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Tyler Fiesta Red Classic

Tyler Fiesta Red Classic

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Based on a legendary classic, James Tyler Classic S style is a master's vision of what this style guitar could and should be. James Tyler will not stand for anything that is less than perfect, and he really nailed the look and feel on this Classic.

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Based on a legendary classic, James Tyler Classic S style is a master's vision of what this style guitar could and should be. James Tyler will not stand for anything that is less than perfect, and he really nailed the look and feel on this Classic. Its light swamp ash gives this guitar that certain spank you covet, but without any associated brittleness.


I honestly love every single Tyler that comes into CR Guitars. His guitars are so consistently fantastic it just defies logic. Still, each one has something special, something uniquely their one. As I was playing this strikingly beautiful S-style guitar, it struck me that what this guitar has is perfection. It feels just right in your hands, with wonderful acoustic tone and sustain that you feel all through your body when you play. There is a deep vintage vibe, and playing either acoustically or electrically yields a feeling of satisfaction, as though you have been accepted into a secret guitar club.

The standard '59 is one of my favorite necks, and this neck just feels wonderful in your hands, and so easy to play. There is a way in which you hands seem to use less energy than you expect when playing this guitar. Maybe its Tyler's perfected compound radius, his fantastically exacting standards, but whatever it is, I'm glad he does what he does. I also love his satin finish on the neck, which feels natural, but maintains protection of the wood.

One of the great things about Tyler guitars too is that he makes his own pickups, and he custom winds the pickups for each guitar so that they are perfectly tuned to the instrument. In fact, when I order a Tyler, I never request any particular pick up configuration, but instead let James decide what is best when he chooses the wood. This is something that makes Tyler guitars very special instruments, the harmony between each guitar and set of pickups.

Tyler doesn't really make relic'ed guitars, though he has some instruments that have the "with bacon" option where some of the wood under the finish is left bare. This guitar is not one of those, but Tyler also magically captures a deep vintage vibe in his traditionally styled guitars. I always think of '50s hot rods when I play his guitars, and the vibrant fiesta red finish on this guitar is not just gorgeous, it speaks to a slow cruise down back roads to the isolated stretch of straight road where you can just let your motor rip. This guitar has it all!

You know, the phrase is often bandied about "in a perfect world... " this or that would be true. As I was playing this guitar earlier today I realized that in a perfect world, this guitar would be exactly what it is.

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.

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 shape, 1st fret .845, 12th fret .975
Fret size.090 x .055
Radiuscompound, 9.5" - 12"
Nut width1 5/8"
FinishFiesta Red with thin nitro top
Pickguardmint green/black/mint green
TunersHipshot locking
BridgeTyler G2RV
Pickupsneck, middle: JT55 Stingray 500, bridge: Hot Retro
Electronics5-way, volume, tone, tone
Weight7.3 lbs.
Casecustom Tyler hard shell
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