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Fender Coronado II, Coronado Bass II, Coronado XII and Wildwood acoustic

1968 Fender guitar and bass catalogue - page 16

Fender 1968 guitar and bass catalogue. Left hand (of a double-page) on the Fender Wildwood Coronado II, Wildwood Coronado Bass II, Wildwood Coronado XII twelve string, and Wildwood acoustic. The descriptions appear on page 17.

This was the first catalogue appearance of the Coronado bass II; although the series debuted in the 1966-67 Fender catalogue, only the single pickup instrument was included in the launch, with the two-pickup bass being added to price lists by 1967.

The guitars pictured are in the Wildwood finishes; stained natural wood grains: rainbow green, rainbow blue and rainbow gold. Dyes were injected into growing Beech trees, long before felling, giving rise to the specific effect. These were naturally higher priced than the regular Coronado equivalents, in fact significantly so: at this time a standard Coronado II in sunburst finished had a retail price of $319.50, the Wildwood Coronado II was $449.50 - a 40% increase!

Wildwood acoustics were based on the top-of-the-line Kingman acoustic, only with the stained back and sides (but unstained top). Colours available were: Wildwood 1 - rainbow green, Wildwood 2 - rainbow blue and Wildwood 3 - rainbow gold.

As of July 1968, the guitars shown here were priced as follows: Wildwood Coronado II $449.50, Wildwood Coronado Bass II $449.50, Wildwood Coronado XII $525.50, Wildwood acoustic $385.

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Fender Coronado II, Coronado Bass II, Coronado XII and Kingman acoustic - 1968 Fender catalogue - page 16

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