- electric guitars
James Tyler has been making custom electric guitars since the early 1970’s. Tyler studied architecture, design, music, photography & theology in college. He paid his way through college doing guitar repair work at local guitar stores, and also as a car mechanic. Later into the 1970s, he got went to work at Norman’s Rare Guitars in the San Fernando Valley and became their main repair and restoration guy. He opened his first repair shop in Reseda, California in 1980. His reputation grew by word of mouth up through the later 1980s and early 1990s - his guitars became popular with some of the top session players and artists in the Los Angeles music scene. The operation at James Tyler Guitars has grown slowly over the years with no partners, no investors. All the work is still done in Los Angeles, California a small, dedicated crew of talented craftsmen builds each guitar to order doing as much work by hand as possible but also using state-of-the-art technology including CNC machines, laser cutters etc. 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.