As Fender tried to broaden their guitar range in the mid 1960’s they designed the hollow body Fender Coranado. First released in 1966 the guitar featured initially one DeArmond pickup before being upgraded to feature two of the DeArmand pickups. A 12 string version was also released with the famous hockey stick headstock. For the bass players there was also a Coranado Bass.
The Coronado is famous for the birth of the Antigua Burst finish. As workers attempted to mould the binding onto the body of the guitar several pieces were burnt in the process and so had to be covered up with the finish and as a result the Antigua Burst was born.
Fender also experimented with with dyed Beechwood for the front, back and sides of some Coronado's. The colours were designated by a Roman numerals, 'I' – Green, 'II' – Gold & Brown, 'III' – Gold & Purple, 'IV' – Dark Blue, 'V' – Purple Blue, 'VI' – Blue Green. The numerals were only a rough guide however as they all looked totally different. These guitars were know as the Wildwood series.
By the early 1970s the Coronado had faded away only to be resurrected and reissued along with the Starcaster in 2013 as part of Fender Chinese made Modern Player Series.
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