NBD '84 G&L El Toro, ya know like the mower.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by atrapp, Aug 22, 2013.


  1. atrapp

    atrapp Gold Supporting Member

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    A lucky find on Guitar Centers used site - spend way to much time perusing for hot deals. Bought it Monday night, they couldn't get it shipped on Tuesday so the overnight'ed it to me Wednesday - crazy buggers!

    I dig the slim body, kind of like a squished jazz. Fast easy neck yet a little on the heavy for this Sadowsky player, but I wont be wearing it all night - so what the hey.
    The electronics function as the should, that is to say they are odd and not necessarily to my liking. From neck to bridge: black - pickup selector, red disconnects the pickup selector and runs both pups in series (kind of like the oh God switch on the L2000, 2500), and lastly white - treble cut. Knobs volume, treble and bass. Seems a perfect candidate for one of Nordstrands vintage Stingray preamps.
    I'll gig it Saturday night for a couple of tunes to see how it sits in the mix.
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  2. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

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    Looks like a nice one. 'Grats.
  3. calypsocoral302

    calypsocoral302

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    I think that would have to be the greatest quantity of AWESOME I have seen in any NBD post!!!!! :bassist:
  4. jbossolo

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    VERY nice find bro! I've always liked Toro's, and the finish on this one is fantastic. Enjoy it in good health. :bassist:
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  6. IPA

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    Nice! I love the red switch on these, looks like it's going to launch a missile or something. Practically does...
  7. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    That thing looks great! Take some time with it. When I first got my Fender Roscoe Beck sig V I hated it! There are so many choices on the bass. I couldn't get used to it. However, when I finally got my head wrapped around it, I fell in love with it. It bacame my #1 overnight.

    Either way, enjoy!
  8. dkelley

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    Awesome and beautiful! I wouldn't touch a thing.... You bought a g&l, that's how they work. Embrace it LoL

    I doubt a stingray pup will sound as good as a g&l pup in a g&l, similar design, same inventor, same quality, intended for different designs, but it's your bass and if it works out then cool!
  9. PluckyThump

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    Nice Score. The white switch is the preamp on/off; as you've already found turning it on boosts the treble. Don't do any modification that you can't un-do and restore back to original! Less than 1200 El Toro's were made.

    http://www.vintageguitar.com/7677/the-gl-el-toro/
  10. msact

    msact Gold Supporting Member

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    I have an 84 El Toro in trans red and love it. I couldn't imagine swapping the pickups for anything. It has a very bright, snappy jazz bass type sound. I cringe whenever I see such a terrific instrument being modded, but to each his own.
  11. Din Of Win

    Din Of Win

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    Ooof... i had a Trans Red El Toro.

    It sits at the top of my "wish i never sold it" pile.
  12. msact

    msact Gold Supporting Member

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    Here is mine. I got this off of someone on the bassesbyleo forum a while ago.
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  13. atrapp

    atrapp Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah I had got that sorted - kind of :smug:
    Not to worry about any non reversible mods, idle thoughts as I am unlikely to sink any money into this.
    Anyone tried flats on one?
  14. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle

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    That is a VERY nice bass, and those pickups are superb... I would not change a thing.

    In fact, there was a thread inquiring about what basses will become more valuable in the future... and that one (if left un-modified) would be a good bet to appreciate as time goes on.

    The odd early G&L's are vastly under-appreciated, and still a tremendous value.
  15. atrapp

    atrapp Gold Supporting Member

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    The strings that it came with were to dead to be useful, so I put some Dean Markley rounds on it - vast improvement. I can't get the neck quite as flat as I'd like, but considering the age - it is very good.
    Looking forward to gigging it this weekend - see how it sounds through a bigger rig.

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