Line 6 JTV-69 (Lake Placid Blue)Item ID: JTV69LPB
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 — Lake Placid Blue
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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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Jennifer, Chicago, IL
Reviewsbased on 7 reviews
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
This could very well be the only guitar I'll ever need!
by Henry T Braswell from Raymond, Mississippi, United StatesMarty Faley at Sweetwater set it up perfectly and the tuning stability is un-frigging-real! The emulations of the various guitar models are fantastically realistic with absolutely no processor delay.... read more [+] I can't wait until my instructor at Berklee College of Music On-Line makes a comment on my "tone" as he has in the past (Most comments on my tone during the graded assignments have been general but his specific comments on the reverb relate, unbeknownst to him, to the Eventide Space(-Factor?) Reverb and Beyond pedal!--Also purchased at Sweetwater). Wow!!! I think I've found the guitar that is the only guitar I'll ever need to own. Repeat: Marty Faley set it up perfectly and the tuning stability is un-frigging-real! The emulations of the various guitar models are fantastically realistic with absolutely no processor delay. I wanted 3 single-coils as most of the other guitars I own have dual humbuckers, but the HSS coil configuration sound really good by itself (with no battery installed), but the guitar models...wow....they sound beautiful. My wife really wanted me to order this guitar once she found out it had a Coral electric sitar emulation, and she and I are huge George Harrison fans; she just melted when I played his "Within You, Without You" upon receiving it. The various and numerous tuning modes are an added triple-plus. If this Korean-made model is so over-the-top (meaning superbly) fabulous, I'm really curious what the US-made custom shop models have to offer that are over and above the far-less expensive overseas models? I know you get 2 batteries with the US-made models, which is great, but what does paying 2 to 2.5 times the price get you? I really don't know or care. This model is out-of-sight and the Lake Placid Blue color is gorgeous, especially for me, who owns only white, red, and black models, except for the recently acquired transparent blue Steinberger Synapse TranScale, which is a miracle unto itself.
February 7, 2012
Music Background: Guitarist & Eternal Student of Music; Past and Future Pro Musician and Teacher
The only complaints I have are related to the battery-power system and the Advance Guide as mentioned in the Pilot's Handbook, which is no longer available on-line as stated in the Handbook; the hefty Li-Ion battery has to be recharged almost every day, and it's a hassle to have to unplug the guitar output cable every time I take a "long" break from practicing and studying to conserve battery life. I've yet to verify that the typical battery life is 10-12 hours. At this point, it really doesn't seem to matter if I have to recharge it daily or every other day. I plan on looking for a spare at Wally-Mart or elsewhere; the battery appears to be a fairly common type (7.4 Vdc, 2200 mAhr) except for maybe the terminal connections; the spares from Line6 are probably expensively overpriced.
I can repeat this enough: This could very well be the only guitar I'll ever need. I love the way it plays, sounds, feels, and looks and as far as I'm concerned, Line6 has hit a world-series grand slam with the JTV-69. It's cheap at twice the price!
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by Floyd from Aurora, CO USAIf you are contemplating it, do yourself a favor and get this guitar. I assume if youíre reading this then youíve overcome the powerful reservation surrounding modeling. So I will just get to it.
May 16, 2011
Music Background: hobbyist
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The JTV-69 is amazing. This latest Variax represents the brilliant marriage between old-world luthier craftsmanship and workable revolutionary technology.
The look of the guitar is familiar but a bit more curvy than a Strat. The cutaways are a bit deeper and the heel is contoured for better access to the upper register. Controls are easily accessed, though the alt tuning knob is a bit tough to manipulate on the fly. The tremolo is smooth and feels great. The graphite nut greatly adds to the guitarís tuning stability. Though Iím dating myself, I must say you canít wang on this thing like a Floyd Rose and expect it to stay in tune. But for subtle vibrato, itís great. The arm does not screw into the socket; it just pops it. The arm is nice and tight and holds it position relatively well.
The neck radius is 12Ē so chording and soloing are comfortable. The neck profile is thick enough to feel substantial but not so much so that it feels like a baseball bat. Frets are well dressed.
The magnetic pick ups are great. Iíd originally thought Iíd swap them out but will not be doing so. The humbucker is pleasantly hot and responsive. The single coils sparkle and chime and when you add some dirt they have a gnarly throaty growl.
Without the Variax modeling, this guitar is a joy to play.
With the modeling... all the models in the JTV are better than previous incarnations of Variax. The alt tuning knob is just awesome. One thing to note is you have to be playing at a loud enough volume so that you canít hear the dissonance between your alt tuning and your guitar in 440. Workbench lets you deep edit and build custom tunings and guitars at your leisure.
I havenít written much about the modeling aspects of the JTV, honestly because there isnít much I can add to the conversation. Line 6 has built a reputation and company on modeling classic amps, effects, and instruments and this latest Variax lives up to that legacy. What makes the JTV so amazing is that Line 6 managed to pack all of the emerging tech into a beautifully crafted guitar.
As a side note, this was my first transaction with Sweetwater and they were incredible. The guitar arrived well pack, perfectly set up, and I was playing it within minutes of getting out of the box. The sales engineer I worked with did of fantastic job of keeping me updated at every phase of my purchase and also contacted after to make sure I was satisfied. Iíll be shopping with Sweetwater again. close [-]
A versitile guitar
by Steve Feinstein from San Antonio, TXI've had the JTV-69, lake placid blue, for just about 3 weeks. I have lots of oohs and aahs on the look and color of the guitar.
November 30, 2011
Music Background: Semi-pro musician
I used it in a gig the first weekend after I received i... read more [+]t and we have several gigs coming up where it will be used. I brought my acoustic as a back up guitar to this gig, but never picked it up, so at my next gig, just the jtv-69 will be there.
This guitar is fabulous and does so many things. I've programed in capo 1, capo 2, capo 3 and capo 5 since we sing songs with those settings. It took a while to get the technique down to change alternate tunings, but once in, they stay. If I want the original settings back, I can either hook it up to the workbench software and flash it back or just change it back.
Its great to be able to sound like a tele for our SRV covers, and then like a Rickenbacher for our Beatles covers, and then like a Martin for our acoustic set, etc. I bought an A/B box so I can send the electric signals to my amp, and when we do our acoustic set I can send the signal to our PA.
Battery life has been excellent, and I like the way you can push a button to see how much charge is remaining.
The only reason for the 1/2 star deduct is the fact that the e string is too close to the fret edge especially at frets 1 - 4. Occasionally I pull the string off - I am working on adjusting my technique to deal with issue, but I should not have to alter my technique. close [-]
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