Fender’s Mexican-made guitars are excellent instruments at a lower price, and in the late ’90s Fender decided to capitalize on that fact by offering a ‘Mexican Premium’ line of instruments. The Toronado is such an instrument, and this one exemplifies quality craftsmanship at a reasonable price-point.
The body is reminiscent of other Fender instruments, including such as the Jazzmaster and Mustang. It is a no-frills layout however, that takes a ‘less-is-more’ approach to it’s aesthetic. Two Seymour Duncan ‘Fender Atomic’ humbuckers, two volume controls, two tone controls, and a 3-way switch would be reminiscent of a Les Paul if not for the body, but the similarities don’t end at the electronics layout – the neck is actually 24.75″ scale like a Gibson, too!
The headstock is a traditional Fender shape, and the body is a shockingly gorgeous dreamsicle orange. The bridge is a stop-tailpiece that runs through the body like a ‘Tele, but takes it’s design cues from a Danelectro. A pearloid pickguard and rosewood fretboard ties this beauty together. Despite the fact that this guitar is old enough to be a High School Freshman, there’s not a scratch on it, making it a killer player and a killer looker to boot.