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

1967 – Viking 12-string – brown sunburst –...
When John Haskin passed, this was the guitar on his bench. It looked to me like an early prototype Viking with 3+3 tuning, but I never knew quite what he ...
$950.00
1963-1967 Corvette/Condor Project Guitar –...
Here’s an opportunity to create your own vintage guitar. If I am remembering correctly, when John bought this guitar, it was painted “lime green with orange splatters”.  He wanted to ...
$600.00
1965-66 Corvette – Red Sunburst – ...
This guitar has not been in a closet for 55 years.  It must have sounded great because it has the marks of a lot of playing experience.   Though it retains ...
$900.00
1965-66 Hagstrom Kent H I B – Lavender ...
This is a player grade instrument. It plays well and sounds great, but it has some flaws and omissions. Most obvious is a significant non-structural crack in the plastic front. ...
$350.00
1966-67 Hagstom H I B – White – ...
This attractive white H I B is in very good condition. It plays well and all the controls function properly. The vinyl is in good shape, except for some of ...
$550.00
1962 Futurama II Deluxe (Kent PB-24-G) – R...
This early Futurama guitar is, according to “The Blue Book”, from a production run of PB-24-G instruments. The book shows that the first Futurama guitars were in the later production ...
$450.00
1983 Super Swede – Silver Sparkle (non-factory) &...
By the 1980’s, production by AB Albin Hagström in Älvdalen was winding down.  Only a few instruments were being produced in Sweden for their suppliers.  The Very last production run ...
$900.00
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 three runs of oval hole “Jimmys”.  These instruments are the same materials and dimensions as the better known ...
$2,500.00
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 Hagström H-12 – Sunburst – #...
This beautiful twelve string is in very good to excellent condition.  The beautiful wood grain is apparent in the sunburst finish and the brightwork shines.  It has a smooth neck ...
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1972 Viking IN – Bubinga – #856162
This is the last of the Bubinga Vikings from John Haskin’s collection. This beautiful example from 1972 is in excellent condition. It is not near mint as some of the ...
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1974 Swede Bass – Black – #53 914095
Although it is nice looking, this bass is player grade. It had a broken headstock above the nut. It was securely repaired: the repair is solid, but not beautiful. The ...
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All 3 Items – 1977 Patch 2000 Bass – Maho...
This rare Mahogany Burst Patch 2000 Bass is the mate to a similar Patch 2000 guitar.  The bass is in very good condition but has been played and has some ...
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All 3 Items – Ampeg Patch 2000 Pedal Unit ...
This rare Ampeg Patch Pedal is mint.  It comes in the original travel case and what appears to be the original cables. Included is a reproduced copy of promo literature ...
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All 3 Items – 1978 Patch 2000 Guitar – Ma...
This rare Mahogany Burst Patch 2000 Guitar is the mate to a similar Patch 2000 bass and pedal.  This instrument is in excellent condition with just a few difficult to ...
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1967 Viking De Luxe – Golden Sunburst &#...
John was partial to hollow body guitars and in particular the Golden Sunburst Viking De Luxe.  In his notes he indicated that this is one guitar he was reluctant to part ...
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1978 Viking (IN) – Cherry Sunburst –...
By 1978 it was 10 years since Hagstrom had made a Viking I so they dropped the ‘IN’ designation.  I note it here to avoid any confusion.  This is a ...
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1972 Viking IN – Bubinga – #856053
John Loved Hollow Body guitars and with the Vikings he preferred the ‘Golden Sunburst’ and the ones in natural Bubinga wood. This beautiful example from 1972 is fitted with a ...
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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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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. It was made early enough in ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 OT with ...
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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 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 ...
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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 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 ...
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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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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 very good condition. It is all original except the pickup selector switch ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.  ...
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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. ...
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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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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 ...
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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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1968 Viking 1 – Ribbon Mahogany or is it Bubings?
A beautiful transition model 60’s Viking in near mint condition – very rare.  Additional photos and details available upon request.
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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

A man who wants to be sure you get what you need!!

I had come across John’s website in search of answers to an odd HII I own that baffled me. With John’s knowledge and help I was able to find the parts I needed to make convert it back into a 12 string I’d been so eagerly hoping bring back to life.

He’s not just someone looking to sell his items but a man who wants to be sure you get what you need and be make sure you’re making the right decisions. It was nice to find someone who is honest, trustworthy and cares about these old guitars as much as I do.

I look forward to purchasing more parts and hopefully a few guitars in the future. Thanks John!

 

– Joe Jarecki

The guitar is amazing!

I bought a Hagström Viking 1N from John and I have only good things to say. The guitar was described as ”near mint”, but I would still be happy if he described it as ”mint”. No reason to be hestitant about the condition of the guitars sold by him. It was also the most well packed guitar I’ve ever seen. Not a scratch could have been made during shipping. John knows his stuff and was easy to make business with!

And of course, the guitar is amazing!

Viktor Tjernell