1963 Epiphone Coronet with Cherry Red Finish ID-4744
1963 Epiphone Coronet with Cherry Red Finish
This 1963 Epiphone Coronet with Cherry Red Finish has some dents and scratches as expected from a vintage instrument. Additionally, the original tremolo tail piece is still installed, it has moderate fretwear and includes a hardshell case. We have attempted to capture most of the wear in the detailed photos below.
The Coronet was first manufactured by Epiphone under the Gibson brand in 1959. It was seen as a reliable entry level guitar and started out as an alternative to the Gibson Les Paul Junior.
Originally the Coronet came with a single Epiphone New York pickup 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.
Initially, the 1958/1959 models had a rather thick 1 3/4" mahogany body, like it's sister Les Paul Junior, and a bit similar to a Telecaster body. But when the Les Paul Junior converted to the thinner SG LP Junior body style by late 1960, the Coronet also thinned down to 1 3/8" thick, and the edges got rounded.
In 1963, the lower horn of the guitar became shorter and the headstock switched to 6-on-a-side ‘batwing’ style and did away with the pronounced Epiphone scrolled logo that would grace Epiphone headstocks through the mid '60s. During these early transitional years, KlusonTM tuners with white buttons became standard along with more rounded edges, a foil ‘E’, "TV" knobs, a wrap around tailpiece with pre-compensated non-adjustable saddles.
ABOUT THIS GUITAR:
1963 was a transitional year at Epiphone. They did not halt production of these guitars and switch everything over to the new design, but rather grabbed whatever parts were in a bin as the guitar came down the assembly line. Therefore, it is almost impossible to know what parts are original, but we can tell you which parts are age appropriate and would have been on this guitar. It doesn't mean that some of these parts aren't original, but rather that it is impossible to know for sure.
The Vibrola is consistent with early Epiphone Vibrolas found in this period. It uses a torsion bar that is less than ideal for tuning stability, and as such the guitar is currently strung using only the period correct wraparound bridge that accompanied the Vibrola. The guitar also comes with an additional period correct Epiphone Vibrola and wraparound tail piece that the previous owner had intended to have replated and put on the guitar.
The guitar has the two of three holes that would have been drilled for the next version of the Vibrola that was used, and the third hole looks like it was punched to drill, but never drilled. And that leads us to the mystery plastic piece. It is a plastic cover that covers the area that would be drilled for the next version of the Vibrola, but left exposed if you used the previous version after drilling. We will leave you the reader to draw your own conclusions because there is no information to confirm Epiphone was doing this during the transitional period when they were drilling before they knew which of the bridges would be put on. We will say that the piece looks professionally made.
The finish has been professionally oversprayed, and the neck professionally reset. The Tuners are period correct Klusons, but would have been the 6 on a bar rather than 6 individual tuners it has.
The pickup is a period correct Epiphone P-90. The neck is perfectly straight and the action is super low all the way up the neck. This vintage Coronet has a replaced pickguard, strap buttons, and volume potentiometer. The previous owner went to great lengths to recreate the pick guard and Epiphone “E” exactly as it would have looked in 1963. All of the parts he replaced were to bring the guitar back to how it could have looked in 1963.
At only 6 lbs. 3 oz. this is a super light and incredibly Resonant, great sounding guitar that will rival any L.P. Jr or SG. The guitar plays and sounds incredible. This guitar sounds simply amazing plugged through a tube amp.
The Coronet has a historic pedigree; designed in the US, as versatile as any axe found on the road, and one that has been heard on recordings by Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Pete Doherty, and even Del Shannon's classic "Runaway."
The Epiphone Coronet is one of the last undiscovered gems from rock and roll's classic era--used by 50's rock pioneers, British Invasion bluesmen, and late 70s punk and new wave bands. It's a classic--yes--but practical, too. Les Paul Jr.s, SG Jr.s, and Epi Coronets have always been in demand due to their straight-forward design approach and great reliable tone. Vintage models are scarce and their lightweight design, perfect balance, and roaring sound make them terrific rock guitars for both rhythm and lead.
- Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
- Serial: 142513
- Top Wood: Mahogany
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 9/16"
- Scale: 24 3/4"
- Year: 1963
- Inlays: MOP Dot fingerboard inlays
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood
- Nut Material: Bone
- Bridge: Wrap-around tailpiece and early Epiphone Vibrola
- Tuners: 6 Kluson Enclosed Nickel Tuners on Bass Side with White Buttons
- Pickguard: Replacement 3-Ply White with Epiphone Logo
- Headstock Shape: Batwing Shaped
- Headstock Overlay: Epiphone Logo
- Headstock Inlay: Black
- Pickup(s): P-90 Single Coil
- Pickup Controls: Volume & Tone with Selector Switch
- Case: Hardshell Case Included