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Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.


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:
  • 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
  • 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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Great modeling guitar

By Isaac

from Poulsbo,WA

Comments about Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar:

Not to contribute to the broken record around here but this thing is worth it. The finish is just about immaculate! Save for a small spot at the head stock thats missing a tiny bit of paint (hard to notice). Believe me, I was ready to send it back if there were any mid to major flaws. Ill post pics if anyone wants, there are some here already. BTW I'm still not crazy about the chrome bridge, but if that's what it took to make this guitar sound like it does then its worth it. The modeling is top notch. I have a hard time getting warble out of it. Palm muting doesn't have quite the same attack but with a little adjustment it sounds decent. Playing the sitar has been a kick! The acoustics are amazing, especially the 12 strings. Alt tunings are killer as well. To any of those out there waffling about canceling, don't. Just don't. From the looks of it, Line 6 is getting em out much faster. BTW a huge thanks to Line 6 and Rich Renken for a great product. Huge props.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Variax JTV-89 Review


from Rochester, NY

Comments about Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar:

I received the Tyler Variax JTV-89 a week ago and have spent many hours evaluating it. Unfortunately, the store did not have one on display so I did not have the opportunity to try one out before I ordered it. My first impression was that the guitar was lighter than I expected and the rosewood fret board was very dry. After oiling, it became a much richer a darker color, that took care of that. The stings were way too high for me and when lowering them to acceptable height, I got buzzing at the 11th & 12th frets. Adjusting the neck using proper adjustment techniques helped but I had to leave the stings somewhat high to get around the buzzing that refused to completely go away. The intonation is what worried me, every string except the low E was off about a ̴_ step. That is something you don�ۡ���t get with better built American guitars. Using my Peterson strobe tuner, I moved the tail back which brought things up to spec. One last thing, this guitar refuses to stay in-tune if you play it moderately hard. Pull the B string 1 step and you have to stop and retune the string. I believe it�ۡ���s the tuning heads, I am going to send the guitar to a Luther for an evaluation which I never have to do on better made guitars. The electronics is very cool! Does what they claim and more, you will have fun with that, especially if hooked up to a POD HD 500. My overall impression is that although the electronics is great, the guitar in my opinion would not hold up if you were using it in a band situation. It would be perfect for a beginner or intermediate player to use at home for fun but for serious playing, maybe the American made model would be better made. I gave it three stars because for the $$ you can buy a higher quality guitar that won't need the work to make it dependable.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


The 89 is the way to go for me


from Akron Ohio

Comments about Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar:

I have tried and played all three tyler variax guitars. Which was no easy task. I played a 59 in Chicago and ordered a 69 which came in in used condition from my store in Akron. I have no idea as to why since it was ordered new from GC. Regardless it was not the guitar the 89 is which is what I replaced the 69 with. The 89 is clean lined, plays perfect and sounds great. I used the mag pups as much as the modeling apps. To have it all so readily available is just fantastic. The neck on the 89 is way better and quite enjoyable to play. I actually went with the 69 thinking since I play mostly rhythm in our band it would be the better ax. Not the case at all. The flatter neck, as the put it, is actually perfect for me. The 69 neck was way to big and felt to me like a baseball bat in my hand. The 69 was a complete disappointment for my but the 89 was exactly what I was hoping for. Night and day. I did not choose the 59 simply because I do not like the les paul bodys for my style of playing. very happy with the 89. One side note is that one knob needed tightened on arrival. But other than that sweet guitar.

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