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1973 Lyle W-460 Acoustic Guitar
1973 Lyle W-460 Acoustic Guitar
DATE: 2010/07/09::
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Lyle Lovett and Collings Guitars - The Road to Ensenada
Lyle Lovett and Collings Guitars - The Road to Ensenada
DATE: 2011/06/13::
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Vintage Gibson Copy 1970s Lyle Guitar Hummingbird Model W-460
Vintage Gibson Copy 1970s Lyle Guitar Hummingbird Model W-460
DATE: 2009/07/12::
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Shredding Made Easy - Simple Tricks to Help You ROCK!
Shredding Made Easy - Simple Tricks to Help You ROCK!
DATE: 2013/11/20::
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Late 1960s Lyle Japanese Guitar Demo
Late 1960s Lyle Japanese Guitar Demo
DATE: 2012/09/25::
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lisa lyle guitar
lisa lyle guitar
DATE: 2008/05/26::
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Lyle Watt - New Guitar Day! (Jaden Rose S2)
Lyle Watt - New Guitar Day! (Jaden Rose S2)
DATE: 2011/07/19::
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lisa lyle guitar
lisa lyle guitar
DATE: 2008/05/26::
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Lyle Watt: guitar idol 2008
Lyle Watt: guitar idol 2008
DATE: 2008/06/16::
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Guitar Playback Featured Artist- Lyle Watt
Guitar Playback Featured Artist- Lyle Watt
DATE: 2011/07/27::
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The Legendary Donnie Lyle On Guitar #RKellyMD
The Legendary Donnie Lyle On Guitar #RKellyMD
DATE: 2013/09/03::
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Lyle Watt - Number Six Dance (Jaden Rose Glaive)
Lyle Watt - Number Six Dance (Jaden Rose Glaive)
DATE: 2015/02/17::
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Heart On My Sleeve - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
Heart On My Sleeve - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
DATE: 2012/10/25::
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Suicide Song! (Lesson+Tabs)
Suicide Song! (Lesson+Tabs)
DATE: 2011/09/11::
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Before I let you go - Freestyle ( Lyle Guitar Cover)
Before I let you go - Freestyle ( Lyle Guitar Cover)
DATE: 2011/07/04::
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Guitar God Lyle Brewer at Precinct, Somerville, MA, April 4, 2013
Guitar God Lyle Brewer at Precinct, Somerville, MA, April 4, 2013
DATE: 2013/04/05::
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Lyle Vintage Guitar - SG Body on eBay
Lyle Vintage Guitar - SG Body on eBay
DATE: 2013/11/22::
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Lyle C-650 Classical guitar Made in Japan
Lyle C-650 Classical guitar Made in Japan
DATE: 2012/04/11::
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Lyle 12 string Electric Acoustic Archtop Guitar Vintage
Lyle 12 string Electric Acoustic Archtop Guitar Vintage
DATE: 2009/07/18::
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Guestlisted Guitar Lesson: Lyle Brewer The Intersection of Chet Atkins & Jazz
Guestlisted Guitar Lesson: Lyle Brewer The Intersection of Chet Atkins & Jazz
DATE: 2015/04/14::
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Lyle Watt - Coming Back To Life (Slide Guitar)
Lyle Watt - Coming Back To Life (Slide Guitar)
DATE: 2014/07/29::
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Jaden Rose Guitars Myrtlewood 7 String - Lyle Watt
Jaden Rose Guitars Myrtlewood 7 String - Lyle Watt
DATE: 2014/06/26::
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Lyle Watt - Swirly Strat Jam (G.I. 2008)
Lyle Watt - Swirly Strat Jam (G.I. 2008)
DATE: 2008/07/04::
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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
DATE: 2009/08/05::
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Guestlisted Guitar : Lyle Brewer performs
Guestlisted Guitar : Lyle Brewer performs
DATE: 2015/05/05::
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Chapman Guitars Artists Jam! - Featuring Lyle Watt, Adam Ironside, Matt Harnett & Me!
Chapman Guitars Artists Jam! - Featuring Lyle Watt, Adam Ironside, Matt Harnett & Me!
DATE: 2012/01/08::
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Lyle
Lyle's Guitar
DATE: 2010/06/18::
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Lyle Watt - Third Time Lucky.wmv
Lyle Watt - Third Time Lucky.wmv
DATE: 2011/09/20::
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January 22 2011 demo of a 1970s Lyle 12 String Guitar
January 22 2011 demo of a 1970s Lyle 12 String Guitar
DATE: 2011/01/22::
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Lyle Mays - Lyle Mays
Lyle Mays - Lyle Mays
DATE: 2015/03/30::
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Lyle Watt - Cliffs Of Dover (Eric Johnson)
Lyle Watt - Cliffs Of Dover (Eric Johnson)
DATE: 2009/03/28::
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Youtube Nice Guy - Lyle McDouchebag
Youtube Nice Guy - Lyle McDouchebag
DATE: 2015/02/28::
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Lyle Brewer and Duke Levine in Somerville MA 7-11-12
Lyle Brewer and Duke Levine in Somerville MA 7-11-12
DATE: 2012/07/12::
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Lyle Lovett (with Alison Krauss) - If I Needed You
Lyle Lovett (with Alison Krauss) - If I Needed You
DATE: 2014/10/12::
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Lyle Guitar History
Lyle Guitar History
DATE: 2014/11/06::
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Glenn Williams   Gallagher & Lyle   Stay Young   Guitar Lesson
Glenn Williams Gallagher & Lyle Stay Young Guitar Lesson
DATE: 2013/11/02::
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Breakaway - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
Breakaway - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
DATE: 2012/10/17::
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1970s Vintage Lyle Acoustic Guitar - Gibson Dove / Hummingbird Japan copy (SOLD)
1970s Vintage Lyle Acoustic Guitar - Gibson Dove / Hummingbird Japan copy (SOLD)
DATE: 2015/03/29::
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Lyle Lovett-Friend Of The Devil
Lyle Lovett-Friend Of The Devil
DATE: 2011/02/04::
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Selling Rare Vintage LYLE Tube Amp and Airline Electric Guitar !
Selling Rare Vintage LYLE Tube Amp and Airline Electric Guitar !
DATE: 2011/12/26::
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While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Gary Wright w/ Lyle Workman @ Wild Honey Presents White Album 2-28-15
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Gary Wright w/ Lyle Workman @ Wild Honey Presents White Album 2-28-15
DATE: 2015/03/01::
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If I Had A Boat - Lyle Lovett acoustic cover
If I Had A Boat - Lyle Lovett acoustic cover
DATE: 2013/06/07::
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Lyle Watt -
Lyle Watt - ''Ode To Ripped Denim''
DATE: 2011/08/15::
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john lyle guitar
john lyle guitar
DATE: 2013/03/05::
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She
She's No Lady - Lyle Lovett - Tutorial
DATE: 2013/05/11::
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Fifteen Summers - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
Fifteen Summers - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
DATE: 2012/10/30::
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Jake Austin, Braden Lyle - John Mayer Gravity Cover
Jake Austin, Braden Lyle - John Mayer Gravity Cover
DATE: 2009/12/12::
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john lyle guitar novice
john lyle guitar novice
DATE: 2013/03/05::
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Lyle Watt - Far Away
Lyle Watt - Far Away
DATE: 2013/08/05::
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Lyle Workman Oscar
Lyle Workman Oscar's Guitar Shop Interview
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Lyle guitars were made in Japan sometime between 1960 to 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 630L
Lyle 680
Lyle 690-DL
Lyle 7535
Lyle 1100-L
Lyle C-600
Lyle C-601
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 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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