Since the 1970s, James Tyler has been a fixture in the music scene of L.A., specifically the studio scene, with a reputation for building world-class instruments based on the feedback acquired from years of working closely with studio legends and performers Michael Landau, Dan Huff, Buzz Feiten, Dean Parks, Abe Laboriel, and Wayne Krantz (to name a few).
"Today, the guitars are built using state-of-the-art technology including computerized milling machines, laser machines, 3d modeling stations, and aerospace engineering to ensure utmost quality and precision in each product that is made. Technology, however, never takes precedence over what James calls “the human factor”. In this digital age, many computer-built products feel sterile and like machines themselves – that is not what you get with a Tyler. James draws the line to ensure that technology remains a tool in the hands of expert luthiers, and never a human replacement."
Since its debut in 1987, the Tyler Studio Elite HD has established itself as the Super Strat to end all Super Strats. Impeccable build quality, playability, and versatility are what this model is all about - in this case, a "light as air" hollow body version. Any tone you could need is on tap via a set of Tyler pickups, along with the Demeter midboost circuit, another Tyler hallmark.
A highlight of any Tyler, this guitar included, is the neck carve. James and his small team spend hours upon hours shaping and sanding each neck by hand, the results of which are simply remarkable. Easily one of the most comfortable necks we've ever encountered.
"The operation at James Tyler Guitars has grown slowly over the years with no partners, no investors, and no compromises. All the work is still done in Los Angeles, California in the same spirit as when it all started. A ton of sweat equity goes into each instrument, so you can pick it up and make it yours from the very first moment."
Condition: Excellent with very light signs of prior ownership.
Priced with hardshell case.
Fun Tyler Facts:
- Michael Jackson's track "Billy Jean" features a Tyler guitar.
- Remember that crazy Jack Daniels bass - and the Tabasco bass - that Michael Anthony used with Van Halen? A Tyler.
- In the 70s, James was Norm's Rare Guitars main repair and restoration tech
- Midnight finish
- Alder body, hollow
- Maple neck
- 1 5/8" nut
- Pearl pickguard
- JTS5500 neck/middle pickups, T/D Slant bridge humbucker
- Volume, Boost, Tone, 5-way, Boost preset button
- Chrome hardware
- G2H 2-post bridge
- Sprezel locking tuners
- SN 08099