It began with the Coronado in 1966. It continued with offset semi-hollow Starcaster 10 years later. When Fender dared to venture into the hollow-body market, the result was some of the company’s most rare and unusual instruments to date. Elegant appointments, oversized headstocks and stylized f holes that challenged the Fender’s stronghold on the early ’70s solid-body market. Unique “wide-range” pickups that deviated from that recognizable Telecaster and Stratocaster tone. Throughout their short-lived existence, Coronado and Starcaster instruments became underground sensations and ironic musical weapons to players opting for a more unconventional Fender look, feel and tone.
2013 sees the return due to popular demand of the Coronado and Starcaster guitars and basses which Fender has revitalized for its versatile and affordable Modern Player series. The Coronado is available in a number of striking finishes such as the Candy Apple Red pictured above, also available is a Black Cherry burst, a 3 colour sunburst or Black. The Coronado has a thin semi-hollow maple body has an alder center-block and bound top and back with bound f holes. The “C”-shaped maple neck has a 9.5” radius, white-bound rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets and white pearloid block inlays. The pickups are Fender’s own Fideli’Tron™ humbuckers controlled by a three-way toggle switch and the Adjusto-Matic™ bridge has a floating “F” trapeze tailpiece.
The Starcaster, which is my favourite of the two due to its offset body design, is very similar in specs but has 22 frets rather than 21 of the Coronado, a distinctive Starcaster headstock and Fender Wide Range humbucking pickups. The Starcaster is available in Natural, Black and Aged Cherry Burst gloss finishes.
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