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DragonFire

Jersey Shore

Mar 24th, 2015 06:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

(This message was last edited by DragonFire at 08:16 PM, Mar 24th, 2015)

bluesmama
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SoCal, USA

"Imagination is everything." Einstein
Mar 25th, 2015 07:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow, new posts in the old haunt! Hey DragonFire and Iversen, thanks for keeping Toro alive!
I'm still hanging onto my first run MIM in two-tone burst...love that thing...love the neck. I did pick up a Blacktop Jag, Iversen, the neck feels quite close to the Toro, but it just doesn't have the same vibe. Still love the Toro!
I always keep my eyes open for Toro's being sold locally or on websites, but you're right...not many around anymore.

DragonFire

Jersey Shore

Mar 26th, 2015 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Welcome back Bluesmama. Happy to hear you still swing a Toro! My Black Toro is first generation and still my favorite. I find my Jag feels closer to the later released Toro than the earlier ones.


DragonFire

Jersey Shore

Jun 20th, 2015 06:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wanted something different in the Crimson MIA Toro I bought a few months ago. Decided to have some Jason Lollar, Lollartrons installed. Basically a bit hotter Filtertron. Beautifully chimey but drive it a little and it barks and growls. Super pick-ups

DragonFire

Jersey Shore

Jan 13th, 2016 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was just about to post on how there were no decent Toro sightings on the Bay, Reverb, or CL when a black MIA (looks to be a Highway 1)popped up. I waited at least 15 minutes for you guys to buy it now but none of you moved.....so I did:)

"I promise this is it!!!!" (that was my quote back in March...but I had my fingers crossed behind my back so it doesn't count!)

(This message was last edited by DragonFire at 05:09 AM, Jan 14th, 2016)

DragonFire

Jersey Shore

Feb 21st, 2016 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I may be preaching to a choir of one here (me!),but I finally caught up to a copper Toro. I am not sure if there are two different colors in the copper or the metallic caramel. It certainly looks different. I will not get it for a week but I have waited a long time to find one of these. I retire in 5 days so this is probably my last purchase as a fixed income and a wife may put an end to this GAS frenzy I sustained for the last couple of years. I guess my next purchase will necessitate a thinning of the herd before I move forward. I will report back when I get it.

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Feb 25th, 2016 09:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey Dragon, we're still here! A copper Toro?!? Wow! I didn't know they made them in copper. Gotta have pics!
Long live the Toro!

69tele

Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Mar 1st, 2016 02:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

here's the photo...

Caramel Toro

69tele

Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Mar 1st, 2016 02:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

amazing that this thread is over 13 years old now !

DragonFire

Jersey Shore

Mar 1st, 2016 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for posting Ernie!

I just ordered a Seymour Duncan Jazz pup for the neck and a SD JB for the bridge. I will coil- split both pups, replace some scratchy pots and change the switch throw to up and down (ala Les Paul) instead of horizontal. As you can see this is a later model Toro with the earlier model pickguard installed. I didn't do that mod and while this looks great I don't advise this. On closer inspection you will notice that the bridge pup pocket can be seen ever so slightly peeking through the bottom of the pickguard. The pick ups on the earlier Toros are actually closer ( 1/2") than the newer versions!!! So to make this work you will need to rout out some wood to make it fit. This is not recommended for the faint of heart!

DragonFire

Jersey Shore

Mar 1st, 2016 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

To Add...

I also ordered a set of Seymour Duncan P-rails and the Triple Shot system for the US Highway 1 I bought in January! You gotta love Toros to be this obsessed!

DragonFire

Jersey Shore

Dec 31st, 2016 06:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Please don't let our Toros drop to oblivion!


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Jan 2nd, 2017 02:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Happy New Year Dragonfire!
Keeping the Toro torch burnin'!


DragonFire

Jersey Shore

Jan 8th, 2017 06:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Back at you Bluesmama. Snowbirding in Florida for two months and I could only bring one guitar. I brought the first Toro I bought brand new in 98 from picture since no one carried them in NY/NJ.


nelwen89

Chantilly, Va, USA

Nelson
Jul 7th, 2019 09:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm a big fan of Fender offset guitars, but prefer the 24.75" scale length. I think I would like to find an American made Tornado, but it's difficult to find information on them (much less actually find one for sale). What are the preferences between Mexican and American models among forum members on this thread?

69tele

Rock Of Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Jul 9th, 2019 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey welcome to the thread, the Toronados both mex and USA (and some Korean ones as well) have been discontinued for quite a while so you would need to look used.

The mex ones have the wide range humbuckers and the large pickguards, whiles the USA model sported the Atomic humbuckers or "Dove" P90 style pickups and a more gibson inspired look.

I only have a mex one.. so cant comment on the USA model, but mine is a great guitar got is new in 2002 and been playing it ever since.

Many years ago when this thread started I put together a page with info on all the models and loads of pics.. hope it helps !

Toronado Players Club Site

nelwen89

Chantilly, Va, USA

Nelson
Jul 9th, 2019 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the response. I will checkout the web site. Yeah, I knew the Tornados are no longer in production, and it's getting hard to find a decent one used.

I was aware that there are some differences. It's interesting the range of opinions comparing the American and Mexican models. The information posted in more recent years seems to suggest more folks like the older (version) Mexican models. I didn't realize the humbucker pickups were different between the two.

DragonFire

Jersey Shore

Sep 10th, 2019 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I realize this is two months to reply however...

Ernie made a bit of a mistake. The first Toros in 98 came out with Atomic Humbuckers. As far as I know they never had Wide Range pups. As for the MIA's, I believe they were Atomic II's for the hb's and also came with Black Dove single coils as Ernie mentioned. While the first generation Toros had string thru body fixed tailpieces with typical Fender bent saddles ( ala vintage Strats and Teles). The first MIA's had stop tailpieces like Tune-o matics. The later MIM Toros also were fitted with this same set-up.

(This message was last edited by DragonFire at 02:42 PM, Sep 10th, 2019)

nelwen89

Chantilly, Va, USA

Nelson
Sep 10th, 2019 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

These models in the MIA version are getting really hard to find, and when yo do they are relatively expensive.

69tele

Rock Of Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Sep 11th, 2019 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

opps.. well near enough !

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