G&L El Toro info

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G&L El Toro info

Postby EXKid » Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:30 am

Hi all, First post.

Some years ago through horse trading I ended up acquiring a red EL Toro with matching headstock, though I never received i until yesterday. This is the first G&L I've ever had, having played a Music Man Stingray for the past 15 years or so.

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Serial # ( on the neckplate, I assume that's the serial number) B015013

It has some pretty major issues aside from the obvious electronics overhaul (EMG Actives). I got it rather cheap having traded it for an old Fender 215 cabinet. The reason was the neck. It's got a twist, and as a result of folks trying to crank on the neck a lot in order to bring the neck back into a playable state, the truss rod nut -hex hole- is stripped.

I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do about the neck other than take to a few reputable luthiers around town and see if they can help out. The nut I think I can get a replacement.

The electronics however, I'm a bit at a loss. Unless I can find something that will fill the empty space up, I guess I'll leave them in there. Does anyone make pickup rings for jazz pickups? :? Those mini-humbuckers I don't think are all that readily available. But if anyone knows where I can find replacement electronics and a schematic, I'd appreciate it. Also, I'm interested in having it dated, though I know there is a thread for that somewhere.

Thanks.
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Re: G&L El Toro info

Postby Retroman » Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:01 am

Give Dave a call at warpedneck.com and discuss your neck's issues. He may very well be able to repair it. He uses a proprietary heat treatment process that can bring most warped necks' back around. He recently repaired my '88 L2000's neck that had a rise from the 14th fret all the way to the neck/body joint (very typical). My local Fender Custom Shop authorized luthier said the neck was hopeless and was absolutely amazed when I showed him the bass after Dave fixed it: http://www.warpedneck.com/vintage_instr ... epair.html
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Re: G&L El Toro info

Postby bdgotoh » Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:02 am

bummer about the pickups and controls. I'd guess thats an '85-'89 Toro from the black bridge and long truss rod nut. StewMac has a replacement truss rod nut here: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Truss_rods/ ... d_Nut.html

The pickups and controls are nearly impossible to find. I've seen them on ebay occasionally but it's less than once per year.
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Re: G&L El Toro info

Postby jfh4242 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:30 am

EXKid, welcome to Bassesbyleo! We are glad to have you aboard!

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Re: G&L El Toro info

Postby EXKid » Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:34 am

Thanks for the links guys. I'll check them out.

Glad to be here.
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Re: G&L El Toro info

Postby Basscase » Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:46 pm

This is just a shot in the dark... but is it possible that the SB-2 bridge pickup would fit the El Toro holes? If so the SB-2 pickups could probably be purchased through a dealer.
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Re: G&L El Toro info

Postby bdgotoh » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:02 pm

Basscase wrote:This is just a shot in the dark... but is it possible that the SB-2 bridge pickup would fit the El Toro holes? If so the SB-2 pickups could probably be purchased through a dealer.


Nope, the SB-2 bridge pickup is 1/4" longer than an El Toro pickup.
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Re: G&L El Toro info

Postby EXKid » Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:26 am

That would likely mean that the pole spacing isn't the same as well?
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Re: G&L El Toro info

Postby bdgotoh » Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:55 am

EXKid wrote:That would likely mean that the pole spacing isn't the same as well?


Actually, the pole spacing is very close. The SB-2 bridge pickup is just a tiny bit wider but it's nearly the same. The overall length difference is due to how the coils are wound. The SB-2 is a big, flat single coil that has a longer coil than the two skinny coils in the Toro pickup.
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