Re: Fender Wildwood Coronado

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on November 06, 2000 at 13:09:32:

In Reply to: Fender Wildwood Coronado posted by Stu Barnhart on November 03, 2000 at 16:37:24:

: Hi there. Does anyone know anything about the Wildwood basses? I have a
: beautiful Wildwood III Coronado II bass (all original), and would like to hear
: from anyone who has had experience with them, such as adjustments, tone, string
: settings, etc. Thank you!! Stu

"Wildwood" was a Fender name for specially-treated wood; if memory serves, dyes were actually injected into trees as they grew, so that the wood took on the dye color without having to stain it.

The Coronado series was roughly analogous to Gibson's ES-335/345/355 guitar and EB-2 bass series, although not as successful. They were good guitars and basses, with bolt-on necks and DeArmond-style pickups.

As far as setting your bass up, since it *is* all original, I'd recommend not making a lot of changes. If you change the strings, you might want to put on a set of half-rounds to preserve the "flatwound look" of the original while getting the full tone of roundwounds.

Hope that helps!


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