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Tyler Black Classic Electric Guitar #12138  From James Tyler

Super-strat in SSH pickup configuration from James Tyler.


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James Tyler Guitars

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What We Think

Not just for fans of Landau, but definitely ideal for those folks! The Black Classic. It's a serious super-strat that can handle just about anything you throw at it. I'm loving the "secret" humbucker for lush rock chords and every pickup position really brings clarity and bold tone to your ears.

This is a rare model to see in stock at stores! I take calls and emails on this guitar often. Get in touch with me to reserve this amazing Tyler before someone else does



James Tyler Black Classic Electric Guitar Demo

The Tyler Black Classic is truly a super-strat, in SSH pickup configuration, with an alder body, smooth maple neck, and rosewood fretboard, this electric guitar will truly melt your ear-drums the first second you hear it. The Black Classic sports a tortoise shell pick guard, Tyler JTS5500s in the neck and middle position, with a secret humbucker in the bridge position, as well as a five way pickup selector. Call our guitar experts if you want more information about this masterpiece from luthier James Tyler. 919.682.5552. or 888.528.9703. Also feel free to check out more photos, specs and reviews about this super strat.    Recording Chain: Royer 121 + Heil PR30 Mics - True Systems P8 preamp - Lynx Aurora AD Converter

Manufacturer's Description from James Tyler


Before you try a high end guitar for the first time, you respond to your heart. You saw the guitar for the first time and something about it touched you and created such a dose of anticipation in your being that you had to check it out.

The sooner, the better. And when you tracked one down, and held it, looking at it, turning it over and around, soaking up the aesthetic of it all, you realize it's more than just a guitar, it's a piece of art, and the anticipation grows.

You finally find a place to sit, shift yourself around a little until you are comfortable, slide the guitar into place, and really grab the neck for the first time.

You still haven't played a note yet, but you know.This is what everyone is talking about. Now the question is, how, however irresponsible it may be,how are you going to buy it?

When the guitar sounds like magic, you play better. When you play better, you want to just keep on playing.


James Tyler Guitars

About Manufacturer

James Tyler started out doing custom guitar work and repairs in the early 1970's. His reputation grew by word of mouth up through the later 1980's and early 1990's when a lot of top session players and artists in the Los Angeles studio scene trusted him to give them exactly what they needed. He listened to his customers and pushed the limits by constantly seeking what could be improved. This kind of hands-on experience with thousands of guitars and an exclusive clientele has given James keen insight into how things work, and what players want. 

Today, the guitars are built using state-of-the-art technology including computerized milling machines, laser machines, 3d modeling stations, and aerospace engineering to ensure utmost quality and precision in each product that is made. Technology, however, never takes precedence over what James calls "the human factor." In this digital age, many computer-built products feel sterile and like machines themselves - that is not what you get with a Tyler. James draws the line to ensure that technology remains a tool in the hands of expert luthiers, and never a human replacement. 

The handwork and attention to detail at Tyler make a guitar feel comfortable and familiar. A small, dedicated crew of talented craftsmen builds each guitar to order doing as much work by hand as possible. The necks are final shaped by hand, the bodies get hours of hand work through the sanding, painting, and buffing processes. the frets are dressed and polished by hand through a 10-step process that gives a superior final result that no computer-controlled machine can produce. The guitars get assembled, adjusted, set-up, played, listened to and tested by people who care about quality. Then they go back for a final set-up before they are packed and shipped. It takes a determined balance of modern technology and old school tradition to give you a guitar that feels like an old friend when you play it for the first time. 

The operation at James Tyler Guitars has grown slowly over the years with no partners, no investors, and no compromises. All the work is still done in Los Angeles, California in the same spirit as when it all started. A ton of sweat equity goes into each instrument so you can pick it up and make it yours from the very first moment. 


Alder Body

Maple Neck with Indian Rosewood Fretboard

Standard '59 Neck Shape

1 5/8" Nut Width

Black finish, Natural Headstock, tortoise shell pickguard

Tyler JTS5500 in neck and middle positions. Secret humbucker in bridge position.

5-way pickup selector

G6RV Bridge

kluson tuners

chrome hardware

weight: 7lbs 3oz