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Line 6 Variax JTV-69S Electric Guitar with Single Coil Pickups Olympic White Rosewood Fingerboard

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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

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Overview

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
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
  • Includes Workbench USB adapter, Li-Ion battery, switching power supply, and padded gig bag
  • 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-69S:
  • 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
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Line 6Variax JTV-69S Electric Guitar with Single Coil Pickups
 
4.3

(based on 7 reviews)

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    (4)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)

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5.0

Awesome Tool

By Brett

from Los Angeles

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Line 6 Variax JTV-69S Electric Guitar with Single Coil Pickups:

    I have had my Variax for about a year now. It' has been tested and it stands up very well. Yes, I admit some of the tones are slightly off from the original guitars, but that's ok with me. I like the fact that I can craft lots of different sounds for lots of different songs. I have the dream rig (Variax DT Amp Podhd500) and it takes time to dial in the tones but it's well worth it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Worth it

    By Josh

    from Ct

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Line 6 Variax JTV-69S Electric Guitar with Single Coil Pickups:

        The real pickups sound very nice. I didn't have a problem with the high e string sliding off the fretboard while doing pull offs like some players. Although the board is narrower than usual, big fingers beware. The emulations are good, I especially liked the 12 string, sitar and jazzbox. It's pretty cool to be able bend strings on the 12 string setting or use the trem bar. The trem does float, stays in tune pretty well, has locking tuners. The tunings all sound good except the baritone, sounds a little too fake. Nice to be able to play Rolling Stones in proper tuning. Definitely would recommend this guitar.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        So far, so good

        By Robert M

        from San Francisco, California

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Line 6 Variax JTV-69S Electric Guitar with Single Coil Pickups:

          Me: An experienced musician in my late 50"s. I've been playing a long time. I have about 15 other guitars, mostly electrics. I play out every weekend at an open jam and occasionally at private gigs when the opportunity arises. I play/practice every day for about two hours.

          I have an early Varix which left a lot to be desired in so many ways. Yet, I was intrigued by what this new model could offer. I think I've played it publically only 3-4 times so far. I chose to buy this JTV-69s because it appears they really have endeavored to improve the playability, electronics and add some really cool tunings. I play such a wide variety of musical styles and songs that I really needed a guitar that could do some of the things this guitar advertised. I even need the ability to switch from acoustic to electric and back in one song...think "Every Rose has its Thorn" and "Living on a Prayer" as examples. So without further ado...

          Out of the box, the cap on the tone control falls off and a string snaps with first play. Not off to a good start. Finish looks great. Charge and play and the tone sounds pretty good not cranked up. I fuss around and it's pretty intuitive. The thing plays like any normal Strat. The more I played the more I began to like it's feel. The whammy bar works well for me which I do use frequently.

          The tone at higher volumes when I played out was great in the Strat tones, but less so in the Les Paul range. The acoustic tones are very similar to the old Variax. I don't think they put much time to getting that improved. I would love to hear a nuanced and harmonically rich acoustic tone, which they have just not gotten right yet. However, that's not to say that I'm not pleased with it. I am. I do play it a lot and it really does perform well for me on stage. I need that variety of tones for the variety of songs I do, especially if you're playing to an audience for an hour or longer. The ability to changes tones keeps their ears fresh.

          There's no clean way for them to design a knob that allows you to switch quickly between models say acoustic to electric, you really have to look and be careful what your selecting on stage. So I get it. But, I do wish there was a solution for this problem. Maybe some small colored LED lights on the knob selections would be a big help. I'm constantly fumbling with the right settings on all my equipment in the dark. Which is tricky going from acoustic to electric and back after your scorching solo!

          At loud volumes, I really loved the Strat tones in my venue of about 150 people capacity with a lot of hard surfaces... think dark, typical bar. The Les Paul tones wasn't quite up to snuff and I think at louder volumes the acoustic settings were a smidge harsh, but very believable.

          I'll continue to play it a lot both privately and publicly. I think it's darn close to great tone(s) and that's good enough for the girls I date.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just what I needed

          By binaryblues

          from remsen, ny

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Line 6 Variax JTV-69S Electric Guitar with Single Coil Pickups:

            I wanted a modulating guitar so I could get the sounds I was after without having to purchase multiple guitars. It's purely for my entertainment so it doesn't have to be perfect; however, the sound is quite good. A solid guitar in my opinion

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            NOt ready for prime time...

            By rwindmann

            from Fort Worth, TX

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • none

            Cons

            • Craftsmanship
            • Setup
            • Sound

            Best Uses

            • None

            Comments about Line 6 Variax JTV-69S Electric Guitar with Single Coil Pickups:

            I appreciate what Line 6 is trying to do, but it's not there yet. I play it through a Line 6 POD HD500X, which I love. First off, the reason we buy it, the different guitars they say it can model. The acoustic sounds (the reason I bought it) were electrical sounding and delayed. I am talking about all the acoustic guitars, the 12 string, and the resonator. Sounded almost plastic, artificial. The 12 string sounded especially awful. The electric guitar models are just as you would expect them to be, and they sounded well, but that's not why I bought it.

            The craftsmanship is absolutely horrible. The low E (6th string) runs off the fretboard from the 11th fret up, and the low E (1string) runs off the fretboard the entire length of the neck. The pickups do not align with the strings. I had to setup the guitar completely out of the box - adjust the truss rod, new strings, intonate and tune.

            I am going to work with it for about another week, but I am not optimistic. After that, I am will be returning it. As a product, Line 6 is going places and making progress in modeling, but after more than a decade, the Variax is still not there yet. I thought getting a guitar designed by world renowned luthier to the stars (whom I've never heard of) would make a difference. Wrong.

            Based on the electric models alone I would have given three stars, but based on the unacceptable craftsmanship and bad acoustic models, for the price of a really great guitar, it gets 2 stars. Now I understand why you have to order it and cannot try it out in a Guitar Center retail store. Back to my Mexican strat (retail $400.00).

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazed at the quality

            By John Lavazzo

            from Upstate NY

            Comments about Line 6 Variax JTV-69S Electric Guitar with Single Coil Pickups:

            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.

            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I'll never buy another guitar.....

            By BILL MOGOLOV

            from Des Moines, Iowa

            Comments about Line 6 Variax JTV-69S Electric Guitar with Single Coil Pickups:

            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.

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