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Tyler basses gone the way of the buffalo...again

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ostinato, Nov 27, 2005.


  1. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    "Basses have again gone the way of the buffalo... this time for some re-tooling and design ingenuity. But, take heart. They'll come back again... much like the bison on Catalina Island."

    Tyler Basses

    I wonder what he's up to with this? He's done this before apparently, probably he doesn't sell many basses?
     
  2. mcdonap

    mcdonap

    Sep 25, 2001
    I saw that too.

    It's been posted here before that Tyler just doesn't sell enough basses to keep production going.

    It will be very interesting to see what they come up with, and how long it takes them to do it!

    I own a few Tylers - they're my favorite basses!
     
  3. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    Please let some of that "design ingenuity" seep into the headstock design. ;)
     
  4. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    About the only improvement I could think of is on the body design...IMO it could use some sex appeal. Everything else stays!

    P.S. Even the headstock ;)
     
  5. Minger

    Minger

    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Looked at some of the basses on there real quick...and I agree...the headstock could even go more Fenderish and look better. Then again, it is kinda cool...

    Anyways, their basses look awesome...
     
  6. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    Part of it is the headstock design, part of it is the TylerTylerTyler logo. It's so 80's a Hamer Scarab would look at it and mutter, "Dude... :rollno: " ;)
     
  7. That is the worst looking headstock I've ever seen.
     
  8. mcdonap

    mcdonap

    Sep 25, 2001
    Yup, once again a Tyler thread devolves into headstock and logo comments...

    Anyone ever PLAY one?

    Like it or not that headstock works - I've played about 9 Tylers - no deadspots on any of them.

    As for the body, I like it. Not boring, not wild, not a Jazz shape or P shape... It balances perfectly, and the long upper horn and bridge placement makes the end of the neck feel close and within easy reach - even on the 35" scale basses. On my older 4's where the upper horn goes to the 12th fret, the bridge placement makes first position feel close. Definitely the most comfortable basses I've ever played.

    Looks will always be a subjective factor, but ask anyone who's played a Tyler - these basses are awesome!
     
  9. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I used to think the headstock was tacky, but now I fall into the "it is what it is" line of thinking. I've heard enough good things about them that I am not going to waste any time about what the headstock looks like.

    Why should he take it "more Fender-y?" There are already 1,000 Fender clones available. If you want a Fender-like high end bass, you can take your pick from a long list.
     
  10. +1.

    It looks especially bad on the six string.
     
  11. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    +1. I've been wanting to try out a Tyler for quite some time now. I've come across quite a few of his guitars, but no basses. The finishes that I've seen in person have ranged from natural and sunburst to metallic-Fender "bowling ball" type finishes, and every last one looked superb. The details on the guitars were absolutely amazing. I really hope I come across a bass or two of his before they're all snatched up.
     
  12. justateenpoet

    justateenpoet Have you...killed the Venture brothers!?!?

    May 14, 2005
    Connecticut
    While I have no comments on the headstocks/playability/tone/etc. of Tyler basses, I just need to know...

    Who could resist a paint scheme called 'Psychedelic Vomit 2k'?

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON

    +1 They are the holy grail of tone. I've only played one, but that was all I needed to become a Tyler convert. The headstock is AMAZING. You really have to see it up close to appreciate that someone went ahead and had the balls to go into production with such a weird looking thing.
     
  14. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    HI

    Ive played a couple. Pretty nice. He should just commit to making basses and stop dabbling in it

    Rob
     
  15. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I've played a few Tyler basses. They were amazing for sure. I much prefer the older 34" scale basses to the newer 35" scale. I wish he'd do those again. Then again, I wish he'd do any basses again.
     
  16. BassFiddle63

    BassFiddle63

    Oct 4, 2002
    Oklahoma
    Some bigtime studio players use Tyler's and they sound great. I've been GAS'in for one for a good while but want a 4 string, don't see hardly any 4's. Was lookin' at BassPalace.com today and they have a Black Tyler 4 for about $1575.00, If I hadn't just bought a Roscoe and Mike Lull then I'd jump on it :smug:
     
  17. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    Yeah...I saw that one...if it wasn't for the damned periodondist bill I'd be all over that. Someone must buy it!
     
  18. mcdonap

    mcdonap

    Sep 25, 2001
    Someone already has... :)
    I used to own this bass, and then (stupidly) sold it. I was very happy at the opportunity to get it back!