By the shores of Gitche Gumee, Minnehaha gives a little yelp of surprise.There, just behind Mary Tyler Moore, cutting the murky waters of Old Muddy with its triangular fin and tell-tale bubbly wake, she spies a swimming Shark. No, it’s just another O’Hagan guitar, making its way home to the headwaters whence it was spawned.Otherwise the electronics were the same as the Shark and Nightwatch guitars. 1980-81 O’Hagan catalog, by the way, is a note written by Richard John Reeck, “Musician; Luthier; Product Director for O’Hagan Guitars,” just so history remembers!Laservision In 1981 the O’Hagan line was capped off with the Laser, a somewhat Bizarro-shaped Strat-style guitar.Controls usually consisted of two volume and one tone pot.
O’Hagan (born 1942), an affable fellow who speaks with that rising Norwegian lilt typical of MIN-ee-SOA-tuh, had studied music in school, specializing in clarinet, saxophone and piano, and around 1970 was making his living playing and teaching music at retail music stores in the Twin Cities area.Again, as you look at the shape of the Shark, you should keep in mind that this was the era when hard rock was still king (even though disco and punk/New Wave were busily chipping away at the throne’s foundation) and weird guitar shapes were in vogue.The Shark hit the market at a time when Dean Zelinsky was selling his exotically-shaped guitars, as were Hamer, Carvin, Gibson, Ibanez, Washburn, D’Agostino and just about everyone else. One of the first things you notice about this guitar is that it is very comfortable to play sitting down.A few of these early Sharks were made of a maple/walnut/ash combination.Shark headstocks were a large, asymmetrical 3-and-3 design which was sort of like if the Flintstones did Gibson. The earliest guitars have Jerry’s signature inside the control cavity.Now it’s time to tell the tale of another of those Midwestern guitars of the remarkably fertile late 1970s.Jerry O’Hagan, clarinetist O’Hagan guitars were the brainchild of Jerry (Jerol) O’Hagan, then of St.Even though in a printed interview Sammy Hagar once praised his red O’Hagan Flying V (he’s reputed to still own it), O’Hagan guitars are hardly a household word amongst guitar aficionados.At best, some of you may recall the funky Shark ads that ran in magazines like Guitar Player back around 1981 or so.The line proliferates A number of more conservative designs followed quickly.Next was the single cutaway Les Paul copy called the Night Watch, followed by a double cutaway Les Paul Junior/Special also called a Night Watch (cf.