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  • Rare Fender Coronado Bass

    1966 Fender Coronado II Bass

    There were two series of these basses: Coronado I and Coronado II

    PRODUCED: 1966-1971
    TYPE: Hollowbody, twin cutaway, 4-string
    BODY: Bound arched
    NECK: Maple, bound, set neck, 21 medium frets
    SCALE LENGTH: 775mm (30.5-inch)
    FINGERBOARD: Rosewood, bound, white pearloid block inlays
    HARDWARE: Fancy trapeze tailpiece with Fender F, chunky bridge with individual saddles, open gear tuners with oval blades (although some sported regular ‘shamrock’ blades)
    PICKUPS: Two single-coil DeArmond units with adjustable pole pieces
    CONTROLS: 2 x volume, 2 x tone, selector switch


    Bound f-holes, rounded off Fender headstock finished in black, symmetrical thumb/finger rests


    Candy apple red, tobacco sunburst, three-tone sunburst, antigua, custom colours with matching headstocks and this was also the time of natural wildwood

    1968 Coronado II Bass

    COMMENTS: No prizes for guessing that this hollow body was Fender’s answer to the popular Gibson EB-2. Two models were made, the single pickup Coronado I and the tonally superior Coronado II. They were designed by Roger Rossmeisl who was known for his outlandish Rickenbacker designs from the 1950s.

    Coronado basses were not overly popular at the time and prone to feedback so this lack of initial interest makes it hard to find one today. Roscoe Beck used one for a video shoot with Robben Ford and it looks very cool in action. These basses were light in weight and fitted with La Bella flat wound strings as standard. Used with modern EQ pedals or compression can sound really fat.

    This video features the Fender Coronado I Bass.

    I love the thumb rest - tug bar combo. One on top one below!!!

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    Comments 3 Comments
    1. ArtLiestman's Avatar
      ArtLiestman -
      I saw one of these in a bass shop in Chicago back in November. At another Chicago instrument store on the same day, I saw a 60's Epiphone Rivoli bass. Love those old hollowbodies!
    1. thunderman's Avatar
      thunderman -
      Never knew they existed! Very nice tone, like a cross between an upright and an electric. (Also love that walking bass line!)
    1. aksteve's Avatar
      aksteve -
      WOW!!! that is a beauty!!
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