Would you believe I just dropped in uninvited to Jim Tyler's shop in Van Nuys, CA yesterday? Not something I would usually do. I live nearby, and after ordering a Bruno Cowtipper 22 from Ken at Ultrasound NYC, he took my info, and asked if I had ever been to Tyler's shop, since we are in the same city. No, I didn't even know he was here! Unbelievable. Somehow that one slipped by me for the last 20 years. So I looked up his website. Anyways, my friend and I were having lunch at Fatburger, which is in front of his shop, and I mentioned to my friend that Tyler Guitars was right behind us. So he convinced me that we should just go over to check it out. We walked in and one of the workers welcomed us, and showed us part of the shop, until a few minutes later when Jim freed himself from the neck he was working on. He was quite friendly, and we apoligized for dropping in. He showed us all around, and I was quite impressed by the whole operation. Small shop, small but talented team, various unfinished bodies and necks in different areas, finished or almost finished guitars on the wall. We were most impressed by what we saw, for example a hollow strat, and a singlecut/tele style guitar with sound chambers, and of course the most exotic and artistic finishes I have ever witnessed. He invited us back to play some guitars. I said I'll wait until the Bruno arrives and give him a call. Now, after just buying a Grosh Set Neck two months ago, I'm already jonesing for a Tyler, and dreaming up my own custom version. Hmmm, how about a singlecut/tele style, chambered mahogony body, minihum neck p/u, singlecoil bridge p/u, med/large neck carve, 6150 frets... Anyways, it was a real treat to meet a modern day master luthier, and see the shop in person.