SOLD G&L El Toro Bass, Black & Maple, Matching HS, Leo Fender, George Fullerton, Vintage, OHSC

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by studio848, Jun 12, 2020.

  1. studio848

    studio848 Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    SoCal, SoFlo, CO
    G&L El Toro Bass, Black & Maple, Matching Headstock, Leo Fender, George Fullerton, Vintage, OHSC

    ** SOLD **

    Serial number B0132xx, mfg in 1983-1984. Slab neck, awesome tone, MFD pickups, series/parallel switch, pickup selector switch, active/passive switch. Passive bass and treble controls. Original hard shell case. Leo's jazz bass on steriods.

    The bass was played before I bought it, and I have used it on all types of gigs. Amazing tone, and so versatile. The bass shows signs of wear; mainly scratches and chips in the finish. 'Naturally' relic'd, it looks awesome. Structurally the bass is very solid, great sustain, neck is all good, no issues, so much fun to play.

    The back of the headstock is signed by George Fullerton, who was the 'G' in G&L. I purchased it in 2005 from Buffalo Brothers in Carlsbad CA. They were the G&L dealer for San Diego county, and George used to come down from Fullerton to help with marketing and have autograph sessions. He was a very nice gentleman, and happy to sign the bass.

    The bass weighs 9.6 lb on my digital bathroom scale.

    Etc - The active preamp does not work; it was that way when I bought it. With the MFDs and the passive bass/treble controls, I never missed it. I also replaced the jack; the original is included.

    Click here for more pics on Google Drive.

    Price includes shipping to the lower 48 - Shoot me an offer - Thanks for looking.



    Last edited: Jun 14, 2020
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  2. Bulltrout

    Bulltrout Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Very Cool!
  3. klyph

    klyph Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2009
    Cape Cod
    Buffalo Brothers had really great stuff; always some very unusual G&L axes. I bought one of the first ASAT thinline (hollow) Basses there in the early 90’s. Toros are amazing Basses, and I would love to buy yours, but not in the cards right now. GLWTS!
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  4. donahue

    donahue Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2015
  5. El Tookay

    El Tookay Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2008
    In the early 80’s, a black headstock usually was reserved for NAMM show specials, sales samples and artist instruments, according to the late Dale Hyatt. George Fullerton was a good friend of Leo Fenders in addition to working for him in the very early days of the company. When Leo left Music Man, he was adamant that George be his partner and production manager. There are a few L-1000’s and 2000’s from 1980-81 that have George’s initials in the pickup cavity-I had an L-2000E that had been initialled by him. A very kind, respected and loved man throughout the industry. As for the El Toro...these are the snarliest, meanest, grind machines you will ever hear, when run thru a tube amp. Criminally under-rated, don’t think for one second that those 16 pole MFD’s can’t punch a hole thru the back wall of the club. Versatile, but MEAN as hell tone! G&L built only about 1200 of them, and only 418 of the Interceptor basses which use the same pickup/ preamp switching combination. You can run the pickups in parallel, or, when you switch them to series, it becomes one giant- ass humbucker ... Somebody’s gonna be happy!
  6. studio848

    studio848 Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    SoCal, SoFlo, CO
    Thank you for this info - good stuff ...
  7. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Oh my God - an El Toro!
  8. What El Torokay said. I have a fretted as well as the black with matching headstock fretless match to this one. Grinds deeper than your favorite "adult entertainer".
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  9. dukeplaysbass

    dukeplaysbass Supporting Member

    The Mighty Bull....

    Great basses, but I think all of them had matching headstock. My first one was trans red with a matching headstock. I bought it when I first arrived in LA, in a sketchy neighborhood that is now unaffordable for anyone without a $200k income. It had a crushing tone, and I played that bass everywhere for a year until (not kidding here) my chiropractor told me to get rid of it before it crippled me...

    Which brings me to.....what does it weigh?
  10. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    The black and maple Bull with the matching headstock is the coolest Bull IMHO. There's actually a (more expensive) red one on Reverb right now but it's got a rosewood board and, per the listing, weighs 11 lbs. I had a white one several years back and I don't recall it being that heavy which makes me think it was maybe alder or poplar and not ash. I should have never gotten rid of that monster.

    I'm trying to think of a way I could justify grabbing a Toro and a Stingray and still keep an L2K around too :help::help::help:
  11. studio848

    studio848 Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    SoCal, SoFlo, CO
    9.6 lbs on my digital bathroom scale. I added that to the post. Thanks.
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  12. Trebizond


    Nov 28, 2012
    My 1986 El Toro is ash, maple board, transparent blue finish with matching headstock, and weighs 8 1/2 lbs, so not too heavy. The sound continually amazes me.
  13. 4stringsjack


    Dec 5, 2002
    I am looking forward to its arrival! :)

    I didn't even know I was buying it from another TB'er when I saw it on Reverb.
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