These twin humbucker Hagstroms had a good run, lasting from 1969-1976.
Based on the loose dating that’s out there, this one was born around 1973, same as yours truly! These Hags are often compared to Gibson SGs, but really they’re only similar in design. Well, one of my favorite all-time bands is the Germs.
Anyway, for the occasion, Pat decided to buy a new guitar and went to a local store because he saw an ad for a Hondo that included, as an extra incentive, extra pickups or something like that (when I find that book I’ll fix all this shotty recall).The excellent price-performance ratio makes this series, (with the complete production in Europe) a true winner.When opting for a Northen-Series guitar, one does not only receive a top class instrument, but also a piece of our Swedish heritage and pride.Hagstroms were always known for their ultra thin necks, but with these HIINs, the necks are bigger and very comfy. I really like Gibson guitars, and I really like my SG, but I would never say that owning an SG and an HIIN is redundant. My HIIN has this incredibly biting tone, and in the bridge position, it’s like there’s a boost or overdrive circuit in there! Well the guitarist, Pat Smear, collects Hagstroms!!Top quality wood was used, the components are great, the tremolo (often Tremar) works wonderfully and was a carry-over from previous models. I’m so used to getting guitars from the 60s and having to do hours of work to get them playable, but this one didn’t really need anything! No re-fret, no re-wiring, no wood clamps and heat gun to straighten out the neck. I own a book about the Germs (I can’t find it at the moment) and Pat tells a story of how his guitars were like an afterthought.
Hagstrom’s Swedish design team has placed all of their passion into the design of these models, where their ultimate goal was to introduce you to your new loyal companion on your musical journey throughout life.