1964 Epiphone Coronet. Nearly two years after Epiphone’s acquisition by Gibson, the Coronet was released in 1959, as a clear child of this alliance. In many ways, It was to Epiphone what the Les Paul Junior is to Gibson: A good basic, reliable student model.
1983, Fender hires the legendary japanese factory Fujigen (Greco, Ibanez) to produce a new series of guitar. The Master Series aimed at competing directly with Gibson’s Humbucker sound. Obviously not understood at the time, the Masters were too “Gibson” for Fender aficionados, and vice versa. After 2 years the production stopped. Today, they became highly sought. If you get your hands on one, keep it.
3 Models: The Esprit and The Flame were originally designed by Dan Smith, and the D’Aquisto by, well… D’Aquisto.
G&L Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups really shines when combined with Maple. Most nighthawks were made of ash or mahogany, but to this one has a maple body and it sound absolutely fantastic. Despite its heavy weight (10lbs), the killer neck and smoking looks make this Nighthawk bliss to play.
After producing only 269, Leo Fender had to rename the guitar to Skyhawk because of a trademark issue. Hey, Mr. Fender, didn’t it feel like deja-vu?