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how to date a hagstrom

how to date a hagstrom
« Reply #45 on: March 25, 2011, 08:54:53 PM »
Quote from: jules;15440
One of a batch of 500 Hagstrom Swedes made in 1974

Thank you Jules. Much appreciated!

I recently found another vintage Swede, but sadly it lacks the serial number since someone has changed the jackplate. Actually I think it is one of the Patch 2000 Swedes, because it has a much larger control cavity that seems original. Also there is a hole (that has been filled in) under the pickguard in the place where there was an on/off switch in the Patch. I tried to look under the neck and inside the cavities to find any traces of the original wiring inside the neck of a patch but I didnt see anything. All the original electronics of the patch seem to have been removed by the previous owner but the normal swede electric parts (well, sadly no original pickups) seem to be in there.

Now, have somebody here had or talked about similar "patchy" swedes?

Viking HELP!
« Reply #46 on: April 08, 2011, 09:43:47 PM »
Hey there.  Terrific forum!
I just got a 1978? 79? Viking in Natural bubinga color with the F hole binding and floral inlay at top.  SN is 53 024163.  Can you help identify!?

Body is in amazing shape with only a few small nicks on the neck. Tuners were replaced with Grovers leaving alot of small holes visible in the back of headstock but I'm ok with that. New volume knobs...not sure about pots yet. Original case.

Now the restore part.....
Guitar played like butter with corroded rusted strings and hadn't been played in 10 years the person said.  In tune!? and no fret buzz, neck looks super straight, and needs to be conditioned and light steel wool rubbing.

The bridge is super corroded and needs replacing. The tail piece has one of the parts where the strings attach broke off. I wanted to get a Bigsby on it anyway so that's ok.  I can't figure out if the B-3 or B-7 is the correct one to get?  Thoughts?  Should I use a roller  (Loose some tone/sustain but stay in tune more?) or get a TOM one adn use groove grease?

The tone 3 way is frozen after working one movement and the pickup selector needs replacement too.  The input jack is messed up but when positioned correctly the pickups sound great! The main question I have is can anyone provide a scematic for the wiring and types of selectors and size of input jack used.  Should I re-wire the whole thing?  Any kits? I can't wait to start ordering parts and get this baby purring?

Thank you SO much for any info/assistance you privide.


« Reply #47 on: April 12, 2011, 03:04:56 PM »
Please help.My Viking S.N.852308

Hagstrom 12
« Reply #48 on: April 19, 2011, 03:38:56 AM »
Hi, I have a sunburst Hagstrom 12 with serial number 663553. I was thinking it was a '67, but would love to find out definitively. Thanks for your help!
« Last Edit: April 19, 2011, 03:48:01 AM by sonicbaker »

Hi Jules
« Reply #49 on: April 23, 2011, 03:01:36 AM »
I bought my Hagstrom via private sale.....Wondering what year it is. Can you help me out?  Serial # 866006

how to date a hagstrom
« Reply #50 on: May 13, 2011, 04:24:15 PM »
I bought recently a hagstrom viking I

serial number is


if anybody could help me date ist, that would be great. I assume it is around 68

how to date a hagstrom
« Reply #51 on: May 14, 2011, 01:21:01 AM »
Your Viking 1 was indeed manufactured in 1968. It was the 596th Viking 1 made in production run 731 which produced 1000 of them.

how to date a hagstrom
« Reply #52 on: May 25, 2011, 05:21:54 PM »
many thanks for this information!!!

1966 hagstrom viking
« Reply #53 on: June 12, 2011, 02:50:18 PM »
mine is a 1966 (according to a friend with the hagstrom book) got it cheap from a second-hand store. the serial # is 693021, the selector switch seems to be defective. anyone can give a hint on how to replace them? thanks a lot, keep HAG'n :)
« Last Edit: June 12, 2011, 02:53:22 PM by juOnn »

how to date a hagstrom
« Reply #54 on: June 12, 2011, 02:58:14 PM »
Quote from: juOnn;16019
mine is a 1966 (according to a friend with the hagstrom book) got it cheap from a second-hand store. the serial # is 693021, the selector switch seems to be defective. anyone can give a hint on how to replace them? thanks a lot, keep HAG'n :)

seems to be one of the earliest viking (1966), haven't seen one before the #693 production batch..

how to date a hagstrom
« Reply #55 on: July 29, 2011, 03:36:44 AM »
Just picked up a stellar Hagstrom III today...Wanted to confirm it's manufacture date, though. It's serial number is 709202.
Thanks in advance!

Hagstrom 8 String
« Reply #56 on: October 12, 2011, 05:44:33 AM »
I'm hoping to find out a little about my Hagstrom 8-string. It's #746111. I'm guessing it's a 1970. The headstock has the Hagstrom logo as a decal, where most pictures I see has a raised headstock logo.
Any info would be appreciated!

Here are some pics:


Hagstrom Help!
« Reply #57 on: August 17, 2012, 04:21:06 AM »
Hello all! I hope someone can help me here. My uncle had a tenant leave a hagstrom guitar and he gave it to me because I play. I cannot locate any serial number on the guitar. If someone knows what model this is and the year it was made I can buy the replacement parts and get this beauty back in order (I need a pick up cover and a guard I think based on the tiny drill holes shown in the pictures below) Thanks a lot![ATTACH=CONFIG]2101[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]2102[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]2103[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]2104[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]2105[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]2106[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]2107[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]2108[/ATTACH]

hagstrom 1
« Reply #58 on: August 18, 2012, 08:22:05 PM »
my hagstrom 1 serial number is 6392451.  please let me know what year it was made........thanks

how to date a hagstrom
« Reply #59 on: August 22, 2012, 04:36:37 PM »
Whats wrong with it? It looks to be 100% to me other than the bridge pickup not being original. The serial numbers on the Swedes are on the input jack. You are a very lucky person to have this given to you. What fool leaves behind such a beautiful guitar?


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