Up for sale, a 1968 Fender Coronado Bass II in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. Boasting a Wildwood III finish, this bass has been extremely well cared for over the past half century and is complete with the original Victoria Luggage hardshell case. 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.
With a pair of stock Coronado pickups produced for Fender by DeArmond (who also made Gretsch's pickups from the 50s and the famed "Gold Foils" for Harmony), this bass has a very clear and percussive tone with the quick responsiveness of the beech body and the smooth note attack of fully hollow construction. The bass has an authoritative acoustic tone, strung with 45-100 flatwound strings that ensure optimal thump and low end presence. The bass is featherweight at 6lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and solid intonation.
The neck has a round C profile carve with full shoulders and just enough substance, measuring .865" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay and original slender frets which show only light wear beneath the A and D strings on frets 1-4, and virtually no wear further up the fingerboard. The bass plays easily in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 30", and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the bass retains the original "lollipop" tuning machines with bright chrome plating. The neck heel is dated January, 1968, with all requisite factory markings and stamps on the heel and in the pocket.
All of the electronics work as they should, and and both pickups have DeArmond Rowe Industries markings on the undersides, with a Nov 14, 1967 date on the neck pickup baseplate. All of the original hardware and plastics are intact including the dual finger/thumb rests with silkscreened "Wildwood III" text, chrome compensated bridge, "F" trapeze tailpiece and stock knobs.
This bass is a remarkably well preserved, collector-grade example, and the chrome plating is incredibly clean on all hardware. The Wildwood III gloss finish exhibits just a few tiny scuffs on the body as a whole, and the neck profile finish is nigh flawless.
This Coronado II Bass is as clean as they come and complete with the original Victoria Luggage-branded hardshell case. The case has original functional latches and a gold plush interior.