Fender Toronado

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Offset, Different Scale

Since its introduction at the 1998 NAMM conference, the Fender Toronado has already seen several design and cosmetic changes. While first glance shows a guitar with an off-set body familiar to Jaguar and Jazzmaster owners alike, many features of this instrument set it apart most of what Fender Musical Instrument Corporation has previously released or since.

===New Vintage=== The first models of Toronado were released in 1998 as part of the "Deluxe Series" (left). These models, produced in Mexico, generally follower more strict specifications than the "Standard" models built in the same facilities. The original Toronado configuration featured two chrome covered humbuckers, rosewood fretboard, tortoise-shell pickguard, 4 chromed knobs (2 for volume, 2 for tone), 3-way toggle switch on the upper left bout, "spaghetti style" Fender logo on a natural finish headstock, and kluson-style tuners. These original releases are considered to have a more "vintage" look and feel to them, and are quite sought after by collectors. Later models would see one or more of these features change (sometimes drastically), but one aspect that remains unchanged for all Toronados is the 24.75" scale length. This is usually referred to as the "Gibson scale" as it is commonly used on all Gibson manufactured guitars. Early colors available on the Toronado included black (pictured, left), red, white, sunburst, orange, and yellow.

Specially American

In 2002, Fender began producing a more upscale, USA manufactured version of the guitar in the American Special Toronado (also sometimes referred to as the "American Deluxe Toronado"). Revisions included a smaller, black pickguard and wiring cavity to reveal more of the semi-transluscent finishes offered. The two colors offered on this premium edition of the Toronado were butterscotch blonde and wine red (both pictured right). These colors corresponded to the electronics offered on the model. The red Toronados featured duel, open coil Atomic II humbuckers while the blondes featured DE-9000 "soapbar" single-coil pickups, specially designed by Fender for these guitars. Other upgrades included Schaller deluxe tuning keys, Tune-O-Matic bridge, abalone dot inlays, straplocks, and a deluxe hard-shell case.

A New Revision

Yet another re-design of the Toronado was released featuring more modern colors like Navy Blue, Caramel Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, and Chrome Red. No single coils would be offered in this model, and the pickups were changed to "Duncan-designed" humbuckers, but still open coil as opposed to the covered humbuckers featured on the first Deluxe release. A short-lived racing stripe that went across the body from the bottom right and followed below the pickups towards the upper left horn, forming a sort of "L" shaped stripe (horizontally, pictured below) was left out starting with 2005 models due to complaints from Fender owners and enthusiasts.

So Many Choices!

Whichever of the different releases catches your eye, the Fender Toronado does stand out as a unique instrument in the company's assortment of guitars, while still capturing that Fender vibe so many of us love.


Specifications

Model Name Toronado®

Series Deluxe Series
Colors Chrome Red, Blizzard Pearl, Navy Blue Metallic, Carmel Metallic,
Body Alder
Neck Maple, Modern “C” Shape,
Fingerboard Rosewood, 9.5” Radius (241mm)
No. of Frets 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
Pickups 2 Atomic™ Humbucking Pickups (Neck, Bridge)
Controls Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
Pickup Switching 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Bridge Adjusto-Matic™ Bridge with Anchored-Tailpiece
Machine Heads Fender®/Schaller® Deluxe Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Hardware Chrome
Pickguard 4-Ply Black
Scale Length 24 3/4” (629 mm)
Width at Nut 1.6875” (43 mm)
Unique Features 24 3/4” Scale Length, Jazzmaster® Headstock Shape, Side Mounted Output Jack
Strings Fender Super 250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042)
Accessories Deluxe Gig Bag
Introduced 1/2005
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