Lyle C-600 Acoustic Guitar

by alex on February 28, 2014

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Lyle C-600

The Lyle C-600 is an excellent 1970’s reproduction of the Martin 000-18 guitar. The C-600 was made in Japan at the Matsumoku factory and sold in the United States by L.D. Heater Music Company of Portland Oregon.

This particular guitar came to me as a gift from my family last Christmas. My son found this Lyle online at a Goodwill Store in Seattle. When the guitar finally arrived, it looked a bit rough: with a few scuffs, marks, dings, and plenty of scratches. Not to mention a few decades of dust!

The passing of time had not been kind to this Lyle, which resulted in a bowed neck. Poor Lyle. Here’s a picture of Lyle the day he arrived in his original chipboard case.

A New Life

Lyle spent quite a bit of time earlier this year at Barrett Coughlin’s repair shop. Barrett straightened Lyle’s bowed neck, lowered the bridge saddle, treated the fingerboard, filed and polished the frets, and generally brought this old instrument back to life.

A Good Build

  • Crafted in Japan, in the Matsumoku factory.
  • Imported and sold by the L.D. Heater Co. of Portland, Oregon.
  • 000 size.
  • Solid Spruce top.
  • Martin X-bracing.
  • Laminated Mahogany sides and back.
  • Mahogany neck.
  • Rosewood fingerboard and fixed bridge.
  • Simple Dot inlay markers.
  • Inlay headstock.
  • Black (vinyl?) pickguard.
  • Cheap tuners.
  • Unknown (plastic?) nut.
  • Chipboard case.

Lyle C-600 Acoustic Guitar in Original Chipboard Case

Lyle C-600 Acoustic Guitar

Headstock of Lyle C-600 Acoustic Guitar in Original Chipboard Case

Body Lyle C-600 Acoustic Guitar

Lyle C-600 Acoustic Guitar

Lyle C-600 Acoustic Guitar

Headstock of Lyle C-600 Acoustic Guitar

Original Label Lyle C-600 Acoustic Guitar

Lyle C-600 Acoustic Guitar

Chipboard Case for Lyle C-600 Acoustic Guitar

 

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Elijah Kimbrough December 6, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Is this guitar for sale?

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alex January 23, 2016 at 9:14 am

Hi! Glad you like my guitar, but no, it is not for sale.

~alex

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Elijah Kimbrough January 22, 2016 at 3:59 pm

I would love to buy this!

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alex March 6, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Thanks again, Elijah. This particular guitar has too much sentimental value to part with. My son found this one at a Goodwill Store. Maybe you can find your’s on eBay or Reverb.com.

Good luck!
~alex

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Andy March 5, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Hello! I have recently came across a Lyle F575 model. The serial was written in the inside sticker by hand. It has the Gibson “open book” style headstock. Anyone have any insight on this? I’m thinking it was made in the late 60’s to early 70’s? Thanks!

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alex March 6, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Hi Andy!
Does the label say Made in Japan? It probably does. I don’t know what an F575 looks like, but from the sound of the headstock my guess is 1970’s since that’s when they were copying the Gibson guitars.

~alex

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Chad vaith September 13, 2016 at 5:31 pm

I have a near Mint guitar. It says Heater and the Model Number is faded. I can’t find any guitars on google that say Heater, and the model number dousn’t come up any place. My mom knows she bought it between 1980 and 1983 for about $200. Looks identical to a 1972 Lyle Hummingbird 680 Sunburst Acoustic. I can get the Model Number off it when I get home. Any info on guitars sold with the Heater name?

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alex September 14, 2016 at 8:06 am

Hi Chad,
Heater was the name of the company that sold Lyle guitars back in that era. I’m not aware of them ever selling a guitar under the name Heater, but I guess it’s possible. Heater definitely made copies of the Gibson Dove and Hummingbird guitars sold with the Lyle label. They were made in Japan and are decent guitars for the value.

A bit more about L.D. Heater: http://www.tonegems.com/ld-heater-music-co/

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Russ April 12, 2017 at 11:58 am

The guitar is all laminate even the spruce top. I have one now . My second. Master laminate artisans. Most people, even seasoned experts mistake the top for solid.

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alex April 30, 2017 at 9:36 pm

Russ,
Thanks for the clarification on the laminate spruce top. They fooled me!

~alex

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