Up for sale, a 1964 Hagstrom Model IIB bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Manufactured in Sweden, this is the first iteration of the IIB model, retaining the white control plate seen on Hagstrom's Model I. Strung with low tension tapewound strings for a particularly smooth and plucky sound, the original single coil pickup pair offers a surprisingly broad tonal range with mellow, Motown thump via the neck pickup and a bit of growl and punch when you flip over to the bridge single coil. The solid rosewood saddle is another essential element of the Hagstrom sound, with a distinctive warmth and surprising clarity. The bass weighs only 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action.
The birch neck features a very slender and effortless C profile carve, measuring .775" deep at the 1st fret and .785" at the 12th. The slab teak fretboard retains the original slender frets that show virtually no wear with perfect crowns. Featuring the famous "King's Neck with expander stretcher," this Hagstrom plays effortlessly up its 30.75" scale length, and the nut measures 1 1/2" in width. The headstock retains the original tuners with overbuilt gear housings and mini clover keys. The "Hagstrom" waterslide decal is also fully intact on the headstock face.
All of the electronics work as intended, with dual Tone switches as well as individual pickup On/Off toggles and a Master Volume knob. The vibrant and glossy Sunburst finish is 100% original with a hot pink primer coat, and the primer is visible via some minor finish chips on the lower bout treble side body edge. There are a few shallow marks on the lower bout on the back, some isolated scratches and nicks on the bass-side lower bout edge, and faint buckle rash on the back of the bass-side body horn. Wear on the neck profile is limited to some very shallow marks which aren't distracting to the palm while fretting.
The original form-fit gray chipboard case with blue felt interior is included and extremely clean with functional latches and the original handle.