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Fender Coronado Special Edition - Candy Apple Red, Rosewood fingerboard Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • from United States September 3, 2014Music Background:
    semi-pro musician, music journalist

    Love This Guitar

    Plays like butter, sounds fantastic, and it's drop-dead gawjuss. I sold a Rickenbacker 360 to make room and raise funds for this Coronado, which by all reasonable expectations should be quite inferior, and it isn't. Fit and finish are excellent, and Sweetwater's setup and intonation are spot-on. The only nitpick I can really level at the Coronado is that it's a bit heavy for a semi-hollow, but I'll gladly put up with the extra poundage for the fantastic sound and feel. The Modern Player/Special Edition Coronado is a ridiculous value.

  • from Vail AZ February 21, 2015Music Background:
    Composer, performer, guitarist, mega years.

    Very Nice Surprise

    Just about the most beautiful finish I have ever seen on a guitar. Would have rated it a 5 but keep reading. Cases seem to be too few and nothing has been issued by Fender about this. Had this guitar now almost 30 days and no one has a case to fit. Great I mean great sounding pickups, it's not the holy grail, but for me it's very close. I lowered the action and adjusted the neck for my taste and guitar has reacted well. I would have purchased another from Sweetwater for multiple venues and alternative string types, but without a case I'm afraid I'll pass. Not the only axe in my stable, but sure is the prettiest.

  • from Houston, Texas April 30, 2014Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    Fender Coronado II BRAVO!

    I just got mine on Thursday. The front strap button was loose and came off immediately. The hole was drilled the same size as the wood screw so it didn't wallow out or ruin the finish of the guitar, just fell out. I fixed it and the guitar is excellent. The finish, the hardware all great.. Mine is Candy Apple Red..all of the pictures make it look Cherry, but it is not that dark. I tried several Gibson/Epiphone 335's over the years and there was always some problem, bad bridge, tuners something. I have a MIM Fender Lonestar Strat and love everything about the way it is solid from bridge to nut. So I decided to try the Coronado... hot damn could not be happier! Although made in China the finish and binding are top notch and the neck plays great.... feels smooth and comfortable in your hand..just incredible! I would have given it a 5 but for the button falling off. a question of quality control.

  • from Marina, CA March 26, 2014Music Background:
    Hobbyist and Garage Band Noodler

    Fender's answer to an ES-335 is my ticket!

    I picked this guitar after spending years trying to find a thinline semi-hollow guitar. I've never been able to get along with Gibson-style guitars and all of the alternatives I've tried have missed the mark for one reason or another. What I love about this Coronado is that it sounds and feels like a Fender guitar, but with the added bonus of no single-coil hum and the wonderful airy semi-hollow character of an ES-335. I think the best compliment I can offer is that the guitar plays and sounds as good as it looks.

    I think the fact that this has the familiar Fender 25.5" scale length and bolt-on neck lends a lot of the Fender feel and sound I like. I will also say that I think the age-old criticism that bolt-on necks don't work on semi-hollow guitars is complete nonsense. This guitar is as resonant or more so than other set-neck thinline guitars I've tried.

    I do have one complaint though. I don't particularly like floating pickguards and was planning to take this one off, but upon inspection, I found that the screw which secures the pickguard to the metal bar has been repeatedly smashed into the finish and has bored a hole. This was upon receiving the guitar from Sweetwater, so it must have happened during shipping. I don't think it's Sweetwater's fault, just a design flaw on Fender's part, but a relatively minor one. I would have given 5 full stars otherwise because this is a really incredible guitar and I'm so glad I didn't pay $3,000 for a Gibson ;)

  • from Des Moines, IA USA July 11, 2014Music Background:
    50 years and inductee to Iowa Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

    Very Nice

    Very nice fit and finish. Set-up from Sweetwater was great and it played really nice right out of the box. Would give it 5 stars except that the pickups could be a bit louder (great sound however), did not come with a case or a bag, and the toggle switch had a short and needed replacement (Sweetwater paid for that). Despite its size, it is very comfortable to play and balances well.

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