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.