Leo Fender’s company designed many innovative instruments before it was acquired by CBS in 1965. Soon afterward, the powers that be decided the company ought to have a series of thinline hollowbody electric instruments to compete with the likes of Gibson’s ES-335 and EB-2, Guild’s Starfires, and others.
Talented luthier Roger Rossmeisl, who had migrated from Rickenbacker to Fender in the early 1960s, designed Fender’s acoustic flat-top line and was tapped to work on the new thinline electrics. The Rossmeisl-designed Coronado guitars and basses were introduced in 1966. The entire Coronado series maintained Fender’s original instrument construction philosophy, in that the neck on Coronados was the bolt-on type.
The Coronado II sported two single-coil DeArmond pickups and an optional tremolo system. Unfortunately, Fender’s attempt to enter into the hollowbody market initially failed. The Coronado II and its siblings didn’t catch on and only lasted through a few years of production. It has since however gained a significant following for players and collectors appreciating its natural resonance and bright and complex tone.
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 in the entire film.
This is a very cool, collector grade Coronado II hollow body electric guitar and it appears to be in completely original condition. The sunburst finish is spectacularly bright – what some refer to as a “target burst”. The slender neck is very comfortable to play & the original single coils pickups still sound great. The hollow body design allows for a nice acoustic resonance even when unplugged & the guitar rings nicely.
There is some typical player wear for its age with some nice vintage mojo – not too many nicks or dings, some surface scratches, but almost no weather checking & little finish wear. Overall the guitar has a great, true vintage look to it with a beautiful presentation.
It has a slender profile maple neck with nicely aged cream binding & black side-dots. Beautiful rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl block inlays. Original frets show almost no wear, and still have plenty of life left in them. Fender enclosed tuners with “F” logo. 1 5/8″ nut width; 25 1/2″ scale length. Neck is straight & truss rod is functioning.
The body is hollow mahogany body with bound F-holes. 3-ply bound top & single-ply binding on the back. The lovely bronze pickguard is present and accounted for. Neck date is 19 December 1996.
Weight is a super light 6.0 lbs
The pickups are original DeArmond single coils. Bridge – 7.2 K ohms; Neck – 7.8 K ohms. Dual volume & tone controls with 3-way toggle switch. All electronics are in good working condition.
Comes in original hardshell case in excellent condition.