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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1 comment:

  1. The guitar David bowie played was a Kent III or hagstrom III. Pictures of both guitars with Bowie exist. It is an inbetween model ( between kent and futurama. The biggest difference with the futurame is that it doesn`t have bevelled edges. Click on your own link (See here for more)and scroll down to and "now here is something different" and you will see a hagstrom III very much like the guitar david bowie played, but differenet neck. Click on the next link and you will get a picture from david bowie with the Kent.



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