Mystery of James Tyler Guitars?

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  1. bumblefingers

    bumblefingers Member

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    [​IMG]

    So far mine is the only headstock i've seen with that logo, although the shape is the same. Haven't seen one that deviated from the normal shape apart from slight changes to dimension, although the overall perimeter shape is the same.
     
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  2. Nada

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    wow. that's gorgeous.
     
  3. McShred

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    Supply: Jim makes considerably fewer guitars a year than Suhr and Anderson, WAY fewer.

    Well, that and they are AWESOME

     
  4. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    ummmm......
    wow!
     
  5. McShred

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    LOL, no he isn't. Trust me, if Jim had a new headstock I would know.

    There are 4 shapes

    Standard
    Classic - like above but thinner
    Ultimate Weapon - same genral profile but with angular cuts rather than curves
    Set Neck - 6 on a side variation of the standard, slimmer, less aggressive

    You can get a classic neck on a studio elite or vice versa, but Jim won't put a UW neck on anything but a UW, sames goes with the Set Neck headstock

    He has some variations in Logo's that he'll use (Signature, Explogo, Herman) but shapes are standardized
     
  6. fusionbear

    fusionbear exquirentibus veritatem Gold Supporting Member

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    Jim Tyler makes amazing guitars on every level.

    Fret work, hand carved necks, cool finishes, excellent hardware and pickups. Sound great, play great.... Great time to be a guitar player these days...

    His guitars, Mike Lipe, Jerry Bizon, and K-Line are some of my favorite builders beside Suhr that I am familiar with...
     
  7. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Silver Supporting Member

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    What is this finish called? Very cool!
     
  8. bumblefingers

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    Officially called wine-ou shmear...others have called it pb+j or zombie vomit. I think i like those descriptions better. It's a really dark purple and tan
     
  9. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Silver Supporting Member

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    Very cool...dig it! Thanks!:cool:
     
  10. DWB1960

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    Agreed that Tyler's have a very unique feel to them that's organic, for want of a better word.
     
  11. veus55

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    I have about 14 great unique boutique guitars and my Tyler rules them all...
     
  12. The Machman

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    I would love to own one some day. It would obviously have this heastock

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    If that's a purple shmear it's the best I've seen. Shmears really deserve back routing. That one's really great.
     
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    The headstock and logos keep getting better. I've got "Built in America..." on mine but I wish I had Herman and the jumbled name, too.
     
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    Obviously. The upside of internet complaining is this logo.
     
  16. btdvox

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    De-mystified. Saw your selling a Hazmat Schmear yourself although mine seems to look quite a bit different.

    My favorite guitar of all time.

    [​IMG]
     
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  17. S1Player

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    Those finishes! Cool and incredible.

    And, can someone put in to words how the neck is finished. Music man tru-oil type, bare wood, matte poly or nitro, or something else.

    And, what neck thickness and nut widths are available. Looked all over the website and couldn't find it.

    EDIT: ok. found the neck options on a link from this page http://www.tylerguitars.com/t-about_tyler.aspx. Just a little disappointed. Their "Fat" neck isn't that fat (compared to a Warmoth Fat Back for example). And, they only have nut widths to 1 11-16". Also, no stainless fret options of super jumbo options (6000 or 6100 size). Amazing looking - but not quite the neck specification selection I would be looking for.

    I am not crazy about that headstock, but it could grow on me.
     
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  18. jaeger28

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    Their necks are like crack. Once you tried one out, your brain will only be focussed 100% towards the next Tyler fix.
     
  19. btdvox

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    Their necks are super fat. Not sure where your getting that. My neck starts at like .900 and goes to 1"

    Tyler does not believe in Stainless Steel frets, he thinks they sound worse, and I believe he uses 6100 as standard frets.

    The one thing that is known about Tyler guitars are their necks. They are simply the best.
     
  20. jay42

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    okay, I'm a little interested, but a neck can be cloned easier than an amp circuit if you have the right tools. Suhr and Ernie Ball have those tools, for example.

    Is it just the neck shape? Does he Plek?
     

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