I just bought a vintage Hagstrom Swede, serial # 873164. I don't think the first two numbers represent the year because the vintage Swedes were not assembled after 1983. me know if you find a definitive (or orugh will do) statement - I will post it (attributed of course) good luck Can you date a hagstrom from the serial number? No, Hagstroms can not be dated by the number alone.I read recently that the first two numbers are the year, but this seems wrong to me at least sometimes. Hagstrom do publish a serial number book, but (if my memory serves) the money from the sales of the book goes to the Hagstrom workers pension scheme or something - so I think they've asked for it not to be reproduced....Bjarton was the company that produced the Hagstrom acoustic line and that is the reason that there are no acoustic serial numbers in the Hagstrom book(Although I would incourage you to pick it up anyway).I recently purchased a 1965 H-45 on ebay and I am still awaiting it's arrival. if you check the 66' Hagstrom catalogue on the site, you will see the 4 Folk guitars listed with pictures: H-11, H-22, H-45, H-45e(This one has electronics) 2 great sites for you to check out: is were the serial numbers for bjarton made guitars are and also some interesting info) (another amazing site for info and pics and stuff) Hope this helps, Dave Rose Found this thread and thought I'd revive it.Many thanks Glenn White Hi Glenn, This is a guitar forum too!Unfortunately the Hagstrom book only gives details for electrics - nothing about acoustics at all i'm afraid Try emailing someone at this site - you may get your answer there - I hope so Hey Glenn, Your guitar is H-45 from the second half of 1964.
Does anyone please have access to the Hagstrom book that is referred to in this forum, and would you mind terribly if I asked if you would kindly be able to look it up for me.I hope this is not an inapproriate request, I realise that everyone is very busy, but this has been one of my favourite accoustics for almost 40 years, and I would like to know a little more about its origin.