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The latest Variax technology in a finely crafted guitar.

The JTV-59 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 features a beautiful arched flame maple top, mahogany back, and a set mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard. A contoured heel makes reaching the upper frets a breeze. The JTV-59 is loaded with a pair custom-wound humbuckers designed by James Tyler. (Wound to Tyler's specs). Controls include a 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, a master volume & tones. A rotary model selector dials the 25 virtual guitars plus sitar, banjo, and resonator guitar tones. Pressing the Model knob switches between models and magnetic pickups 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 allowing; fuller, clearer models of guitar bodies and pickups; all models to have alternate tunings ; improved alternate tuning purity and speed; provide alternate tuning customization; improved modes of operation and editing. The JVT 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 web site, 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 hollow-body 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 found in the popular genres of the day.

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 do on "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 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-59 functions as a standard electric guitar whether the battery installed or not.

Includes padded gig bag.

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

Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar Features:

  • Variax models based on:
    1960 Fender Telecaster Custom
    1968 Fender Telecaster
    1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline
    1959 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
    1959 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
    1959 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-59:
    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
    DADGAD: D A D G A D
    OPEN D: D A D F# A D
    BLUES G: D G D G B D
    RESO G: G B D G B D
    OPEN A: E A C# E A E
    BARITONE: B E A D F B

    Includes padded gig bag made by G&G


Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Top: flamed maple
    Back: mahogany
    Neck: mahogany set neck
    Fingerboard: rosewood
    Scale length: 24-9/16"
    Radius: 12"
    Number of frets: 22
    Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL
    Nut width: 1-11/16"
    Hardware: Chrome
    Pickups: 2 custom designed PAF style humbucking pickups
    Bridge: fully adjustable Tyler Custom stoptail bridge with L.R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system
    Tuners: Custom tuners
    Binding: maple
    Included: Workbench USB adapter, Li-Ion battery, and switching power supply
    Workbench software downloadable for free from Line 6


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  • Qualified rating

    As reviewed by MIKE PATTISON on 2/21/2012

    Product is great - already had a Variax, the features of the upgrade (dail-able alt tunings, useful battery and mag p/u) are a major plus over the original models. The build was top notch, no sharp edges from the frets, no over glues or blemishes. Working with the Guitar Center store was a major let down! Store product was back-ordered for a month while guitarcenter.com showed it was "In-stock" - can't you share products? Once the purchase was made store personnel showed little interest in me as a customer, felt rushed out the door or off the phone. And I pick it up still in the box - what's the point of even using the store? Buying on-line and getting it shipped to the store (or my home) would have been the same process. If the store wants to build some customer loyalty, consider unboxing the item and making sure there was no damage and everything works (would save me the trouble once I get it home - store didn't want to open it to check these things), maybe even a basic set-up, verify strings are unbroken, intonation is adequate, etc. In my opinion, keep selling the products on-line, but close the store and save everyone some money.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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  • JTV-59 is an exceptional guitar

    As reviewed by Randall Graham on 10/14/2011

    This is my second variax. Had a previous generation electric 700 and liked the flexibility and sounds, but the guitar quality was mediocre. The JTV-59 is stunning, for many reasons. the quality of construction is among the best I've played. (other currently owned guitars are Fender American Strat Plus, Martin Clapton Signature, Ovation Legend limited, TJ Badin) The concept of using a James Tyler design makes for a guitar that is balanced, musical, and lively. The samples have clarity that rival the original tones. It is a joy to play. The new alt tuning knob extends instant playability,lowering or alternating the tuning. I needed to adjust intonation, otherwise, the guitar showed up with excellent setup out of the box.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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  • Aweson Ax

    As reviewed by TIM BAXTER on 12/29/2011

    I own over 20 guitars and this one pretty much covers them all! The sound is amazing. Line6 finally got it spot on. This is the most versitile guitar ever made. It plays just like my Les Pauls and weighs a few pounds less. I couldn't be happier!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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