A testament to a legacy built on passion, innovation, and hands-on craftsmanship. With roots dating back to the early 1970s, James Tyler began as a craftsman focused on custom electric guitar work and repairs. Over the years, his reputation grew organically through word of mouth. By the late 1980s and early 1990s, esteemed session players and artists in the Los Angeles studio scene entrusted him to craft precisely what they needed. This trust was earned through attentive listening, pushing boundaries, and a relentless pursuit of improvement.
Today, James Tyler Guitars marries tradition with modernity, embracing state-of-the-art technology while cherishing the "human factor." Cutting-edge tools like computerized milling machines, laser machines, and 3D modeling stations ensure exceptional quality and precision, while aerospace engineering ensures reliability. Yet, at Tyler, technology never overshadows the human touch. Unlike the sterile feel of many machine-made products, Tyler guitars are imbued with soul. James insists that technology serves as a tool under the guidance of expert luthiers, never replacing the essence of human craftsmanship.
Each Tyler guitar is a labor of love, built by a devoted team of skilled craftsmen who understand that true comfort and familiarity come from meticulous handwork. From hand-shaped necks to hours of manual sanding, painting, and buffing, every detail is attended to with care. The frets undergo a 10-step hand dressing and polishing process, yielding a result unmatched by computer-controlled machines. Every instrument is assembled, adjusted, played, and meticulously tested by individuals who are deeply invested in quality. It undergoes multiple rounds of setup and refinement before being lovingly packed and shipped.
James Tyler Guitars has thrived over the years without partners, investors, or compromises. The operation remains rooted in Los Angeles, California, embodying the same spirit that ignited its journey. Each guitar carries the sweat equity of its makers, inviting you to pick it up and feel an instant connection, as if greeting an old friend. The LA Studio Classic continues this legacy, marrying the wisdom of experience with the innovation of today, ensuring that it's not just an instrument, but a part of your musical journey from the very first note.
Palen Music Center has a wide range of unique guitars to enhance the sound of your music! We have been trusted by musicians across the country since 1963 and are constantly working to provide the best value for our customers. With the addition of our new PLEK machine and our longtime veteran luthiers, we are pleased to provide top-quality guitar repair.
The instrument pictured is the exact instrument you’ll receive. All fretted instruments receive a free complimentary professional setup.
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