Don’t Be A Heel! Get Maximum Upper-Fret Access with James Tyler Variax Guitars

Access to the upper frets has always been super-important to James Tyler, and it’s a big part of his James Tyler Variax designs. Check out the following pictures – each one is worth 1,000 words.

JTV-59

JTV-59 is a set-neck guitar but James Tyler designed the neck joint in such a way as to have absolute access to the upper frets.

JTV-69

For JTV-69, James did a carve-away design very much like the one he does for his own Tyler Guitars. He used four neck mounting ferrules, which eliminated the need for a neck plate and allowed him to carve away even more wood from around the neck screws.

JTV-89

For JTV-89, James did a couple of things to give maximum upper-fret access. First, he kept the neck depth thin all the way up the neck, including right into the neck heel. It doesn’t grow thicker at the heel, unlike most bolt-on guitars. Then, he carved away all the wood in a sweeping pattern around the neck bolts and used four neck mounting ferrules, which eliminated the need for a neck plate and allowed him to carve away even more wood from around the neck screws.

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