These instruments were expensive for Fender to make, I wonder where they cut corners to keep this under a $1000. One has to be labor, I surely would not think this is a USA model. As you mentioned the guitars were fully hollow, I guess the same was true for the basses but I am not certain. One thing you may want to consider ...... when you pick one of these up, you feel like you are holding a balsa wood airplane. To me a bass should not feel fragile. Maybe the new center block changed some of that. I have a 67 Coronado guitar. They are a lot nicer sounding and playable then they ever got credit for. It was hard to overtake the 335, but if you wanted something that sounded considerably different, then this was it with regards to hollow bodies. A USA Model Coronado Bass in Wildwood always gets my attention. The notion of injecting trees with dye well before they are grown ..... and then using that wood to make a bass. Well to me, thats pretty wild. I wonder if anyone knows how many years prior is the dye injected into a beechwood tree before harvesting. I know its in years, but I just don't know how many.
Last edited by alienstarguest : 09-01-2013 at 05:34 AM.