From Tyler Guitars – “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 modelling 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.”
The Studio Elite Burning Water was first developed for Michael Landau and named for the band he had at the time, “Burning Water”. This model has become one of the most iconic Tyler Guitars in use today. With the mix of pickups and legendary Burning Water finish, plus its unique arm and body contours, this is a guitar that stands out in both looks and sound.
BODY: Solid Mamywo
NECK: Quartersawn maple with Brazilian rosewood fretboard
PICKGUARD: 3-ply black
PICKUPS: SSH configuration of straight Tyler electric true single coils, and no cover humbucker
CONTROL SYSTEM: 5-way blade switch with volume & tone controls, plus active mid boost
BRIDGE: 2-post tremolo, vintage style bent steel saddles
TUNERS: Hipshot Locking Tuners
WEIGHT: 6 lbs 13 oz
This Studio Elite HD is in absolutely new condition, even though it was built a decade ago. There is no sign of player wear anywhere, nothing has been changed or altered, and it appears to be in exactly the same condition as when it first came out of the box. We know it has never been out of the owner’s house, which is a shame because it deserves to be heard.
And what is mamywo ? From our research it seems it is unique to Mr Tyler’s guitars, and the word is derived from its description as “Malaysian Mystery Wood“. So it appears to come from Malaysia but we cannot determine its species. It is however light & strong, and delivers a loud acoustic tone even when not plugged in.
But when you do plug it in – well, light blue touch paper and stand back. This is Super Strat on Steroids. It is everything you could ask for in terms of that classic design, plus some serious tone thickening available at your fingertips, all done in a wonderfully tone-full way.
It is a spectacular looking guitar – you have to see this in real life I order to really get the full impact of the unique Burning Water finish. And it is fabulously light and lively at just under 7 lbs.
This guitar was a special order placed direct with Tyler Guitars in 2008 which included extra charges for the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with 9.5 – 12” compound radius, the active mid control, true bypass active wiring, and locking Hipshot tuners. The original order spec sheet in included in the pictures.
A fabulous instrument in every way – comparable with any current top end boutique makers, and priced well below new cost.
Comes in its original G&G hard case in new condition.