1966 Fender Coronado II
1967 Fender Coronado II

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The original Fender Coronado II was a double cutaway, thinline semi-acoustic with bolt-on maple neck and twin single coil pickups. The model was made by CBS-era Fender between 1966 and 1969. While they were designed to compete head-on with Gibson’s ES range semis, they didn’t appeal to conservative guitarists who remained wedded to humbucking pickups and mahogany set necks on their quality arch top guitars. In addition, the Coronado’s body is hollow, unlike the popular Gibson ES-335, which had a solid centre block to aid sustain and reduce feedback in high-gain environments. As a result, the model wasn’t a commercial success, hence its short production life and it disappeared from the Fender catalogue by 1970. Now, partly stimulated by Fender’s reintroduction of the model in the early 2010s, clean original examples, like this one, are becoming increasingly sought after. This particular Coronado II has a certain cool retro-vibe to it and a distinctive sound all of its very own. Sweet.

  • Three-colour sunburst nitrocellulose finish
  • Maple bolt-on neck with ‘F’-logo neck plate (and serial number)
  • Scale length 25½”
  • Rosewood fingerboard with 21 frets and block markers
  • Original ‘F’-logo Fender tuners
  • Semi-acoustic thinline hollow body with twin bound f-holes
  • Chrome hardware
  • Original gold scratchplate
  • Original single-coil DeArmond pickups
  • Original switches, pots and jack socket
  • Original bridge and hardtail ‘F’ trapeze tailpiece
  • New hard shell case
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