Regarding Lyle Acoustic Guitars

[original post]>Most of the Lyle Acoustics are worth around a hundred dollars. They were imported by an Oregon company if memory serves me. They are very decendent guitars builtat the same factory as epiphones! Play em don't sell em!

From what I've been able to find out (as a proud owner of a mint W-415 'Dove' model acoustic), Lyle guitars are actually Gibson seconds, that for whatever reason didn't pass muster to be sold as a Gibson (bad finish, scuff, imperfection in the wood, etc.). The Lyle company was out of Portland, OR (I believe) and was started by former Gibson employees who would fix the flawed Gibsons and resell them under the Lyle name. Made in Japan was because Gibsons were made in Japan at the time(?). A damn fine instrument; considered rare now, I guess. I don't ever want to get rid of mine!
NOTE: I could be wrong on any or all of the above; feel free to respond with the correct info if you want as I'm curious to learn more about Lyles as well...

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Lyle guitar

I got my Lyle model# 692 in Eugene,OR, in 1969 or '70. Probably '70 as it was a birthday gift. I had to pay half of the $47.50 price. Now I know more about it, I understand WHY I had to retrieve it from an ex boyfriend and then again from an ex-husband. HaHaha, ex-husband plays an Epiphone, manufactured by the same company that made Lyles. Beautiful tone still, but strings are semi difficult to press down as they sit higher above than more expensive guitars I've tried. Always was this way as I recall. Cannot find this model # in any of the listings I've seen. Serial number is also present, both very clearly stamped. 6 string, any clues as to what my problem is with reference to the model number not appearing on the known lists?

Lyle Guild & Univox Hollowbody

This is all great information and really good to hear all the good words regarding Lyle Imports.
My goto has always been my 1961 Guild t100 used to sit next to the fire and pick the blues unplugged. But when it plugged into the fender twin its soulful. Just now bought a late 60s Lyle ES-335 copy 5102-T. Love it! Very full sound and rich feel. Actually as nice or nicer than side by side compared to the older Univox and Guild. I have not plugged it in to the 1978 Fender Twin yet but REALLY looking forward.

Lyle W 420 12

I recently purchased a Lyle W 420 12. The top has several dings, it did not have a saddle and the tuners are in bad shape. A few gears for the tuners have been stripped and it appears someone used pliers to tighten the strings on a few tuners. I am going to try and fix it as well as I possibly can, but I will keep the original parts that I have. It also has a cracked pick guard, but no noticeable cracks anywhere else.

Take your Lyle guitar to a

Take your Lyle guitar to a Luther and have it set up . I have a 680-L Hummingbird bought in 69-70 and was also hard to play. I did some research on setting up a guitar and set mine up myself. Smooth and easy playing. Looks great yet, bird wore off pick guard, otherwise looks like new. Use to get bounced around playing in bars in 70's.

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