Fender’s Coronado II model was introduced in 1965 amidst many changes for the company. Leo had just sold the company to CBS who was not afraid to branch out and expand from the company’s successful line of solid body electric guitars. The Coronado line was a response to Gibson’s popular ES-330 and (Epiphone) Casino guitars. In a first for Fender, Roger Rossmeisl was tapped to design the new model and the DeArmond company of Rowe Industries was contracted to make the pickups and assemble the wiring harness. The model was met with limited initial success but has surged in popularity in the 2010s. Custom colors with matching headstocks were offered until about 1969. Lake Placid Blue Metallic with matching headstock remains a rare and very desirable color.
This one owner 1967 Fender Coronado II in Lake Placid Blue Metallic with matching headstock and checkerboard binding has just come out from under the bed. It was purchased new in 1972 from Anderson Music in Big Spring, Texas. All parts are original to the guitar and it still retains the receipt, hard case, and Fender branded case tag. It plays like a dream with almost no fret wear and a perfect setup. The original finish is still a deep blue with almost no fading. The only thing of note would be the area on the back wear the strap reacted with the finish. This is common for guitars that were purchased and quickly forgotten in their case. Coronado IIs are known for their sparkly brilliant but smooth tone that really shines in low to mid gain applications.
You may also notice that this is one of the Coronados that received a misprinted serial number (500,000 range). This was common on Coronado and Bass IV Fenders from late 1966 to mid 1967. Check the picture of the receipt for the matching serial number.