The Airline '59 Coronado is our tribute to the Coronado model used by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. The originals were made of Res-O-Glas, but we have upgraded the design to tone-chambered mahogany bodies. Upgrades to the standard Coronnado model on this '59 include rubber body binding, zero fret, Tone Pros bridge and Deluxe Airline hardshell case.
Posted by Paul Alisauskas on 27th May 2014
Yup, I own one. I'm NONE of: 1) paid reviewer; 2) vintage snob; 3) professional musician.
I own quite a few instruments. My criteria have distilled down to two things: value and performance. Most of the vintage, re-issue and anniversary stuff being peddled by the big names fails on both counts. I say this from (painful) personal experience.
This '59 Coronado is a VERY nice surprise on so many levels. It is beautifully made, plays and sounds just the way I think it should. By "should" I mean 'different'; this it does in spades.
IF you want a Strat or LP, go buy one of those; this won't be your guitar. My best verbal descriptor for the sound is "swampy" and I mean that in the best way possible. I think it mostly has to do with that chambered (mahogany) body. Obviously the pickups have something to do with it, but they seem like garden variety humbuckers to me.
I have become a big fan of Bigsby units; this one works great, partly I think because of the 'Zero-fret' setup on the guitar. I don't know why more builders don't put this on their guitars.
I could go on with accolades, but won't. One word of caution about this guitar: If you love to shred at the very 'top' of the fingerboard, look elsewhere; this guitar is hard to access above the 15th fret.
The Eastwood crew are great folks and VERY customer service oriented. You won't regret dealing with them.