Tyler shop tour

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by Steeltoe, Feb 3, 2006.


  1. Steeltoe

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    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.
     
  2. AaeCee

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    Good story, Steeltoe, but your specs. were just a bit off. Ya gotta go with that active boost circut on a Tyler, it's one of his specialties! It would rip with that setup you described! I'm Jonse'n for one too. AC
     
  3. Steeltoe

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    The strange thing is, I have never before seen a Tyler in person.
    His dealer network is all back east. We have lots of Andersons, some Grosh and Suhr guitars around here, but you just won't find any
    Tylers hanging on the walls around here. Therefore my exposure
    was zilch. Only what I have seen on the internet.
    When I go back to play, I'll certainly check out the mid boosts.
    Still thinking about those schmears!
     
  4. BluePowder

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    If I'm not wrong his first name should be James.;)

    I've never seen or tried a Tyler in person, where I'm from we don't have a dealer here. But man, judging from all the stories and pictures on this site...I want one!

    Nice story man, thanks for sharing :)
     
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    Make 'n Music almost always has a pretty nice - and full - stock of Tylers. It's cool to walk into their shop and see a whole wall of them hanging there.....
     
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    Is this Matte's Tyler? Why is he willing to give it up so quickly after liking it so much? Just curious.
     
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    Congrats on the new Strat splatt, it's a beauty.

    Would love to hear it in action.
     
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    Yes, congrats on the new guitr. Do you dig the mid boost?
     
  10. Phil Bennett

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    Did you see my Custom Classic scratch plate while you were there?

    There great guitars, well worth a try of one, and you will buy !!!! so beware

    Phil
     

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