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James Tyler Black Custom Classic

James Tyler Black Custom Classic

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6.5 pounds!

This guitar has one of Tyler's great '59 necks with perfect fretwork and deeply rolled fingerboard edges. As is the case with any Tyler, the pickup choice is always left up to Jim with the only caveat being to choose pickups that will bring THIS particular guitar to life. He's obviously selected carefully, particularly the bridge pickup, a 'Secret' model that really shines. It's rooted in the essence of the traditional sound, but it somehow delivers more of it. More goodness. More sound. You get the idea.

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CRAIG'S POV

It's like Christmas every time I get a new guitar in from James Tyler. I just am crazy about this guitar! I have had lots of Tylers in my professional career and believe me, this Black Classic certainly stands with the best of the best of them. If you like really lightweight (6.5 lbs!) S style guitars, I sincerely doubt you will find one better than this.

So, here is the back story on what makes this this venerable Black Classic Tyler model so special. A while back, Jim built a custom Tylerbaster for me and I was totally blown away by the acoustic resonance and weight of the guitar. It was holy grail stuff - a guitar that pushed me to speak to Jim to find out more about it; truth is I really wanted to give him a big hug - it was that good. Here's what I learned: Jim had built that Tylerbaster from a stash of extraordinarily lightweight swamp ash that he procured. Once I learned that, I immediately commissioned him to build a Black Classic with this magical ash rather than the traditional alder. And while he was at it, I asked him to sweeten the pot with a birdseye maple neck.

A Black Classic is one of my favorite looks: With an impeccable black finish and a classic tortoiseshell pickguard, to me this says: This one means business.

It has one of Tyler's great '59 necks with perfect fretwork and deeply rolled fingerboard edges. As is the case when I order any Tyler, I always leave the pickup choice up to Jim with the only caveat being to choose pickups that will bring THIS particular guitar to life.  He's obviously selected carefully. I particularly like the bridge pickup, a 'Secret' model that really shines. It's rooted in the essence of the traditional sound, but it somehow delivers (and I can't think of a better way to put this) more of it. More goodness. More sound. You get the idea.

This beauty is a player's dream, with incredible sonic consistency and a simply fantastic feel. Tyler's reputation speaks for itself, and I can’t imagine any guitarist not falling in love with this guitar and finding music and inspiration from deep in their imagination.

If you'd like to find out more about this item, just call or e-mail me. It would be my pleasure to talk to you about it.

ABOUT TYLER GUITARS
James Tyler has had a guitar in his hand almost every day since he first picked one up the summer after seventh grade, in 1964. In college, Jim studied Architecture, Design, Music, Photography and for a couple years, Theology. He paid his way through these years of collage doing guitar repair work at local guitar stores, and as a factory trained auto mechanic for Alfa Romeo, Lancia, BMW and Fiat. Later into the 1970’s, he got connected with the guys at Norman’s Rare Guitars in the San Fernando Valley, and became their main repair and restoration guy. Jim’s abilities continued to expand and soon he had enough experience and reputation that he opened his first repair shop in Reseda, CA in 1980. Since then its been a whirlwind of successes, including being chosen to be displayed among the great California guitar companies such as Fender, Rickenbacker, Mosrite and Charvel in the Museum of California's exhibit The Ultimate Guitar Show and building for artists such as Michael Landau, David Williams, Steve Lukather, Michael Anthony, and Dan Huff. James' design shapes and various ground breaking guitar finishes and most recently his line of pickups have virtually transformed the guitar building industry.

Serial #17175
Bodylightweight swamp ash
Neckbirdseye maple, standard '59 profile (845-.975)
Radius9.5"
FingerboardIndian rosewood
Nut width1 5/8"
Frets.90"x.055"
Finishblack
Pickguardtortoiseshell
PickupsS/S/H--JTS5500, JTS5500, Secret
Electronics5 way switch, volume, tone, tone
HardwareKluson tuners, G2TS bridge, chrome
CaseTyler custom
Weight6.5 lbs
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