Hagstrom III

Select Guitar Brand: Hagstrom

Model: Hagstrom III

Years of Production: 1964-1972


Control Configuration: Master Volume, Master On/Off, Top, Mute, Tone, Bridge On/Off, Middle On/Off, Neck On/Off.

Pickups: 3 Hagstrom Single Coil pickups

Potentiometers: 1 x 250K Solid Shaft potentiometer

Switches: 7 x DPST Slide switches

Capacitors/Resistors: 1 x .003uf mica capacitor, 1 x .04uf mica capacitor, 1 x 12K 1/4 watt resistor

Wire: Blue and Red PVC coated stranded wire

Output Jack: Stereo Jack wired Mono


Woods: 1 Piece maple w/ rosewood fingerboard (Slightly angled strat style headstock)

Finish: Clear

Scale Length: 24-3/4”

Frets: .070” Width


Inlays: Acrylic Dot

Truss Rod: Small hex drive at heel

Logo: Gold with black outline

Nut: Fender style


Woods: Multi Piece (Unknown)

Finish: Red, Black, Blue, Natural, Trans Red, Sunburst


Bridge/Tremolo: Hagstrom Tremolo with separate adjustable bridge

Machine Heads: 6-in-line Hagstrom with Metal buttons

Jack Plate/Ferrule: Angled recessed jack ferrule

Neck Plate: 3-Hole

Screws: Oval Head slotted

Pickguard/Backplate: 2 ply

Knobs/Switch Tip: 1 x black set screw knob with metal insert

String Guide: 2 screw mount, Floyd Rose style retainer bar

Pickup Covers/Rings: Metal pickup rings

Other: Gibson Style aluminum strap buttons


6 thoughts on “Hagstrom III

  • October 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I owned a 1965 Hagstrom 3 in my ‘after high school’ rock band in 1966.It was red and it was a fabulous guitar for all the hits back then

  • December 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Grandma bought me a Hagstrom III black beauty in 1966.  My band “The Ants” performed Motown to Morrison – and the Hagstrom was an absolute sweetie played through a 64 Bandmaster.  Thanks kindly Grandma !

  • July 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    In 1966, my Mother & Father bought my twin brother & I sunburst Hagstrom III’s for Christmas gifts. I got a 6-string guitar and my brother got the bass guitar. That same year, my older brother a Slingerland blue sparkle drum set. Of course, it was the Beatles that made us want to play (like thousands of kids)! In 1966, my twin brother & I started our first band, The Termites. Of course, the name was picked because of The Beatles. So many of the bands in the British invasion had followed suite with animal/insect names. I am happy to say, both my brother and I are still playing, semi-professionally. We don’t own the Hagstrom III’s anymore, but remember it with fondness. It was the greatest gift my parents could have ever given to us…the gift of music. It will last our whole lives. Thanks Mom & Dad!!!

    • April 12, 2019 at 8:06 am

      I recently inherited a 1972 hagstrom 3 sunburst.
      Big problem is that all three pick ups are dead.
      Does anyone know what kind of single coil pick ups will fit with out modifying the cosmetics of this beauty?

      • December 8, 2019 at 10:57 am

        Are you sure their dead, I have one that had some grounding issues and all of them came alive.
        Maybe Stratocaster pups might work?!

        Good luck.


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