Tyler- mamywo vs. Traditional wood

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  1. Jujo

    Jujo Supporting Member

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    Hey Tyler people-

    I'm jonesing for one of these babies. I've been jonesing for a year. I've played 4 Tylers and I preferred the Mamywo. Although the others were most excellent as well. I've read from others that they find the Mamywo pretty dark sounding. I don't remember it being that way, I found it full sounding and I was able to get very pleasing strat tones. I'm a big Walter Becker fan and every Tyler I've played has been the closest that I've come to Becker tones. Very clean, full, and still with lots of springiness. The sounds I was getting were both smooth and springy/bouncy-at the same time. I'm not looking for an anemic vintage strat sound with all that nuance. Not a diss just a matter of opinion.

    So I want to hear others experience before I plop down the dough. I play lots of funk and motown and still I preferred the Mamywo. So I'm a little confused as to why so many have said Mamywo is too dark. I've never played a plain alder Tyler, the alder one I played had a quilt maple top. Am I missing something? Am I the only one that has found Mamywo to be suitable for all styles of music- including traditional strat sounds?

    Are they people that explain exactly what they preferred about their non-Mamywo Tylers?

    Thanks for any input...
     
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  2. Droptop

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    For the Walter Becker sound you need the Sadowsky Walter Becker model. Here is the one I have coming this week:

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    I also love my Tyler. Its Alder, but the tone isn't dark, its very balanced with plenty of quack.

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  3. gerryguitar

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    I have a Mamywo Burning water Tyler and its very fat sounding... not dark.. I think the description of the sound gets mixed up sometimes... its a fatter sound than alder for sure but it still has a very nice high end.. its definately different... and quite addictive.. I also have an alder bodied strat with a Suhr DSV and FL's and its not as fat sounding.. I love both tones for different things.
     
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    I have a mamywo also. Very fat sounding with sweet mids. Tylers rule!
     
  5. Flinto2002

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    I have a Mamywo Ice Water...no way is the guitar dark. It's fat, but not dark...and neither is it fat in a LP way, just a nice midrange fullness. Plus the thing is under 7lbs....Mamywo is crazy light....another bonus for gigging.
     
  6. Jujo

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    Well I bought Mamywo. So I guess that's that. I preferred it in person and in sound clips. I sure as **** hope it works for me. Big investment. I'll try different pickups if I think a change is in order. No matter what, it's going to be a while before I can afford a swap- if indeed I determine a swap is needed. Hope not.
     
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    Agree with everyone's comment

    Fat with nice mid sounding wood.
     
  8. slopeshoulder

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    There is no known wood species as Mamywo. Mamywo is Tyler's made up word for Poplar. No lie. He has a sene of humor. It's poplar. Read up on the tone of poplar. That's it. Really.
     
  9. gerryguitar

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    where did you get this information..?
     
  10. Mondoslug

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    Sure & next you're going to tell us that there's no natural organic substance known as mother of toilet seat.
     
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    Love Tyler Burning Waters.
    All I have played have been Mamywo.
    All I have played were righteous.

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  12. Jujo

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    There's mention of it on TGP in another thread. Its a tree from Asia, I can't find the thread right now. But there was a good explanation of it.
     
  13. gerryguitar

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    Mamywo as a species of wood dosen't exist... Jim Tyler indeed did name this wood...
    Ma..(Maylasian)
    My..(Mystery)
    Wo..(Wood)

    but it isn't Poplar...
     
  14. Droptop

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    mother of toilet seats not real?!? Blasphemy
     
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    It's called jeut Long or something like that, it's in the mahogany family.

    Poplar.....sheesh, where do you people get that kind of frikken information.
     
  16. Jujo

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    It may be close to mahogany on the ole family tree, but to me it doesn't sound like mahogany. Maybe only in that it has a higher mid content than alder or ash. But I've played 2 mamymo guitars and the single coil sounds were very strat like to my ears. With increased mids- which for me is a good thing. Somehow though, even with the increased mids, the strat vibe is not lost. It seems like the mamywo guitars were being 2 different things at the same time. I could go from strat funk to full robust jazz tones just by playing with the pickups, tone, and boost. Damn. That's bad ass.
     
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    Ha!
     
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    I guess it's supposed to be Jelutong :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jelutong_(tree)

    It also appears to be gum tree that latex is made of. So it may even be true that some birth control devices I have used are made of Mamywo, so malaysian mystery wood has whole new meaning.
     
  19. Mondoslug

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    Watch out for splinters.
     
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    There was a couple of lure companies using it to make crankbaits out of because of it's light weight. I think they were trying to replace balsa.
     

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