Tyler Studio Elite Retro 10250 Sunburst  From James Tyler

Taking the super strat to the next level! Featuring Slant JTS2 Hot Laura Pickups!


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It's a really good day at the Sound Pure shop when new Tyler Guitars arrive!  This slick-mother-of-a-super-strat features a classic 3-Tone sunburst finish and the great JTS2 Hot Laura pickups, slanted for a bit more bite to the treble tone on higher strings.  With a fretboard so effortless to play, you seriously will not want to put this guitar down!

Manufacturer's Description from James Tyler

Replacing the Classic, the Studio Elite Retro oozes the vintage vibe, feel, and sound. You can go straight retro with 3 single coils, 6-screw bridge, Kluson-style tuners and vintage color, or you can upgrade it to fit your needs.

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. 


Serial # 10250

3-Tone Sunburst Finish

Headstock: Natural

Hardware: Chrome

Pickguard: Parchment, Black, Parchment

Pickup config: Single Coil, Single Coil, Single Coil (All Slanted)

Neck, middle and Bridge Pickups: JTS2 Hot Laura

Control Layout: 5-way Switch (Volume, Tone, Tone: Master Volume, Upper Tone: Neck and Middle, Lower Tone: Bridge)

Neck: Quartersawn Maple

Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood

Shape: Standard '59

1st: .845"/21.5mm

12th: .975"/24.8mm

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

Radius: Compound 9.5-12" / 24.1cm-30.5cm

Nut Width: 1 5/8" / 41.3mm

Body: Alder

Construction: Solid

Top: None

Binding: None

Tuners: Kluson

Bridge: G6RV

Strings: D'Addario 10's

Weight: 6 lbs 15 oz

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Single Coil Pickups vs. Humbucker pickups in Electric Guitars Demo Video

Humbucker vs. Single Coil pickup comparison in this Electric Guitar demonstration video. Using the Tyler Studio Elite Retro guitar, with the JTS2 Hot Laura Single Coil Pickups, and the Nash T-72 DLX, with the Fender Wide Range Dual Humbucker Pickups, we will demonstrate the tonal and practical differences between these two pickups and show the amazing sound you can achieve from each type. Many Single Coil Pickups will be a little noisy when they are played at higher amplifier volumes or played with a lighter touch. The result you get is a slight hum. The single coil is bright and present and in strat style guitars has a bell-like quality. For a thicker overall sound and to rid yourself of most background hum, then you may be interested in the humbucker pickups. Humbuckers can be used in the same style music as single coil pickups, they just give off more bass and tonal qualities. The middle and bass frequencies are different from a single coil, and that will be the first difference you recognize. If you have any questions on these two pickups and guitars, or any of the guitars we have in our boutique, contact us here at Sound Pure.