Epiphone Coronet

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Epiphone Coronet
Manufacturer Epiphone
Period Original: 1959-1970
First reissue: 1990-99
Body type solid body
Neck joint set neck
Body mahogany
Neck mahogany, 24.25" scale
Fretboard Rosewood
Pickup(s) 2 soapbar P-90s (1959-1962), 2 mini-humbuckers (1963-1970, 1982-1985, 2009-), 3 mini-humbuckers (1982-1985)
Colors available
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.


The Coronet was first manufactured by Epiphone under the Gibson brand in 1959. It was priced at approximately $120,[1] and was seen as a reliable entry level guitar.

Originally the Coronet came with a single Epiphone New York pickup[1] 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.[2]

In the 1970s, production of the Coronet came to a halt when Epiphone left its facilities in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to move overseas.

90's Epiphone Coronet with OBL pickups

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.

Similar models
Epiphone Wilshire shares almost same body shape.
Epiphone ET-285 (ca.1974) also share similar body shape.

Notable users[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bacon, Tony, ed. (2001). Echo and Twang: Classic Guitar Music of the '50s, p. 61. Backbeat Books.
  2. ^ Achard, Ken (1990). The History and Development of the American Guitar, p. 72. The Bold Strummer Ltd.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Heatley, Michael (2009). Jimi Hendrix Gear, p. 34. Voyageur Press.