Line 6 JTV-69 (3-Tone) Reviews4.1/5.0 based on 6 customer reviews
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from Norfolk, VA
December 18, 2012Music Background:
Fantastic GuitarThis guitar is simply amazing. The setup is great and it just feels right. The majority of the modeled sounds are great...a few of them sound a bit artificial, but they are the ones I would never use anyway. The digital capo is great, but when you start getting too far away (4-5 frets) from standard tuning with a modeled tone it starts getting a little weird. All in all it's a great guitar...even without all the bells and whistles it still feels like a solid instrument.
from Painesville, OH
November 17, 2012Music Background:
great guitara versatile and user friendly guitar. really enjoy using the features as well as playing without them.
from Los Angeles, CA
March 13, 2011Music Background:
Pro Musician, Producer, Songwriter, Engineer
THIS GUITAR IS AMAZINGi have been a Line 6 user for close to ten years, owning everything from Amps to Pods to most Variax models. This guitar, to me, is every bit the high quality instrument that I would have expected from the company that I have grown to love.
My JTV-69 played amazing right out of the box. The action was perfect. Intonation flawless. I love the fact that they us the LI rechargeable battery. Charged it up for a couple of hours and got to work
The sounds are incredible. The acoustics, 12 string especially are really pretty spot on. The electrics are amazing. I own a few of the guitars that are modeled by the JTV and I was surprised at how dead on the models were.
This guitar really is an innovation. Sure it's taken a while to get to market. And, yes, they are back ordered for months. But, trust me. It is worth the wait. I was able to get a 59 and a 69 and have absolutely nothing negative to say about either of them. They are pristine, beautiful instruments. Line 6 does it again!
from Tyler, TX
February 23, 2012Music Background:
Pro Musician and Live Sound Engineer
Amazing for the price!So, I've had it for a new days now and I'm OVERWHELMED with the amazing quality of this guitar! This would have given it a 5 but the pickups that come on it (not the modeled ones) are a little weak and I plan to swap them for Dimarzio's.
Anyway, all the models in it sound perfect, it plays like a dream, and it's beautiful! If you're in the market for a guitar that can do pretty much anything, this is it!!!
from MN, USA
January 17, 2012
JTV-69 reviewFrom a sound stand point, the guitar is an A-. I love the acoustics as well as most of the electric model. I haven't found much use for the Rick or Jazz models. Maybe in time.
Overall, the physical fit and finish was and A- also. The neck played great with no intonation or fret issues. Action was good, but I believe can be set a bit lower. The guitar was on par with my USA strat, both weight wise and playability. My strat stays in tune better than the Variax.
Some of the negatives I have found. Many of the model seem way too loud. When compared to the magnetic pickups on the varaix or to my other guitars, the variax model guitars are much, much louder. This can be corrected with the varaix workbench software.
The tone knob control has an odd quirk. If you have the tone full on, then slowly roll it back, the guitar volume gets noticeably louder. Kind of odd.
There is a noticeable amount of noise when muting the string and working them trem. It sounds like a mechanical noise being picked up by the piezo pickups and then amplified.
As mentioned above, there are some tuning stability issues when working the trem. Not sure where that is coming from. There is a good tutorial on the L6 website on how to improve tuning stability as it relates to the trem.
I purchased the Variax as recording tool. I was especially looking forward to the acoustic model. I have no concerns about their tones. The electric models are also great. I have found killer tones with most models. The tuning modes are a godsend. They save me a lot of time retuning. I have found no issues with the tuning modes.
from Long Island, NY
February 9, 2011Music Background:
Professional Musician over 30 years.
James Tyler Variax JTV-69Ok I waited a very , very long time for this instrument. The Hype was awesome. The Guitar unfortunately was not. The setup was an atrocity. I spent three days setting this instrument up the correct way. And still the actions is slightly off. I have to shim the neck (typical problem with Korean made Guitars). Also the neck gets suddenly fat at the 6th fret and continues getting fatter all the way up. Very hard to get used to when you've been playing Parker Fly's for 10 years.
Unplugged/Acoustically, the guitar rings loud and clear (BIG PLUS) the guitar has a lot of tone. The pickups that come with the guitar are really good! I wish they installed noise free single coils ( Hey if Fender can do it, so can Line 6).
As for the "virtual" sounds most of them are spot on reproductions of the Les Pauls, Strats, Tele's etc.., By the way, all single coil sounds in the "virtual" settings are totally noise free. The "chime" sounds are a little cheesy(fake) sounding. The acoustics really need to be toned down a bit. They are really over the top and you get a some of piezo quack on them. I hope I can control this a little by plugging it into the computer and messing with the sounds via the downloads, which by the way , are free. Definitely a Good product, not great. Maybe the American Versions are much better, they should be, they're $2000.00 more than the Korean Versions. Oh Yeah one more thing. The locking tuning pegs are good, not great. They're too tall on the high E string. And the string does not sit properly on the nut and the note does not ring true. C'mon Line 6, I know you guys can correct these issues. I'll just fix mine myself. As for the neck, I might have to swap it out for a slightly thinner one or have it shaved 1/4 inch. We'll see. I do like the tone of the body and neck together, I would hate to mess with it.