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Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar
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      Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar (H05502)
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The latest Variax technology in a finely crafted guitar.

The JTV-89 James Tyler Variax Modeling Electric Guitar offers an innovative design and boutique playing experience courtesy of master luthier James Tyler, and the world's most advanced guitar modeling technology from the people who invented it, Line 6. Plug this guitar into any amp and hear all the models, all the tunings, and both acoustic and electric tones you've ever wanted. No more dragging around multiple acoustics and electrics to gigs or recording studios. Variax gives you an endless variety of sounds from classic acoustic and electric tones all the way to sitar and banjo, all in one instrument.

The JTV-89 is made for the shredder with a 14" fretboard radius and a James Tyler Fast n' Flat neck profile. Features include a mahogany body, and a 3-piece bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard. A recessed heel makes reaching the upper frets a breeze. The JTV-89 is loaded with a pair of high-output PAF-style alnico humbuckers (wound to Tyler's specs). Controls include a 5-way blade pickup selector switch, a master volume & tones. A rotary model selector dials the 25 virtual guitars plus sitar, banjo, and resonator guitar tones. A rotary alt tuning selector lets you pick from 12 alternate tunings. The fully adjustable Tyler Custom stoptail bridge is fitted with an L.R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system for sweet acoustic guitar tones. A Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL nut keeps the strings from gripping and sticking. Comes standard with a durable, padded gig bag with a stitched Line 6 logo and 2 pockets big enough for all your gig essentials.

Dual-core Processor
Dual-core processor delivers 4 times the punch. This new chip is smaller, faster, and more powerful. It has allowed Line 6 to run fuller, clearer models of guitar bodies and pickups; let all their models have alternate tunings; improved alternate tuning purity and speed; provided alternate tuning customization; and improved modes of operation and editing. The JVT-89 sounds and responds surprisingly more like a traditional guitar.

Variax Workbench Software
Variax Workbench software is a virtual custom shop. This free software, which can be downloaded from the Line 6 website, lets you create custom models on your computer and upload them to your JTV-59 via its built-in USB port. Choose from famous guitar bodies, pickups, pickup placement, tone and volume controls, and tweak away until you've designed the guitar of your dreams – without choking on sawdust!

This combination USB interface and software package for James Tyler Variax guitars allows you to see and hear the physical changes to your custom guitar in real time. Ever wonder what a single-coil pickup would sound like on a hollowbody guitar tuned an octave down? Probably not. That's because it wasn't a reality – until now.

The Alt Tune Knob
Each James Tyler Variax modeling guitar has a dedicated Alt Tune knob. This knob has 12 settings, including two labeled "Model" and "Standard." Set to "Model," the Alt Tune knob lets you access the alternate tunings you created using Variax Workbench virtual guitar workbench software. These tunings are stored on your Variax's Model knob. Set to "Standard," the Alt Tune knob overrides saved tunings to set every model to standard "E-to-E" tuning. The Alt Tune knob's remaining 10 settings are the most commonly used tunings used by modern metal style guitarists.

The Virtual capo feature lets you easily transpose any song to the key that suits your vocalist. And you can adjust your tuning on the fly without having to use "Workbench" software.

Battery powered DSP
A proprietary lithium-ion battery delivers at least 12 hours of continuous performance. A 4-LED battery life meter lets you know how much rocking time you have left. Rolling down the volume knob when you're not playing will automatically put the DSP to sleep and helps maximize battery life. So even with your cable still plugged in, you will not be using battery power. DSP wakes up instantly when you turn the volume back up. The JTV-89 functions as a standard electric guitar whether the battery installed or not.


Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar Features:

  • Variax models based on:
    1960 Fender Telecaster Custom
    1968 Fender Telecaster
    1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline
    1969 Fender Stratocaster
    1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard
    1952 Gibson Les Paul "Goldtop"
    1961 Gibson Les Paul Custom (3 PU)
    1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior
    1976 Gibson Firebird V
    1955 Gibson Les Paul Special
    1969 Gretsch 6120
    1956 Gretsch Silver Jet
    1968 Rickenbacker 360
    1966 Rickenbacker 360-12
    1961 Gibson ES-335
    1967 Epiphone Casino
    1957 Gibson ES-175
    1953 Gibson Super 400
    1969 Martin D-28
    1970 Martin D 12-28
    1967 Martin O-18
    1966 Guild F212
    1995 Gibson J-200
    1935 Dobro Alumilite
    Danelectro 3021
    Coral Dano Electric Sitar
    Gibson Mastertone Banjo
    1928 National Style 2 "Tricone"

    Alternate tunings for JTV-89:
    MODEL
    STANDARD: E A D G B E
    DROP D: D A D G B E
    1/2 DOWN: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb
    DROP Db: Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb
    1 DOWN: D G C F A D
    DROP C: C G C F A D
    m3 DOWN: Db Gb B E Ab Db
    DROP B: B Gb B E Ab Db
    M3 DOWN: C F Bb Eb G C
    DROP Bb: Bb F Bb Eb G C
    BARITONE: B E A D F B


Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body: mahogany
    Neck: 3-piece bolt-on maple neck
    Heel: recessed
    Fingerboard: rosewood
    Scale length: 25-1/2"
    Radius: 14"
    Number of frets: 22
    Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL
    Nut width: 1-11/16"
    Hardware: black nickel
    Pickups: 2 high-output PAF-style alnico humbuckers (wound to Tyler's specs)
    Electronics: Full Variax system
    Bridge: fully adjustable Tyler Custom stoptail bridge with L.R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system
    Tuners: sealed with 16:1 gear ratio
    Case: padded gig bag (Made by G & G)
    Included: Workbench USB adapter, Li-Ion battery, and switching power supply
    Workbench software downloadable for free from Line 6


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  • It is worth the wait

    As reviewed by Lance Roberson on 6/12/2011

    Before I tell you how great the guitar is....I have to make a comment about the wait. Be aware that it is not Guitar Center's fault that the wait is so long. Line 6 needs to get the production up to par. My wait, though not as long as others, was six weeks. Thankfully, the guys at Guitar Center did everything to help get this guitar into my hands. I had mine delivered to the store because I was afraid it would need a setup. Boy, was I surprised when the guy at the store pulled it out of the box and all it needed was a slight tune on the G string. The intonation was dead on and the action was perfect. The frets were perfect. Out of the box this guitar was gig ready. In the same shipment I received an explorer from a big name company.....It need to be setup... It also needed different tuners, bridge, and pickups. Which, I knew would be necessary going into the purchase. This was not true with the JTV-89. Everything was better than described. The magnetic pickups on the JTV-89 are better than what I have gotten on a stock Gibson. They are not quite Seymour Duncan premium line but they are exceptional. Which is really an added bonus because I bought this guitar primarily for it's alternate tunings and classic guitar modeling. Speaking of modeling, the first thing I did was to record some of the acoustic guitar models into a song with Addictive Drums, a real Bass, and sampled piano from Kontakt. Mixed it down and played it for some of my friends. All of us have played music for 35+ years. They were impressed with acoustic modeling. It really passed the test in a mix. It is all about the sound of the instrument for me but I have to admit this guitar looks much better than the pictures portray. The Blood Red finish is just beautiful. THIS GUITAR IS WORTH EVERY PENNY SPENT. I am glad I did not cancel my order!!!!!

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  • just missed

    As reviewed by mykel on 5/2/2011

    Received this guitar end of March after re-selecting down from a JT-69 due to the wait. The non guitar parts are the issue. The neck is rough and unfinished on the back from 12th fret up and it goes into the body at an odd angle showing a triangle of exposed maple where the heel meets the body. It has been acknowledged, shipped back to line 6 and shipped back unfixed. Not trying to be over critical but after reading about James Tyler and what a great guitar it is in addition to the modeling features I wasn't expecting an unfinished product hammered together like this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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  • Sell all your other guitars

    As reviewed by Aaron on 5/7/2011

    I had 9 guitars, now I have 2 - I saved my carbon fiber ca electric cause it's now rare. But the only guitar you will ever need is the jt variax. Combine it with a pod and go on the road or go to the studio, dial in any tone you can think of. This is the future of guitar and recording. I don't even need a guitar rig. If I have to play a show without a house Pa, I use a self powered Pa speaker and go straight in from the pod. If your still lugging extra guitars, and it's more than for show, your wasting good energy. Same thing with an amp. Dual tone is the secret. Get pro tone without all the setups. The models in this thing are crazy good and the stock "custom wound" pickups are really good, As good if not better than all my seymor duncans. I got this one cause I grew tired of waiting for the strat version. I am so glad I got this one. The wood and finish are outstanding. Seriously outstanding, the photos can not do it justice. Upcoming soon a YouTube video with my td20 setup and jtv guaranteed to blow you away. Search for phoband on YouTube.

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