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Dream Bass Day: Hagstrom Coronado IV

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassistjoe93, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Stumbled upon my “white whale” while scrolling through the ATL Craigslist. An early 60’s Hagstrom Coronado IV in cherry burst. It’s been played, but it sounds so sweet. So warm and articulate! I seriously looked for one of these for 8 years, and saw this one listed on the local CL for $400. I felt like that was a pretty good price! Just wanted to share it, and see if anyone had any more information on it. The serial number is 566075
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  2. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    An absolutely awesome find.

    Play it in good health and enjoy!
    JIO likes this.
  3. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    The pickups are Hagstrom Bisonics and easily worth $400 in their own right. I would leave the bass intact though. An excellent find!
  4. 566075 would have make it as having been made in 1963. It was the 75th Coronado IV bass made in that production run (566) which produced 194 of them.

    The volume slider on these is a different approach, the factory only ever used it on the 1st gen of Coronado basses. It's also one of only three models that Hagstrom made with a 34" scale (Scanbass, Super Swede, Coronado IV were the others).

    Great find especially at $400.00 Enjoy.

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  5. ukulelelab


    Apr 14, 2013
    awesome find. A total of 1157 Hagstrom Coronado bass guitars were shipped, in seven separate batches and your bass is from the 2nd batch.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2019
  6. ukulelelab


    Apr 14, 2013
    similar one (first production serial 550100):
  7. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Holy crud! Let me know if you ever decide to pass it along :)
  8. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    I had one of these beasts! Don't you love that weird rail thing?
  9. That's just too damn cool.
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  10. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    I love the rail!!
  11. ukulelelab


    Apr 14, 2013
    Love mine. Pickguard screws look like they belong to civil engineering. Machine heads are also beautiful and spectacularly oversized. Gear diameters at least twice the ones on fenders

    Last edited: Dec 11, 2019
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  12. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    super cool! :thumbsup:
  13. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    It looks like a lovely and loved thing... Play it well and often. :)

  14. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Yours is beautiful!!! Love the finish and yes, the timers are works of art!
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  15. Eagle1JJ


    Feb 4, 2006
    I just spotted this forum on this bass. I have the same Hagstrom Coronado iV only the neck was cracked in 1970 and I had to make my own using an old Hagstrom fretless neck which I added frets to. Then I added a Badass bridge, Grover tuning keys, and an adjustable brass nut. Loved the way it played, thin fast neck, and the unique sound of the Bisonic pickups. As time passed, I purchased a Rickenbacker 4003 bass to replace it in 1973 but went back to the Hagstrom in 1980 for its faster neck, better low end, growl, and high range. And the fact you could easily intonate it since Ric’s are a terror to fine tune.

    The Hagstrom has been in the closet since 1985 but resurrected in 2015. Since I only play maybe 12 gigs a year, it still plays perfectly today. It is a great sounding bass and I get a lot of compliments on its look and sound. I've played many different basses over the years but I always come back to the Coronado. It really is a unique sounding bass.

    The only upgrade it needs is a way to adjust the volume and tone from the neck and bridge pickups since the older Hagstrom's basically had an on-off switching arrangement. I wired it up temporarily using dual pad concentric pots. Before I adjusted the pots it sounded like it always did. But when I adjusted the knobs the bass became alive and sounded totally different, even better. It's going to be more versatile when I finally decide to make changes to add these pots. Just not sure if I want to ruin its vintage accordion switch plate vibe.

    This is what I'm thinking. If I totally remove the accordion style switch plate including the 4 switches, I can add a Fender telecaster switch plate which includes a 3 way switch and I can add my 2 dual concentric pots directly into the same cutout. This way I could turn on the neck pickup, or the bridge pickup, or both, with separate volume and tone controls for each pickup. The stick shift volume control can still be used as a master volume control. Anyone else feel if I should make this change?
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