Sweet Vintage Hagstrom (Kent) I - 1965 - Kings Neck, Gigbag

2 months ago
Mark Helm
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Steel Guitar Forum
Tennessee, USA

Beautiful 1965 Hagstrom 1 (Kent) in fantastic shape. Gorgeous lucite top, pristine red tolex back (no buckle rash!), and tremolo arm intact. Comes with padded gig bag and a Christmas bow!
$500 + shipping (Forum members only).
And boy, is this vintage guitar a player! Sporting that super fast "King's Neck" with rosewood fingerboard, it sought to take on the American Strats they were competing with and whose Fender look-alike headstock was just a lawyer's letter away from going bye-bye.
Watch it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ5_DPFW4Tg
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This Hagstrom I has just been professionally set up by the master luthiers at Franklin Guitar and Repair in Nashville, so she's gig-ready.
Originally an accordion manufacturer, Hagstrom started making guitars and basses in Sweden starting in the late '50s. This "Model I,"sometimes called which was also marketed under the Kent brand name in the U.S., used a wood body with a vinyl cap on top.
Body Style: Solidbody, double cutaway
Design Elements: Dot inlays, three single-coil pickups, tremolo tailpiece, six slide switches, volume knob, bolt-on neck.
Notable Hagstrom Players: Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Dave Gregory (XTC).
Note: As happens vintage instruments, there are some minor flaws: barely noticeable, very light scuffing on top, but the red vinyl/tolex back is in spectacular shape, without a blemish. Neck pick-up plastic covering has a tiny ding on its underside, which I didn't even notice until I held the guitar upside down (see pics and video). As I said, it's a vintage guitar, so there will be minor flaws. That said, I've has 2 or 3 of these over the last 10 or 20 years and this is by far the best one I've seen.
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