In 1958, Swedish-based Hagstrom started manufacturing electric guitars and basses.
Established in the 1925 as a manufacturer of accordions, Hagstrom also has a long history of building guitars. Production of acoustic steel string and classical guitars dates back as early as the 1940‘s. In 1958, the first Hagstrom electric guitars were built. Covered in sparkle and pearloid celluloid with stamped metal logos, they featured an ingenious use of materials previously used in their accordion production. Over time Hagstrom’s range of instruments expanded into classic designs such as semi-acoustic and jazz models (“Viking®” and “Jimmy”), solid-bodies (“Swede” and “Super Swede”), and electric basses. The world’s first 8-string bass, the “H8”, was introduced, and became an instant success. Hagstrom guitars became known world-wide for their professional quality, excellent playability, unique features, and great value.
In The 60’s, the Hagstrom Retroscape Series was introduced and remains an iconic choice of some of the best in solid metal and rock music. With a its classic sexy body and commanding tone, the Restroscape and remains one of the top selling electric guitars far into the 2000’s.
Today, Hagstrom continues to define the world of rock and metal guitar playing.
It’s “Artists Project Series” produced killer collaborations like their Fantomen Series designed with the band, Ghost. If you are not currently a fan of or following Ghost, keep in mind they were instrumental in performing on tour with the likes of Iron Maiden, Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, and Alice In Chains - just to name a few. Dave Grohl also joined up to produce a Ghost album.