Line 6 JTV-59 Variax - Cherry Sunburst

James Tyler-designed Modeling Electric Guitar with Contoured Mahogany Neck and Body, Flame Maple Top, 2 Custom Humbucking Pickups, and Switchable Models and Tunings - Cherry Sunburst
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The Ultimate Recording Guitar

The Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax with Variax HD software gives you the amazing ability to create any guitar tone you need for studio or stage. The JTV-59 James Tyler Variax is also an amazing instrument in the conventional sense, and the ability to select different HD instrument models, HD pickup models, and alternate tunings on the fly sets this guitar apart from all the rest. And with the incredible Workbench HD software, you can fine-tune your Variax tone more than ever. Built to the specifications of master luthier James Tyler, the Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax is your ticket to unlimited tonal excellence.

Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Variax HD Upgrade and Workbench software give you unlimited tonal potential
  • It's like owning dozens of different instruments, plus your own workshop
  • Designed by a master luthier for top-notch performance and playability
Variax HD Upgrade and Workbench software give you unlimited tonal potential

This Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax packs the latest Variax HD upgrade, bringing you more stellar models of rare vintage electric guitars, classic acoustic guitars, and exotic instruments. You'll be blown away once you start exploring these with the Workbench HD software, which gives you more tonal control and all-around tweakability than you ever thought possible. Create your own unique instrument model, then use Workbench HD to fine-tune individual string pitch, string volume, pickup position, and much more. You've never tweaked your tone like you can with the JTV-59 James Tyler Variax!

It's like owning dozens of different instruments, plus your own workshop

Right out of the case, your Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax comes with dozens of impeccable instrument models. Rare vintage electrics, fabulous acoustics, and even exotic instruments are waiting at your fingertips. The latest Variax HD software brings you more stellar HD instrument and pickup models than ever before, and the real magic happens when you tap into the Workbench HD software. It lets you combine your favorite body styles, pickup models, and components to create your own unique instruments. You're guaranteed to be well-equipped for any studio or stage situation with the Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax.

Designed by a master luthier for top-notch performance and playability

With its mahogany body and carved maple top, the Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax is built just like some of the most beloved guitars ever made. It was designed by master luthier James Tyler, who has created instruments for countless session players and performers. Equipped with pickups custom-designed by James Tyler and wound to his exacting specs, you'll find the JTV-59 James Tyler Variax to be an amazingly playable guitar even before you ever try out the superb modeling technology.

Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Innovative guitar with onboard instrument models, pickup models, and on-demand alternate tunings
  • Included HD upgrade gives you even more HD instruments and HD pickup models than ever before
  • Workbench HD software lets you fine-tune individual string pitch, volume, pickup position, and more
  • Solid mahogany body and carved maple top offer rich tone with excellent note definition
  • GraphTech nut and custom tuners give you top-notch tuning stability and reliability
  • Completely designed by master luthier James Tyler, including custom-wound pickups
  • Includes lithium-ion battery, switching power supply, and Workbench USB adapter
The Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax is like a Pandora's box of tone!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Singlecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Top Material Carved Maple Top with Flame Maple Veneer
Color Cherry Sunburst
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Tyler '59
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 22, Medium-jumbo
Scale Length 24.56"
Nut Width 1.687"
Bridge/Tailpiece Tyler-designed Wraparound Bridge
Tuners Sealed Tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Vintage-style Alnico Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Vintage-style Alnico Humbucker
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone, 3-way Selector, Guitar Model Selector, Alt Tune Selector
Strings EXL110
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number 99-252-0105

Customer Reviews

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This guitar does a wonderful job at nailing various guitars and tunings. Enables me to bring less guitars to gigs now! Very pleased with it and getting pictures of the exact guitar I purchased prior to receiving it, blew me away. Sweetwater is Top Notch!
Music background: Gigging Musician

This is the answer

I'm no expert on vintage guitars. All I know is that when I pick this thing up and plug it into my HD500x, I have the most amazing banquet of sounds at my disposal. I'm able to pretty much get whatever sound I'm aiming for with any song. I took it to a friend's house who IS an expert at vintage guitars. He closed his eyes and was able to identify the Gibson ES355 spot on as soon as I dialed it in and started playing. The acoustics take some getting used to because you're playing on an electric body. You have to develop a very sensitive touch or you'll squeeze every chord out of tune. You also lose the ability to do percussive stuff with the guitar body. But still, worth EVERY penny!


Starting with cosmetics/appearance: This guitar is beautiful. Enough said! Feel: It's roughly 8 lbs, it feels solid and the hardware is also very solid. I.e. there are no loose tuners, knobs, switches, etc. and they don't feel like they would snap easily, either. The neck feels just like a top-notch Paul Reed Smith, to which I have played a few. I'd take this guitar over a PRS any day. The only negative mark I'll add on feel is that the neck becomes very fat where it meets the body (about the 17th fret), which makes it very hard to keep your dexterity on the bassier strings, if speed is your thing, but this doesn't affect my playing style at all!Sound: With the Variax modeling turned completely off, you run straight through the humbuckers that are shown in the photo, which sound amazing. The lead position sounds beautiful compared to many other guitars, which have entirely too much treble and not enough bass on the lead position, this guitar is balanced perfectly, in my opinion on the lead position. The rhythm position is adds a lot of low end, just the right amount, and also remains crystal clear, whereas many other guitars lose all the treble on the rhythm switch, causing a very muddy tone. I give this guitar's rhythm position 5 stars! The middle position, on the other hand, I believe sets the pickups out of phase (if you don't know what that means, look up "phase inverter" on a search engine and see what that means for humbuckers--it's usually described as a slight volume drop and a "nasal" sound--very unpopular). Now, on to the Variax modeling...The possibilities become endless at this point! The modeling is rather spot on, although I've found that the Les Paul models (including the Juniors) have a bit too much lows. The Fenders are spot on, the Gibson ES-335 is possibly my favorite for cleans ("Semi" model with the white light on). The sitars, banjos and resonators are cool to play around with, but I have no practical use for these, so I will say that I'm pleased with them, simply for lack of experience with these instruments. I bought this guitar for the tuning flexibility mainly.The Variax Workbench is a very handy piece of software that allows you to absolutely 100% customize this guitar. In your custom slots (you get 10, I believe), you can pick any of the preloaded bodies (which makes a big sound difference, believe it or not), any of the preloaded pickups (my favorite are the P90s) and you can program that patch to play any tuning you want, as well. What's more is that you can move the pickups to any position you want. I.e. you can slide the virtual position of the pickups as close to or are faraway from the bridge as you want, down to the .01"!!! Like I said, 100% customizeable. But, as with anything ever made from Line 6, there is a very steep learning curve, so you will be sitting behind your computer and guitar for at least 8-12 hours before you can "kick the training wheels off."This guitar is built with great quality! Is 100% customizable and can accurately emulate DOZENS of guitars in ANY tuning and you can switch between any of these presets in the blink of an eye! I have a song with my band where I start off the intro/verse using a 12-string acoustic in standard and then switch to a distortion for the chorus, using Les Paul model with a B-E-A-D-G-B tuning, and I'm able to go back into the verse to the 12-string, back into the chorus with the Les Paul and so on, virtually seamless!It is expensive, but it is worth it! This guitar costs less than just ONE of the classics it models flawlessly, so I consider that a good bargain. If you play in one band and stick to the same tuning, same sound, same genre, this guitar isn't so much for you. It's for the guitarists who want multiple tunings, multiple sounds and the versatility of multiple guitars, to whom I would absolutely recommend this guitar!
Music background: More-than-a-hobby for 14 years, gigging, recording, covers, originals, etc.

Line six Variax

This guitar is awesome. Looks great, sounds incredible. Easy to lean all the basic functions. I haven't put it through the POD or used the additional software tools so can't comment on that however the sounds right out of the box are excellent. The 12 string shimmers and even the twang of e sitar is wild. This is no toy. The guitar has weight, the action is low, the neck is beefy and this guitar rocks. I was a little skeptical on the alternate tunings function but it works and I'm blown away. If you want a great functional electric. This is your guitar.
Music background: Musician


Well, my JTV 59 arrived yesterday and having never seen one in person, I have to admit I was extremely nervous. Would it play well? Would it sound OK? Would it deliver on the promise of alll the videos? The simple answer is YES, YES and definitely YES. WOW. This is a beautifully crafted, amazing piece of technology. It's everything that I have come to expect from Line 6. The sounds are pristine. The action, intonation, construction...all perfect. I simply LOVE this guitar. Stayed up all night playing it, tyring the sounds, replacing old tracks in Pro Tools and Logic. This is going to be one of the most useful tools in my studio. Thanks again, Line 6. You guys are the masters. BTW - also got a JTV - 69. See review.
Music background: Pro Musician, Songwriter, Engineer, Producer

Sweetwater Advice

Jeff Jent

When I'm working in my studio, I often need to use different guitars for different songs. Sometimes this can "kill the vibe", or be a hassle that takes away from the fun of simply playing guitar. This is why my Line 6 JTV-59 Variax is now my go-to electric guitar. It sounds more like a strat than my strat! And having the 12-string electric sound available at my fingertips (without having to tune 12 strings) is awesome! I haven't even taken my baritone electric out of its case since getting the JTV. Plus, I've actually started writing in alternate tunings (something I previously had no desire to do). Ultimately this guitar makes me more excited about playing and always provides some inspiration in my studio!
See also: Modeling Guitars, Line 6, Line 6 Modeling Electric Guitars, Line 6 Solidbody Guitars