James Tyler-designed Modeling Electric Guitar with Bolt-on Maple Neck, Mahogany Body, 2 Custom Humbuckers, and Switchable Models and Tunings - Blood Red
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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-89. First and foremost, the JTV-89 is an amazing guitar. Built to the specifications of the world-renowned Californian master luthier James Tyler, the JTV-89 sports a beautiful custom mahogany body topped with flame maple. A super-fast bolt-on maple neck and a 24-fret, 14"-radius rosewood fingerboard give this axe serious shredding power. Unlike the Variax models of the past, the JTV-89 features a pair of real custom-wound humbuckers. These pickups were designed by James Tyler and built to his specifications. So, even without the Variax technology onboard, the JTV-89 is a wonderful instrument on its own.
But there's a lot more to the James Tyler Variax JTV-89 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-89 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-89 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-89 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-89 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-89 James Tyler Variax Modeling Solidbody Electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
The James Tyler-designed Line 6 JTV-89 lets you take all your favorite tones and tuning onstage — in a beautiful solidbody guitar that's ready to shred!
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Bruce, North Canton, OH
Reviewsbased on 5 reviews
Couldn't be happier, and more surprised
by Aaron Wilkin from United StatesI have followed Line6 for years. Their first Variax model was something I wanted, but never got around to it, and I had heard some limitations, etc.
November 11, 2012
Music Background: Semi-pro musician, teacher, and many other musical roles
I purchased this guitar about a month a... read more [+]go, and I still can't stop playing the guitar! I honestly can't say enough great things about it. Everything on this guitar is amazing to the highest degree. It feels great to play, and is a great quality guitar, even when the modeling is turned off, and I own some very expensive guitars.
Turn on the modeling, and an entire new world opens up. The acoustic models alone are worth paying for the guitar three times over; in a PA, this guitar plugged straight into the system, no effects, sounds better than any Taylor I have played through the same PA. If I were to discuss every point about what I LOVE about just the modeling, this would turn into much more than a small review. Every model is incredible, and incredibly accurate.
Then there's the tuning. Between the ability to change a model and alternate tuning with just a couple buttons (or one button with the POD series, which I will purchase soon), I have had more creative ideas for composing new songs than the last three years combined. I never realized how much time I spent before doing what this guitar does in seconds. Even harmonics sound great when in alternate tuning. These guys REALLY knew what they were doing.
In summary, not only would I recommend this guitar to other people (or one of the other JTV's if this is not your style of guitar), if I had the money, I would buy every guitar player I know one of these. Honestly, any guitar player I know, when they hear this thing, I don't have to recommend anything, they simply have to have one. I have yet to be on a stage just messing around before playing without people just gathering up close just to see what is going on. This guitar literally stuns people just by itself. Did I mention I can't say enough good about this guitar? close [-]
by Danny from Miami. FL.This guitar is ridiculous!! forget about the fact you can set tuning on the fly, model multiple classics accurately and naturally, the battery is a slide in camera battery that last 9 hours. can be po... read more [+]wered in many different ways, thats all GREAT!!! but what I found pleasantry surprising is that the Passive pickups on this guitar are FANTASTIC!! they sound great!! The finish is beautiful, the neck is fast, and the bridge is low and robust. I LOVE IT!! I'm not a big fan of the tuning pegs being inverted but, OH WELL, i'll get use to it. close [-]
August 14, 2012
Music Background: Guitarist for 20 years, Audio engineer for reputable production company.
Nicely engineered guitar.
by Jim Lytle from San Jose, CAWorth the money. Yes. I like these guitars and would buy another one. The JTV-89 is the widest neck of the three and the lightest in weight of the three. I like to play guitar sitting down much of... read more [+] the time and so I like the body style of this one. If the Strat sound is going to be your #1 priority, then go with the strat style model. There are no springs in this. The strat sound is still good and the Tele sounds are very good. The Les Paul Junior sound is great. Just remember that this style of guitar is lighter than a Les Paul style so it will play a bit more like an SG in regard to sustain. I will be using this guitar as my favorite now. Much thanks to Stewart Hisey my sales engineer at Sweetwater. close [-]
June 26, 2012
Music Background: Old Vegas style duo pro.
by dave from njnice guitar fit ad finish just palm mutting is ok but i can tell the difernce when switching back and forth from mag pup to sim
December 8, 2012
Music Background: hobbyist
im sure line 6 will get right with a couple more updates love the ... read more [+]alt tunnings close [-]
This guitar will change your life!
by Ryan from Chattanooga, TNA Variax was something I'd wanted for years, and the release of these new Tyler models sent me over the edge. I had high expectations, and this thing really delivers!
November 24, 2012
Music Background: guitarist
First off, the guitar ... read more [+]is great without the modeling. The 89 model is an Ibanez-inspired, shredder-type guitar. The magnetic pickups are top-notch, with plenty of output for rock and metal. My guitar (purchased online) came with a great setup out of the box, but I swapped out the strings for my favorites (Elixirs) and set it up for tuning down a half-step (I'll explain why in a minute).
My first gripe is about changing strings. The bridge holds the strings in place when they're all on and tightened, but getting them on is kind of a pain. You have to rest the ball ends in the string slots and then find some way of keeping them in place while you tighten them; I used a capo, but you still have to watch for them to slip out. But that's not a major gripe, as putting on new strings has always been a pain no matter what the guitar.
With everything all set up, the guitar is amazing to play. Feels just as nice as my EBMM John Petrucci model. I kind of miss the tremolo, but not enough to take points off. The frets are nice and big, so you can speed all over the fretboard with minimal effort; and tapping, legato, and pinch harmonics all ring out nice and thick without killing your fingers. I got this model specifically for the extra two frets and familiar knob positioning, but the high-output pups ended up being a godsend.
The thing about the modeling in this guitar is, it's great for everything but the heavy stuff. It's just a limitation of the piezo pickups that palm-muted riffs aren't going to sound as crisp and thunky. So I tend to use the magnetic pickups (which sound great) for anything heavy, and then I have fun with the models when I want to play some blues or funk or what have you. The acoustic models, as others have said, are amazing and worth the price of the guitar all by themselves. The ability to store custom versions with alternate tunings is even more amazing, and you can do that with every model in the guitar.
It has some other nice features, like the "virtual capo" function, which lets you set up an alternate tuning on the fly by fretting a chord, hitting a button, and hey presto, now your open strings sound like the chord you just strummed! Took all of ten seconds to set up an acoustic model tuned for Zeppelin's The Rain Song, something I had never bothered to learn because I didn't want to retune my guitar.
You can also control everything the guitar does via a POD HD, if you have one. You can switch guitar models as a per-patch setting, as well as set knob positions and tunings. Probably my favorite feature of this guitar is the ability it gives me to go from a heavy detuned riff to a spanky clean sound, all with the press of a footswitch. You really should get a POD HD if you have one of these guitars!
I could go on and on about this guitar, but suffice it to say, it's great, and any guitarist would be thrilled to own it. If the few minor caveats aren't too off-putting, don't be afraid to give this thing a try. close [-]
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