Looking for info about Lyle guitars

Posted by Shauna on Sat, 01/13/01 - 21:13:59.

I've got a lyle solid body electric and would like info on the company and value of my guitar.
I've only found 2 listings on the internet of people who have one, and they're different from mine.
Can anybody give me any info?

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Re: Looking for info about Lyle guitars

: The only Lyle I ever saw was a nicely made Gibson es 335 copy. It was red with a Bigsby-type vibrato.
The guy wanted $100 and $200 if I wanted the amp with it. I passed on the guitar, took the amp.(Fender blackface champ)

Re: Looking for info about Lyle guitars

lyles were made in the same plant as gibsons in the seventies, in either korea or japan, i can't remember. No one seems to know anything about these guitars. i have seen a gibson es copy lyle guitar and an "expert" at allexperts.com told me that it was worth anywhere between one to three hundred bucks. If you find out anything else about these guitars, please email me.

Re: Looking for info about Lyle guitars

Jim,

I was browsing the net for Lyle guitar info and came across this post you made in January. I have a Lyle tenor guitar. It appears to be made of mahogony (back, top, and sides). It is a sturdy little guitar. I found it in a closet of an apartment I moved into and really never gave it much thought. If you have found any information regarding these guitars, or know where I could learn more about them, I would appreciate hearing from you.

Thanks, I hope this email is not a bother to you.

Donnie Cornell
(sculpin@altavista.com)

Re: Looking for info about Lyle guitars

I believe the Lyle guitars were made in the Korea Gibson plant. Somewhere in the early to mid 70's, Lyle went into receivership and changed their name to PAN to somehow protect themselves from creditors.
During that time, I purchased a ES335 copy with the PAN name. The neck feels better to me that the real deal. I have redone the fret board and installed Gibson Humbuckers, Sperzel tuners, new bridge and a Bigsby - All gold hardware, but have not done anything with the finish as it is still close to mint.
I have 8 other guitars from a Fender Lone Star Strat to a beautiful Guild F47RCE Acoustic/Electric. I also have a Lyle Precision Bass copy, but this is my main performance unit. It gets constant praise from both novice and professional musicians alike. When I explain what it is, most people are shocked.
I too would like to know more about what happened to the Lyle/Pan Company - Who know, maybe they merged all their stuff with Epiphone. After all, Epiphone is a Gibson Company and is about the same quality level as Lyle.

Re: Looking for info about Lyle guitars

I believe the Lyle guitars were made in the Korea Gibson plant. Somewhere in the early to mid 70's, Lyle went into receivership and changed their name to PAN to somehow protect themselves from creditors.
During that time, I purchased a ES335 copy with the PAN name. The neck feels better to me that the real deal. I have redone the fret board and installed Gibson Humbuckers, Sperzel tuners, new bridge and a Bigsby - All gold hardware, but have not done anything with the finish as it is still close to mint.
I have 8 other guitars from a Fender Lone Star Strat to a beautiful Guild F47RCE Acoustic/Electric. I also have a Lyle Precision Bass copy, but this is my main performance unit. It gets constant praise from both novice and professional musicians alike. When I explain what it is, most people are shocked.
I too would like to know more about what happened to the Lyle/Pan Company - Who knows, maybe they merged all their stuff with Epiphone. After all, Epiphone is a Gibson Company and is about the same quality level as Lyle.

Re: Looking for info about Lyle guitars

I've got an old Lyle classical guitar. It was my first guitar (at 9 yrs old) and it still has the best tone I've ever heard for a low-end guitar. It may not be worth much, but of course, I won't part with it :) NO idea where/when Lyle's were made..

Re: Looking for info about Lyle guitars

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Re: Looking for info about Lyle guitars

i have a red four string Lyle electric bass guitar in good condition. are Lyle guitars worth anything?

Re: Looking for info about Lyle guitars

: I've got a lyle solid body electric and would like info on the company and value of my guitar.
: I've only found 2 listings on the internet of people who have one, and they're different from mine.
: Can anybody give me any info?

all that I have found so far is that lyle guitars were made by matsumoku company and distributed by L.D. Heater of Oregon from 1969 to around 1980. I bought a lyle acoustic guitar in a pawn shop in the early 80's for $65, played for about 15yrs. then sold it for $150. It was a nicely made guitar and sounded good. I just bought another one (in a pawn shop) again for only $65. I think it has a solid cedar top and it sounds very impressive, and plays quite nicely. I too, am searching for more info on the illusive lyle guitars, so if you find any more info please contact me.

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Re: Looking for info about Lyle guitars

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Re: Looking for info about Lyle guitars

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