This Coral Firefly, a Vincent Bell Signature Design, is in good condition for its age. This guitar, with its sunburst finish, has all the great features of the Coral Firefly line: genuine Brazilian rosewood head and fretboard; exclusive slim, never-warp neck reinforced by dual steel beams that never need adjustment; simple string action adjustment at neck socket for easy selective action; double cutaway hollow body; arched spruce top with English maple back and sides; Brazilian rosewood bridge; two lipstick tube pickups with polished stainless steel surrounds; lower body edge input location with a polished stainless steel large rectangular plate. This guitar also features a genuine Bigsby vibrato tailpiece making it a very rare model. Coral Firefly bodies were made in Japan (from 1967-1969) then sent back to New Jersey where the electronics and necks were installed. This particular guitar has a really low, super fast action and a fantastic sound. It plays excellently and looks beautiful. It is difficult to put it down once you get it in your hands. Do not miss the opportunity to own this rare, rockin' piece of guitar history. Description from VintageSilvertones.com
CONDITION:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
This guitar is in good condition. Nice, clean finish with no nicks or dings. There are some barely noticeable finish crazing on front and back of the body and a small belt buckle rash on the back . The finish is still vibrant and it has the original transparent pickguard with the "Vincent Bell Signature Design" logo.
TUNERS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Individual closed-back chrome-plated Kluson Deluxe tuners with metal buttons in very good, smooth working order.
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NECK:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Bolt-on, straight neck with dot inlays on a rosewood fretboard, 21 frets, and 25" scale. Frets are in very good condition. The back of the neck has no playing wear. The 1967 In-Line Style 3 Danelectro headstock shows very little wear on the edges and has the horizontal raised metal "Coral" badge and a silkscreened "Firefly" logo. There are two holes in the headstock where a string tree was removed but that does not affect the tone or playability negatively. The action is super fast and the fretboard feels fantastic under the fingers.
PICKUPS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Two great single-coil lipstick tube style pickups with polished stainless steel surrounds are potent and in good working order. The neck pickup is good and loud with a round, smooth, clean tone perfect for jazz, rock and blues. The bridge pickup is twangy with an edgier bit of bite and grit, perfect for rock, funk and classic soul. Both pickups together are clear and loud because of the parallel as opposed to series wiring. One volume and one tone control for each pickup and a three way toggle switch for pickup selection, bridge, neck and both. A wide variety of tones can be achieved depending on the settings. All the electronics are in great working order.
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The Dimensions are:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Overall length: 40.25"
Body width: 16"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Body thickness: 2" (with neck: 2.25")
Scale: 25"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Width of the nut: 1.75" (Depth at nut: .75")
String height at 12th fret: 1/16"
Here's the description from the original print advertisement:
Classic double cutaway design offers truly outstanding performances in a moderately priced selection. Genuine Brazilian Rosewood head and fingerboard. Our new rosewood neck binding as featured on the most expensive custom guitars assures playing ease. Same famous Coral fast action neck. Inlaid binding featured on front and back perimeter. Available in attractive Red and Sunburst finish. Same as the F2N6 with famous Bigsby Vibrato talpiece.
List price $229.00Description from VintageSilvertones.com