HAGSTROM ULTRA SWEDE HISTORICAL PROTOTYPE BASS 1982. Only 12 buitl. ULTRA RARE. | Musical Instruments & Gear, Guitars & Basses, Electric Guitars | eBay!
EXTREMELY RARE “PROTO BASS” made in Japan in 1982.
THIS GUITAR HAS A STORY.
AN EXTRAORDINARY STORY.
There are several excellent websites that describe the full history of the creation of this bass. Have a look at: http://www.hagstrom.org.uk/ultrabass.htm
The quick history is that in 1982/83 HAGSTROM, was struggling like many other excellent independent guitar makers. In an attempt to help advance the product name by introducing a more “stylish” and “current” guitar model, ARC, the HAGSTROM Distributor in Canada, “was behind” the creation and development of the new MIJ (Made In Japan) “Ultra Swede” model.
Unfortunately for ARC, Karl Erik Hagstrom (Mr. Hagstrom) “put a stop on the production of the new Ultra Swede” because he said that the family business “could not stand behind” the new MIJ guitar and chose to close the Hagstrom business. This was the end of the new beginning for this historic Swedish brand of guitars.
These Twelve (12) prototypes were shipped to ARC in Canada where they remained in boxes until this distributor also closed.
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE ORIGINAL TWELVE PROTOTYPES.
More detail is found on the HAGSTROM pages as to the demise of the company HAGSTROM.
The original owner of this (and the other one in My Collection) was simply in the right place at the best time. He was walking down the street and stopped to see what was for sale at the auction of the items from ARC. These amazing treasures were purchased immediately.
Due to its rarity, we had our good friend, the famous and highly respected guitar builder, Terry McInturff, checked out this bass for us and did a complete setup on it. Terry loves this bass. He was amazed at the “thunderous” tone it produced (the humbuckers are loud, very loud) and how well it plays. He was also extremely impressed with the materials used to make the guitar. The fretboard (fingerboard) is made of an extremely HIGH GRADE EBONY.
It seems the Japanese firm took the “world’s fastest neck” and made it the “universe’s fastest playing neck. Below are the specifications for this bass taken from the Hagstrom Pages. Thanks to the folks who maintain these pages. They do an amazing job.
Body Type: Solid, body contoured
Scale: 34″ (864 mm)
Weight: 9 pounds
Number of frets: 24
Fret size: Jumbo
Pickups: 2 Humbuckers, (one is extra large)
Controls: 2 volume, 1 tone
Neck width: 1 9/16″ (40 mm) at the Nut
2 1/8″ (54mm) at the 12th Fret
Neck/body Joint: Bolt-on 4 screws, each offset
Fingerboard: Ebony, dot position markers
Tuners: GoToh, chrome
Bridge: Fully adjustable, individual height and intonation
Body Finish: White/Cream Metallic
Neck Finish: Satin, non-glossy
Overall length: 45 1/4″ (1150 mm)
Overall width: 13″ (330 mm)
Overall depth: 1 1/4″ (32 mm)
Year of manufacture: 1982
The finish on this guitar is a STUNNING PEARL WHITE.
It comes with hardshell case but we cannot guarantee that it is original. It appears to be. It is not a Hagstrom “gray fur” case as shown in the pictures on the Hagstrom pages but as best we can determine; the Japanese maker did not use the original Hagstrom case for these nor duplicate a Hagstrom case but rather came up with an original “Hagstrom Like” case to fit the new modern personality of the guitar.