I have been a fan of Tyler guitars for a long time and have owned several over the years. I love the creativity of the paint jobs, etc. and feel that the good ones are spectacular. That being said, they are not cheap of course. So, I was curious when the rumors of Joe Guitars started swirling suggesting that Tyler was building a secret brand for the Japanese market. A combination of Mr. Tyler's sense of humor and his guitar design/building skills. Curiousity got the best of me and I picked up a Joe "Black." I definitely did not need it as I already have a HSS guitar that has been one of my main guitars for quite a while, and I generally don't duplicate similar feature guitars. I figured I would check it out for fun and comparison and then sell/trade it. I have had enough time with it to provide some basic thoughts. Absolutely great guitar IMO. There are some subtle differences compared to a standard Tyler. Slightly flatter radius, very slightly smaller neck, "built in America by assholes" written on the headstock, body wood combination, no backplate for the trem cavity, etc. I must admit that it is probably my favorite playing Tyler (Joe) that I have ever played. It very resonant, sustains really well, trem is smooth and works great, stays in tune, and the playability is at least as good as any Tyler I have played. His own PUPs in it sound great. Just a really great example of his same design without some of the fancy paint, etc. For me, I have not found Tyler's to be quite as consistent as some of the other best-of-the-best, but a good Tyler is among the best guitars I have ever played and I feel that this is right there. Obviously, these are pretty rare (particularly in the US), but try one if you ever get the chance. While I have only played this one, it is pretty special. Again, this is something I expected to enjoy briefly and trade/sell, but now has me looking at what else to sell instead. It deeply overlaps with another guitar that is an old favorite for me, but just not ready to part with this yet. Great job Mr. Tyler. You have added some humor and personality to an already great design. Thanks. Evan.