Line 6 JTV-69 Variax - Black

James Tyler-designed Modeling Electric Guitar with Bolt-on Maple Neck, Alder Body, 3 Single-coil Pickups, and Switchable Models and Tunings - Black
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Record and Perform with Unlimited Tonal Potential

The Line 6 JTV-69 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-69 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-69 James Tyler Variax is your ticket to unlimited tonal excellence.

Line 6 JTV-69 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-69 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-69 James Tyler Variax!

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

Right out of the case, your Line 6 JTV-69 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-69 James Tyler Variax.

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

With its alder body and maple neck, the Line 6 JTV-69 James Tyler Variax is primed from the start for iconic electric guitar tone. 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-69 James Tyler Variax to be an amazingly playable guitar even before you ever try out the superb modeling technology.

Line 6 JTV-69 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 alder body and maple neck are a classic recipe for fantastic tone
  • 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-69 James Tyler Variax is like a Pandora's box of tone!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Doublecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Color Black
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape Tyler '69
Fingerboard Material Maple, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 22, Medium-jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.625"
Bridge/Tailpiece Tyler-designed Adjustable Tremolo
Tuners Sealed Locking Tuners
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Vintage-style Alnico Single-coil
Middle Pickup Vintage-style Alnico Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Vintage-style Alnico Single-coil
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone, 5-way Selector, Guitar Model Selector, Alt Tune Selector
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number 99-630-0405

Customer Reviews

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Great guitar!

After not playing any guitar for 4 years I decided to give it another try. Instead of investing a lot of money in a whole bunch of guitars I decided to give the James Tyler Variax a try. I am glad I did, this guitar has really lived up to my expectations. The guitar itself is amazing with the models it comes on board. Being able to go from a acoustic sound to a Strat, then a Les Paul is so cool. The three single coil pickups sound great too. Just a fun guitar to play and I highly recommend it. A great job by Sweetwater too. Guitar came well set up and ready to play.
Music background: 1 year experience

Amazing For Recording

It took me about 3-4 weeks to really appreciate what this instrument does. I'm personally not a fan of satin finish necks/fretboards (and it's a larger than average neck) but I decided to accept this guitar as it is. I do a lot of recording in my home studio via WAV files from clients. When I use the acoustic guitar settings. No one knows it's a Variax. Matter of fact, the recorded acoustic guitar tones are much better than what I get from recording a real acoustic! I truly love the Gretsch 6120 in conjunction with the whammy bar on the guitar. What killer tone. The baritone, banjo and Dobro selections are convenient and superb. The Rickenbacher 6 & 12 strings chime and record so easily. The tuning selections are a big part of this instrument. For instance, tuning down a half step is not something I enjoy (but it's common practice). Here, I just roll the switch and it's taken care of. No intonation problems, no readjusting of string tension, just switch and play. This is actually a big deal to me. The Strat, Tele, Les Paul, 335 and so on, really work. Of course you will miss the 'vibe' of the original axes but the sound is there. I haven't tried the custom switch yet. I've tried to connect to the Line 6 website for additional tones but it's not really user friendly. I've called but their reps but the ones I spoke with are not that knowledgeable. That being said, I still have to give this guitar 5 stars. I feel I'm just at the tip of the iceberg. Also, I have no plans on using it live. The perfect studio guitar.
Music background: Pro guitaist

JTV-69s, a great upgrade from my old Variax 600

Prior to having this guitar, I owned a used Variax 600 for a few years. It was a great guitar and was inspiring to play. Having that much choice in the tonal palette of a guitar is mindblowing and liberating. After loving the 600, I had to upgrade to the JTV.One of the biggest features the JTV has against the old Variax is that the alternate tunings are now independent from the model knob. What does this mean? It means 2 things.First off, you no longer have to waste preset spaces on the model knob and throw out guitar models just to have 1 Strat in E standard, then another Strat in F# Standard. This would mean you'd need to have 2 banks filled just for the same model to be in 2 tunings.This would cause having to choose which models you want to get rid of for tunings that you might need more than those guitars. This was extremely annoying because I use a huge array of tunings because of the different type of music I play. I almost need a standard tuning for each note all the way down to B standard, and that's a lot of spaces to take. I had 3 banks filled with the Les Paul model just because of this: one for E standard, one for C standard, and one for Drop A#.Second off: It has capo mode. What does this mean? It means no more digging into workbench to set tunings. You can do it, ON the guitar. This was a dream come true, and it's one of the best things I could ever do on a guitar. Not only can you do this to change the tuning on the alternate tuning knob's presets, but you can literally just use Preview Mode on the Capo feature to set a temporary tuning instantly even if it's a tuning you don't use often. This means if you have your tuning positions all filled up with your favorite tunings, you can always have more without worrying about replacing the tunings constantly.Another thing is that the lack of physically tuning the guitar lets you be able to keep the tension of the strings, as well as having to not change gauges of course. Changing tunings constantly can result in string wear and break your strings a lot faster over time. I would know.Now, the thing that sealed the deal with me wanting a JTV was when they announced the HD firmware update. Before, the old Variaxes and JTV sounded practically the same, but now, the HD models sound more clear and pristine. It's something huge that pushed me to decide to finally upgrade. The Electrics sound lovely, the Acoustics sound like real mic'd acoustics as opposed to plugged in electric-acoustics, and you get a brand new high gain pickup model in workbench based on the JTV-89's pickups, and they sound great!The magnetic pickups sound great as well. One of the lovely things about the new Variaxes are the magnetics so you feel "at home" with the guitar. While having a guitar without magnetic pickups and leaving guitar snobs wondering where the sound is coming from is mysterious and fun, having magnetics makes the guitar the perfect hybrid of a traditional and modeling guitar. You can even blend it with the modeling in workbench, which is genius. You can also run both magnetics and modeling on separate channels through a POD HD, which is great loads of fun, especially running the magnetics with an acoustic model, or something exotic.The build quality of the guitar is very good. The frets are smooth and leveled nicely, the neck plays great, but it might be too small for some people. If you're considering getting this guitar, let it be known that the E strings are closer to the edge than many guitars I've played before. Either adjust your technique a bit or maybe look into a different JTV model. After stretching the strings and adjusting my technique a bit, it's perfect now.Either way, the guitar is amazing, and it's definitely the best guitar I own. It was my dream guitar, but I can't call it that anymore, because now it's a reality, haha. It's the perfect guitar for those who want to have a giant range of different types of tonality as a guitarist, and it's perfect if you're a person who likes way too many tunings other than just E standard.I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the Variax technology that Line 6 has been brewing for over a decade now.
Music background: 12 years guitarist/musician

great guitar

a versatile and user friendly guitar. really enjoy using the features as well as playing without them.
Music background: hobbyist

JT and line 6 got it right

James Tyler and Line 6 got this one right guitar is substantial standing on its ownbut when you add the modeling guitars it just makes it so versatile I've had the Line 6 guitar us since the inception and the guitar itself has come along way I enjoy playing it I enjoy tweaking it and it's a real Chamaeleon for any recording or performance situation the Swiss Army knifeof axes
Music background: Recording studio live sound engineer semi pro musician hobbyist student and all-around nice guy
See also: Modeling Guitars, Line 6, Line 6 Modeling Electric Guitars, Line 6 Solidbody Guitars