James Tyler USA Studio Elite HD HSH Midboost Preamp Burning Water

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James Tyler USA Studio Elite HD HSH Midboost Preamp Burning Water


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 guitar is all about getting back to basics, which has made it one of our most popular models. A mid-boost preamp plus good selection of hardware, pickup and finish options allow customized simplicity that still has plenty of “kick”.

Retro Humbucker(Neck) - Low Output Humbucker

Paf like in character, the Retro has a warm clean sound with nice top end that’s not too bright, even at midrange response. Nice overdrive with good articulation. Smooth, creamy, classic voicing.

Super Humbucker(Bridge) - High Output Humbucker

Modern straight-up rock pickup. Strong low end, less mid-range push than the Shark or the California Special, but more top end with a nice presence. Great for high gain. Cleans up nicely.

JTS 5500 (Middle) - Alnico 5 Single Coil

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 Studio Elite HD
BuilderJames Tyler Guitars
Body TypeSolid Body
Body WoodAlder
Finish TypeSemi-Satin Finish
Finish ColorBurning Water
Neck WoodQuartersawn Maple
FingerboardIndian Rosewood
Neck CarveStandard `59
Scale Length25.5"
Neck Dimensions.845'' 1st - .975'' 12th
Neck RadiusCompound 10"-12"
Frets22 .110' x .055'
Nut Width1 5/8" / 41.3mm
Nut MaterialTusq
Neck FinishSatin
Neck PickupRetro Humbucker
Middle PickupJTS5500
Bridge PickupSuper Humbucker
TunersHipshot Locking
ControlsVolume, Tone, 5-way Switch, Midboost Preamp with Bypass Button
Case James Tyler G&G Deluxe Grey Tolex Hardshell Case
Weight7.55 Pounds (7 lbs 9 oz)