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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... Read More

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Overview

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.

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
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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Line 6JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 13 reviews)

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    (9)

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    (2)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

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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...Read complete review

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.

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Not Recommended

I owned this guitar for a little less than two years. I got some good use out of it, but it fell out of style with me. The guitar is not worth what...Read complete review

I owned this guitar for a little less than two years. I got some good use out of it, but it fell out of style with me. The guitar is not worth what you pay for it, yet they charge so much because of the electronic capabilities of this guitar. It functions as promised, but not at a level of quality that really makes it usable in any professional setting. This guitar is "gimmicky." The frets buzzed, the volume pots were always noisy, the pickup selector malfunctioned frequently, and other issues that simply shouldn't be dealt with on a thousand dollar instrument. I just sold mine back to GC at a huge loss. The resale value on these instruments are horrible because the brand is attached to a negative stigma, the physical build quality is low, and the technology is outdated quickly. The concept Line 6 and James Tyler have created is interesting and innovative, but the execution isn't quite there yet. My advice would be to save your money and purchase a "real" solid, dependable instrument.

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5.0

Just need to learn how to used electronics otherwise a great

By Big Red

from Racine Wisconsin

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar:

      Love the guitar looks great sounds great has all different types of sounds still don't know how to work the cable thing yet I have a guy that knows a little bit about it that's going to help me out anybody has any suggestions email me but I cannot get the Capo settings

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      5.0

      JTV-59 W/HD500X

      By Guitar Hero

      from Charlotte NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar:

        Gigged for the first time with the JTV-59 and HD500X. It was awesome. Had 8 patches total set up. Configured the HD500X to select the guitar and tuning as well as the amp and effects. I used a Cat6 cable wrapped around the guitar cord to connect HD500x to the Variax. Even had one music store employee come up to me while we were setting up to ask why I plugged a Cat6 cable into my Guitar. I gave him the rundown. I set up 8 different patches with various guitars, tunings, amps effects etc. Added the patch bank and position by the song on the set list. Worked flawlessly. It beats the heck out of dragging 3 guitars to the gig. The other guitarist brings 5 guitars including a couple of acoustics. I used tele and fender for the stones, with open G tuning one full step down, used a Gibson Firebird with AC30 for Pink Houses by Mellencamp and for Tom Petty tunes etc. It was really cool. Tones are good, close enough so that nobody in bar would have a clue. Guitar plays well, holds tune etc. It really is a dream rig. No more boutique amps and guitars for me.

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        2.0

        Not Recommended

        By zachmanno

        from Burlington, NJ

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar:

        I owned this guitar for a little less than two years. I got some good use out of it, but it fell out of style with me. The guitar is not worth what you pay for it, yet they charge so much because of the electronic capabilities of this guitar. It functions as promised, but not at a level of quality that really makes it usable in any professional setting. This guitar is "gimmicky." The frets buzzed, the volume pots were always noisy, the pickup selector malfunctioned frequently, and other issues that simply shouldn't be dealt with on a thousand dollar instrument. I just sold mine back to GC at a huge loss. The resale value on these instruments are horrible because the brand is attached to a negative stigma, the physical build quality is low, and the technology is outdated quickly. The concept Line 6 and James Tyler have created is interesting and innovative, but the execution isn't quite there yet. My advice would be to save your money and purchase a "real" solid, dependable instrument.

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        4.0

        Suits my needs perfectly

        By justray

        from Dayton, Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Church Worship Band
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar:

          I particularly like the various types of instruments it replicates.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Worst Guitar EVER

          By Janice

          from Wellington, Co

          Comments about Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar:

          Bought one 3 years ago. The factory had it more than I did the first year. I sent it in 3 times, I finally figured it out you had to turn the volume past 6 to get rid of the piezo hum. Now it is broken electronically and sounds terrible. I don't think it is worth fixing, if I get it back and it works like when I first got it, I would kick myself for wasting any more money on it. I love the concept of 25 guitars and the alternate tuning. I even bought a line 6 amp hoping that would help. I can't recommend buying one of these.

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          5.0

          Blown away

          By Dan Crowell

          from Dallas Texas

          Comments about Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar:

          This is an amazing guitar. I am playing a set this weekend and am going to use the Les Paul sound for two songs, a Rickenbacker sound for another, and an acoustic sound for another. The acoustic sounds probably sound better when playing through a PA than the actual acoustic would. This is because feedback can be a problem with acoustic guitars, and the Variax helps tremendously with that. I am blown away.

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          4.0

          Great sounding guitar, poor setup out of the box

          By luca candela

          from San Bruno, CA

          Comments about Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar:

          This is a good guitar for the price, not great, but you pay an extra for the electronics. The sounds are great, the software from Line6 not so much, especially if you're on a Mac. My gripe with this guitar is that, for a $1200 guitar it comes with a really bad setup out of the factory. At this price I expect the guitar to be properly setup and play like butter. Also, the packaging could be better, it's a mess of cables, small boxes etc... Line6 could do a better job at designing a better out of the box experience for what is a premium instrument.

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          5.0

          SUPERB!

          By Jeff Waldman

          from Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

          Comments about Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar:

          I am a Variax fan, having owned the 500, and 600s for studio and live play. While they were versatile and suitable for my uses, I never really felt comfortable with the neck, fit or finish. The JTV 59 (and I also own a JTV 69) is an absolute monster. First, the guitar is stunning; I have the cherry sunburst model. Just picking the guitar up, you can feel the heft (definitely Les Paul-like in heft), as well as the quality in craftsmanship. It's one of those guitars that your friends/fans will look at and say "wow, nice", without even hearing it or holding it. The neck is amazing. I especially love the dug out neck/body connection, that gives you access all the way up the neck. My fingers sail on this guitar. I'm 53 years old, and honestly, I havent played with such reckless abandon since high school. The models are amazing as well, especially the acoustic models, now making palm muting a lot more organic sounding, in both the acoustic and electric models. The magnetic pickups are likewise excellent. Not much in the way of hum, and it's pretty difficult to discern the magnetic from the piezos (a lot more obvious on the JTV 69). If there is any criticism at all, it would be that the knobs are seated in an unusual manner on the guitar; slightly sunken and tilted somewhat. Also, I'm not crazy about how the pickup toggle switch is finished, as there is a bit of a gap between the housing and the guitar. This is minor quibbling, though. The fit and finish is on par with with a Gibson Les Paul with figured top, which are far more expensive, and which don't come close in versatility. Love the guitar. Want to marry it.

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          5.0

          HOLY COW

          By Carlos Penso

          from Katy TX

          Comments about Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar:

          Just no words to describe this guitar. The acoustic sound of the 12 string guitar is amazing Working with this guitar and the pedal where you control the sounds and effects I can go from jazz guitar to a banjo on the song with a food. Is incredible technology of behind this instrument.

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          5.0

          The Perfect Guitar for Me

          By Fred Staunton

          from Reynoldsburg OH

          Comments about Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar:

          What more could you ask for in one guitar?!! I play in a worship band at our church and at other Christian events in the area. The song styles vary quite a bit. Previously I had to choose between acoustic and electric parts. Now I can switch easily during a song and play both. The modeling is amazingly accurate and the build quality is very good at this price. The magnetic pickups also sound great on their own and have plenty of that LP-style punch. Mine arrived in tune and with perfect intonation. I immediately put on a new set of strings (9s) and tweaked the bridge height slightly and now the set up is just perfect for me. The Tyler bridge is very solid and very adjustable, as are the tuners. The strings ring out clearly with this nut and there is no string pinching. I love integration with the HD500 pedal and the fact that you don't need the variax battery with using the DVI cable. The battery gives you the flexibility to use the JTV without a Line6 POD. I purchased the full 25ft DVI cable from Line 6, which is much better quality than the CAT5 interface cable that comes with the guitar. It's a thicker, flexible CAT5 cable with solid metal connectors on both ends which is perfect for live performances. I also purchase a SKB hardshell case. The gig bag it comes with is nice but I wanted more protection for my investment. Overall, I'm very happy with it! Great job Line 6 and James Tyler on this guitar. The is the only way I can afford to have multiple classic guitars at my finger tips all wrapped up in such a beautiful and playable package. Thanks, Fred

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