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Lyle Acoustic guitar demo
Lyle Acoustic guitar demo
Published: 2016/08/28
Channel: JMMcC69
Guitar review, vintage acoustic,
Guitar review, vintage acoustic,
Published: 2015/11/20
Channel: Paul Smyres
Vintage Gibson Copy 1970s Lyle Guitar Hummingbird Model W-460
Vintage Gibson Copy 1970s Lyle Guitar Hummingbird Model W-460
Published: 2009/07/12
Channel: IplayMusic2
1973 Lyle W-460 Acoustic Guitar
1973 Lyle W-460 Acoustic Guitar
Published: 2010/07/09
Channel: Debbie Daniel
Late 1960s Lyle Japanese Guitar Demo
Late 1960s Lyle Japanese Guitar Demo
Published: 2012/09/26
Channel: drowninginguitars
Lyle 12 string Electric Acoustic Archtop Guitar Vintage
Lyle 12 string Electric Acoustic Archtop Guitar Vintage
Published: 2009/07/18
Channel: IplayMusic2
Guitar Playback Featured Artist- Lyle Watt
Guitar Playback Featured Artist- Lyle Watt
Published: 2011/07/28
Channel: David Wallimann
Chapman Guitars Artists Jam! - Featuring Lyle Watt, Adam Ironside, Matt Harnett & Me!
Chapman Guitars Artists Jam! - Featuring Lyle Watt, Adam Ironside, Matt Harnett & Me!
Published: 2012/01/08
Channel: Ben Wilshire
Lyle Watt - New Guitar Day! (Jaden Rose S2)
Lyle Watt - New Guitar Day! (Jaden Rose S2)
Published: 2011/07/19
Channel: kirkhetfieldtrujillo
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 Theme (Full NA Instrumental) - Lyle McDouchebag & Jonathan Young
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 Theme (Full NA Instrumental) - Lyle McDouchebag & Jonathan Young
Published: 2015/03/31
Channel: Lyle McDouchebag
Lyle Lovett and Collings Guitars - The Road to Ensenada
Lyle Lovett and Collings Guitars - The Road to Ensenada
Published: 2011/06/13
Channel: Collings Guitars
Guestlisted Guitar : Lyle Brewer performs
Guestlisted Guitar : Lyle Brewer performs
Published: 2015/05/05
Channel: Boston Herald
Lyle Vintage Guitar - SG Body on eBay
Lyle Vintage Guitar - SG Body on eBay
Published: 2013/11/22
Channel: EstateAuctionsInc
Demo Lyle C640 Vintage Classical Guitar (1969) MIJ
Demo Lyle C640 Vintage Classical Guitar (1969) MIJ
Published: 2017/11/14
Channel: 24.7 - 4all
The Legendary Donnie Lyle On Guitar #RKellyMD
The Legendary Donnie Lyle On Guitar #RKellyMD
Published: 2013/09/04
Channel: Dejuan Watson
Lyle C-650 Classical guitar Made in Japan
Lyle C-650 Classical guitar Made in Japan
Published: 2012/04/11
Channel: RNA MUSIC
lisa lyle guitar
lisa lyle guitar
Published: 2008/05/26
Channel: joannereid272
lisa lyle guitar
lisa lyle guitar
Published: 2008/05/26
Channel: joannereid272
john lyle guitar novice
john lyle guitar novice
Published: 2013/03/06
Channel: 1989pwner
Lyle Lost presents Guitars in the Garage
Lyle Lost presents Guitars in the Garage
Published: 2013/12/16
Channel: Minus Turmoil
Tim & Pete
Tim & Pete's Guitar Show #10 | Lyle Workman
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Tim Pierce Guitar
David Lyle
David Lyle
Published: 2008/10/01
Channel: dlyle2
chords - heart on your sleeve - gallagher lyle
chords - heart on your sleeve - gallagher lyle
Published: 2010/10/15
Channel: glyn owen
Ortega Guitars Artist - Joseph Lyle  - "The Mallard" - Acoustic Finger-style Guitar
Ortega Guitars Artist - Joseph Lyle - "The Mallard" - Acoustic Finger-style Guitar
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: ortegaguitars
Music Producer D. Lyle - Guitar Metal Rock HipHop Instrumental Produced by Dionta Lyle
Music Producer D. Lyle - Guitar Metal Rock HipHop Instrumental Produced by Dionta Lyle
Published: 2009/08/05
Channel: D Lyle
Lyle Lovett sings "If I Had A Boat" at The Connecticut Forum
Lyle Lovett sings "If I Had A Boat" at The Connecticut Forum
Published: 2012/06/06
Channel: CTFORUM
Lyle (?) 12-string Hummingbird copy, made in japan
Lyle (?) 12-string Hummingbird copy, made in japan
Published: 2017/01/21
Channel: Le General Alexander
Lyle Watt | "The Number Six Dance"
Lyle Watt | "The Number Six Dance"
Published: 2017/04/12
Channel: Lyle Watt
Breakaway - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
Breakaway - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
Published: 2012/10/17
Channel: tonemcs
Colin Thomas Lyle - guitar demonstration for Powerhouse Casting
Colin Thomas Lyle - guitar demonstration for Powerhouse Casting
Published: 2017/05/26
Channel: Colin Lyle
Dixon? rare 60s/70s acoustic hummingbird guitar SOLD
Dixon? rare 60s/70s acoustic hummingbird guitar SOLD
Published: 2012/07/01
Channel: IsolatedTracks
john lyle guitar
john lyle guitar
Published: 2013/03/06
Channel: 1989pwner
Vintage Lyle 1803T Triple Pickup Guitar Japan
Vintage Lyle 1803T Triple Pickup Guitar Japan
Published: 2017/05/10
Channel: johnnyangel69
Before I let you go - Freestyle ( Lyle Guitar Cover)
Before I let you go - Freestyle ( Lyle Guitar Cover)
Published: 2011/07/04
Channel: nucarius
How to Play If I Had a Boat - Lyle Lovett (cover) Easy 4 Chord Tune
How to Play If I Had a Boat - Lyle Lovett (cover) Easy 4 Chord Tune
Published: 2015/04/30
Channel: PartyMarty EasyGuitarTunes
2017-04-09 Dave Reitz (Mandolin) Paul Lyle (Guitar) - St Anne
2017-04-09 Dave Reitz (Mandolin) Paul Lyle (Guitar) - St Anne's Reel
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: FiddleSupporter (Lyle Dixson)
05 - (Sons of Anarchy) Lyle Workman & The Forest Rangers - Fortunate Son [HD Audio]
05 - (Sons of Anarchy) Lyle Workman & The Forest Rangers - Fortunate Son [HD Audio]
Published: 2012/08/13
Channel: Andre Heins
Adam Agati on guitar playing with Lyle D
Adam Agati on guitar playing with Lyle D
Published: 2011/09/04
Channel: sal agati
Ortega Guitars Artist
Ortega Guitars Artist's - Aaron Edward & Joseph Lyle - "The Book" - Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar
Published: 2017/09/01
Channel: ortegaguitars
Lyle Workman Stage Gear
Lyle Workman Stage Gear
Published: 2008/08/06
Channel: MusicPlayerNetwork
January 22 2011 demo of a 1970s Lyle 12 String Guitar
January 22 2011 demo of a 1970s Lyle 12 String Guitar
Published: 2011/01/22
Channel: GibbonsGuitars
Lyles guitar
Lyles guitar
Published: 2009/07/13
Channel: Tube4cp
Jamie Lyle playing Armageddon It on guitar
Jamie Lyle playing Armageddon It on guitar
Published: 2014/02/05
Channel: Jamie Lyle
Lyle Dear - Song (Original) - Guitar Playthrough
Lyle Dear - Song (Original) - Guitar Playthrough
Published: 2014/12/07
Channel: Lyle Dear
Guestlisted Guitar Lesson: Lyle Brewer The Intersection of Chet Atkins & Jazz
Guestlisted Guitar Lesson: Lyle Brewer The Intersection of Chet Atkins & Jazz
Published: 2015/04/14
Channel: Boston Herald
Greenfingers by Gallagher and Lyle - fingerstyle guitar cover
Greenfingers by Gallagher and Lyle - fingerstyle guitar cover
Published: 2013/08/31
Channel: Beatle Picker
Spanish Guitar- LyLe
Spanish Guitar- LyLe
Published: 2007/08/29
Channel: Chrisol Ente
Gallagher & Lyle-Heart On My Sleeve(Cover)
Gallagher & Lyle-Heart On My Sleeve(Cover)
Published: 2011/10/02
Channel: shargram
Lyle Dear - The Only (Original) -  Guitar Playthrough #LowdenYoungGuitarist
Lyle Dear - The Only (Original) - Guitar Playthrough #LowdenYoungGuitarist
Published: 2014/08/30
Channel: Lyle Dear
Lyle Merrill My Movie Verse Reel 3 Broken Guitars, original
Lyle Merrill My Movie Verse Reel 3 Broken Guitars, original
Published: 2014/01/30
Channel: Lyle Merrill
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WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE

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Lyle guitars were made in Japan sometime between 1960 and the late 1970s out of the Matsumoku guitar factory that produced Univox, Arai, Aria and other guitars.

History[edit]

Lyle guitars were distributed in the US solely by the L. D. Heater Music Company of Beaverton, Oregon, USA. It has been suggested that the Matsumoku Company manufactured many Lyle branded guitars in Japan from (approximately) 1965 to 1972 until they were bought and shut down by Norlin, Gibson's parent company at the time. In fact, Norlin never purchased Matsumoku, nor did they shut them down. This rumor stems from a Gibson (Norlin) lawsuit against manufacturers (specifically Elger the parent company of Ibanez) copying their copyrighted "Open Book" headstock design. The guitars distributed by the L. D. Heater Music Company were not part of the lawsuit. Matsumoku continued to manufacture instruments beyond 1972. L. D. Heater Music Company was owned by Norlin. Matsumoku, as a sub-contractor of Aria (Arai and Company) manufactured instruments including Gibson Epiphone, Skylark, Cutler, Aria, Aria Pro, Aria Diamond and Washburn from 1964 into the mid 80s.

About the "Lawsuit"[edit]

It is a common misconception that the famous Gibson/Norlin lawsuit was filed against a number of Japanese companies. It is also commonly said it was over the exact copying of American designs. Neither is true. The lawsuit was filed by Norlin (Gibson's parent company) against Elger/Hoshino (Ibanez's American division) over the use of the "open book" headstock design which Norlin claimed as a Gibson Trademark. It was not over the exact copying of body dimensions or construction. These guitars were metric and not an "exact" copy. The lawsuit was not "won" by Norlin, but settled out of court. Most of the Japanese companies, as a precautionary move, turned away from close copies but many still offered their "version" of the classic American designs with at least minor departures in design and appearance. Often the term "lawsuit" is used to raise the price of the copy, increase interest, or they have misunderstood what the "lawsuit" was all about. Too often it really isn't a lawsuit model at all. There appears to be a lot of this in on-line auctions and on-line guitar advertisements. Guitars can have an artificially inflated price and sell for more than they are actually worth. Caveat emptor: because the ad states it is a "lawsuit" model, does not mean that it is.

Models[edit]

Lyle Explorer Copy
Lyle 585
Lyle 588
Lyle 630L
Lyle 680
Lyle 690-DL
Lyle 7535
Lyle 1100-L
Lyle C-600
Lyle C-601
Lyle C-605
Lyle C-610
Lyle C-630
Lyle C-640
Lyle F-500
Lyle F-520
Lyle F-525
Lyle F-540
Lyle G-640
Lyle HR-2 (335 copy)
Lyle A-745 (335 copy-NB)
Lyle J-6500
Lyle L-2O
Lyle L-24 12 string acoustic 80405 Lyle L-5 Copy
Lyle L-50S
Lyle L-15
Lyle LEA40
Lyle Les Paul Copy
Lyle S-726
Lyle SG Copy
Lyle Strat
Lyle W-300
Lyle W-400
Lyle W-415 Dove
Lyle W-420-12
Lyle W-430
Lyle W-440
Lyle W-460 Hummingbird
Lyle W-465 Hummingbird
Lyle W-470 12-String
Lyle W-475 12-String
Lyle W-41
Lyle W-500
Lyle W-710
Lyle Z-535
Lyle l-260
Lyle 1203T
Lyle 1223T
Lyle 5112
Lyle 5120 EB-2 Copy
Lyle 5102T

L. D. Heater Music Company[edit]

The history of Alembic instruments of Santa Rosa, California, shines some insight into the history and business model of the L. D. Heater Music Company.[1]

"1973 A small music distribution company in Beaverton, Oregon, L. D. Heater Music Company, read the article (about Pro Audio Gear) in Rolling Stone and it interested them enough to take a little trip to San Francisco. They wanted to discuss the possibility of Alembic making a more standardized form of instrument that they could distribute to their dealers. L. D. Heater Music was owned by Norlin Inc.. Norlin was based in Illinois and owned Gibson, Maestro, Epiphone and other music related companies. We negotiated an exclusive distribution agreement for a limited time. They gave me the purchase order I required, and this was the beginning of the manufacturing of a standard high end instrument for Alembic and the entire music industry."

References[edit]

Please note, information about Lyle guitars and their history is limited to personal recollection and copy/paste jobs from brochures. Information presented here has been gathered from multiple sources and anthologized here.
http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar/brand/Lyle
http://www.matsumoku.org/arai_matsumoku.html
http://acapella.harmony-central.com/archive/index.php/t-1854954.html
http://www.portlandground.com/archives/2005/10/ld_heater_and_o_1.php

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