Other Guitars

I Like It

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In Jr High, a couple years after I was first stricken by electric guitar fever - and still in the hopeless longing phase - a buddy got hold of the current Fender catalog.

It was like porn for us, and the teachers couldn't possibly appreciate what we were getting away with in study hall as we passed it back and forth.

At the time, Strats and Teles were relegated to the we-also-make section at the back of the catalog. Jaguars and Jazzmasters almost took pride of place, but in one catalog the fabulous Coronado Wildwoods, the absolute latest and greatest, were all over the first several pages in lurid living color.

You think PRS takes dyed wood seriously - Fender was there two decades before with the commitment to dye the trees while they were still in the ground. At the time, I didn't quite recognize the guitars also paid homage to Gretsch (OK, and maybe Gibson) thinlines - among the first of Fender's periodic attempts to get some of the hollowbody market.

And I mean, just lookit: Fender's own Coronado-specific trem (looks like a variety of the velvety Mustang trem, so liquid and languid), it’s own bridge design, graceful f-holes, lovely mocha binding, and an ultra slim, narrow 10"-radius neck that had to play like greasy lightning.

The tuners! Oh man. That mocha pearl, and the chrome clasps showing at the bottoms of the buttons...someone was working overtime in the Class and Elegance department in Fullerton.

And the piece de resistance - at least on this one - is a pair of DeArmonds. Are they 2000s? Well, probably. Was that always part of the spec? I hadn't remembered that. But Fender made its own covers with a cool cutaway in the bottom of the surround.

I don't know what these are really going for now, but even at what seems a fairly kinglike ransom, if I had the disposable and could even begin to justify another guitar, I would be more than sorely tempted.

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That's why they make vanilla and fish flavored ice cream.

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Sweet guitar, tho I don't think those are DeArmond 2000 pickups. They look similar, but not the same. Why would Fender outsource pickups? Still, nice instrument, and the little details make it.

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Not DeArmond 2000's; no adjusting screws. Leo probably figured he'd make his own.

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Just me, but I never cared for these. I felt like Fender stepped out of their box, and not in a pleasing way.

I felt the same about Martin and their solid body electrics. OK, it's a Martin.....but.

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I think they're DeArmonds of some stripe. I've looked at a number of other Coronados, and some have all-chrome pickups with the Fender logo embossed - while several have had these DeArmond-looking things, always identified by sellers as such.

I've heard a demo - and they sure sound the part.

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I like my '67(birth year guitar for me). It has a little later serial number than the Wildwood you linked to. It has the chrome covered DeArmonds

A buddy of mine has a 67 Antigua with the black top pickups.

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Must...resist.... must....resist....

This is my "one that got away". I had one- only with more strings. The hockey-stick headstock said "Coronado XII", and it was finished just the the one in the OP.

I worked all summer at a local amusement centre to pay for it and kept it less than a year.

Let it go for (deep breath) ( $350) (Cdn) (in 1970) to fund an acoustic 12 (an early Aria) which I then proceeded to use to death in a folk group.

Sigh...

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Rowe stamped pickups

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Black Ric switch tip, custom black guard

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I LOVE the bound neck on this one

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Well, if that's not an ugly guitar it'll do until one gets here.

Love those tunes from the front, but get round back and eesh they're Rotomatics...!

Go for it, I'll not be outbidding you in a hurry

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The single greatest reason I've ever seen for buying a guitar is in the comments at the link---a guy got one and because of it has scored several chicks in two weeks.

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Now that is a unique looking beastie. Cool!

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Rowe stamped pickups.

Well, I'll be dipped! Thanks, Paul!

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I think they're DeArmonds of some stripe. I've looked at a number of other Coronados, and some have all-chrome pickups with the Fender logo embossed - while several have had these DeArmond-looking things, always identified by sellers as such.

I've heard a demo - and they sure sound the part.

– Proteus

They're DeArmond pickups alright, but then probably some of the least-loved DeArmonds out there. (just like the Harmony guitars of the same era, not just the Coronado's pickups, but the whole wiring harness came straight from DeArmond)

Construction-wise, they have more similarities to the Gold-foil pickups DeArmond made for Harmony, but sadly, without the cool ballsy sound those have.


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