• Epiphone Coronet reissue with vibrotone tailpiece (1997-1999)
  • Epiphone Coronet reissue with stop tailpiece (1995-2000)


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1995 to 2000

The Epiphone Coronet was introduced by Epiphone in 1959, two years after Gibson aquired the brand. Costing around $120 it was designed as a reliable entry level guitar. The Coronet was discontinued in the 1970s when production of Epiphone guitars was moved overseas.

In the late 1990s (around 1995-2000), Epiphone resissued a short production run of Coronets made in Korea.  The earliest of these reissue had a six-in-a-row tuner layout with batwing headstock, but later models had a clipped-ear headstock with three-per-side tuner layout. Between 1997 and 1999 a Vibrotone tailpiece was an option on this model.

These reissued Coronets had two "OBL" pickups (compared to a single pickup on the original Coronet), with a single coil in the neck position and a humbucker in the bridge position, controlled by a pull-out tone knob to tap the humbucker. OBL stands for Original Bill Lawrence - when Bill was working for Gibson in the 1980s they used his German-made OBL pickups on several of their Gibson models. The Gibson OBL pickups on the Korean Epiphone guitars, however, are not designed by Bill Lawrence or made in Germany -  just  "the OBL tradename" on a line of inexpensive Korean-made pickups.

More information: Epiphone wiki

More information: OBL pickups

Specifications (22)


Body materialmaple body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Pickguard materialwhite pickguard


Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
TailpieceVibrato tailpiece, stop tailpiece


Circuit functionsactive electronics
Pickups brand and modelOBL pickup(s)
Pickups configuration1 single coil and 1 humbucker pickup


Fingerboard inlay materialpearloid fingerboard inlays
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers


Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, green finish, purple finish, red finish
Finish effectsmetallic finish
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length


Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets24 fret
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners, three-each-side


Pickup selector controls1 coil tap switch, 3-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

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