James Tyler-designed Modeling Electric Guitar with Bolt-on Maple Neck, Alder Body, 1 Custom Humbucker, 2 Custom Single-coil Pickups, and Switchable Models and Tunings — Black
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All the Tones and Tunings You Need Onstage!Line 6 takes their Variax line to a whole new level with the James Tyler Variax series. If you're looking for an excellent and affordable guitar you can use for an incredible range of music, then take a look at the JTV-69. First and foremost, the JTV-69 is an amazing guitar. Built to the specifications of the world-renowned Californian master luthier James Tyler, the JTV-69 sports a beautiful custom alder body. A bolt-on maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard give you a comfortable feel and plenty of tone. Unlike the Variax models of the past, the JTV-69 features a set of real custom-wound pickups. These pickups (arranged in the H/S/S configuration that's popular for rock and metal) have been designed by James Tyler and built to his specifications. So, even without the Variax technology onboard, the JTV-69 is a custom-quality instrument on its own.
But there's a lot more to the James Tyler Variax JTV-69 than meets the eye. Inside, there's a fully updated Variax modeling system. This system lets you instantly reshape your sound and retune your guitar with only the turn of a dial or two. Just twist the tone selector dial on the JTV-69 and jump from a 6-string solidbody to a 12-string acoustic, or from a bold humbucker configuration to a snappy single-coil setup. Applying alternate tunings such as drops, open tunings, and capos is just as easy. The JTV-69 has a second selector wheel up at the neck that lets you instantly switch between 11 tunings without altering either the feel or the tension of your strings.
What's even cooler about the JTV-69 is that you're not locked into a predefined set of tunings and models. Line 6's Workbench software (a free download from Line 6's website) lets you create custom models on your computer and upload them to your JTV-69 via its built-in USB port. Define your body style, dimensions, pickup configuration, etc. — the combinations and possibilities are endless! Plus, defining your own custom tunings is as easy as pushing a couple of buttons, fretting your guitar, and plucking each string individually. Also, a new Li-Ion battery pack gives you 12 solid hours of playing time. Now, you can take the stage with a guitar shop's worth of instruments and never have to swap out your axe or its batteries!
Line 6 JTV-69 James Tyler Variax Modeling Solidbody Electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
The James Tyler-designed Line 6 JTV-69 lets you take all your favorite tones and tuning onstage in one beautiful solidbody guitar!
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Mario, Indianapolis, IN
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by Justin from Norfolk, VAThis 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 ... read more [+]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. close [-]
December 18, 2012
Music Background: Worship Pastor
by Tom from Painesville, OHa versatile and user friendly guitar. really enjoy using the features as well as playing without them.
November 17, 2012
Music Background: hobbyist
Line 6 JTV-69
by from Gilbert, AZHaving been a guitarist and mutli-instrumentalist and engineer all my life I was initially very skeptical of the Variax, I've had a number of different guitars and need to use an acoustic, electric an... read more [+]d resonators in the music I play. This one does them all admirably AND it actually has a very good feel. Convenient, fast switching between the presets, and the resonance is very pleasing. Line 6 did exactly the right thing when they began working with James Tyler. This is a very worthwhile investment especially if you need to switch between instruments. This combined with the HD 500 is truly amazing. close [-]
February 14, 2012
Music Background: Musician, Live Sound/Recording Engineer, Always a Student
by Doug Dole from Alexandria, INI have owned several Line 6 products for many years. Line 6 just keeps getting better with the technology available at the time. They listen to their customers and keep providing great gear!
November 10, 2011
Music Background: Gutiarist 27 years (worship, rock, ect...)
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The JTV-69 (black Korean version) is at a great price point. I couldn't afford the American version anyway but I wanted the black version anyway because the black tuning wheel stands out on the white pickguards. The American versioin was not offered in the color black....so I am very pleased with the color and quality of this Korean built guitar.
The addition of locking tuners and self lubricating nut are awesome. I had to add these to my 700 series which meant I couldn't take it out of the box straight to a gig. I received this guitar on a Thursday and I was giging with it that same Saturday night and then in church the same weekend! Since I was used to modeling guitars their was absolutely NO learning curve at all. The guitar felt and played like it should straight out of the box! I was amazed!
The pickups are a nice addition but I mostly use the modeled sounds anyway. I will not have to answer weird questions anymore about "hey, where are the pickups" like a did when I played the 700 out at gigs.
TUNING WHEEL!!!! Wow....what a nice addition to have this right on the face of the guitar so now I can play any of the modeled sounds on the fly and be able to select alternate tunings. On my old 700 I could still play alternate tunings but they had to be stored (in advance with the Variax workbench) on one of the custom banks and then I had my alternate tunings but only on the selected guitar I picked at the time I saved it. Now I can change my mind on a whim if I want to. If I'm feeling like a Drop D Telecaster in the first position then I can have it as opposed to being locked into a Drop D Les Paul that I originally saved in a custom bank on my old 700. The new flexability is so sweet!
Not that it's a big deal but the weight of this guitar is nice too. My old 700 is real heavy so the new JTV-69 can be played for hours without any fatigue and shoulder pain! Plus, the neck on this JTV-69 is a satin finish so there is no thick laquer like the 700 so again, you can play for hours without your hand sticking to the back of the neck.
The new tremelo makes for better contact of the Hexaphonic pickups when using the modeling sounds as well! On the 700 series the strings would loose contact with the Hexaphonic pickups when I'd dive bomb resulting in loss of intensity and volume. Much, much better design!!
This is a great guitar and I think any guitarist could benefit from what it has to offer....especially if you like a boat load of great sounds in one great instrument! This is pro quality and NOT a toy, so you should give it a serious chance....I did and I'm so glad!
Thanks so much LIne 6, DD close [-]
by Owen Rasmussen from Cleveland, OHI had to write something here for all the people who keep looking at this thing and wondering if it's worth it. Let me tell you something...IT IS.
January 16, 2011
Music Background: Full Time Church Music Director, Private Instructor, Composer
about a year ago I was looking for so... read more [+]mething new in my rig and I heard a bit about variax's so i bought a used 500 (drove all the way to detriot to get it). I was blown away by the versatility of the instrument. it was crazy, and super fantastic to be able not only to switch models with a footswitch (when used in conjunction with a pod floorboard), but also to set alternate tunings up!
I didn't have that guitar for long before they announced version two. i was hooked, and the new features really made me interested. I immediately sold off everything i could find and preordered one of these.
It just arrived and it is AWESOME. Let me list a few specifics.
* The build of the guitar is 1000x better than the 500 i had. the old one felt kinda like any old cheap guitar with some really cool electronics in it. this is a killer guitar with really cool electronics in it. plays great, bridge is amazing, standard locking tuners, trem is super cool. love the neck. whew. i cannot stress enough how big of a deal this will be for those who owned the first model or for those who stayed away from the first for build reasons.
* mag pickups are so neat to have in addition to the others, and they really sound good.
* the alternate tuning knob is amazing. before you had to set a tuning to a specific model in workbench. now tunings are seperate and work great. virtual capo is a really cool feature too (make sure you're in tune before you try to use it)
* the upgraded processor and new piezos make this thing soo much better sounding. for some reason line6 really hasn't pushed the improvement in models a whole lot. they are not NEW models, but they just sound way better for the reasons mentioned. this was the number one thing i was looking forward to, and its fantastic.
consider this guitar. i can't praise it enough. sounds great both through a tube amp and through a line6 pedal board. really amazing. wow. close [-]
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