Corona 60 HB

Corona 60 HB


Quick Overview

There's no doubting the appeal of many original 50s and 60s guitars with matching headstocks. One of our favourites, taken up a level with a snorting humbucker in the bridge for extra punch, is the custom aged Corona 60 in a stunning California Green finish with custom aged relic mint green pick guard.

No guitar range would be complete without paying homage to the most famous double cutaway guitar shape of all time. Making a guitar this shape is easy; however, knowing how to build one from the inside out is a lesser-known skill!

Trev has owned many of these guitars and repaired many hundreds more over the decades. These years of knowledge and experience are the essence of Fret-King's 'authentic vintage construction', and imbue his guitars with that true 'vintage vibe'.

Built with a hand-selected, two-piece centre-jointed alder body, the Fret-King Corona is a classic combination of aesthetic and tonal perfection.

In keeping with the 60s tradition, this model has a familiar and comfortable shallow C profile maple neck with 25 1/2" scale length and rosewood fingerboard. The neck utilises a 10" fingerboard radius to facilitate easier string bending, with a low, fast playing action.

By utilising an original spec, small diameter truss rod, there is a much greater ratio of wood to metal, contributing to retaining all that elusive 'vintage tone'.

Add to this the extra benefit of hardware that keeps you in tune and you have a truly rare instrument – one that really works live, on stage or in the studio.

Superb quality Gotoh tuners replicate the style and light weight of the original Kluson tuning keys. Height-adjustable tuning posts provide the perfect break angle for each individual string to rest in the self-lubricating Wilkaloid top nut, ensuring absolute minimum string friction. These unique tuners also feature posts which lock automatically as the strings are brought up to pitch, eliminating excess string winds, making string changing a breeze and keeping your guitar in tune even with heavy vibrato use. Keeping a vintage guitar in tune can be a nightmare, so all Fret-King Corona guitars are fitted with the Wilkinson VSV high-performance vintage vibrato system. Built to exacting standards, the VSV really is the icing on the cake. Vibrato is a fundamental part of the performance of these guitars, and you will not believe the tuning stability of the Wilkinson VSV, and the Fret-King Corona.

The Fret-King Corona 60 HB features one of the earliest customising mods performed on this style of guitar; replacing the bridge single coil with a humbucker. This endows the guitar with the two most popular voicings of the electric guitar world, creating a real 'workhorse'; capable of performing virtually all playing styles. Fitted with a bridge mounted Fret-King 'vintage voiced' humbucker with Alnico V magnets and solid nickel silver covers, the Corona 60 HB features the Wilkinson Vari-coil control, giving the added advantage of being able to continuously adjust the output of the humbucker from 'full' to 'single coil' modes and all sounds in between, providing supreme flexibility.

Colour Aged Mint Green with custom matching headstock
Body Alder
Neck Maple bolt on
Scratch Plate Mint green
Scale 25.5''/648mm
Frets 22
Inlays Pearloid
Nut Wilkaloid
Tuners Gotoh Magnum locking
Bridge Wilkinson VSV vibrato
Pickups 2 x Fret-King alnico V single coils (N+M), 1 x alnico V Double Coil (B)
Controls Volume, tone, Vari-coil, 5-way selector

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