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Tyler Studio Elite HD Arctic Shmear HSS #02051 - Used  From James Tyler

Eye-popping Tyler Studio Elite with major upgrades.


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James Tyler Guitars

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What We Think

"Tyler Guitars, you either know or you don't" - this is the slogan on my Tyler t-shirt 

This is great old school Tyler loaded with S/S/H and Jim's Mid Boost and Boost Bypass button

Great playability and a sweet round tone !!!

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. 


Weight: 7.6 lbs

Year: 2002

Headstock: Natural

Hardware: Chrome

Finish: Arctic Shmear

Pickguard: White Pearl

Pickup Config: Single Coil, Single Coil, Humbucker Slanted

Neck Pickup: Dimarzio DP410

Middle Pickup: Dimarzio DP410

Bridge Pickup: Duncan Trembucker

Control Layout: 5-Way Switch, Volume, Midboost, Tone

Master Volume, Midboost Preamp w/ Bypass Button, Master Tone

Neck: Quartersawn Maple

Fingerboard: Quartersawn Maple

Shape: Standard '59

1st: .845"/21.5mm, 12th: .975"/24.8mm

Fret Size: .110" x .055"/2.8mm x 1.4mm

Radius: Compound 10-12"/25.4cm-30.5cm

Nut Width: 1 5/8"/41.3mm

Body: Alder

Construction: Solid

Top: None

Binding: None

Tuners: Hipshot Locking

Bridge: G2RV

Case: Hardshell