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1966 Hagstrom Coronado IV bass
1966 Hagstrom Coronado bassThe Hagstrom Coronado is one of the most distinctive bass guitars ever manufactured; the quirky controls, 32" scale, and unique shape. The body and neck are mahogany, but with bolt on construction. This 1966 Coronado is one of the later guitars, so does not have the Hagstrom Bi-Sonic pickups, but it is still a great sounding, and highly playable bass. Check out the short Hagstrom Coronado bass sound clips on this site.
1967 Hagstrom Concord bass
1967 Hagstrom Concord bassHagstrom made the hollow-body Concord bass (initially named the Hagstrom Viking bass) from 1965 until 1971. Hollow body basses were very popular during the mid 1960s, with models such as the Gibson EB2, Epiphone Rivoli, Fender Coronado and Guild Starfire basses all capturing the mood of the times. Hagstrom guitars and basses were, of course, built in Sweden, and this was their first hollow-body bass. Check out the short Hagstrom Concord bass sound clips on this site.
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1966 Hagstrom Coronado IV
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1966 Hagstrom Coronado IV bass

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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There are 3 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
Ed Slik Comment left 2nd February 2012 14:02:57
I would like to know what a Hagstrom Coronado VI 6 string bass would sell for?
vintageguitarandbass Comment left 25th March 2012 20:08:53
A futurama branded Coronado VI sold for just over £1000 on in early 2012
Spoty Diamond Comment left 20th April 2013 21:09:44
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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