c.1968 Hagstrom F400 IIB Bass, Sunburst
Hagstrom is Swedish company founded in 1925, originally importing, and later manufacturing, accordions. The company grew in prowess leading up to the 1950s and, in response to the insurgence of rock’n’roll, began producing guitars in 1958. With a number of beloved models, including the Les Paul-esque Swede, the company produced fine and innovative instruments throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s. This is one such instrument; an F400 IIB bass in sunburst finish. With a pair of snappy single-coil pick-ups and a super thin J-bass style neck, this bass is great for guitarists-turned-bassists or players with smaller hands. Normally, these basses had an array of switches including a mute, tone, and on/off for both pick-ups, along with a master switch on the bass side top. This one, however, was modified by a previous owner to include a tone knob instead of switch, along with removing the mute and converting the remaining two switches to on/offs for the pick-ups. The top and back have some scratches and bumps, but the top still looks great. The neck has some lacquer wearing away, but this gives it a nice feel in this player’s opinion. The frets are in good shape, though they have flattened a good bit from wear. It is also missing its bridge cover. All told, this is a great playing and sounding vintage bass. Ships in a gigbag.
Weight: 7 lbs. 0 oz.
Nut Width: 1 ½”
7.5/10 (Very Good Condition) 1965-70 Made in Sweden
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