guitar’. The Top, Back, and front of the headstock are very good with few of the blemishes that you might expect. However, this guitar ...
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1973 – BJ 12 Deluxe: serial number #135470.
John Haskin wrote of this guitar: Hagstrom 12 string EX in what [one] would call vintage sunburst, colors slightly muted. Does this ever put out the sound!! It is one ...
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1973 H II N-OT in Mint Condition. #872180 –...
As John Haskin often collected guitars in pairs, he wrote this about these H II N’s: “Matched set of Hagstrom H II N and H II N-OT [guitars] near mint, ...
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1971 H II N in Excellent condition. #820241 R...
As John Haskin often collected guitars in pairs, he wrote this about these H II N’s: “Matched set of Hagstrom H II N and H II N-OT [guitars] near mint, ...
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A pair of Beautiful Golden Vikings from 1967
John always liked to collect pairs.  Guitars from the same year or run, guitars of the same color, or guitars that he thought said something worthwhile together.  Hence this pair ...
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1979 VIKING IN – #53-055218
This white Viking is #218 of 245 Vikings made in Hagstrom’s last Viking run in 1979. It is absolutely beautiful in excellent condition with an original Hagstrom hard shell case. ...
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1964 FUTURAMA III – 601548
This Red Futurama is #548 out of this 1964 run of 1025 Futuramas. It is very similar to the famous David Bowie Ziggy Stardust Futurama however; this one boasts a ...
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1979/80 Swede – #53-054448
This white Swede is #448 out of a large batch of Swedes made in late 1979 and early 1980. It is absolutely beautiful and in excellent condition with an original ...
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1979 Swede – Mahogany Sunburst
A beautiful instrument with some minor blemishes attesting to its experience. Additional photos and details available upon request.
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Testimonials

I couldn’t be happier!

Received my Hagstrom Bass yesterday and she is a beauty. Well packed, clean, new strings. Works perfectly. I couldn’t be happier!

The process from start to finish was great

I was so happy to receive my bass from John and Haskins Hagstroms. The process from start to finish was great. John sent me tons of pictures from every angle and made sure my questions were answered. The price was very fair and far less than music stores that are selling similar vintage Hagstroms online. John truly knows what the market is and how these guitars should be priced.

The bass was packaged very securely; the strings were loosened, there was ample paper and bubble wrap around the case and the box was sturdy and taped well. It even came with a nice set of flatwound strings installed. The bass was more beautiful in person than in the photos and I love the way it sounds. And it matches my old Hagstrom guitar!  I am tempted to buy another and if I did, I would come to Haskins first.