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1966 Fender Coronado II RED DeArmond Pickups Pro Setup Original Soft Shell Case
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The cool Fender Thin Hollow body guitar is all original including the Pickguard. Most of these guitars have lost their pickguards over the years and have to use repro's...this one is all original from head to toe!
As you can see, is originally Cherry Red but had faded to a cool light red color that is very cool. Check those pics!
These cool guitars used DeArmond Pickups that are all highly desirable. When you get this guitar you will know why…Very full and thick in the neck and will cut you like a knife in the bridge. Very very strong pickups that sound great in this cool Fender Guitar.
Our Tech's did a great job setting this guitar up and now intonates properly. Great low action on this very fast C shaped neck. A pleasure to play with no sore fingers!
Heres some info I found on the web regarding these cool guitars..
The very un-Fender like instrument was designed by Roger Rossmeisl (who had previously also designed instruments for Rickenbacker but who went on to create numerous models for Fender) in an attempt to capitalise on the increasing popularity of semi-acoustic guitars following the high-profile use of hollow-bodied instruments, such as the Epiphone Casino by bands like The Beatles. During Rossmeisl's time designing for Fender he also designed the Fender Montego, a jazz box style guitar which shares the Coronado's fixed F tailpiece; and the 1967 Fender Wildwood which shares the Stratocaster headstock.
Three versions of the Coronado guitar were produced from 1966 through 1972. The Fender Coronado I, discontinued in 1970, was the original single pickup design. The Coronado II had an added bridge pickup (with relative tone and volume controls).. The Coronado was a true hollow-bodied electric guitar; like the Gibson ES-330 and Epiphone Casino, it did not have a central solid wood block in the body. This is in contrast to guitars such as the Gibson ES-335, which, although appearing similar, were constructed with a solid central block running lengthways through the archtop body.
The body of the instrument was finished in a high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, a finish which is no longer frequently used in the manufacture of modern guitars. The Coronado also featured relatively thin 'C'-shaped bolt-on maple neck, topped with a rosewood fingerboard, and a headstock shaped similarly to that of a Fender Stratocaster.
Unusual for Fender at the time, the Coronado's pickups were made by DeArmond; a company whose pickups were more usually found on Gretsch guitars, and the bridge was a free-floating, non anchored, 'tune-o-matic' style bridge, with a suspended tailpiece. Tremolo tailpieces were also available at extra cost for 1966 until cease of the Coronado's production. The wiring harness used in the Fender Coronado line was manufactured by Rowe Industries of Toledo, Ohio and delivered as a completely pre-assembled set.
The Coronados all came in cases made by the Victoria Luggage Co, and were made in the USA.
The Coronado gained significant attention when used by Elvis Presley in the 1968 film Speedway, performing the song 'There Ain't Nothing Like a Song' with Nancy Sinatra in the final scene and is the only guitar used by Elvis within the entire film. Rossmeisl's Fender-creations were also used by Elvis in a separate film 'Clambake' where the Fender Wildwood is seen in two scenes.
Coronado II two pickups—neck and bridge positions—two volume and two tone controls, as well as a three-position selector switch. Block inlays. Optional tremolo. Cherry, Sunburst, DuPont custom colors. The body and neck wood is maple with a Rosewood fingerboard and mother-of-pearl block inlays and a Fender Jazzmaster style headstock.
You will love this guitar. Awesome sound and playability. Don’t forget that I am including the original Soft Shell Case. These are very hard to find to fit these unusual Shaped Guitars. Their was much damage to the butt end of the case but our Tech's were able to hot glue it all back in place. It is very usuable but we recommend putting the case away and get a modern case to travel in. These cases are getting hard to find so please preserve it!
Sold as-is no returns as its used and vintage... However... I have been hand picking guitars for my customers for over 20 years now. All have loved the guitars I found for them. This cool Fender will certainly not be an exception.
Thanks for checking out our cool guitars..
Lawman Mike at Lawman Guitars