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

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

  1. atrapp


    Dec 4, 2006
    Taichung, Taiwan
    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.
  2. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Looks like a nice one. 'Grats.
  3. I think that would have to be the greatest quantity of AWESOME I have seen in any NBD post!!!!! :bassist:
  4. jbossolo

    jbossolo Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    VERY nice find bro! I've always liked Toro's, and the finish on this one is fantastic. Enjoy it in good health. :bassist:
  5. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    Nice! I love the red switch on these, looks like it's going to launch a missile or something. Practically does...
  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    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!
  7. 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!
  8. PluckyThump

    PluckyThump Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    The Hammer
    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.

  9. msact


    Jan 8, 2013
    Somewhere in NJ
    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.
  10. Ooof... i had a Trans Red El Toro.

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


    Jan 8, 2013
    Somewhere in NJ
    Here is mine. I got this off of someone on the bassesbyleo forum a while ago.
  12. atrapp


    Dec 4, 2006
    Taichung, Taiwan
    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?
  13. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    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.
  14. atrapp


    Dec 4, 2006
    Taichung, Taiwan
    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.