Duane Allman’ 1966 Fender Coronado II
Duane allegedly owned a 1966 Fender Coronado II early on in his career. The guitar was apparently for sale on eBay in 2006 with letters tracking it back through various owners to a Macon Music Store where Duane supposedly traded it in for a Les Paul Jr in the late ’60s. However, even if Duane did own this guitar at one time, there is no evidence that he ever actually used it – not a single photo or a video has been found that would place this guitar in Duane’s hands.
Be that as it may, according to the info and the photo of the guitar that appeared on eBay, Duane’s alleged 1966 Fender Coronado II had a sunburst finish, a tremolo bridge, and most interestingly – a humbucking pickup in the neck position instead of the standard single-coil that was installed in these guitars from the factory.
This means that the guitar was modified at some point, but not before the early 70s – meaning only after it had already left Duane’s hands. This can be concluded from the observation that the neck pickup resembles a Fender Wide Range humbucker, which was designed by Seth Lover for Fender in the early 1970s.
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I purchased this guitar from the man who got it from Duane. My customer Joe Maloy had worked at Bibb Music in Macon where Duane traded it to him.
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