Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar
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The latest Variax technology in a finely crafted guitar.
The JTV-59 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 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 JTV-59 is loaded with a pair custom-wound humbuckers designed by James Tyler. (Wound to Tyler's specs). 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 padded gig bag.
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
- 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-59:
- 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
- Includes padded gig bag made by G&G
JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar Specifications:
- Top: flamed maple
Neck: mahogany set neck
Scale length: 24-9/16"
Number of frets: 22
Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL
Nut width: 1-11/16"
Pickups: 2 custom designed PAF style humbucking pickups
Bridge: fully adjustable Tyler Custom stoptail bridge with L.R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system
Tuners: Custom tuners
Included: Workbench USB adapter, Li-Ion battery, and switching power supply
Workbench software downloadable for free from Line 6
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- Fun To Play
- Good Feel
- Good Pick Up
- Good Tone
- Solid Electronics
- Fret Buzz
- Rock Concerts
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Comments about Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar:
Had a little bit of a string buzz but after a little bridge ajustment it sounds great
Comments about Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar:
So many awesome sounds come out of this thing. The possibilities are just endless because you can use the included hardware/software to build your own guitar or tweka the models that come with it. Put strat pickups in a 335? It sounds awesome! And then you can dial in all sorts of tuning options (or again, create your own.) I created a 12 string guitar in Nashville tuning and it sounds freakishly cool. If you're playing covers, you have just about everything you could ever want without leaving the stage even once. If you're recording, you can try guitars you wouldn't have thought of, because it's not a whole new set-up...it's just the turn of a knob or two. This is truly the most inspiring instrument I've ever played and I've got a dozen other guitars. Playability is awesome too. I do suggest that you get an extra rechargable battery, but that's not a bad thing..the battery lasts 10 hours...it just means you're gonna wanna play this thing ALL THE TIME.