Up for sale, a 2016 Satellite Coronet in near mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed hardshell case and finished in a relic'd Candy Apple Blue. A very rare boutique take on the classic Epiphone Coronet platform, this Satellite model is an expertly crafted, USA-made no-corners-cut instrument. And while the majority of the Satellite Coronets produced were single pickup models, this is a deluxe two pickup iteration.
Sadly, despite having the official trademark for the Coronet name, Satellite's fantastic Coronet model was discontinued due to aggressive (and unwarranted) legal action from Gibson, and no future Satellite Coronets will be produced. This 2016 model was from the first year of Coronet production, which ceased in 2020.
Crafted from lightweight mahogany, this Coronet is fitted with a pair of Lollar P-90 Staple single coils, and these sweet-sounding, articulate, and hot pickups retain a clear treble character. Paired with the mahogany construction, the guitar yields plenty of midrange richness and roar, with a signature growl and broad dynamic range, very sensitive to pick attack. Featherweight at 6lbs 15oz, we've had this Satellite professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a substantial baseball bat C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and an inviting, easy-playing feel, measuring .900" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. On the bound rosewood fretboard, this Satellite features pearl dot inlay and original slender frets with fret edge binding. The frets have ample meat and crown, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale. The carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features genuine Kluson single line strip tuners along with an inked serial number and bikini-style logo plate, echoing the same style plate used on the earliest Epiphone Coronets.
The electronics function as intended, with the pair of 2021 Lollar P-90 Staple single coils wired to the original harness (the pickups are ostensibly aftermarket, since Satellite ceased production of the Coronet model in late 2020). Hardware includes an aged nickel wraparound tailpiece, and a one-ply thick red acrylic tortoise pickguard, quartet of black reflector cap knobs and an amber switch tip round out the plastics.
The Candy Apple Blue finish has subtle metalflake in the gloss, shot and relic'd by Josh Grove of Protocaster in thin, 100% non-catalyzed nitrocellulose lacquer. Cosmetic wear is ostensibly limited to a tiny amount of finish chipping just forward of the bass-side wraparound stud, and an odd dark mark in the finish just below the bridge pickup Tone knob. The factory relic treatment includes prominent horizontal lacquer checking, light greening of the clear coat and various marks of simulated wear. Given the complete lack of fret and pick wear, it’s safe to say this Satellite has been sparingly played since new.
The original lacquered tweed Satellite-branded Protocaster thermometer case is included.