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When the El Toro bass was introduced in June 1983, it was available with or without active preamp circuitry.  In January 1984, the bass was only available with the preamp and was called the El Toro-E on the price lists, though "E" suffix was never used on the headstock decal.  El Toro-E basses are uncommon, but the passive El Toro model is very rare since it was only available for a six month period.  The bass shown here is even more unusual because it has a maple body.  G&L mainly used maple for the economy SB-series basses, but occassionally used it on the professional model basses through 1991.

G&L EL TORO BASS (September 1983)

Body: Solid; 2-piece maple

Finish: Black, polyester

Neck: 2-piece maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard: Rosewood; 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; series/parallel/bass boost switch, 3-way pickup 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: 9.9 lb.

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