Here we have a short-lived gem from Fender, a 1966 Coronado II in sunburst finish. During the mid-sixties, the guitar-buying world had a thirst for hollow-bodies spurred by the arrival of bands like The Beatles to the US. Brands like Epiphone and Gibson were dominating the market and Fender wanted to get its piece of the action; cue Roger Rossmeisl, formerly of Rickenbacker, to design the Coronado series for Fender. These instruments had hollow maple bodies, a maple neck with rosewood fretboards, and DeArmond pick-ups. Though there were some high profile sightings of the instruments in the hands of Dave Davies and even Elvis Presley (in the video for “There Ain’t Nothing Like a Song” where he hits it more than he plays it), the Coronado proved to be unpopular and was discontinued in 1972. The Coronado would see a reissue in 2013 and is still part of Fender’s production line. This piece is from the model’s initial year and is a well preserved example in excellent condition. The front has about five small chips with the largest being about the size of a grain of rice; there is some buckle-rash on the back and some finish bubbling where a player might hold it against their body. The pick-ups sound great, with a bit of Strat twang to them and a particularly sweet tone from the neck pick-up. The neck is straight and the frets appear to have lots of life left in them, with a great action and response to boot. The piece also has all its original parts, but unfortunately does not have a case.
Weight: 6 lbs.
Nut Width: 1 ⅝”
8/10 (excellent condition) 1966 Made in the USA
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