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Lyle guitar Lyle guitars were made in Japan somewhere between 1960 and the late 1970's out of the Matsumoku guitar factory that produced Univox, Arai, and other guitars.

It has been suggested that the Matsumoku Company in Japan from 1965 to 1972 until they were bought and shut down by Norlin, Gibson's parent company at the time. These guitars were distributed out of Beaverton, Oregon, USA by the L.D. Heater Music Company. In fact, Norlin never purchased Matsumoku, nor did they shut them down. This rumor comes from the Gibson lawsuit against copying the "Open Book" headstock design, however, the guitars distributed by the L.D. Heater Music Company were not part of the lawsuit. Matsumoku continued to manufacture instruments beyond 1972.