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Epiphone Coronet

SB533 solid-body guitar

Epiphone Coronet
Epiphone Coronet - image taken from the 1966 Epiphone catalogue
Early 1960s Epiphone Coronet with symmetrical body and headstock
This Epiphone Coronet has the symmetrical body and headstock, characteristic of the early 1960s
Epiphone 1961 full line catalogue1961 full line catalog

Strictly modern and strictly wonderful. A new thinner double cutaway, solid body guitar in cherry red finish.

Epiphone 1962 full line catalogue1962 full line catalog

The Coronet features a powerful and sensitive single pickup located for clarity of tonal response... with separate tone and volume controls for easy adjustment.

Epiphone 1964 full line catalogue1964 full line catalogue

This is the first catalogue to show the new-style asymetrical Coronet, with six-a-side tuners
Epiphone 1966 full line catalogue1966 full line catalog

Epiphone is proud to present solid body instruments that offer the depth, the sharp treble, the biting tone and the virility that all guitarists seek from a solid body instrument
ModelCoronet SB533
Pickups1 P90 single coil pickup, initially plastic, later nickel covered - with dogears (like the Gibson ES330)
Scale24 3/4"
BodyInitially symmetrical, later offset. Mahogany. 12 3/4" wide (lower bout), 15 5/8" long, 1 3/8" thick
NeckOne-piece mahogany, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. No binding, 22 frets. Early models had a double sided headstock, changing gradually around 1964 to the Epiphone batwing one-sided headstock
Hardware1 volume and 1 tone control. Metal offset bridge. Plastic enclosed strip tuners. Optional Maestro vibrola (model SB533MV) 1961-65
FinishesCherry, Black, White and custom colours: Sunset Yellow, California Coral, Pacific Blue

The Epiphone solid-body range could be directly correlated to the Gibson SG range sharing many features; hardware, pickup configurations, body and neck woods, construction and controls. They were all made at Gibson's Kalamazoo factory, so this is not surprising. The Coronet corresponds to the Gibson SG Junior. In the 1/10/66 pricelist the Coronet was actually more expensive than the Gibson equivalent, $179.50 to $169.50 for the SG Junior

In 1959-60 a number of cherry-finished Coronets were ordered by the Dwight music store in America (111 in 1963 and 67), with a Dwight logo on the headstock, and a D instead of an E on the scratchplate.

Aswell as the Coronet Special, most other 1960s Epiphone solid body guitars and basses had the same body style (almost symetrical pre-1964, with a shortened lower horn thereafter), they are the Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe, Epiphone Crestwood Custom, Epiphone Wilshire and Epiphone Olympic guitars, and the Epiphone Newport and Epiphone Embassy Deluxe basses.

Similar models
Epiphone Crestwood Custom
Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe
Epiphone Olympic
Epiphone Wilshire
Gibson SG Junior

In the 1970s the Epiphone (now Japanese manufactured) launched a new guitar dubbed Coronet, however with a model number ET275. This was a double pickup instrument with a similar body shape, but a bolt-on neck, and very different hardware.

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