One of Epiphone's boldest vintage designs!
Condition: Used, Good
Weight: 6 lbs.
Bridge and tuners replaced, comes with original keys and bridge
The Epiphone Coronet looks like it's from a different time. A time when people were open to experimentation and trying new things. A time when being different wasn't a crime, but a badge of honor. Pick this baby up and you'll feel that free-spirited era for yourself. Get a load of the stylish double cutaway, the pickguard with the familiar Epiphone "E" embossed on it and the simple, yet highly effective P90 in the bridge position. This guitar is a no-frills rock machine! Play it clean and revel in its snap and punch. Dirty it up and hear it wail and sing. It may be of a different era, but it is just as ready to inspire you now as it was back then!
The Coronet was first manufactured by Epiphone under the Gibson brand in 1959. It was priced at approximately $120, and was seen as a reliable entry level guitar.
Originally the Coronet came with a single Epiphone New York pickup in the treble position. In 1959 Epiphone began shipping new Coronets with a P-90 pickup and began offering the Coronet with its signature cherry red finish.
Some Coronets manufactured in 1964 were made under the Dwight brand. Dwight was a house brand used by Epiphone for Sonny Shields Music in East Saint Louis (Illinois), which was owned by Charles “Dwight” Shields. These Dwight-brand Coronets were identical to other Coronets of the period with the exceptions of a "Dwight Model" inscription on the truss rod cover.
In the 1970s, production of the Coronet came to a halt when Epiphone packed up and left its facilities in Kalamazoo, Michigan to move overseas.
There was a short run of Coronets in the late 1990s, which were made in Korea. These featured OBL model pickups, a single coil in the neck position and a humbucker in the bridge position, with a pull-out tone knob to tap the humbucker.
The short-lived USA Coronet of 1990 had a similar pickup layout and matching electronics except for the addition of a two-octave rosewood fingerboard with rectangular block markers and a reverse Explorer-style headstock. The USA Coronets came with the choice of gold hardware with stop tailpiece or black hardware with licensed Floyd Rose locking tremolo.
The Olympic, Crestwood, Coronet and Wilshire guitars are often confused with the ET-Series, which were a Japanese-made amalgamation of the older Epiphone body shapes and designs. The ET-Series are easily identifiable by their full-size humbucker pickups and bolt-on necks.