Saturday, 16 January 2010

Early '60s Hagstrom Futurama

Here's another classic vintage guitar being offered for sale on eBay. The Hagstrom Futurama with three pickups is obviously that Swedish manufacturer's take on the Stratocaster, but it has become a classic in its own right. (See here for more).

Many will think of it being the Ziggy-period David Bowie guitar - he certainly did a few photo sessions with a similar Kent-branded guitar, but I can't say for sure if he actually ever genuinely played it.

We also get to see a brief glimpse of Daniel Ash playing one in the promo video for Love and Rockets' "So Alive" whilst wearing gloves for crying out loud!

The example for sale here on eBay probably dates back to the early 1960s - 1963-1965 perhaps - and is in exceedingly good condition for a guitar of its age. It looks like it has been much used but still has all the original parts save for one replaced tuner and a Burns Tri-Sonic pickup in the centre postion.

G L Wilson

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