The Hagstrom 12 (or F-12S in the United States) was a Swedish-built solid body electric guitar produced from 1965 until 1967. It was a two-pickup guitar, very similar to the Hagstrom II (F-200) and Hagstrom III (F-300), and in some ways the Hagstrom eight string bass (F-800). Easy-playing, with a low action and hagstroms famous fast neck. According to the Hagstrom shipping data, a total of 3484 units were produced, in four batches, although it seems at least one batch is missing from these records. The guitar below, from batch 706, is not listed in Hagstrom shipping data, and so production may have continued beyond 1967, especially as the model was featured on the cover of the 1968 Hagstrom catalogue The controls on Hagstrom guitars at this time were a little different to those of their competitors. No tone pot, just a volume. Flick switches to select pickups, and two more to activate the tone and mute modes. Check out the soundclips to hear what effect these have on the instruments sound.more
"We used all of Rado’s gear in the studio. We didn’t bring any guitar gear of our own. We used Rado’s vintage Fender Telecaster for most of the guitars, and we also used an old Hagstrom 12-string electric a lot." - Brian D' Addario, who recorded the album with Michael. Jonathan Rado, owns this guitar and they recorded it in his home studio.more
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