I've been a line 6 user since the first POD. I have performed with variax guitars for 8 years now. They have never let me down on stage. About a year ago I was distracted by a technology guitar from a well-known manufacturer. After a year of struggling with the "Phoenix X" I realized how difficult it was to use. Sold it and got this JTV 69. Seriously the easiest playing guitar I've used, great sound, great action off the shelf, very good intonation and best of all, IT JUST WORKS! Not too heavy, nice to to handle and a nice medium thick neck. Along with the pod 500 I can do very useful tricks like controlling the amp gain with the tone knob. Now to play honky tonk woman, I just flip the tuning knob to open G, twist in a little gain and before the second bar of cowbell, I am READY. No more waiting for robo de-tuners and hoping they get it right!
Other positives, the lit model and tuning selector knobs are a nice addition. The pickups put out a nice signal, not too hot but plenty of punch, the tremolo bar says where you put it, the tuers lock, the graftech nut slides well, the acoustic models sound great too.. I've bought lots of guitars, After gigging with this one for a month, it's the best. The value in this guitar is astounding, GET YOURSELF ONE!