James Tyler USA L.A. Studio Classic HSS Midboost Preamp Rosewood Fingerboard with Stainless Steel Fret Sonic Blue

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James Tyler USA L.A. Studio Classic HSS Midboost Preamp Rosewood Fingerboard with Stainless Steel Fret Sonic Blue


James Tyler started out doing custom electric 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.


This model combines classic good looks with a variety of pickup, hardware and finish options. Keeping with the traditional look while allowing a more personal touch makes this electric guitar a favorite.

Supercharged Studebaker - Bridge

Medium Output Humbucker

Growl for days with tight lows and more mid punch. Great overdrive with good balance. The Supercharged Studebaker still has the clarity and versatility of the Studebaker with good dynamics and flexibility. Cleans up well.

JTS 5500 - Neck/Middle

Alnico 5 Single Coil

Neck: Characterized by the familiar sound of the Alnico 5 magnets with more attack, more chime and more power. Full, balanced and responsive with good low end and upper mid sparkle. Wound for SSH application using a 500k volume pot. Nice vibrant 3D qualities.

Middle: Has the same characteristics of the neck but is reverse wound and has reverse polarity for hum cancelling in switch positions 2 and 4. Nice vibrant 3D qualities.

    ModelJames Tyler L.A. Studio Classic
    BuilderJames Tyler Guitars
    Body TypeSolid Body
    Body WoodAlder
    Finish TypeGloss
    Finish ColorSonic Blue
    Neck WoodQuartersawn Maple
    FingerboardIndian Rosewood
    Neck CarveStandard `59
    Scale Length25.5"
    Neck Dimensions.845'' 1st - .975'' 12th
    Neck RadiusCompound 10"-12"
    Frets22 - Stainless Steel
    Nut Width1 5/8" / 41.3mm
    Nut MaterialTusq
    Neck FinishSatin
    Neck PickupJTS5500
    Middle PickupJTS5500
    Bridge PickupSupercharged Studebaker
    Pickguard3-Ply White
    TunersHipshot Locking
    ControlsVolume, Tone, 5-way Switch, Midboost Preamp with Bypass Button
    Case James Tyler G&G Deluxe Grey Tolex Hardshell Case
    Weight7.50 Pounds (7 lbs 8 oz)