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Lyle Acoustic guitar demo
Lyle Acoustic guitar demo
Published: 2016/08/28
Channel: JMMcC69
Late 1960s Lyle Japanese Guitar Demo
Late 1960s Lyle Japanese Guitar Demo
Published: 2012/09/26
Channel: drowninginguitars
Lyle C-650 Classical guitar Made in Japan
Lyle C-650 Classical guitar Made in Japan
Published: 2012/04/11
Channel: RNA MUSIC
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
Guitar review, vintage acoustic,
Guitar review, vintage acoustic,
Published: 2015/11/20
Channel: Paul Smyres
Lyle 12 string Electric Acoustic Archtop Guitar Vintage
Lyle 12 string Electric Acoustic Archtop Guitar Vintage
Published: 2009/07/18
Channel: IplayMusic2
Demo Lyle C640 Vintage Classical Guitar (1969) MIJ
Demo Lyle C640 Vintage Classical Guitar (1969) MIJ
Published: 2017/11/14
Channel: 24.7 - 4all
JAPANESE LAWSUIT ERA GUITARS COMPARISON
JAPANESE LAWSUIT ERA GUITARS COMPARISON
Published: 2010/01/26
Channel: doctorshaw
Lyle Watt - New Guitar Day! (Jaden Rose S2)
Lyle Watt - New Guitar Day! (Jaden Rose S2)
Published: 2011/07/19
Channel: kirkhetfieldtrujillo
Lyle 605-C Classical Guitar
Lyle 605-C Classical Guitar
Published: 2015/02/11
Channel: Allen Bethea
Lyle (?) 12-string Hummingbird copy, made in japan
Lyle (?) 12-string Hummingbird copy, made in japan
Published: 2017/01/21
Channel: Le General Alexander
Dixon? rare 60s/70s acoustic hummingbird guitar SOLD
Dixon? rare 60s/70s acoustic hummingbird guitar SOLD
Published: 2012/07/01
Channel: IsolatedTracks
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
Froggy Bottom H-12 Limited Brazilian Rosewood & German Spruce @ The Music Emporium
Froggy Bottom H-12 Limited Brazilian Rosewood & German Spruce @ The Music Emporium
Published: 2018/01/09
Channel: The Music Emporium
Lyle Watt | "The Number Six Dance"
Lyle Watt | "The Number Six Dance"
Published: 2017/04/12
Channel: Lyle Watt
Vintage Lyle 1803T Triple Pickup Guitar Japan
Vintage Lyle 1803T Triple Pickup Guitar Japan
Published: 2017/05/10
Channel: johnnyangel69
Guitar Playback Featured Artist- Lyle Watt
Guitar Playback Featured Artist- Lyle Watt
Published: 2011/07/28
Channel: David Wallimann
Tim & Pete
Tim & Pete's Guitar Show #10 | Lyle Workman
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Tim Pierce Guitar
lisa lyle guitar
lisa lyle guitar
Published: 2008/05/26
Channel: joannereid272
Lyle Watt - California Girls (Katy Perry)
Lyle Watt - California Girls (Katy Perry)
Published: 2011/09/21
Channel: kirkhetfieldtrujillo
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
john lyle guitar novice
john lyle guitar novice
Published: 2013/03/06
Channel: 1989pwner
The Legendary Donnie Lyle On Guitar #RKellyMD
The Legendary Donnie Lyle On Guitar #RKellyMD
Published: 2013/09/04
Channel: Dejuan Watson
lisa lyle guitar
lisa lyle guitar
Published: 2008/05/26
Channel: joannereid272
Lyle Lost presents Guitars in the Garage
Lyle Lost presents Guitars in the Garage
Published: 2013/12/16
Channel: Minus Turmoil
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)
Colin Thomas Lyle - guitar demonstration for Powerhouse Casting
Colin Thomas Lyle - guitar demonstration for Powerhouse Casting
Published: 2017/05/26
Channel: Colin Lyle
Guestlisted Guitar : Lyle Brewer performs
Guestlisted Guitar : Lyle Brewer performs
Published: 2015/05/05
Channel: Boston Herald
David Lyle
David Lyle
Published: 2008/10/01
Channel: dlyle2
Adam Agati on guitar playing with Lyle D
Adam Agati on guitar playing with Lyle D
Published: 2011/09/04
Channel: sal agati
john lyle guitar
john lyle guitar
Published: 2013/03/06
Channel: 1989pwner
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
Television - Days (Acoustic) | Lyle W-460 Lawsuit Guitar
Television - Days (Acoustic) | Lyle W-460 Lawsuit Guitar
Published: 2016/09/17
Channel: Cortez Cortez
Glenn Williams   Gallagher & Lyle   Stay Young   Guitar Lesson
Glenn Williams Gallagher & Lyle Stay Young Guitar Lesson
Published: 2013/11/02
Channel: Glenn Williams
Breakaway - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
Breakaway - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
Published: 2012/10/17
Channel: tonemcs
Lyle Vintage Guitar - SG Body on eBay
Lyle Vintage Guitar - SG Body on eBay
Published: 2013/11/22
Channel: EstateAuctionsInc
Crazy- Gnarls Barkley cover by Red Rhythm
Crazy- Gnarls Barkley cover by Red Rhythm
Published: 2017/06/25
Channel: 8 Years Gone
Lyle Watt - Third Time Lucky.wmv
Lyle Watt - Third Time Lucky.wmv
Published: 2011/09/20
Channel: kirkhetfieldtrujillo
The Sun, original composition
The Sun, original composition
Published: 2017/10/18
Channel: musiconlyplease98
easy guitar song Bears by Lyle Lovitt
easy guitar song Bears by Lyle Lovitt
Published: 2010/10/08
Channel: jchulo
Heart On My Sleeve - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
Heart On My Sleeve - Gallagher & Lyle - Guitar cover - Tone Gooch
Published: 2012/10/25
Channel: tonemcs
She
She's Gone in B
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: rbl0925
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
The Lou Moore Band - Matchbox Blues, May 18,  2016
The Lou Moore Band - Matchbox Blues, May 18, 2016
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: Dee Blue
Lyle Classical Guitar
Lyle Classical Guitar
Published: 2017/12/29
Channel: jobill311
Ortega Guitars Artist
Ortega Guitars Artist's - Aaron Edward & Joseph Lyle - "The Book" - Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar
Published: 2017/09/01
Channel: ortegaguitars
Logan Ellis & Richard Page Duet
Logan Ellis & Richard Page Duet
Published: 2012/08/05
Channel: Dellis803
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
Nobody Knows Me (Lyle Lovett)
Nobody Knows Me (Lyle Lovett)
Published: 2015/06/27
Channel: danny larsen
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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.
https://web.archive.org/web/20080329222524/http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar/brand/Lyle
http://www.matsumoku.org/arai_matsumoku.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20110711145456/http://acapella.harmony-central.com/archive/index.php/t-1854954.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20080222062933/http://www.portlandground.com/archives/2005/10/ld_heater_and_o_1.php

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