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The G&L El Toro was produced from 1983 to 1991 and was the third professional quality bass guitar that Leo Fender designed for G&L. Like the L-1000 and L-2000, the El Toro was available with an ash or mahogany body up through 1985 after which time, ash became standard. It was also available with a maple or rosewood fingerboard on the fretted versions and ebony on the fretless version. According to G&L researcher Paul Bechtoldt, the black lacquered headstock face with a non-black body on this El Toro indicates that it was specially made for a NAMM Show and that G&L followed this practice up through 1986.  However, according to Dale Hyatt, a black headstock could be custom ordered during that same time period.  So, a black headstock is not a definitive of a NAMM Show guitar or bass.

G&L EL TORO-E BASS (February 1984)

Body: Solid; 3-piece ash

Finish: Natural, polyester

Neck: 2-piece maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard: Maple; pearloid dot markers

Number of Frets: 21

Pickguard: None

Bridge: G&L Locktight, black crinkle powder coat

Nut: Plastic

Tuners: G&L/Schaller, open, chrome

Pickups: Two, G&L Magnetic Field Design humbucking with adjustable pole pieces, active/passive

Controls: Master volume; bass and treble controls; bass boost, 3-way pickup selector, passive/active selector

Scale Length: 34 inches

Neck Width at Nut: 1 11/16 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout: 13 inches

Body Depth: 1 5/8 inches

Weight: 9.7 lb.

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