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The latest Variax technology in a finely crafted guitar.

The JTV-69 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-69 features a beautiful flamed maple top, alder back, and a bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard. A recessed heel makes reaching the upper frets a breeze. The JTV-69 is loaded with a pair of single-coil pickups (neck and middle positions), and custom-wound humbuckers (bridge) designed by James Tyler. 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. Comes standard with a durable, padded gig bag with a stitched Line 6 logo and 2 pockets big enough for all your gig essentials.

Redesigned tremolo bridge
The JTV-69 has a redesigned tremolo bridge that offers improved tone and tuning stability. This design lets the string go into the bridge through the front of the tremolo, which brings the ball end as close to the saddle as possible, instead of stringing it through the tremolo block. This also makes restringing much easier. The knife edges and tremolo pivot posts were designed to provide nearly zero resistance. This, in conjunction with locking tuners gives this standard tremolo bridge much more tuning stability. A Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL nut keeps the strings from gripping and sticking. James Tyler Custom tremolo bridge is also fitted with an LR Baggs Radiance hex pickup system for sweet acoustic guitar tones.

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 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 you 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-69 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. Includes gig bag.

Line 6 JTV-69 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-69:
    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-69 Variax Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Top: flamed maple
    Back: alder
    Neck: bolt-on maple neck
    Fingerboard: rosewood
    Scale length: 25-1/2"
    Radius: 12"
    Number of frets: 22
    Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL
    Nut width: 1-5/8"
    Hardware: Chrome
    Pickups: Neck and mid pickups: Custom single-coil; Bridge pickup: Custom humbucker (wound to Tyler's specs)
    Electronics: Full Variax system
    Bridge: James Tyler Custom tremolo bridge with LR Baggs Radiance hex pickup system
    Tuners: Custom tuners
    Included: Workbench USB adapter, Li-Ion battery, and switching power supply
    Workbench software downloadable for free from Line 6


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  • Outstanding sounds, but with battery issues and clunky interface

    As reviewed by Paul Haluska on 12/13/2011

    I received by JTV-69 lake placid blue guitar a few weeks ago. I have enjoyed its sounds, which are incredible and believable. The twelve string Rickenbacker is my favorite. The strat sounds are unbelievable. There is really no setting that I can complain about. The alternate tuning is great for switching right to some Stones (open G) or led zep (DADGAD). The workbench software is kinda clunky and is, as best I can tell, the only reason to connect it to your computer using the VDI cable (unless you have one of the high end POD products). It was disappointing for a non-POD user that the VDI could not support power to the guitar or that there was another alternative besides the battery. I found the battery to be fairly annoying and found it easily drained when not in use unless you actually removed it. The manual is fairly useless in guidance, thought many suggestions are provided by users on their discussion board. The XPS-DI power supply which is mentioned as a possible means to supply power is not available at the time of writing this. While annoying, this is can be overcome with a freshly charged battery. Overall, the guitar is sturdy, feels good in my hands and is nice to play. The tremolo system is very slick, with the ball ends inserted very close to the bridge- a snap to string. I stayed reasonably well in tune given the locking tuners and graph tech nut. I was impressed with the lack of noise from this system, which I was suspicious about. But this is a non-issue. I was also enormously impressed with the actual pickups! This guitar sounds great on its own, let alone the modeled sounds.

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  • If you need flexibility, this is the guitar!

    As reviewed by Lance on 4/27/2011

    I have had my JTV-69 for about 3 weeks. Long enough to run it through the paces in the basement and on stage. I got the guitar on Thursday, and played it live on Saturday. I was able to go in and tweek all my presets the way I wanted to without delay, it was easy with the Workbench software. As a Variax 600 and 700 owner, I can tell you several things. First off, this is a HUGE improvement over anything Line 6 has put out to the market. The updates to the electronics are amazing. The dual core processor provides a cleaner, more defined tone for all of the models. The ability to now place an open tuning on ANY of the models, including the 12 string accoustic and electric guitars is huge. Programming an open tuning couldn't be easier, it took all of 3 minutes to program in my first custom open tuning. After a few more tries, I will be familiar enough to do one on the fly. Adding the Alt Tuning knob was brilliant. Now switching back and forth between alt tunings and standard tunings can be done instantly, without needing the Workbench software like before. The bridge is also a major improvement. The new piezo system gives a more realistic sound to the acoustic guitars, one of my big complaints with the earlier builds of the Variax. Although I will still use an acoustic on stage, I am now comfortable using the JTV-69 on the songs where I need to switch back and forth between electric and acoustic without cringing. The only small setback with the bridge is that it is a little difficult to palm mute the strings, particularly with the wammy bar in place. A small inconvenience for me, but worth mentioning. The rest of the build on this guitar is great. The feel, fit and playability are excellent. This is a real guitar, well thought out and comfortable to play. The neck has a great vintage profile and I was comfortable with it immediately. My overall opinion on this guitar is very positive. I think Line 6 and James Tyler have really built a winner here. Even though I have been a Variax user for several years, this topped my expectations and I could not be happier. If you want a guitar the plays and feels great, and can give you a tonal pallate that will make your friends and band mates jealous, this guitar is for you.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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  • Just a great guitar period.

    As reviewed by STEVE HAMILTON on 2/6/2012

    I don't care if you have one or a dozen guitars, imo this is a must. Aside from the incredible arsenal of guitars models that are produced from this one guitar, the guitar itself is GREAT. The pickups rock and the neck is fantastic. The fit, finish and playability its spot on. I have the black strat and I can't put it down. I wish the battery would last longer or the guitar and have the ability to plug in when battery is low or dead but its the only complaint I can come up with. The Gibson Firebird X should be embarrassed when asking what it does when this is is available for a fraction of the cost.

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