The Variax JTV-69S Electric Guitar w/ Single Coil Pickups is now available with all single-coil pickups and offers an innovative design and boutique playing experience courtesy of master luthier James... Read More
The Variax JTV-69S Electric Guitar w/ Single Coil Pickups is now available with all single-coil pickups 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-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 three single-coil pickups 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 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.
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I have been around the Line6 technology and owned the original version of the Variax, the one without any magnetic pickups. Not only have the sonic quality of the models improved dramatically since then, but this guitar itself is a fantastic instrument. Even if it didn't have the modeling capabilities, this would run with the best Strat like guitars. I am not sure I have ever experienced this kind of quality in an imported instrument before. Right up there with the best of the higher end Japanese imports as well as the American guitars. The build quality is impeccable, the guitar is acoustically resonant and the overall balance, feel and playability are simply superb. The neck fits my hand like a glove. I use this with a Pod HD500X in a worship context and can go from a credible acoustic, to the all to common in modern worship music Gretsch or Tele into EL84 rig with dotted eighth delay to a banjo at the press of a floor switch. The Workbench software is great too (Line6 used to charge extra for this back in the day). And lastly, the magnetic pickups are truly great Strat pickups. Not sure what else I can say other than I cannot imagine why anyone would spring for the US made version other than to say that they have one. This guitar can run with the very best. Having owned Grosh, Suhr and Duesenberg, you can take my word for it.
The Variax JTV-69s is without a doubt the best guitar I've ever owned and I've owned a lot of guitars. I've never been a big fan of any kind if modeling, but this guitar changed my mind. The different guitar model sounds are really spot on and can be changed in an instant. Telecasters, Strats, Les Paul's, Rickenbackers, Gretches, even John Lennon's prized Epiphone Casino. Then there's the acoustics-Martins, Guilds, 6 and 12 strings! Not to mention the banjo, sitar, etc....this thing is amazing. Plays like a charm. I also bought a Line 6 HD500 to go along with it. Pairing the two is nothing short of amazing. I never dreamed I could make sounds like this. One more thing to note....the Variax is extremely easy to use. Not much of a learning curve. Not so with the HD500. It takes a little practice but well worth it.