Tyler Stealth Elite: New Twanger For 2006 & Beyond *Pics

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  1. John Ziegler

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    my body.
    B)what are the momentary switches doing?
    #)Upper fret access on the wound strings looks like a non issue (I wish I woulda gotten the back of the lower horn scalloped out a bit for the whole extended fingering thing).
     
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    Uh oh...what's that in the neck!! I feel an acute attack of GAS coming on!
     
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    Wow, that looks like a stealth Sustain(iac?)er in the neck.

    That's one of the coolest shmears yet. Thanks for not sanding the forearm. What's the finish; West coast hazmat?
     
  5. pedalpat

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    looks like the buttons are for the synth pickup. (look between the trem and bridge pu)
     
  6. John Ziegler

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    the momentary switches are midi switches used for the built in synth pickup.

    the access on the guitar is the "elite" body style that tyler makes.
    totally effortless to play any note on this guitar...

    and totally stealth!

    rock on!:AOK
     
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    the neck pickup is a benedetto B6....i wanted something different and jazzy...

    and it sounds awesome!

    choice!
     
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    it's the only one jim did in this color....so far!
    after he was looking at it when it was all assembled with the black pickguard and headstock....
    i think he's decided he may pursue this particular shmear some more.

    the colors and the process really makes this one look awesome and very 3D when ya check it out.

    shmear on!
     
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    I just got my first Tyler last Saturday and I can say without reservation that it's the first Ash body Maple neck/fingerboard bolt-on three pickup trem guitar that I've owned that works in an unlimited number of musical applications. Unplugged, the guitar has all of the resonance and sustain of my Martin. The neck feels incredible, the trem is flawless(especially with the back route), the Landau hum works well with the middle pickup, etc. etc.

    Incredible musical instrument.
     
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    Beautiful guitar. That particular colour is incredible. In the photos it appears almost three dimensional - can you actually feel any of those ridges and corrugations?

    Congrats! :D
     
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    Holy frickin crap that is cool!!!! I love it.
     
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    What does Jim and the gang call the finish?? "Stealth Schmear"??? Whatever they call it, it's AWESOME :eek:
     
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    i'd been kicking around the idea of getting a guitar synth for a while...
    but i hated the whole taped down pickup and switcher thrown onto a strat deal...
    and so this thing came about recently.
    originally i wasn't even gonna have any pickups or trem on it....which would have been cool too.
    but then i rethought the guitar and wanted to also have something simple that i could maybe play some more jazzy shtuff on....
    and voila! threw a couple of neat pickups in there and an awesome bridge....now it's off to the races! [​IMG]

    the guitar is basically a Studio Elite model that Tyler's made for many years...without all the "studio-ish" electronics involved.
    the Elite body design is a more playable/accessed version of a strat shape.
    fwiw...the "stealth" connotation was my own doing(and jim dug it)....because of the cool switching for the synth and the minimalistic pickup config.
    so any other "stealth" guitar dudes out there...relax. [​IMG]

    some specs....
    -super light alder body(and there's plenty of wood left on it...the synth switching cavity is very small actually. and the guitar rings for days.
    -the paintjob is a one of a kind shmear that jim did....but after looking at it put together with the black pickguard and headstock, he may delve into this one further. (with these kinda finishes, ya either love it or hate it....i dig it because it's different and has some "dimension" to it.)
    -the neck is shaped exactly after my original '51 nocaster(medium sized C w/ no shoulders...it cuts in right from the edge of the dark rosewood fretboard) the neck finish is a vintage woody feel also, basically just sealed w/lacquer. and a 10" radius i think.
    -6000 frets.....oh yeah! kluson style staggered tuners.
    -prototype Gotoh bridge(six screw vintage style, floating...but w/floyd type arm and feel....it's bad ass!)
    -electronics are an Arcane "Fudgebucker" scatterwound PAF style in the lead and a Benedetto B-6 in the rhythm. 3 way switch w/ master volume and tone.
    -Roland synth pickup w/ body mounted switching to do midi functions and also split the signal from gtr pickups and/or synth pickup.

    i played the thing for the first time last night at my gig....

    bitchin! [​IMG]
     
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    Hey look at the new Z Shmear!!!

    Cool guitfiddle Johnny Z [​IMG]
     
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    nice, looks like Tyler is having his day in TGP sun, does he make one w/o a floating trem?
     
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    sure he makes em not float if that's what you want.
    my is simply set up tiltled a bit, just like you would do with a vintage bridge.
    there's no cavity underneath this one, unlike some of the guitars he makes.
    tyler pretty much aims to please.
    and i'm diggin so far!

    another close up shot....

    [​IMG]

    choice!
     
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    John,

    Is that a standard Roland Midi pickup (GK2/GK3) with the guts tucked away inside the guitar? If so, very cool. I've been interested in doing something very similar. Does the 13 pin midi connector come out the side? Great looking guitar.
     
  18. fusionbear

    fusionbear exquirentibus veritatem Gold Supporting Member

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    Hey! Take it back, the pups are crooked! LOL! Awesome git....I feel gas coming too:eek:
     
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    Sweet - I have lusted for a Tyler for years. I want everything damnit!!!!

    good luck
    bilbal
     
  20. whoismarykelly

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    Looks like a Bartolini humbucker.
     

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