1 Proteus 4 months ago https://reverb.com/item/147...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.