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Gretschified” Fender Coronado II

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Hi again! I´ve been a member some time ago but it seems that the infamous database error swept everything, profile, guitars, posts, etc. Anyway, i´m back. In the meantime i´ve been doing one of my favorite pastimes: gretschify things. Now is the turn of my dear 1966 Fender Coronado II. I got it in excellent shape, but the pickups sucked. So i thought a couple of T-Armonds would be an excellent upgrade, and why not a Bigsby B30? The rest is history

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Oh, i forgot the Compton aluminum bridge on a "custom" Bigsby bridge base. Here´s a close shot.

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Of course all the wiring, pots, switch, jack, are new.

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Man what a gem. I've always loved the coronados. I remember someone saying the way they got a dynamite sound out of their coronado was by getting the original pickups rewound like dearmonds. I bet it sounds rad. Have you got any sound clips?

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Sweet! I need to slap a Bigsby on my Coronado reissue.

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Thanks a lot PseudoMan! Coronados are really great. I love this guitar, i guess if i were forced to keep only one guitar, this will be it. Fortunately that´s only a mental experiment No sound clips yet, i´ll try to work something out. But believe me, now it SOUNDS. AFAIK there were 2 types of Coronado pickups, both made by Rowe. The older ones, all metal top, sucked. The newer ones had a black plastic top with metal surrounds, much like a Dynasonic. They even had adjustable poles. I never played those but everybody says they´re much better than the older ones.

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Thanks Mr. Lindsey! You won´t regret it!

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How is the reissue Mr Lindsey?

– PseudoMan™

The neck is like butter and it's a pretty versatile little booger overall, so I'm pleased with it. I don't know the difference between Fideli'Trons and Filters (if indeed there is a difference), but they suit my needs very well even though I'm not typically a Filter guy.

My one complaint is that it's either obscenely heavy and/or it's balanced strangely. The few times I've played it standing up for any great length of time, it's done a number on my lower back.

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I had one once. Late 60's, it was. I recall it was redder than the OP's. Had to sell it to eat, then went acoustic for a while and never got another one.

Kinda wish I had. May check out the reissues come tax refund time. Maybe. There's also a Taylor thinline that caught my eye, so we'll see.

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The original pickups were DeArmonds. They had that cool DeArmond wiring harness too.

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Cool! I would love to hear this one.

– BuddyHollywood

Thanks! I´ll try to record something soon.

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The neck is like butter and it's a pretty versatile little booger overall, so I'm pleased with it. I don't know the difference between Fideli'Trons and Filters (if indeed there is a difference), but they suit my needs very well even though I'm not typically a Filter guy.

My one complaint is that it's either obscenely heavy and/or it's balanced strangely. The few times I've played it standing up for any great length of time, it's done a number on my lower back.

– John Lindsey

Really? I´m surprised. Even with the Bigsby and the new pickups mine is very light, i mean VERY light. I know it´s full hollow body, but i wouldn´t think that that alder center block in the new ones would ad up much to the total weight.

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I had one once. Late 60's, it was. I recall it was redder than the OP's. Had to sell it to eat, then went acoustic for a while and never got another one.

Kinda wish I had. May check out the reissues come tax refund time. Maybe. There's also a Taylor thinline that caught my eye, so we'll see.

– Kevin Frye

I didn´t see a reissue here yet (i live in Argentina) and the vintage ones are pretty scarce. But i always wanted one so when a guy accepted my offer to trade it for a 1978 Fender Stratocaster i ran for it. Maybe you´d want to check that weight issue mentioned by Mr. Lindsey.

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The original pickups were DeArmonds. They had that cool DeArmond wiring harness too.

– Billy Zoom

(OMG! BZ himself! ) Yeah, they´re DeArmond/Rowe. But no matter how i tried to like them, i couldn´t The only thing i unsoldered is the ground, so i kept the pickups and harness intact. Had to do it anyway, the original pots are 250k and the new ones 500k. Did you know that the capacitors on each tone pot had different values? I was surprised.

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I think they were DeArmond 55-FB-12's, but with a different cover plate. I love the DeArmond harnesses with that flexible conduit. It's very neat and provides good shielding, and because it doesn't need shielded cable, the wiring lasts forever and never breaks down of increases capacitance. 250K is way too low though for a Dynasonic style pickup. I have a couple of NOS sets of Coronado pickups and harnesses. I'm saving them for something...I forget what.

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oohh Coronados, love em!

(in this pic ..my son several yrs back rock on gramps Coronado II, the sunburst has faded significantly)

I grew up playing the Coronado II my dad built when he worked at the Fender Factory. The slotted mag DeArmonds (black tops, chrome surrounds) are to me the perfect pickup in a TOTALLY hollow body guitar, albeit bolt on but that was the charm and great sound of the guitar. the stock vibrato stayed in perfect pitch for me with the floating bridge.

I have been tempted on looks alone to get a reissue but its not the same instrument at all IMO.

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I think they were DeArmond 55-FB-12's, but with a different cover plate. I love the DeArmond harnesses with that flexible conduit. It's very neat and provides good shielding, and because it doesn't need shielded cable, the wiring lasts forever and never breaks down of increases capacitance. 250K is way too low though for a Dynasonic style pickup. I have a couple of NOS sets of Coronado pickups and harnesses. I'm saving them for something...I forget what.

– Billy Zoom

Yeah, they look pretty much the same as those but with the Fender brand engraved on the cover plate. Do you have those or the blacktop ones?

I wonder if i could fit the old pickups in some project...

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oohh Coronados, love em!

(in this pic ..my son several yrs back rock on gramps Coronado II, the sunburst has faded significantly)

I grew up playing the Coronado II my dad built when he worked at the Fender Factory. The slotted mag DeArmonds (black tops, chrome surrounds) are to me the perfect pickup in a TOTALLY hollow body guitar, albeit bolt on but that was the charm and great sound of the guitar. the stock vibrato stayed in perfect pitch for me with the floating bridge.

I have been tempted on looks alone to get a reissue but its not the same instrument at all IMO.

– TheNocturneBrain

(OMG! Tavo himself!) Coronados rules!

I didn´t get the blacktops but the other ones But i knew the blacktops are somewhat similar to Dynasonics, that´s why i went for the T-Armonds. Now the guitar really shines.

I´d like to see that pic, i´m afraid it didn´t show up

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What does this small set screw do, limit travel or feel?

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Love the retro look of these. Nice guitar.

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Me to.

Read on OSG that it's for tension. I can't wait to get a long bar on it to try it out!

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The body shape of my 1967 Coronado frustrates me. I can't play it comfortably while sitting. It doesn't sit nicely on my knee. Anyone else find this?

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Dog, yes I noticed this too...and also when I had my ES 330. I always use a strap esp. when seated with a guitar like these.


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