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1967 Fender Coronado II Wildwood I Vintage Hollowbody Guitar 100% Original w/ Case, Hangtag


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Up for sale, a 1967 Fender Coronado II Wildwood I in collector-grade, 100% original condition and in perfect working order complete with a hardshell case, original hangtag, and vintage letter from Fender on CBS-era letterhead. Achieved by injecting living beech trees with various dyes, the Wildwood finishes highlight the prominent grain of the body wood with subtle green streaks and a virtually unaged gloss clear coat.

This Coronado is featherweight at 6lbs 12oz with a fully hollow body that offers a smooth and snappy acoustic voice. The lively natural properties of the body translate well through the pair of original DeArmond-made single coil pickups. Clear, warm, and articulate when plugged in, the pickups deliver a wide range of tones, from sinewy twang and sparkle in the bridge position, to more mellow and full-bodied tones at the neck. One of the hallmarks of any DeArmond pickup is their percussive clarity and string-to-string balance, and this Coronado exemplifies those particular tonal qualities. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Coronado plays as well as the day it left the factory, with roundwound 11-49 strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.

The one-piece maple neck has a very easy-playing medium C profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .885" at the 12th. The smooth gloss is intact on the profile length, with one small spot of palm wear on the treble side of the carve behind frets 9-10. The rosewood fretboard is bound and sports pearl block inlay, retaining the original slender fretwire. The frets have been leveled and crowned in the guitar's lifetime, currently showing zero wear and playing cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the peghead veneer matches the Wildwood body, with the original nigh flawless "Coronado II" logo. The original Grover Rotomatic tuning machines are a unique set seen only on upper-tiered models in this era with Fender F-embossed gear housings and large pearloid paddle buttons. The November, 1967 date stamp is intact on the neck heel, with the correct "paint stick" markings in the neck pocket.

On the body, the electronics all function as intended, with each DeArmond-made single coil governed by its own pair of Volume and Tone knobs. The chrome plating on the hardware is positively gleaming, with just a dusting of patina on the pickup surrounds and across the barrel saddles. Of the two bridge designs offered on the Coronado, this guitar features the more substantial and stable of the two, with Mustang-style saddles and chrome-plated cups floating on the top. The bridge works in concert with the original vibrato unit which has a smooth, effortless response and original arm.

There is no fading of the original vibrant finish, which retains steaks of greens which are more prominent on the sides. The binding shows faint ambering, particularly on the slender F holes, with a light spot of isolated finish checking in the gloss below the bridge. Wear is otherwise limited to one small spot of faint buckle rash just south of the neck plate and a few light scuffs and marks on the back lower bout body edge.

This Coronado comes complete with its original hangtag, which has a matching serial number. The second unique piece included with this guitar is a letter written by a previous owner to Fender in 1981. This letter features CBS's Fender/Rogers/Rhodes letterhead, outlining all of the features of the Wildwood model.

A modern black tolex hardshell case is included.