I want to thank Joel at Sweetwater for making this purchase a breeze. This is the first time I purchased a guitar without playing it first and after this experience, I would not hesitate doing it again.
This guitar is awesome. I agree with the other reviews on how well the guitar is made and how nice it looks and plays so instead of being redundant, I will provide some insight on this guitars awesomeness from a different perspective. I have been playing in cover bands for over 25 years and give lessons when I’m not at my real job. This guitar makes gigging and giving lessons so much easier. Let me explain.
In my opinion, to be a successful cover band (one where people are calling you to play and you have booked gigs many months out), you have to be able to play songs from many different genres and eras. The bands I have been in have played everything from Metal (Metallica, Megadeth) to Hard Rock (Rob Zombie, Nickelback) to Rock (Matchbox 20) to Punk (Green Day, Ramones) to Alternative (Bloodhound Gang, Cake) to 80s (Rick Springfield, J. Giels Band) to 70s (Cheaptrick, Foreigner)…you get the picture and so for years I would have to drag multiple guitars with different tunings to our shows.
When giving lessons, students come with guitars in all different tunings (standard, ˝ step down, open E etc.). Also, students will come to me with songs they are trying to learn on their own and explain that they have it close but it just doesn’t sound right. Nine times out of ten I have to explain that the song was recorded in a different tuning. So again, I had to have several guitars with different tunings laying around to provide the proper instruction.
NO MORE! This guitar takes the multiple guitar scenario out of the mix. With a turn of the knob you have access to ten of the most common tunings known to guitarists. Even if the tuning you desire is not one of the selections, you can use one of the empty slots to program it in a matter of seconds. Turning another knob provides modeling of the most common guitars out there including pick up selection (Les Pauls, Strats, Rickenbacker, Martin etc.). The guitar by itself is amazing but when combining it with the PODHD500 and Stage Source Speakers to complete the Line 6 Dream Rig it is utterly phenomenal!
Can you imagine in one set going from Rob Zombie’s Dragula (dropped C, Tele, bridge pickup, heavy distortion) right into GnR’ Sweet Child O’Mine (1/2 step down, Les Paul, neck pickup, rock distortion ) right into Buckcherry’s Lit Up (Open G tuning, Les Paul, bridge pickup) right into Tommy Tutone’s Jenny, Jenny (Standard Tuning, Strat bridge pickup, clean with chorus) right into Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Standard Tuning, Martin Acoustic, clean no effects) all with the click of a footswitch and preset change? I don’t have to. With the Dream Rig I do exactly this every show. In the past, this would of involved lugging around at least three guitars and two amps, not to mention the time between songs to switch and tune. So to Line 6 – both myself and my back cannot thank you enough for making this type of equipment.
The only downside I have experienced is that the Dream Rig is solid state so you really can’t get it to feedback like you can with tube state amplification but this one minus is nothing compared to all the pluses. Yes, the Dream Rig is a little pricy ($3K-$4K depending on options) and so I probably would only recommend this for professional musicians who gig consistently. I have been using Line 6 equipment for years and I think their modeling is spot on. I get compliments on my sound all the time. That being said, I’m sure seasoned musicians who have used the same equipment for years (i.e. Les Paul, Marshall Stack) could pick out discrepancies between the modeling and the real thing. I get that and to be honest, I probably would not recommend this set up for musicians who are writing their own music and basically have one sound and playing only 45 minutes a show. But for musicians in cover bands who need to cover the gamut of musical genres, I cannot recommend the JTV-89F (and Dream Rig) enough. So what are you waiting for? Get with your Sweetwater Rep and order today!