First reissue: 1990-99
|Body type||solid body|
|Neck joint||set neck|
|Neck||mahogany, 24.25" scale|
|Pickup(s)||2 soapbar P-90s (1959-1962), 2 mini-humbuckers (1963-1970, 1982-1985, 2009-), 3 mini-humbuckers (1982-1985)|
|Polaris white, Cherry red, Various Sunbursts and custom finishes|
The Epiphone Coronet is an entry level guitar previously manufactured by Epiphone. The guitar has been manufactured a number of times since its first production on the 1950s. It is not currently being manufactured.
Originally the Coronet came with a single Epiphone New York pickup in the treble position. In 1959 Epiphone began shipping new Coronets with a P-90 pickup and began offering the Coronet with its signature cherry red finish.
Some Coronets manufactured in 1964 were made under the Dwight brand. Dwight was a house brand used by Epiphone for Sonny Shields Music in East Saint Louis (Illinois), which was owned by Charles “Dwight” Shields. These Dwight-brand Coronets featured a "D" on the pickguard and the "Dwight" logo on the peghead.
In the 1970s, production of the Coronet came to a halt when Epiphone left its facilities in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to move overseas.
There was a short run of Coronets in the late 1990s, which were made in Korea. These featured OBL model pickups, a single coil in the neck position and a humbucker in the bridge position, with a pull-out tone knob to tap the humbucker. As was the case with the original Coronet, the hardware and style of the Coronet varied through this short run. Some had six-on-a-side batwing-shaped headstocks, while others had more classic 3-on-a-side Gibson-style headstocks. The short-lived USA Coronet of 1990 had a similar pickup layout and matching electronics except for the addition of a two-octave rosewood fingerboard with rectangular block markers and a reverse droopy Explorer-style headstock. The USA Coronets came with the choice of gold hardware with stop tailpiece or black hardware with licensed Floyd Rose locking tremolo.
- Marshall Crenshaw
- Pete Doherty
- Jimi Hendrix
- Ryan Jarman
- Johnny Marr
- Ryan Ross
- Steve Marriott
- Kate Nash
- Frank Portman
- Del Shannon
- Kurt Cobain
- Drew Shirley
- Ace Frehley
- Chris Walla
- Vigilante Carlstroem
- Wayne Kramer
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