Fender Toronado.

The Toronado is Fender Mexicoís first wholly designed guitar and is made at Fender's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

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The body has an† "offset-waist" body with rounded, comfortable comers. The newly designed 6-saddle string-through-body "hard-tail" bridge offers excellent tuning stability, playability and enhances the guitars natural sustain.

Installed are the new Fender ďAtomic- HumbuckersĒ Pickups, which are screwed onto on a white perloid pickguard, these have chrome covers. Individual chrome knurled Tele style knobs allow complete control, over volume and tone for each pickup, this allows players together with a 3-way toggle switch to dial in to their desired sound.†

The Neck

The Toronado has a 24 3/4" scale, which is quite similar to Gibson style. The body is made of poplar whilst the one-piece maple neck has a separate rosewood fretboard.† The 22 medium-jumbo frets provided where found to be smooth and well polished. Playing action is very good and was found to be comfortable.

Hardware

Vintage style machine heads are installed together. All hardware such as strap buttons, jack socket are chromed.

Protection

A Fender deluxe gig bag is included but obviously the purchase of a flight case will provide better protection for the guitar. Fender offers these as well as other companies. Tip; make sure it fits! This is a very wide guitar. An email to Fender revealed that part no. 099-6111-306 is the correct case for this guitar.

Sound

Well what can I say? The Toronado certainly feels and sounds a like a Fender but some Gibson like tones can creep through. It certainly sounds thicker and warmer than any other Fender Iíve ever played. Even unplugged this guitar sounds loud thanks to the generous amount of wood it employs in its construction.

Summary.

The Toronado is a well though out and executed guitar for the price.† Itís certainly an alternative sounding and looking guitar to consider when making your next instrument purchase.

By Ernest Slade

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