Tyler Studio Elite Hazmat Shmear Electric Guitar  From James Tyler

"Super Strat" style guitar from James Tyler! w/midboost and unique finish!  


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What We Think

Snappy and responsive maple fretboard and stunning pearl inlay on this Studio Elite. From a distance, this finish reminds me of an old knit sweater! Up close, it's a swirling one-of-a-kind landscape.

One of the wackiest shmear finishes we've seen!  This Studio Elite features the amazing lead/rhythm circuit, mid-boost pre-amp and bypass button and a super slick maple fretboard. 

This is a truly inspiring instrument! the acoustic resonance is brilliant and the array of tonal possibilities are nearly endless! Are you ready for a true super-strat? Get your hands on the Tyler Studio Elite and experience why this is one of the best in the world.

Tyler Guitars don't stick around long at Sound Pure so be sure to Call or Email with any questions.

James Tyler Studio Elite Electric Guitar with Hazmat Schmear

This Studio Elite from James Tyler has a Hazmat Schmear Finish, a smooth and responsive maple fretboard, amazing lead/rhythm circuit, and mid boost preamp. This guitar sounds like butter! Check out SoundPure's website to learn more about the specs of this super-strat from Tyler. Call or email our guitar boutique experts with any questions 919.682.5552. or 888.528.9703. Thanks to guitarist Scott Sawyer for his fantastic performance!

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. 


Hazmat Shmear Finish

Mamywo body

Maple neck (standard size)

Duncan Classic Stacks single coil pickups in neck and middle positions and Tyler Secret humbucker in bridge position.

Lead/Rhythm circuit

Mid-boost pre-amp, mid-boost bypass button

G2H Bridge

Hipshot locking tuners

Deluxe Case

Weight: 7lbs