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FENDER TORONADO DELUXE 1998 EMG James Hetfield PUs + Kill Switch Black 16080

Regular price $1,199



You're looking at a 1998 Fender Toronado in black with offset body and large black pickguard, maple neck with rosewood fretboard. Discontinued and rare, this is the earlier (and cooler looking) Toro. This has been upgraded with EMG Active James Hetfield humbuckers. These sell for $250. Not many pickup sets cost that much. So yea, they sound pretty amazing. Also has a mini “kill switch” located just under the bridge. All electronics work great, and cosmetically it is a very clean one. Body contour on back and rare Gibson scale length of 24.75 inches.

Cosmetically, beyond scuffing and a couple minor marks, it's super clean (see pics). Frets are in great condition. No case. Weight is 8 pounds, 6 ounces. This is the first year the Toronado was made, and a 24-year vintage guitar with great pickups. Nice find! I do a full cleaning and setup on all guitars. (Details on my setups and packing at bottom of listing.) Thanks for looking!


What You Get
-- Full setup, cleaning, and new strings.
-- FREE USA shipping.
-- 30-day return policy.
-- Ship within 1 business day--pro packing.

Manufacturer Info

The Fender Toronado was an electric guitar made by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Introduced at NAMM in 1998, it is a part of the "Deluxe Series" of Fenders produced in Mexico, generally to higher specs than most "Standard" models. The Toronado features two Fender Atomic humbucking pickups, a rosewood fretboard, and four chrome knobs (2 volume and 2 tone). Many models also include a tortoise-shell pickguard. The headstock features the Fender "spaghetti" logo and sports vintage style Gotoh/Kluson tuners. The body shape shadows the designs of Fender's Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars. The Toronado also has a 24.75" scale length—an unusual feature on a Fender guitar, as this scale length is usually associated with electric guitars manufactured by Gibson.

Guitar Setup
All our setups are done by our in-house luthier. Setup includes new strings (9s or 10s depending on what the nut is cut for), overall polish, cleaning any gunk off fingerboard, oiling neck, and polishing frets when necessary. We spray out any pots that are noisy, turn the truss rod (if necessary) and set string height at low-to-medium action depending on string buzz present. Since setup is highly subjective you may need to get it set to your particular needs by your personal luthier. Basses get the same treatment minus the string change. Thanks!
I use quality boxes, thick bubble wrap, and peanuts to pack guitars. I have a very high rate of successful guitar and bass shipping (meaning few damaged instruments). I have been doing this 11 years and know how to pack well--with or without a hard case. I wrote a detailed story with photos on how I pack a guitar. Google "THERE IN ONE PIECE...How to Pack a Guitar" and you will find it. Thanks.