James Tyler stopped making Telecasters for a long time so they weren’t easy to get. I always wanted a Tylerbaster but when one comes available 2nd hand, they are usually gone pretty quickly. So I looked around for one for a long time. I discovered an Italian shop selling Tylers and lo-and-behold, they had a Tylerbaster for sale. I wanted it badly but other stuff (mostly guitars) got in the way of buying it.
Early 2010, I decided to contact the store and thanks to some help of my Italian buddy Domenico, I was able to get a nice price on the guitar and bought it on the spot. It basically was a NOS (New-Old-Stock) that had been at the store for several years. There’s even a picture of God himself aka Mike Landau playing it! The teles I had fell short against the Tyler strats so I hardly ever played them. This one though, completely re-establishes my love for a good Telecaster. The guitar is amazingly lively and resonant and has that typical Tyler oomph which makes it a killer guitar. It knocked me off my feet when I got it and it quickly came to gigs. There’s something about a good Telecaster that no other guitar does. In the meantime, it has been making Tylerbaster-victims because anybody picking it up wants it .
As off the end of 2011, JTG re-launched the Tylerbaster and it’s now again available as a standard module. I can only applaud his decision because they are spectacular guitars.
The specifications of the guitar are:
Alder body in Burning Water
Maple neck with Madagascar rosewood board
Kluson staggered tuners
string thru 3-saddle bridge