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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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
 
3.7

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (3)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic for gigging and recording

I have to confess that I used the earlier model of Variax for years prior to the new James Tyler Variax coming out. I was excited to upgrade after reading about it. There are...Read complete review

I have to confess that I used the earlier model of Variax for years prior to the new James Tyler Variax coming out. I was excited to upgrade after reading about it. There are numerous improvements over the first generation of Variax that make JTV-69S a huge improvement much more usable guitar.

- Overall the guitar feels better. The neck and fretwork are excellent feeling more like the quality of a custom axe.

- The tremolo bridge is much improved over the original Variax model. You can now use the tremolo without needing to tighten any hex screws on the bridge that never worked properly anyway. The new trem is solid and doesn't wobble inside the sleeve holding the trem arm (way more user friendly.

- The locking tuners add a big improvement to overall tuning stability (Yeah!)

- The addition of standard pickups is a Godsend! I have the all-single-coil model of the JTV and I have to say that it is a very usable guitar as a strat alone. The pickups have excellent tone and can easily be used as just a normal Strat. My only complaint is that the pickups are a little weaker output than my Eric Clapton strat but the tone of the JTV single coils is still very usable. I often go back and fourth between the standard single coils and the modeled sounds since I like characteristics of both.

- The re-chargeable battery is a great thing! Now I don't have to carry any extra floor boxes or special stereo cables to power the guitar. I just charge up the battery and use it like any other guitar. A fully charged batter usually lasts me through at least two full 4 hour gigs and a rehearsal before needing a recharge.

- The modeling is much more accurate on the JTV Variax as compared to the original Variax. I use the Tele, Jazzbox, Les Paul, and Gretsch tones quite a often for most every gig. The sounds are so accurate that I often impress my bandmates with the realistic Coutnry, Surf, and Les Paul lead tones I can get with this. Add the new re-tuning control and I can easily take my favorite Tele patch into a Barritone territory when needed for great retro stuff that I use so much. Or, take the Tele sound to a drop-D which is used in so many country sounds that I play.

Overall, I'm thrilled with the guitar as is now my main must-have axe for any gigs I play.
My only nit with the JTV Variax is that the palm-muting response (although much better than the original Variax)is not exactly the same as a standard guitar. You will need to adjust your technique somewhat if you play a lot of styles that make heavy use palm-muted sounds such as rockabilly, and some chicken-pick'n stuff. However, I'm getting more and more accustomed to making a slight adjustment with my picking hand to get those sounds more reliably with the Variax. It's do-able with some adjustment to your technique.

Overall I'd say this is a winner and I'd highly recommend this guitar for anyone to use for recording or live performance when they need access to a wide variety of sounds. Nothing else comes even close. Line 6 is the best in this category.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

AWFUL quality, two unfuctional guitars in a row!

Purchased a new guitar yet received one with hand prints all over it, well worn strings and pick scratches. It had been sealed then resealed with tape 2 more times (total of 3...Read complete review

Purchased a new guitar yet received one with hand prints all over it, well worn strings and pick scratches. It had been sealed then resealed with tape 2 more times (total of 3 layers of tape) with the last being Line 6. Tried on 3 amps and same issue, completely distorted sound. Getting double notes out of playing a single string on the acoustic 6 string mode. Completely unusable.

Musician's friend sent a 2nd Line 6 out and I knew it was headed for issues when I could tell this "new" guitar had also been opened and resealed twice beyond the original tape from Line 6. This one was slightly better meaning the distortion was not so bad that it scared the kids next door. However, it was completely useless.

So two "new" guitars that were defective to the point they could not be used. Musicians friend was great in this process. It was sealed twice with Line 6 Tape plus once with clear tape. From this it is clearly that Line 6 sent out these guitars which then were opened, played, retaped and returned to Line 6. Line 6 just retaped them without so much as cleaning the dirty hand prints off then and sold these defective guitars as if they were functional and new.

I contacted Line 6 to try to find out how I could get a 3rd one (they had absolutely no concern about all my time they wasted) and their suggestion was to order a 3rd one and then return it to Line 6 if it did not work. I asked them if there was any way to get one that did work to me (local dealers or could they ship a functional one to me direct) and they had no other options and they made it clear they did not want to be on the phone to try to get a working guitar into my hands.

Summary: Awful quality, awful customer service from Line 6 (Musician's Friend had great customer service) and selling used guitars by Line 6 as if they were no guitars.

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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)

     
    5.0

    Fun guitar, good quality

    By Ron

    from Virginia, USA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy multiple tunings
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Vintage tones

    Cons

    • Battery Performance is adequate

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

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

    I bought this about a month ago through Stupid Deal of the Day. Bottom line upfront - great tones, good feel, ready to play out of the box, over all well done. The stock pickup is good but I don't use it.

    I had an original Variax 300 model years ago. I never liked it. It was cheap and the tones were too digital sounding. NOT REALLY USABLE. This new line is a HUGE IMPROVEMENT. The various tones are excellent especially the Les Paul, Strat, Tele and LP Special tones. Very very good! The alternate tunings are fantastic. Much better that that system Gibson uses. The instrument quality is very good. My guitar was flawless and set up pretty well. I've been playing this a lot through a Marshall JCM800 and its delivers on its promise 100 percent.

    The one negative is the battery. It's a much better design over the original design on my old 300 and is quite easy to use and charge. It will hold up through a full gig no problem. The only issue, and it's minor, is I need to charge it after each use. I think line 6 says it will last 18 hours. Not true, more like 6-8. The battery charger is very good and the battery pack is super easy to remove. Also, you don't need the battery pack if you connect to a POD XT LIVE, X3, HD, or any floor board or line 6 amp that supports Variax - and a lot do. My suggestion is to buy a spare and you are then good to go otherwise the battery issue is a minor inconvenience.

    I've been playing 40 years and my guitars include various USA strats, tele, Les Pauls, PRS, Musicman, etc. I still find this James Tyler Variax to be a lot of fun with some great tones. I took a chance only because of the multiple tuneings which are near instant. I was prepared to return it but it really does deliver what Line 6 says and it exceeded my expectations.

     
    3.0

    Great! But!

    By jon

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

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

    The only thing I don't like is the battery business
    There needs to be an adapter to allow you to use standard batteries
    how long will it be before you cant get these proprietary batteries that fit nothing else?
    Then you will just have another Stratocaster

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great idea, however...

    By David

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

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

    Great idea but mine had major intonation problems and had to be returned. MF was extrememly helpful and made the return a painless process.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    wouldn't buy again

    By Stuart

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

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

    I just wanted it to mess around with but right out of the box it wouldn't work. Sent it back, got a complete refund

     
    4.0

    Really like it

    By JonnyTex

    from Fort Worth, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Need minor setup

    Best Uses

    • Church
    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

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

    I really want to send this guitar back, but I just can't make myself do it. It's just too stinking fun to play! If you are primarily a strat player and like a fat (not HUGE but fat) neck, this is a solid guitar on it's own - never mind the electronics. I have a friend who used to play boutique Tyler guitars. This one was made in Korea, so it's not that kind of guitar, but I can certainly tell the same guy spec'd this one out that handbuilt his. The magnetic Strat-type pickups are not bad either. I'm a single-coil guy, so I really like the 3 singles on this model. I really like the look of black on black with a maple neck. I think I would prefer a more-vintage looking, glossy lacquer on the neck, but this guitar has a nice modern look without the sticky lacquer to slow you down. Did I mention the thick neck? If you're a skinny-neck guy, go with another JTV model. It needs just a little setup, but I always do my own setup after picking up a guitar. Honestly though, it's set up as well as any non-Japan, Asian-imported guitar I've ever played at any big music store - maybe, even better than some of the American-made name brands.

    Then, you throw in the insane things you can do with the electronics, and you'll find you just can't get yourself to get rid of it. I'm able to go from a really great LP sound in drop-D on a big chorus to a Nashville-tuned acoustic at the bridge to play along with the acoustic guitars with the flip of a switch. It's also cool to be able to play as an acoustic in a small venue where it can be moved back in the mix but still give a big acoustic sound.

    My only gripe is that I'm sure there will come a day when Line6 will quit supporting this. Then, it's resale value will probably plummet, so don't think of this guitar as an investment like an old LP. Think of it as a daily driver car that you get because it's a great tool even though it won't be worth much someday. I guess keyboard players deal with that all the time, though.

     
    4.0

    Nice guitar

    By Richard

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

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

    Great sounds, easy to use and set up. Versatile. Downside, is the battery pack has a short life.

    (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 6 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

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