The new compound precorallopyronin A is a stable precursor in the biosynthesis of the antibiotic corallopyronin A. This natural product was isolated from the producer strain Corallococcus coralloides B035. Together with various semisynthetically obtained corallopyronin A derivatives its antibacterial effects were evaluated. In combination with an X-ray crystallization model limitations of derivatization possibilities were revealed. The antibiotic potential of the novel precorallopyronin A is comparable to that of the structurally more complex corallopyronin A, which highlights that the additional chiral center is not essential for activity.