Line 6 JTV-89F with Floyd Rose - Black

James Tyler-designed Modeling Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Bolt-on Maple Neck, 2 Humbucking Pickups, Switchable Models and Tunings, and Tremolo - Black
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Create Every Iconic Tone with this Amazing Guitar

The Line 6 JTV-89 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-89 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-89 James Tyler Variax is your ticket to unlimited tonal excellence.

Line 6 JTV-89 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-89 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-89 James Tyler Variax!

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

Right out of the case, your Line 6 JTV-89 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-89 James Tyler Variax.

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

With its mahogany body and a Fast 'n' Flat maple neck, the Line 6 JTV-89 James Tyler Variax is ready for you to shred your audience with aggressive 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-89 James Tyler Variax to be an amazingly playable guitar even before you ever try out the superb modeling technology.

Line 6 JTV-89 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 instrument 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 Fast 'n' Flat maple neck are perfect for fast and aggressive playing
  • 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-89 James Tyler Variax is like a Pandora's box of tone!

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Additional Media

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NAMM News: Line 6 James Tyler Variax JTV-89F

Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Doublecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Color Black
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape Tyler Fast 'n Flat
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.687"
Bridge/Tailpiece Floyd Rose Locking Trem
Tuners Sealed Tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Custom-wound Alnico Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Custom-wound Alnico Humbucker
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone, 5-way Selector, Guitar Model Selector, Alt Tune Selector
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number 99-640-0205

Customer Reviews

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Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

First of all, I want to thank Mike at SweetWater who helped me with the purchase of this guitar. Great communication via email! Responded quickly! Thank you Mike!This guitar blew me away! Did my share of researching and YouTubing on this guitar and was impressed by it's versatility. First hooked it up to an amp dry and played with the acoustic settings, wow! Then, I hooked it up to my HD500x, AWESOME! Very nice guitar!
Music background: Hobby - Praise band leader

Very nice!

I have been playing for 38 years and have owned a number of nice guitars, but this was a big surprise. Rep Tim Holsinger was very helpful in making sure I received exactly what I needed.Most of my playing is blues and rock, so overdrive is the norm for me - however this guitar sounds the best pushed clean. The Strat sounds are nice - and I have had a Strat. I can't nitpick one single thing about this.As for the workmanship, I was very impressed as I had played one of the earlier version Variax guitars and was less then pleased. Fit and finish are top shelf. The neck is a little flatter than what I am used to, but will adjust. The frets were dressed reasonably well too. I'd played the Variax JTV-59 in person, but that neck was too much like an old Les Paul for me - this one is much thinner and better contoured to my hand.It arrived in tune and set up - ready to go. The staff at Sweetwater is great, and I wouldn't have any apprehension of getting another guitar sight unseen.
Music background: Hobbyist

Amazing !

Waited a long time for this sweet thing, I am amazed by the versatility and tone. The stock pickups sound really good as well. Played through the pod HD 500 and a pair of QSC K12s is the ultimate. Very happy with my purchase and well worth the wait. The Floyd trem is flawless. Thanks Line 6 for a great product. And thanks to Sweetwater for good business!

Love my new JTV-89F-BK

I've owned a JTV-69-BK for a couple of years already and am familiar with the electronics. At the time it was the only model with a tremolo bar. Of course the guitar models and alternate tunings are top notch, and you can play for hours without realizing the sun has come up. My new JTV-89F is a much more playable guitar than the JTV-69 for me. The neck on the JTV-89F is very similar to the Wizard neck on my JEM-777, sans the scalloped fretboard. It has wider spacing between strings and the 24-fret access is easy. The guitar resonates better too. The floyd rose transfers much of the strings vibration to the body, offering better sustain than the JTV-69. I opted for the professional setup ($30.00) from Sweetwater, and they did a great job. The action was set at 5/64" at the 12th fret, All the notes sing without fret buzz, and playing legato notes and tapping is effortless. The Floyd Rose tremolo can pull strings completely tight without fretting issues. The balance of the guitar on a strap is very nice. I didn't give it a full 5 stars for 2 reasons. The whammy bar drops over the Model knob making model changes quickly more difficult. And finally, I really like the gig bag issued with the JTV-69, and was dissapointed in the quality and saled down features of the black gig bag with the JTV-89F. I will be purchasing a replacement gig bag.
Music background: Semi-Pro Musician

Line 6 JTV-89F - Black

The guitar is amazing. The neck is a little wide, which is good for me personally. The ability to switch guitar models and tunings is very convenient. It's also easy to create your own custom tunings. With that said, for the price, I would think a hard case should be included.*Bad News: 1 spare battery will run you $50* quick research online shows that a very similar battery for a camcorder is $9, but isnt *exactly* the same, so we're forced to buy these overpriced batteries (if you need a spare - and who doesnt?). That's not cool JTV/Line 6.A fair price for these batteries would be like $20-$30.So, aside from feeling a little ripped off on the accessory side, I am happy with the guitar itself.
See also: Modeling Guitars, Line 6, Line 6 Modeling Electric Guitars, Line 6 Solidbody Guitars