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James Tyler Studio Elite HD Cherry Sunburst

James Tyler Studio Elite HD Cherry Sunburst

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hard shell case included

With this instrument, you have the opportunity to own a guitar that could be a real searing rock and roll machine, and yet, at the same time, be super sophisticated. The neck is just astounding. Jim’s "I don’t know how he does it" rolled fingerboard edges give it a played in feel (but not in a relicy way). And the pickup combination gives you punch and a ripping quality that never has a hint of sharpness or edginess to the sound.

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First available in 1987, the Studio Elite embodied the essence of the L.A. studio scene. It has the contoured and cutaway neck heel/body area with a deeper cutaway on the treble side for easier access to the upper frets. With the SSH pickup configuration, Lead/Rhythm circuit and midboost preamp, it was one of the first "Boutique Superstrats."

CRAIG'S POV

At one point, I carried a Tyler model called a Studio Elite Deluxe.  It was, basically, a Studio Elite with a little more panache: Gold hardware and a Brazilian rosewood fretboard. I just loved the color of it.

What could be more classic than a cherry sunburst on a flame top? On an s-style guitar it gives you a more sophisticated quality. When I called Tyler, I asked if they had a tight flame top. Fortunately for you, they did. I also specified a mamyo back (in lieu of mahogany) because I believe that flame and mamyo gives you a very nice acoustic quality, and a little more high end than flame and mahogany. And that’s real binding - not a scrape and paint job.

The sound is very articulate, very woody, and open and round. And it looks exactly like I hoped it would look: It’s gorgeous.

To me, with this instrument, you have the opportunity right here to own a guitar that could be a real searing rock and roll machine, and yet, at the same time, be super sophisticated. Perfect for whatever you want it to be.

The fingerboard is beautifully figured Madagascar rosewood. A truly lovely piece of fine wood.

The slanted pickups are JTS 5500s in the neck and middle and a Tyler Shark at the bridge. The combination gives you punch and a ripping quality that never has a hint of sharpness or edginess to the sound. Plus, there’s a midrange boost, and a get-everything back to normal bypass switch. Basically, all the high end super Typer electronic goodness you’d hope for.

Feel-wise, it’s just a dream. Of the three maple tops I have in, its the lightest of the bunch, weighing in at a sweet, less than 7 lbs.

As for the neck, I’m not sure what to say beyond “It’s a Tyler.” A knockout quartersawn piece of ’59 shaped woody greatness. It’s just an astounding neck. Jim’s "I don’t know how he does it" rolled fingerboard edges give it a played in feel (but not in a relicy way). There’s just something magical about the way Tyler achieves this. It feels like I was born with it in my hands.

It’s a simple, gorgeous, mouth-wateringly beautiful guitar. And represents Jim Tyler at his very best.

I don’t know what higher praise I can give it than that.

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.

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Toppremium flamed maple
Neckquartersawn maple
FingerboardMadagascar rosewood '59 shape(.845-.975")
Frets.110" x .055"
Radiuscompound 9.5 -12"
Nut width1 5/8"
FinishCherry Sunburst
Bindinggenuine multilayer ivoroid
Pickguardpearl
Hardwarechrome
TunersHipshot locking
BridgeG2RV
PickupsSSH, JTS5500, JTS5500, Shark
Electronics5 way switch, volume, tone, volume w/midboost preamp and bypass switch
Weight6.85lbs
CaseJames Tyler custom hard shell
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