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1966 Hagstrom Coronado IV

Solid-body electric bass guitar

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1966 Hagstrom Coronado IV bass 1966 Hagstrom catalogueHave a look at the Hagstrom Coronado IV in the 1966 Hagstrom catalogue

The Hagstrom Coronado is a medium-scale (32") bass guitar made in Sweden. with a rosewood SPEED-O-MATIC fingerboard, mahogany body and neck. Also available in Red Sunburst, this particular bass is finished in in Mahogany Sunburst.

This bass is from batch 658; the sixth of seven batches, and is typical of a late sixties Hagstrom Coronado. Gone are the Hagstrom Bi-Sonics, in favour of these smaller single coil pickups, and the tall finger rest 'posts' replace the rail of earlier versions.

Bisonics or not, this is a great sounding bass, and the combination of medium scale, and Hagstroms famous fast neck make it a lot of fun to play. The only downside to these bases is that the switches can be somewhat unreliable, sometimes sticking, especially if left unused for long periods. Check out the soundclips of this Coronado, through various vintage amplifiers.

Hagstrom Coronado bass single-coil pickups Closer look at a Hagstrom Coronado bass pickup, and thumbrests Hagstrom Coronado controls
The Hagstrom Coronado was equipped with two single-coil Hagstrom pickups. The lever, positioned between them is the volume control. Finger rests did change over the course of production of the Hagstrom Coronado; in this incarnation, it has two metallic finger rests above and below the neck pickup. All electronics and controls are scratchplate-mounted. The positioning of the volume control is quite convienient for easy adjustment whilst playing.
Hagstrom bass bridge Hagstrom Coronado input and control switches Hagstrom Coronado neck plate with serial number
Hagstrom bass bridge. These bridges were also used by other makers, most notably Guild in the USA. The controls and input jack. An on/off switch (1 and 2) for each pickup, and two tone controls. Serial numbers were stamped into the neckplate. The first three digits designate this as from batch 658.
Hagstrom Coronado headstock Hagstrom Coronado reverse heastock Hagstrom Coronado logo
Hagstrom Coronado headstock. The logo is a decal and reads 'Coronado IV made by A.B. Albin Hagstrom, Alvdalen, Sweden PAT 171469 190125' Reverse headstock with open gear tuning keys. Close up of the Hagstrom logo on the guitar body.

The controls of the Coronado IV are quite simple - but this is in part because of the switches are enclosed as a separate unit. Quite a few Coronados come up with this replaced; unlike a regular potentiometer, direct replacement switch units are not readily available.

Hagstrom Coronado Hagstrom Coronado wiring - a look under the scratchplate

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Ed Slik Comment left 2nd February 2012 15:03:57
I would like to know what a Hagstrom Coronado VI 6 string bass would sell for?
vintageguitarandbass Comment left 25th March 2012 21:09:53
A futurama branded Coronado VI sold for just over £1000 on ebay.co.uk in early 2012
Spoty Diamond Comment left 20th April 2013 22:10:44
I have these Hagstrom micros on my new project: Elite 64's body, Hagstrom microphones, Vox Repeter and Little Big Muff Py in case! Sorry for my english!!...

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