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James Tyler Tylerbastar Aged White, Preowned

James Tyler Tylerbastar Aged White, Preowned

Price: $3,750

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Preowned, 2015, like new

Tyler specializes in the bolt-on neck designs that first drew breath in the '50s, but he has evolved his instruments over many years to address every detail, every component, every nuance of construction. His guitars are as good as they are because he has been a passionate searcher for decades, devoted to making one style of guitar (albeit with variations) as well as possible.

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CRAIG'S POV

This absolutely stellar preowned Tylerbastar is straight out of a collection and is in like-new condition.

There is a kind of refinement to James Tyler’s guitars that is always a pleasure to experience. Whether playing or merely looking at his instruments, you feel that you have delivered yourself to a master. If you look closely at the details—the perfect fret and finish work, the ultra clean lines where wood meets wood or metal—there is a deep sense of visual satisfaction. And then there is the tone: balanced, articulate, expressive to your every musical gesture.

Holding a Tyler in my hands, well, it just makes me smile every time!

Tyler specializes in the bolt-on neck designs that first drew breath in the '50s, but he has evolved his instruments over many years to address every detail, every component, every nuance of construction. His guitars are as good as they are because he has been a passionate searcher for decades, devoted to making one style of guitar (albeit with variations) as well as possible.

For this Tylerbastar, I asked James to capture the spirit of the early 60s slab board Telecasters, which have a warmth and woodiness that I love. A perfect balance of materials, the recipe for this truly iconic design has been long established, with countless luthiers re-creating the "working guitarist’s guitar," but few with Tyler’s deep understanding of the design’s DNA. The T style guitar appears simple, basic, but what we are really after as players of these guitars is an instrument that transcends the materials, where everything comes together in one package that inspires us to be better musicians. This is one of those guitars.

While it may seem the essence of simplicity, a quintessential T design, its rich tonal pallet and strong, articulate voice defies its humble roots. Tyler really got this one right, and it feels and sounds as good as the best vintage instruments I have played. The matched Tyler pickups are very dynamic and give you all the traditional T sounds, but somehow with an extra fullness and range that is both surprising and gratifying.

Without resorting to making a so-called relic guitar, Tyler employs some carefully developed techniques that make this Tylerbastar feel like you have been playing it for years. One of my favorites is the way he gently (and masterfully) rounds the edges of the fretboard so that it feels like a vintage neck, like sliding your hands into the well worn pockets of your favorite jeans. The aged white finish is sheer enough that you can sense the woodiness of the lightweight alder body, and the slight relief at the back of the cutaway makes accessing higher frets very natural.

For me, Tyler, as much as any guitar maker working today, has mastered the process of luthiery. His vast experience brings home the beauty of this guitar, a refined instrument with a distinct and dynamic voice, that also fully retains the soul of the original T guitars.

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.

Bodysolid alder
Neckquartersawn maple, standard ’59 profile
Radiuscompound, 10" to 12"
FingerboardIndian rosewood
Nut width1 5/8”
Nutbone
Finishnitrocellulose lacquer
Coloraged white
Pickguardthree ply, white-black-white
PickupsJTTN 5250 neck, JTTN Alligator bridge
Electronicsmaster volume, master tone, three-way switch
HardwareKluson
BridgeGlendale, 3 saddle
CaseTyler custom
Weight7.2 lbs.
Serial #15200
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