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Lyle 12 string Electric Acoustic Archtop Guitar Vintage
Lyle 12 string Electric Acoustic Archtop Guitar Vintage
::2009/07/18::
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Vintage Gibson Copy 1970s Lyle Guitar Hummingbird Model W-460
Vintage Gibson Copy 1970s Lyle Guitar Hummingbird Model W-460
::2009/07/12::
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Late 1960s Lyle Japanese Guitar Demo
Late 1960s Lyle Japanese Guitar Demo
::2012/09/25::
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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
::2011/01/22::
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1973 Lyle W-460 Acoustic Guitar
1973 Lyle W-460 Acoustic Guitar
::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
::2011/06/13::
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Heart On My Sleeve - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
Heart On My Sleeve - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
::2012/10/25::
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Before I let you go - Freestyle ( Lyle Guitar Cover)
Before I let you go - Freestyle ( Lyle Guitar Cover)
::2011/07/03::
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Breakaway - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
Breakaway - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
::2012/10/17::
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Lyle Watt: guitar idol 2008
Lyle Watt: guitar idol 2008
::2008/06/16::
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lisa lyle guitar
lisa lyle guitar
::2008/05/26::
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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
::2009/08/05::
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Jaden Rose Guitars Myrtlewood 7 String - Lyle Watt
Jaden Rose Guitars Myrtlewood 7 String - Lyle Watt
::2014/06/26::
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Fifteen Summers - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
Fifteen Summers - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
::2012/10/30::
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lisa lyle guitar
::2008/05/26::
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Lyle C-650 Classical guitar Made in Japan
Lyle C-650 Classical guitar Made in Japan
::2012/04/11::
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Lyle Vintage Guitar - SG Body on eBay
Lyle Vintage Guitar - SG Body on eBay
::2013/11/22::
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The Legendary Donnie Lyle On Guitar #RKellyMD
The Legendary Donnie Lyle On Guitar #RKellyMD
::2013/09/03::
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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
::2013/04/05::
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Lyle Watt - New Guitar Day! (Jaden Rose S2)
Lyle Watt - New Guitar Day! (Jaden Rose S2)
::2011/07/19::
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14-year-old guitarist, Lyle Syster
14-year-old guitarist, Lyle Syster
::2014/02/14::
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Guitar Playback Featured Artist- Lyle Watt
Guitar Playback Featured Artist- Lyle Watt
::2011/07/27::
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Glenn Williams   Gallagher & Lyle   Stay Young   Guitar Lesson
Glenn Williams Gallagher & Lyle Stay Young Guitar Lesson
::2013/11/02::
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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!
::2012/01/08::
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Lyle
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::2010/06/17::
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john lyle guitar novice
john lyle guitar novice
::2013/03/05::
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Lyle Mays "Street Dreams" Piano Solo on Guitar- Alex Sill
Lyle Mays "Street Dreams" Piano Solo on Guitar- Alex Sill
::2013/12/16::
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Lyle Lost presents Guitars in the Garage
Lyle Lost presents Guitars in the Garage
::2013/12/16::
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Lyle Watt - Sylvia (Focus)
Lyle Watt - Sylvia (Focus)
::2012/09/08::
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Lyle Merrill My Movie Verse Reel 3 Broken Guitars, original
Lyle Merrill My Movie Verse Reel 3 Broken Guitars, original
::2014/01/29::
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john lyle guitar
::2013/03/05::
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Lyle Dear - Armadillo (Original) - Guitar Playthrough
Lyle Dear - Armadillo (Original) - Guitar Playthrough
::2013/04/18::
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John Hiatt Lyle Lovett Good guitar
John Hiatt Lyle Lovett Good guitar
::2011/06/10::
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Roland 405 guitar amp - Lyle Johnson
Roland 405 guitar amp - Lyle Johnson
::2012/05/08::
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Bobby Lyle - Magic Ride (1977)
Bobby Lyle - Magic Ride (1977)
::2012/03/21::
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Lyle Workman Oscar
Lyle Workman Oscar's Guitar Shop Interview
::2013/05/13::
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Lyle Watt - Far Away
Lyle Watt - Far Away
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Lyle Watt - Swirly Strat Jam (G.I. 2008)
Lyle Watt - Swirly Strat Jam (G.I. 2008)
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Shredding Made Easy - Simple Tricks to Help You ROCK!
Shredding Made Easy - Simple Tricks to Help You ROCK!
::2013/11/20::
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Lyle Watt - California Girls (Katy Perry)
Lyle Watt - California Girls (Katy Perry)
::2013/02/24::
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Lyle Dear - Lost in Utopia (Original) - Guitar Playthrough
Lyle Dear - Lost in Utopia (Original) - Guitar Playthrough
::2013/04/27::
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Lyle Dear - The Only (Original) - Guitar Playthrough
Lyle Dear - The Only (Original) - Guitar Playthrough
::2013/04/12::
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Lyle Watt Band - Led Boots (Cover) Live@Edinburgh Guitar Festival
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::2013/08/06::
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Artist follow on Guitarist Lyle Divinsky
Artist follow on Guitarist Lyle Divinsky
::2014/05/29::
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Jamie Lyle playing Armageddon It on guitar
Jamie Lyle playing Armageddon It on guitar
::2014/02/04::
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If I Had A Boat - Lyle Lovett acoustic cover
If I Had A Boat - Lyle Lovett acoustic cover
::2013/06/07::
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Lyle Watt - New Chapman ML-1
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::2013/06/20::
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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
::2012/07/12::
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Lyle Dear - The Beatles - Blackbird Guitar Cover
Lyle Dear - The Beatles - Blackbird Guitar Cover
::2011/09/08::
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Lyle Lovett: Loretta (by Townes Van Zandt)
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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 understand 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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