Lyle Guitar

Posted by Don Davis on Wed, 08/27/03 - 17:18:32.

I bought a used Lyle Guitar model#710 some ten years ago. Until I came upon this site today I did not have any idea of the origination of a Lyle Guitar.
It is very sturdy and seems to be well built.It is finished with a blond top and back with the sides in a tan finish.It is avery nice looking and has a very good sound.I do not have any idea the year of manufacture.
I sure appreciate the info I got from this site.

Don Davis

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Re: Lyle Guitar (Woops!)

Woops! Correction :

(from the serial -as far as I know),
should read:
(from the Model# -as far as I know).

Re: Lyle Guitar

Norlin was involved with Gibson Guitars from 1970-1984. Lyle Guitars were built in Japan from 1969 to
1980 by the Matsumoko company and were distributed in the US by L.D. Heater company of Portland, Oregon. Matsumoko did build some of the early 1970's Epiphone models.

the Lyle contract stated that only Gibson licensed guitars were to be built under the Lyle name. This means that "no" Lyle guitar can be considered a lawsuit, so if someone says they are selling a lawsuit Gibson and it is a Lyle, then it is a properly licensed guitar. The model numbers should correspond with the Gibson model numbers.

The 7 or 8 digit serial number can be decifered for year or manufacture, but I do not have those details.

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I bought a Lyle classical guitar at an antique shop in Seattle in 1994 for $100...not sure what it's's in perfect shape with case....would you know what the value would be on it...I don't have the numbers on it right now...I just know it say Lyle on the inside sticker with a red number below it...

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I meant 13 February 1973!

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