One of the more unique offerings from Fender's post-CBS lineup is the short-lived but ultra-vibey Coronado. This hollowbody electric came to market in 1966 likely aimed at competing with Gibson/Epiphone and their Casino, but it didn't quite take off enough to make a serious impact. That being said, these Series II variants certainly make for a lovely sounding thinline that sound nothing like their solidbody counterparts.
Outfitted with an original set of DeArmond-built single coil pickups and Fender's own bridge and tremolo tailpiece, the Coronado II has a bright and sparkly tone with a nice airy response. Those DeArmonds remain true to form even in a Fender-built instrument - that unmistakable voice is there. Light on the midrange, those high and low frequencies have some nice pop to them with a hint of compression.
If you ever wondered how playability was on a Coronado, you won't find a more capable example. Maine luthier and vintage electric guru Laurent Brondel took this one to the next level with a fantastic refret. Setup is superb, strung up with flatwounds and nice low action.
Condition: Excellent-. Certainly one of the cleanest examples we've seen. Aside from refret (which we consider an upgrade), it's all there. Original electronics, finish, and hardware. The back of the body shows some buckle rash and contact rash from sitting in a case a while (against a strap perhaps), but the overall condition of the finish is great.
- Laminated Maple fully hollow body
- Original Cherry finish
- Maple neck w/ Rosewood fingerboard and block inlays
- FEB67 Neck Stamp
- Medium C profile: .85" @ 1st fret / .88" @ 12th fret
- Pro Refret done by Laurent Brondel with Jescar 51100 fretwire
- Original DeArmond single coil pickups
- Original electronics
- Weight: 6lb 15oz
- Original Hardshell Case