Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar Black 886830114991

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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... Read More

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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.

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
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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Line 6JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 14 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Outstanding sounds, but with battery issues and clunky interface

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...Read complete review

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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Typical Line 6 Fodder

Like every other Line 6 product, the new JTV 69 Variax is hollow and very digital sounding. For sure a major improvement over the Variax 500 & 700, (and that's not saying...Read complete review

Like every other Line 6 product, the new JTV 69 Variax is hollow and very digital sounding. For sure a major improvement over the Variax 500 & 700, (and that's not saying much) but not worth the price. If you think nano web strings sound great, you might like the JTV 69. But most players think they sound about 90% as good as non nano strings. Sure , they last longer, but at a reduction in fidelity, is it really worth it ? The same holds true for the JTV 69. Close, but NO cigar! Lots of bells and whistles, but short on substance. I can see where it might come in handy for the home recording junkie that has tons of post processing gear to make it sound analog. But that's about it. Harsh and shrill are good words to describe the tones. Try palm muting one and see what happens ! The processor can't reproduce hand palm tones, so what you get is a muffled sound of the model ! Worthless. The work bench software is not thought out well, and is a pain to use. Don't get me started on the battery. Very low hour life. Has a "charge" memory so you don't get a full charge as the battery ages. You really get what you pay for so listen up...There is NO PANACEA or MAGIC BULLET when it comes to guitar gear. Find your sound, buy a quality instrument, hone your craft, and stay away from digital imported gear claiming to be the "END ALL' for guitar sounds. It simply doesn't work like that in the real world. Think about it ....If it was easy...everyone would be doing it !

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly an amazing guitar

By TOM

from So San Francisco, CA

Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

OK, I'm relatively new to the guitar scene and have purchased a few over the last 1.5 years (14). I'm 63 and had a severe stage of GAS. I've modified, changed pick guards, pickups, bought a few amps, etc. during the 1.5 years. Then I got a JTV-69 about a month ago. The GAS has subsided. When I got it I realized really I don't need the others. So,I may end up selling the others and just stick with the JTV-69 because it can closely emulate the sounds and feelings of the others. I will keep my Greg Bennett acoustic however. It's easy to play, stays in tune and fun to instantly change the sound with the turn of a dial when I wish. I'm very satisfied with the quality, feel and sound of this guitar. I also have the Line 6 DT25 and the POD500X I need to get all together at one time...to really see how this set up works. Fun days ahead!

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5.0

Amazing sound

By Kody

from JC, NJ

Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

This guitar is a blast to play. It provides you with the ability to change tuning, sounds, and instrument on the fly. The potential of this guitar is unlimited. It may take sometime to learn the ins and outs of the guitar but after you get the hang of it, it is amazing. It sounds great only as well with the hd effects. I recommend this guitar to anybody looking for total control and flexibility of their sound. It can't be beat.

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5.0

Most versatile guitar I've ever played

By David

from Ogden, UT

Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

I travel about half of the year for work. I like to bring a guitar with me to work on my music and just to relax. For years, I tried to find the perfect travel guitar. I've had travel electrics and travel acoustics...and then I discovered the James Tyler Variaxes. I can now carry a guitar that I can get great electric and great acoustic sounds out of while still keeping it quiet in the hotel room. As a conventional guitar, it plays amazingly well. Tyler and Line 6 did a great job of making a very playable guitar. If the battery runs out, I can just play through the magnetic pickups. It has a very smooth neck, locking tuners and pretty versatile pickups. I really enjoy the tone that I get out of it. Once I activate the Variax electronics, the guitar really begins to shine. The sounds are a blast to play with and the alternate tunings are a godsend. If I feel like jamming in open G, all that have to do is rotate the tuning switch and play away. I can even program my own custom tunings. It does a very respectable job of modeling everything from a banjo to a "59 Les Paul with a sitar and some fine acoustics thrown in. At the current price, this guitar is a steal. It comes with everything you need to connect it to a laptop to develop custom guitars customize settings and has a great and very protective gig bag. I highly recommend this guitar for anyone who needs or wants to cut down on the number of guitars that they have to carry around.

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5.0

Love it.

By Thomas

from Dallas, Texas

Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

I bought a JTV59 and it quickly became a favorite. I wanted a tremolo bar, so I bought a JTV89F. It has been a disappointment. It just does not sound as well as the JTV59. I then bought the JTV69 and am as pleased with it as with my JTV59,if not more so. The modeling is right on (I have or have had all of the guitars this thing models and the modeling is spot-on.) The resident magnetic pickups are excellent, and when this instrument is coupled with a POD HD500X, a nearly limitless world of tone possibilities is available. I am a critical consumer and player and I must say I am very pleased.

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5.0

Mind blowing technology!

By Patrick Rutz

from New York area

Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

My Variax JTV-69 is well built, surprisingly light and a treat to play, but that's almost beside the point. The technology was way beyond my expectations. I feel like it was developed in a DARPA lab. The acoustic emulation is just unbelievable. The simulated body noise and string punchiness are flawless. Just get out there and play one sometime, because my words won't do it justice. It sounds better than a real acoustic because there is zero pickup hum. You will confuse people. I was worried the digital tuning would sound like a cheap pitch shift. Nope. Sounds incredible, very natural. In no time at all you can tune to drop Db or baritone (down a maj 4th I think) It's trippy! How do they figure this stuff out? There is no discernable input lag or anything. The collection of guitars is fantastic. You can find the list on their website, but I will mention it includes 12 string guitars, novelties like resonators, and just about every vintage guitar/style you would want. I didn't realize what a difference the right guitar/pickups could make until I had the opportunity to cycle through like this. If anything, it is lacking modern "shredder" type instruments like a Jackson. You could create one with the software though. The battery is rechargeable. If you have a Line6 amp or pedalboard you do not need to use the battery, it will get power through the special cable. There are regular magnetic pickups too. NOTE: To use the Workbench HD software, you need to plug a regular guitar cord into the guitar as well as the special usb plug. Took me a while to figure that out. Every serious guitarist should pick up one of these things. It's a swiss army instrument. Variax is to guitars as Tesla is to automobiles.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

poor workmanship

By Bob Collins

from EHT NJ

Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

I ordered a JT69 from guitar center. The cap was off the model selector knob and the middle pickup did not work. I sent it back and got as second one. This one all the pickups worked but after the battery was charged it would not power the guitar. I sent this one back. Now I got a third one and the model selector knob needs to be pushed 20 times before it works. I do like the sounds it can put out but getting one that works seems to be a problem. Well tomorrow I will be taking a third guitar back.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Muy Bien Line 6

By Andrew Anschultz

from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

The guitar was nearly perfect out of the box. For whatever reason, it was kept hidden by GC and I had to ask for it. The neck is fast and the fingerboard slick. The frets are a little high, enough to notice, not quite enough to get filed. The intonation was good, one string slightly off and easily fixed. All of the emulations are right on and I do like the choices made. The acoustic emulations in particular must be heard to be appreciated. Out of this world. As others have noted, the manuels are nearly worthless. There should be a one page quick reference for the positions of the switch and the names of the guitars and a real manuel that precisly describes the interface and modeling change process. Quite personally, I also think their numbering for the switch positions is goofy and counter-intuitive, but you eventually learn what each switch position is for eaach guitar emulation set, so after awhile, it becomes easier. All in all, a great guitar. I have a Gibson LP silverburst that I never play anymore. Even my Nighthawk is sitting unused, as I can get nearly everything I want out of the JTV-69.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a KEEPER!

By ERIC FILES

from South OC, CA

Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

I am not a professional musician and I do not perform, but I do know what I like. I have only been playing for a little over 3 years, and owned many different guitars - acoustic, acoustic-electric, hybrid/semi hollow and solid body electric. This is hands down the best instrument that I have owned. It IS an instrument, not a gimmick. The other reviews praise the magnetic pickups on this guitar, and they are absolutely right. The pickups in their native mode sound GREAT. I have a deluxe player's strat, which I loved before I bought this. I am going to sell my strat, and my acoustic electric, because I don't want to play any other guitar except this JTV69. There are many good emulations of other high end guitars, which to me are just a bonus. My favorites are the Tele, Strat, LP, and the acoustic emulations - very clean. I run everything through my Fender Mustang 5 head, and can adjust the settings to make all the emulations sound great. Hours of fun! The only problem I had was out of the box, the pick guard had several loose screws, which created an awful vibration, because the body resonates so well. Once I figured out the source of the buzz, and tightened the screws, it was excellent. I would think that even a Korean made guitar in this price range would not have that kind of an issue, but it was an easy fix. No further problems after over a month with this beauty. I would recommend the JTV Variax to all. I don't think you will regret the purchase. I love it!

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5.0

I take it all back!!!!!

By STEVE HAMILTON

from CA

Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

I complained in a previous review in how I was initially treated by the line 6 customer service department. After a brief while, a Mr. J Collins from line 6 called me personally to see what the problem was. He spent a lot of time going over my issue with the guitar and what could be done to solve the problem. He also made sure I was aware of how much they value their customers. Bottom line is, he went the extra distance and more to make SURE I was completely satisfied. Not only was his concern genuine but he helped me to appreciate all that line 6 does to produce the best product possible. They now have a consumer for life with me. The guitar btw plays FANTASTIC. I wish I had a way to take down my previous review on their customer service. IF GC can please do, but most importantly, please post this.

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(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Typical Line 6 Fodder

By K S

from Madison WI

Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

Like every other Line 6 product, the new JTV 69 Variax is hollow and very digital sounding. For sure a major improvement over the Variax 500 & 700, (and that's not saying much) but not worth the price. If you think nano web strings sound great, you might like the JTV 69. But most players think they sound about 90% as good as non nano strings. Sure , they last longer, but at a reduction in fidelity, is it really worth it ? The same holds true for the JTV 69. Close, but NO cigar! Lots of bells and whistles, but short on substance. I can see where it might come in handy for the home recording junkie that has tons of post processing gear to make it sound analog. But that's about it. Harsh and shrill are good words to describe the tones. Try palm muting one and see what happens ! The processor can't reproduce hand palm tones, so what you get is a muffled sound of the model ! Worthless. The work bench software is not thought out well, and is a pain to use. Don't get me started on the battery. Very low hour life. Has a "charge" memory so you don't get a full charge as the battery ages. You really get what you pay for so listen up...There is NO PANACEA or MAGIC BULLET when it comes to guitar gear. Find your sound, buy a quality instrument, hone your craft, and stay away from digital imported gear claiming to be the "END ALL' for guitar sounds. It simply doesn't work like that in the real world. Think about it ....If it was easy...everyone would be doing it !

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