The Variax JTV-59P Electric Guitar w/ P-90 Pickups is now available with P-90s and offers an innovative design and boutique playing experience courtesy of master luthier James Tyler, and the world's m... Read More
The Variax JTV-59P Electric Guitar w/ P-90 Pickups is now available with P-90s and 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 two P-90 soapbar pickups are ideal for blues, classic and modern rock, and more. With or without Variax modeling, JTV-59P is a supreme player’s instrument. 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 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 gig bag.
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Received my 59P (GT) and am happy so far. I have a JTV69 (very early production) with the 1st string spacing issue but expected no issues with the 59. I had played some 59s in the local GC (Cincy) and found the neck very good. My 59P arrived and other than the fret/nut workmanship, the guitar is great. The P90 pickup are very close the the R6 that I have (tone is different, perhaps the JTV is a bit more chime than the R6, same strings). On the fret/nut issues. The 59 had 4 locations with high frets (enough to buzz with light play and as shipped action height). Neck was straight to very slight relief (I have a fret board straight edge tool to check as well). Finger board is fine, issue was fret seating or material in the fret slots. Some frets seated in a bit while others remained high (~0.002"). Using a fret rocker tool the issues were VERY evident. I do luthier work so recrowned the high frets and polished all. No fret issues now. Nut issue was similarly easily solved, the nut slot height was 0.025 to 0.030" on 1st-3rd string to 1st fret. This is too high and makes any 1st fret barre chord difficult (stock strings are D'Adario XL110s or similar (0.010-0.046). Lowering 1st and 2nd nut slot (nut saw, abrasive cord) solved that issue (the neck is a constant 14" radius BTW). SO, it sounds like I'm not happy but that is not the case. It took effort on this guitar to get the frets/nut to where they should have been. I could have just returned the guitar but fixing the issues was the easier path for me. I wish Line6 (Korea) would do a better job on the necks, a USA JTV is likely perfect (but at a warranted perfect price as well). Try out one of the 59s at GC or order one. Check the neck and make sure you got one that was not made on a Friday afternoon (joke). I really like the JTVs, they are a fantastic instrument. I use mine with an HD500 and DT50 (or PA direct).
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