|A 1966 Hagstrom Coronado IV. Have a closer look at this bass.|
||Two Hagstrom Bi-Sonic single-coil pickups.|
||medium, 32 1/4"|
||Solid mahogany body. 20 1/2" long, 14" wide, 1 3/8" thick. Total body length 46 1/2".|
||Mahogany bolt-on neck. Rosewood fingerboard. Adjustable truss rod. 20 frets. Width at nut 1 1/2"|
||4 'touch tab' on/off switches, master volume slider. Open gear individual tuners. Hagstrom bass bridge.|
||Mahogany Sunburst, Red Sunburst.
The Hagstrom Coronado is one of those odd-looking basses that a lot of people immediately dislike; just too peculiar. But these are great playing basses and they most certainly have their fans. The Coronado was only produced in moderate numbers; 1157 basses in total, in seven batches between 1963 and 1970. They were also distributed in the UK by Selmer as the Futurama Coronado.
America had no shortage of quality guitar manufacturers, but Hagstrom still managed to export guitars there, to be distributed firstly by Merson, then Unicord and finally Ampeg. The Coronado was a good middle ground between a typical Fender and Gibson bass. Mahogany body and neck like a Gibson, but with a bolt-on construction and single-coil pickups like a Fender. And a scale of 32", half way between the two.
Coronados were initially available as a four string bass and a six string bass, though the six string did not sell well, and was discontinued in 1966.
|From the 1966 Hagstrom catalogue|
Fabulous Bi-Sonic pickups... award-winning showmanship styling... perfect bass sound response makes the Coronado IV the finest electric bass available. With the incomparable Bi-Sonic pickups, bass and treble frequencies are separated so that simultaneous bass and treble creates a new dimension in sound
The basic Coronado design remained the same across the course of production, but there were subtle changes. Most notably, the Bi-Sonic pickups were replaced with a smaller unit; still single coil but much more traditional in design. Hagstrom, however continued to call them 'Bi-Sonic' in their catalogues.
The table to the right compares the Hagstrom Coronado with a number of other basses, and 1966 US prices.
Coronado batch numbers
550 Coronado - the first batch of 149 Coronados produced between 1963 and 1964, branded Hagstrom and Futurama. Both IV and VI string basses. Bi-Sonic pickups.
566 Coronado I - 194 four-string Coronados from 1963. Bi-Sonic pickups.
567 Coronado I - 97 six-string Coronados from 1963. Bi-Sonic pickups.
589 Coronado I - a batch of 200 Coronado IVs from 1964-65. Bi-Sonic pickups.
597 Coronado IV / VI - 1965-66. A batch of 100 Coronados from 1964-65; 50 IVs and 50 VIs. Thesee are the last six string Coronados produced. Bi-Sonic pickups.
658 Coronado IV - 1965-66. The largest batch; 274 Coronado IV from 1966-67. Non-Bi-Sonic single coils. Have a closer look at a bass from batch 658
717 Coronado IV - The last batch was of just 143 basses, built over three years, 1967-1970. Non-Bi-Sonic single coils.
There were also subtle changes across the batches in hardware:
switches: Initially numbered 1-4, later 1-2, L, H
input jack: Initially enclosed by the scratchplate, later, a separate screw-in metal version
finger rest: This changed from a long bar below the pickups to a tall metal post above and below the neck pickup.
The controls are on/off 'touch tab' switches. One for each pickup and two tone switches. Have a listen to the Hagstrom Coronado soundclips.
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