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Mystery of James Tyler Guitars?

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by SKYHIGH, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. Echomachine

    Echomachine Supporting Member

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    They level the frets by hand.
     
  2. jaeger28

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    Sure, and there are doctors that have the tools and knowledge to operate almost any women to look like Kate Beckinsale …
     
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    If it were so easy than why aren't all necks beautiful? Plek is a machine used to try and make frets as smooth as possible. Gibson and Suhr use Plek machines. I have had not so great necks from both companies.

    I would say you are wrong in your assertion that Necks can be cloned easier than amp circuits. In fact I would say it's the exact opposite.

    Tyler makes his necks by hand, they do not use any major finish on them, at least on mine it's the raw-est neck I've ever owned, and I'm talking rawer than PRS raw IRW necks.

    Suhr's satin oil-rubbed necks are awesome feeling too though.

    Ha! Exactly.
     
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    I think you're forgetting the ability to digitize any physical object that will sit still. Once you've quantized a neck, you can NC it repeatedly. For example, with a few exceptional models, all Taylor necks play the same because they came off the same program in the same NC machine(s). The original EB Wolfgang was EVH's Kramer neck quantized and NC'd.
     
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    dammit this thread makes me want a Tyler...
     
  6. btdvox

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    But they never quite feel the same do they? Otherwise Fender Custom shop Relics would feel and play the same as their vintage counter-parts.
     
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    The shape of the neck is part of it for sure but it is only part of why they play and feel the way they do. Tyler's feel more solid somehow if that makes any sense.
     
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    Tyler necks definitely have finish on them. It's a urethane sealer that Jim has made. When the finish first goes on it's a little rough, ever so slightly. People mistake that for the feel of raw wood. Over the years they smooth out in to a nice satin
     
  9. guitrr

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    My Tyler Burning Water is my wife's favorite of my 15 or so electrics, and that's true testimony from a non-musican.

    What I know is that is has the best guitar neck I've ever handled; don't know how they do it, but the neck is to die for.
    As for the headstock, I think it's kind of cheesy looking, but once you get started playing the guitar, it's so sublime you forget all about the headstock.

    I get tons of comments on how cool people think the Burning Water finish is.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I love the initial feel the necks have that McShred has described so well. It's a smooth feel but there is the slightest bit of grip that can make playing easier.

    I'm a fan of the rear routed Studio Elites!

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    The guy takes a over used design and makes something fairly original. I like it. I wish I had one.
     
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    Never had the chance to play one.
    Can they be ordered with a 1 11/16 nut width are do they all come with 1 5/8?
     
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    Mine is 1 11/16.
     
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    I have several that are 1 9/16. Jim does a few different widths.
     
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    Mine is 1 11/16 too, custom 59 neck.

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    Here is my Alien Guano SE chambered Mamywo. 1 11/16 @ nut

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    Awesome, every Tyler I have seen has been listed with a 1 5/8, so I was starting to wonder if this was the only thing available. Glad he can do a 1 11/16.
     
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    The measurements are on the link above. That's where I get that.

    Warmoth Fatback is 1" the entire length. So, fatter.

    USACG has a super fatback that is greater than 1". So, again Fatter.

    Compared to these 2, I wouldn't call .900 "super fat".

    I'd prefer not doing any fret jobs for the life of the guitar - so this potential customer would want 6000 Stainless Jescar.
     
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    haha.......

    I agree on both accounts!
     
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    I'd love to own a tyler.
    My favorite is the alien guano with red pickguard and headstock. :D

    Killer necks, not really 'stratty' the ones I've played definitely a hybrid.

    My buddy's burning water 2K is just stellar.
     

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