1) lyle were one of a number of brands made in the matsumoku factory - I know aria were made there & I think univox.
2) its pretty cool looking - the pickups are generally pretty weak. If I were to get that, i'd metally think i'd be getting new pickups pretty soon.
3) there is no proof about the QOTSA claims. I think he's expecting a premium from that but its a hell of a lot cheaper than a Gibson trini, tho...
4) someone with 53 auctions & 94% positive feedback is super low. seems to mostly sell cymbals. i'd find out where they are other than generically California- they have no location info.