I wanted to see why these Japan-built Tylers were flying off the shelves so I purchased this unplayed 2015 example. If not for the small "James Tyler Japan" script on the underside of the headstock, I doubt very much that I would have been able to identify this guitar as anything other than an American-made Tyler instrument. James' business colleagues spent a year observing his US fabrication operations and developing prototypes before commencing production in Japan. The resulting Classic and Studio Elite models are freaking amazing! They look, play, feel and sound just like the originals and even James was blown away by their accuracy!

This gorgeous Tyler has a very lightweight Ash body with a lovely see-through blonde finish and a total weight of just over 7 pounds!. The neck feels like a Tyler should, super smooth and non-tacky to the touch, with a Tyler 59 carve. The dark Indian Rosewood fretboard has an 11" radius, large frets and a 1.625" nut. The pickups are Tyler USA models; JTS5500 single coils in the neck and bridge and a Tyler Super HB in the bridge position, with VTT and a five-way for controls. The bridge is a Gotoh 510 trem and the tuners are Hipshot locking.

This guitar plays like a Tyler should and the tone is dead-on. I compared my sound sample of this guitar against the samples of US-made Tylers we have previously sold and I defy you to tell the difference!

The unplayed Tyler Japan Studio Elite HD-P offered here was one of the first examples built and offered for sale here in the US. It is in unplayed condition and still has the protective film on the pickguard and backplate. It comes in it's original hardshell case with the trem arm, tools and paperwork. I can't imagine that these will be sold extensively in the US as they are sure to cut into the sales of Tyler's domestic guitar production and the few that have made it into American stores have been selling out fast. Make this beauty yours and see what all the buzz is about!

Year Condition Color Case
2015 Mint Blonde Transparent Original Hard


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