The Line 6 JTV-69S James Tyler Variax Guitar is a beautiful guitar, designed by master luthier James Tyler. Fitted with Variax modelling technology, it can emulate the sounds of other instruments thanks to Line 6's extensive modelling capabilities. This well-crafted guitar can be used as normal or with the additional Variax technology and is perfect for live performances or studio sessions.
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Inspired by the classic 25-1/2" scale, bolt on neck, three pickup solid body guitar, the JTV-69S features an alder body, a 22 fret maple neck carved to a comfortable, rounded Tyler '59 profile and a rosewood fingerboard. This archetypal design yields the bright, percussive snap and bite that characterises this kind of guitar, with plenty of bluesy warmth when needed.
Master luthier, James Tyler, has crafted this guitar with a number of features designed to help you sound your best. The neck shape is designed for easy playability and the neck joint provides absolute access to the upper frets. A nod to the traditional format, JTV-69SS features an SSS pickup configuration complete with three vintage-voiced single-coil pickups that are loaded with alnico magnets and wound to James Tyler's precise specifications. The custom Tremolo bridge is designed for superior tuning stability and smooth vibrato action as is the premium guitar nut. The long lasting, rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivers at least 12 hours of play and LED indicators let you know how long you have left. When you're not using the guitar, simply roll down the volume and the electronics will go to sleep to save power. The pickup bypass function means you can always use the guitar without batteries too.
The Line 6 digital modelling technology which has made their amps famous can now be found in their guitars. James Tyler Variax guitars combine this technology with boutique style craftsmanship and deliver 28 vintage instrument models, from classic acoustic through to sitar and banjo, on top of the impressive sound of the James Tyler designed guitar itself. If you're a gigging musicians with a varied set list or a musicians looking to experiment and record a varied set of guitar sounds this is undoubtedly easier than lugging tons of different instruments around with you.
Whether you're into blues, rock or country you're sure to find a tone to suit within the 18 instruments in the James Tyler Variax. These Line 6 guitars capture the nuances of each instrument which have been carefully modelled and the Volume and Tone controls will behave the same for you as on the original guitars.
To see the full list of included guitar models on the Line 6 JTV-69S James Tyler Variax Guitar please download the PDF at the top of this page.
As well as classic electric tones the great thing about the JTV-69S is that you can also experiment with eclectic acoustic and world instruments including 6 or 12 string acoustics and dobro, sitar, banjo and Tricone models.
To see the full list of the JTV-69S acoustic tones please download the PDF at the top of this page.
Perfect for gigs, the JTV-69S can go from alternate tunings instantly with the switch of a knob. There are 11 alternate tunings which can be mixed and matched with any of the instrument profiles. Virtual Capo also allows you to create your own tunings and save them to the open slot or over existing models.
To see the full list of alternate tunings on this Variax guitar please download the PDF at the top of this page.
The Variax Workbench software acts as your personal custom shop where the only limit is your imagination. Mix and match the 28 instrument body models with any of the 17 pickup models to create unique guitar tones or reinvent the classics. Fine tune each model or tweak the tuning then load your custom instruments into your JTV-69S and access easily with the knobs. New firmware is regularly released by Line 6 so you guitars will always be up to date - simply check over at Line6.com.
On its own the JTV-69S is a powerful tool. However, if you are looking for a complete rig the DT25 or DT50 amp and the POD HD500 multi effects pedal are the perfect partners. This set up offers limitless sonic possibilities allowing you to change instruments, routing, sounds, effects and tuning all with the press of a single footswitch - perfect for the professional gigging musician.
"The instrument itself is awesome, boasting impeccable workmanship...This is an ax that most guitarists will have no problems playing as their main guitar all night long." Chris Gill, Guitar World
"The James Tyler Variax is my combination secret weapon and Swiss Army knife. Whenever I go to the studio, it goes with me. Need a Tele? I got it. Wish you had a sitar? No problem. This guitar has filled more sonic production holes than any instrument or device I have ever owned." Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Tin Machine)
"This thing is amazing live...At one point of the show I go from 1/2 step down tuning to standard tuning with a drop D instantly! I no longer sweat the show order and guitar changes - JTV allows me to just PLAY!"Jerry McPherson (Tim McGraw band)
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