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The latest Variax technology in a finely crafted guitar.

The JTV-69 James Tyler Variax Modeling Electric Guitar offers an innovative design and boutique playing experience courtesy of master luthier James Tyler, and the world's most advanced guitar modeling technology from the people who invented it, Line 6. Plug this guitar into any amp and hear all the models, all the tunings, and both acoustic and electric tones you've ever wanted. No more dragging around multiple acoustics and electrics to gigs or recording studios. Variax gives you an endless variety of sounds from classic acoustic and electric tones all the way to sitar and banjo, all in one instrument.

The JTV-69 features a beautiful flamed maple top, alder back, and a bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard. A recessed heel makes reaching the upper frets a breeze. The JTV-69 is loaded with a pair of single-coil pickups (neck and middle positions), and custom-wound humbuckers (bridge) designed by James Tyler. Controls include a 5-way blade pickup selector switch, a master volume & tones. A rotary model selector dials the 25 virtual guitars plus sitar, banjo, and resonator guitar tones. A rotary alt tuning selector lets you pick from 12 alternate tunings. Comes standard with a durable, padded gig bag with a stitched Line 6 logo and 2 pockets big enough for all your gig essentials.

Redesigned tremolo bridge
The JTV-69 has a redesigned tremolo bridge that offers improved tone and tuning stability. This design lets the string go into the bridge through the front of the tremolo, which brings the ball end as close to the saddle as possible, instead of stringing it through the tremolo block. This also makes restringing much easier. The knife edges and tremolo pivot posts were designed to provide nearly zero resistance. This, in conjunction with locking tuners gives this standard tremolo bridge much more tuning stability. A Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL nut keeps the strings from gripping and sticking. James Tyler Custom tremolo bridge is also fitted with an LR Baggs Radiance hex pickup system for sweet acoustic guitar tones.

Dual-core Processor
Dual-core processor delivers 4 times the punch. This new chip is smaller, faster, and more powerful. It has allowed Line 6 to run fuller, clearer models of guitar bodies and pickups; let all their models have alternate tunings; improved alternate tuning purity and speed; provided alternate tuning customization; and improved modes of operation and editing. The JVT sounds and responds surprisingly more like a traditional guitar.

Variax Workbench Software
Variax Workbench software is a virtual custom shop. This free software, which can be downloaded from the Line-6 web site, lets you create custom models on your computer and upload them to your JTV-59 via its built-in USB port. Choose from famous guitar bodies, pickups, pickup placement, tone and volume controls, and tweak away until you've designed the guitar of your dreams - without choking on sawdust!

This combination USB interface and software package for James Tyler Variax guitars allows you to see and hear the physical changes to your custom guitar in real-time. Ever wonder what a single-coil pickup would sound like on a hollow-body guitar tuned an octave down? Probably not. That's because it wasn't a reality - until now.

The Alt Tune Knob
Each James Tyler Variax modeling guitar has a dedicated Alt Tune knob. This knob has 12 settings, including two labeled "Model" and "Standard." Set to "Model," the Alt Tune knob lets you access the alternate tunings you created using Variax Workbench virtual guitar workbench software. These tunings are stored on your Variax's Model knob. Set to "Standard," the Alt Tune knob overrides saved tunings to set every model to standard "E-to-E" tuning. The Alt Tune knob's remaining 10 settings are the most commonly used tunings found in the popular genres of the day.

The Virtual capo feature lets you easily transpose any song to the key that suits you vocalist. And you can adjust your tuning on the fly without having to do on "Workbench" software.

Battery powered DSP
A proprietary lithium-ion battery delivers at least 12 hours of continuous performance. A 4-LED battery life meter lets you know how much rocking time you have left. Rolling down the volume knob when not playing will automatically put the DSP to sleep and helps maximize battery life. So even with your cable still plugged in, you will not be using battery power. DSP wakes up instantly when you turn the volume back up. The JTV-69 functions as a standard electric guitar whether the battery installed or not.


Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options. Includes gig bag.

FEATURES
Variax models based on:
  • 1960 Fender Telecaster Custom
  • 1968 Fender Telecaster
  • 1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline
  • 1969 Fender Stratocaster
  • 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard
  • 1952 Gibson Les Paul "Goldtop"
  • 1961 Gibson Les Paul Custom (3 PU)
  • 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior
  • 1976 Gibson Firebird V
  • 1955 Gibson Les Paul Special
  • 1969 Gretsch 6120
  • 1956 Gretsch Silver Jet
  • 1968 Rickenbacker 360
  • 1966 Rickenbacker 360-12
  • 1961 Gibson ES-335
  • 1967 Epiphone Casino
  • 1957 Gibson ES-175
  • 1953 Gibson Super 400
  • 1969 Martin D-28
  • 1970 Martin D 12-28
  • 1967 Martin O-18
  • 1966 Guild F212
  • 1995 Gibson J-200
  • 1935 Dobro Alumilite
  • Danelectro 3021
  • Coral Dano Electric Sitar
  • Gibson Mastertone Banjo
  • 1928 National Style 2 "Tricone"
Alternate tunings for JTV-69:
  • MODEL
  • STANDARD: E A D G B E
  • DROP D: D A D G B E
  • 1/2 DOWN: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb
  • DROP Db: Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb
  • 1 DOWN: D G C F A D
  • DADGAD: D A D G A D
  • OPEN D: D A D F# A D
  • BLUES G: D G D G B D
  • RESO G: G B D G B D
  • OPEN A: E A C# E A E
  • BARITONE: B E A D F B
  • Includes padded gig bag made by G&G

All the guitars you've ever wanted in one amazing instrument.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Top: flamed maple
  • Back: alder
  • Neck: bolt-on maple neck
  • Fingerboard: rosewood
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Radius: 12"
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL
  • Nut width: 1-5/8"
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickups: Neck and mid pickups: Custom single-coil; Bridge pickup: Custom humbucker (wound to Tyler's specs)
  • Electronics: Full Variax system
  • Bridge: James Tyler Custom tremolo bridge with LR Baggs Radiance hex pickup system
  • Tuners: Custom tuners
  • Included: Workbench USB adapter, Li-Ion battery, and switching power supply
  • Workbench software downloadable for free from Line 6
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Line 6JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 24 reviews)

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81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (18)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Fun to play (15)
  • Solid electronics (13)
  • Good pick up (12)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (5)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (15)
  • Recording (15)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good guitar, Variax much improved!

I've only had this for two weeks, but that is enough to review it.

First, the guitar itself is quite nice, though I'm sure the USA made versions are somewhat...Read complete review

I've only had this for two weeks, but that is enough to review it.

First, the guitar itself is quite nice, though I'm sure the USA made versions are somewhat better. This is still the same electronics (for the variax) as the more expensive models though and that is mainly what I got it for.

It stays in tune very well, as well as Ibanez guitars with zero-trems. (I don't do any radical dive bombing though)

Everyone wants to know if the modeled sounds are good... well, they are!
People want to know if the pitch-change works well, ... it does, so long as you don't radically alter pitch. For instance, the drop D, DADGAD and open G tunings are all very good. There is no noticeable delay between picking the note and hearing the altered pitch through your system.

However, there is a very noticeable "warbling" when extreme pitch changes are used, especially on the Baritone setting. I suspect that that is nearly impossible to fix with current chip-set speeds and bit depth. That's probably OK for kids who use tons of distortion. If you wanted to play clean country licks with the Baritone setting, forget it. The low notes have digital artifacts that even a beginner would hear.

The main thing I love about the guitar is that it is a GOOD guitar. Nice tuning machines, great bridge and trem, comfortable body, solid neck, nice fret work, and it plays in tune! Mine came almost perfect from the box, so I haven't tweaked it much yet, but I suspect it will be easy after looking at the fine components Mr Tyler designed. All the hardware is A+ quality.

The stock passive pickups are good too! Some may long for more power, others for more high end... that's always a trade off. Again Mr Tyler's experience shows here. The stock pickups sound very authentic. In fact, you can switch between the modeled strat and the pickups to hear there is little difference between the two.

Since alternate tunings ideally require different gauges of strings and a proper set-up on individual guitars, I have never messed around with them much. It is too expensive and too much hassle. About the only alt-tuning I have experience with is the Drop D and open G. So my personal reason for getting this was to experiment with other tunings. I find it especially helpful when students want to do new tunes by younger artists that always seem to favor alt tunings. For that purpose, this is a great time-saver and a great value.

I have a LOT of experience with real American Strats, Teles and Pauls, so I can attest those models are VERY authentic.

The acoustic models are quite good too, but they only sound really great through a FULL RANGE system. They are convincing enough through a regular guitar amp if you use a clean setting with ZERO distortion and the treble UP, but guitar amps never have the high-frequency content that acoustic simulation requires.

Therefore, I can recommend this to teachers, players who want different tunings and gigging musicians who need a versatile axe without carrying many guitars. If you intend to use the acoustic models much, be sure to use a full range system of some kind.

Complaints: Other than the digital glitches (warbling) on extreme pitch setting, I think the twelve-string models could be a little more in tune. It sounds like they intentionally detuned the octave strings to make the sound more "authentic." Perhaps that is what people want, but I would really prefer better intonation on 12 string settings.

So far, the battery life is as advertised, so I'm thrilled with that. My older model Line 6 variax ate batteries. The new technology has improved that greatly.

Overall, this guitar competes strongly with any other production guitar on the market, just as a plain guitar. When you add the modeling features, it becomes a no-brainer. Perhaps they will improve even more in the future as technology progresses, but I felt this was worth the investment now since it is almost perfect.

Unless the laws of physics suddenly change or human hearing evolves unexpectedly, this sounds as close to the real thing as you can get without investing MANY thousands. It sounds like great recordings of famous guitars.

At this price range, that is a heck of a deal.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Definitely try before you buy

Here were my problems:
1)Sticky Guitar Model Selector. Had to take off knob to be able to push stem to activate Selector. It was like the knob was too big for...Read complete review

Here were my problems:
1)Sticky Guitar Model Selector. Had to take off knob to be able to push stem to activate Selector. It was like the knob was too big for the hole it is set into. Might have been able to fix this, but then, that's not MY job. Is it? I could have damaged it further in the process.
2)6th string buzzed and lost all volume from 2nd fret progressively worse to 12th. At 12th and above, sat right against 13th fret. Possibly remedied by raising bridge, but that would've taken an experienced tech with the tremolo bridge involved.
3)1st string fell off the fretboard with the slightest bend downward. How do you fix that?
4)Tremolo bar would pitch down, but not up...not even slightly. Was it set up wrong?
5)Guitar Model sounds were, IMO, mostly cheesy. Not sure they were authentic or not, but Banjo, Sitar, 12-string Acoustic and Reso models were not. If this is what these sounds were meant to be, I think they are sorely lacking.
6)Manual shipped with product was too basic. Should have printed and included the manuals available online.
I might have been able to get items 1) through 4) fixed. But 5) is what it is.I'm convinced---and disappointed---that this particular guitar was not tested or set up between time it came off the line til it reached my home. If it had been played even once, it would have undergone repair immediately. This one totally missed the quality control test.
I'd recommend finding a store that has two or more of each model desired to test before making purchase decision.
If I just got a lemon, sorry for the criticism.

On a better note, can't say enough good about MF's return process. Accepted the return with no (well, very few) questions asked. Cost me only return postage via UPS (not much), took about 10 minutes on the phone (haven't gotten final credit yet, but I assume that's on the way). If I thought I'd just gotten a lemon, I'd get another one shipped and try it out, but unfortunately, I think I'll just get a fancy effects pedal and another guitar for alternate tunings.

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(18 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Some thoughts on the JTV-69 guitar after many gigs

By roccotanto

from miami beach

Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

I was never a fan of the first generation of Variax guitars. They were ugly, not very playable, and if the batteries were dead in them, you were stuck with a boat paddle, or a "crowd control device"Enter the Tyler Variax - designed by one of the best boutique guitar makers ever, James Tyler. And they also have standard magnetic pickups that work like a normal guitar, as well as all Tyler designed hardware. YES!The JTV-69 is the perfect guitar for the average working guitarist like me -- I am not a grammy winning touring guitarist who has a rack of guitars and a tech to hand them to him. I work 3-4 nites a week playing bars, private parties, corporate gigs, and studio sessions.The Tyler Variax allows me to carry ONE guitar that can cover dozens of sounds and tunings. I can switch from a Tele in open G tuning for a Stones song, to a Les Paul and Marshall for Guns & Roses, and to a Sitar for some trippy 60s hippy action.I have played the 89, the 69, and the 59 models of these guitars. The 69 is my favorite, followed by the 59, and the shredder 89 coming in third.The new generation of variax electronics are MUCH better than the first ones, and you can FINALLY do alternate tunings on a knob that are not tied to whatever model you are using.Overall, this guitar gets a 9 out of 10. I think the frets need a little more final polishing, and the guitar needs to be set up by a pro to YOUR specs once you buy it.But this guitar, paired with the HD500 pedalboard makes a MONSTER of a rig. This is the future, might as well get on board now!

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good guitar, Variax much improved!

By GEO

from USA

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

      I've only had this for two weeks, but that is enough to review it.

      First, the guitar itself is quite nice, though I'm sure the USA made versions are somewhat better. This is still the same electronics (for the variax) as the more expensive models though and that is mainly what I got it for.

      It stays in tune very well, as well as Ibanez guitars with zero-trems. (I don't do any radical dive bombing though)

      Everyone wants to know if the modeled sounds are good... well, they are!
      People want to know if the pitch-change works well, ... it does, so long as you don't radically alter pitch. For instance, the drop D, DADGAD and open G tunings are all very good. There is no noticeable delay between picking the note and hearing the altered pitch through your system.

      However, there is a very noticeable "warbling" when extreme pitch changes are used, especially on the Baritone setting. I suspect that that is nearly impossible to fix with current chip-set speeds and bit depth. That's probably OK for kids who use tons of distortion. If you wanted to play clean country licks with the Baritone setting, forget it. The low notes have digital artifacts that even a beginner would hear.

      The main thing I love about the guitar is that it is a GOOD guitar. Nice tuning machines, great bridge and trem, comfortable body, solid neck, nice fret work, and it plays in tune! Mine came almost perfect from the box, so I haven't tweaked it much yet, but I suspect it will be easy after looking at the fine components Mr Tyler designed. All the hardware is A+ quality.

      The stock passive pickups are good too! Some may long for more power, others for more high end... that's always a trade off. Again Mr Tyler's experience shows here. The stock pickups sound very authentic. In fact, you can switch between the modeled strat and the pickups to hear there is little difference between the two.

      Since alternate tunings ideally require different gauges of strings and a proper set-up on individual guitars, I have never messed around with them much. It is too expensive and too much hassle. About the only alt-tuning I have experience with is the Drop D and open G. So my personal reason for getting this was to experiment with other tunings. I find it especially helpful when students want to do new tunes by younger artists that always seem to favor alt tunings. For that purpose, this is a great time-saver and a great value.

      I have a LOT of experience with real American Strats, Teles and Pauls, so I can attest those models are VERY authentic.

      The acoustic models are quite good too, but they only sound really great through a FULL RANGE system. They are convincing enough through a regular guitar amp if you use a clean setting with ZERO distortion and the treble UP, but guitar amps never have the high-frequency content that acoustic simulation requires.

      Therefore, I can recommend this to teachers, players who want different tunings and gigging musicians who need a versatile axe without carrying many guitars. If you intend to use the acoustic models much, be sure to use a full range system of some kind.

      Complaints: Other than the digital glitches (warbling) on extreme pitch setting, I think the twelve-string models could be a little more in tune. It sounds like they intentionally detuned the octave strings to make the sound more "authentic." Perhaps that is what people want, but I would really prefer better intonation on 12 string settings.

      So far, the battery life is as advertised, so I'm thrilled with that. My older model Line 6 variax ate batteries. The new technology has improved that greatly.

      Overall, this guitar competes strongly with any other production guitar on the market, just as a plain guitar. When you add the modeling features, it becomes a no-brainer. Perhaps they will improve even more in the future as technology progresses, but I felt this was worth the investment now since it is almost perfect.

      Unless the laws of physics suddenly change or human hearing evolves unexpectedly, this sounds as close to the real thing as you can get without investing MANY thousands. It sounds like great recordings of famous guitars.

      At this price range, that is a heck of a deal.

      (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      JTV-69 guitar

      By Michael Flick

      from PA

      Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

      Overall, I must rate it very high. The versatility offered by the JTV-69, with multiple guitar modeling and ability to instantly change tunings, is unique and valuable/ highly utilitarian to any musician. And in my opinion the quality is up there with the best (see above comments on quality). Without reservation, I would recommend this product to other musicians.
      The sound output quality is excellent. Regarding features....the versatility is unparalleled in the emulation of many models of guitars, and the ability to instantly change tunings.
      Extremely high quality in my opinion, including in comparison to some other leading brands of guitar that I own/have owned/have played. I have never found an instrument yet that was impossible to critique in some way, but I definitely feel this product holds its own among the best. Overall, I am quite impressed with the quality as related to the finish, playability, speed and feel of the fretboard, pickups, and pot controls.....again, considering it both standalone and in comparison to other leading brands.
      Taking the quality and versatility into consideration versus price, my opinion is that the pricing offered by Musician's Friend on this item is a good value.

      (12 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Try before you BUY !!!

      By Mr. Truth

      from WI.

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

      There are a few good things about the new JTV 69, and a lot of bad ones. First, it's digital and sounds like it. Im sure the kiddies will have fun playing with the knobs though. Most of the guitar models are weak, except for the ones you want. The Les paul, Strats, and tele's models are ok, but NO WHERE NEAR the original. The banjo, and Sitar are convincing. The 12 string electrics and acoustics are abizmal. The build is good except there is no relief for your hand at the nut on the trebble side. Look at how the headstock joins the guitar at the nut by the high, or first string, compared with EVERY other MFG. difficult due to the lack of space needed, and very obtrusive in the open positions. The Neck does feel good , but you WILL have to get used to the string spacing. The absolute best feature of the guitar is the tuning wheel. It works very well and has spaces for your own tunings. Hardly enough to justify the price tag though. Mt suggestion is to wait until the next generation comes out and they have had time to make the much needed adjustments. But you will still have to suffer through the sterile world of digital. I can see it being used in the studio, but thats about it. The virtual capo takes at least 15-20 seconds to finalize and is useless for live. Trust me...I wanted this guitar to work for me . I am tired of hauling the 4 guitars needed for my shows. The JTV 69 did not come close to giving me the tones I needed. True, there are bells and whistles, (most of which you will find sub par) but guess what... bells and whistles are CHEAP. Not the JTV 69. Do the right thing and buy the needed gear and disipline yourself like I have, and bring it to every show.

      (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Definitely try before you buy

      By EADGBE19958

      from Bradenton, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Alt Tunings Fantastic
      • Good Feel
      • Nice look

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Limited Tremolo Bar
      • Many Sounds Are Cheesy
      • Sticky Git Model Selector

      Best Uses

        Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

        Here were my problems:
        1)Sticky Guitar Model Selector. Had to take off knob to be able to push stem to activate Selector. It was like the knob was too big for the hole it is set into. Might have been able to fix this, but then, that's not MY job. Is it? I could have damaged it further in the process.
        2)6th string buzzed and lost all volume from 2nd fret progressively worse to 12th. At 12th and above, sat right against 13th fret. Possibly remedied by raising bridge, but that would've taken an experienced tech with the tremolo bridge involved.
        3)1st string fell off the fretboard with the slightest bend downward. How do you fix that?
        4)Tremolo bar would pitch down, but not up...not even slightly. Was it set up wrong?
        5)Guitar Model sounds were, IMO, mostly cheesy. Not sure they were authentic or not, but Banjo, Sitar, 12-string Acoustic and Reso models were not. If this is what these sounds were meant to be, I think they are sorely lacking.
        6)Manual shipped with product was too basic. Should have printed and included the manuals available online.
        I might have been able to get items 1) through 4) fixed. But 5) is what it is.I'm convinced---and disappointed---that this particular guitar was not tested or set up between time it came off the line til it reached my home. If it had been played even once, it would have undergone repair immediately. This one totally missed the quality control test.
        I'd recommend finding a store that has two or more of each model desired to test before making purchase decision.
        If I just got a lemon, sorry for the criticism.

        On a better note, can't say enough good about MF's return process. Accepted the return with no (well, very few) questions asked. Cost me only return postage via UPS (not much), took about 10 minutes on the phone (haven't gotten final credit yet, but I assume that's on the way). If I thought I'd just gotten a lemon, I'd get another one shipped and try it out, but unfortunately, I think I'll just get a fancy effects pedal and another guitar for alternate tunings.

        (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Quite the Versital recording guitar

        By keith Murphy

        from monroe,wa.

        Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

        all and all A nice Guitar and some very Good usable sounds.....Plays well,allthough It took me a Little while to get use to the Neck and the string spacing..........But now everything seeems to be Going well...
        good feature set..everythings there that you need.....
        Build quality is very good.......Feels Good In your hands and Plays well.....Love having all the Sounds to write songs in my studio........a Great "All Around" Instrument.
        Great value......where else are you going to have all these guitars and other stringed instuments,for this price........VERY Cool!

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Versatile, impressive.

        By docrock

        from atlanta, ga

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

          When I first got this guitar, my son was playing my Martin DR through my Pod x3 live. Because I was hooked up through variax port on the Pod, we were both able to play at the same time, with the same effects and volume. I switched the Variax over to accoustic and set the tone for Martin and we could not tell the difference between the two. He was extremely impressed and believe me, he is 19 and nothing impresses him much! We played some Bob Seger and the variax would definitely fool an audience. Again, I could'nt tell which guitar was playing what. I also have a strat and I have played it for years. The variax model for the strat is fantastic. I haven't picked up my strat in months.

          If you want a guitar for recording, go with an original. If you want a guitar for gigging, this is the most versatile guitar there is and adds a lot of tools to your toolbox. It's durable, well built and keeps it's tune better than any other guitar I own.

          This guitar seems to be loved or hated, but in my opinion, it's the perfect gig guitar.

          (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          "Its not you , .........its me"

          By tsull75

          from Dallas TX

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

            First and foremost I would like to thank MF for thier time and exclent service they bent over backwards for me on this and it was greatly appreciated. The only way to put this was like when you breakup with that great girl friend, you know the one that was smoking hot but had breath that would knock over an elephant, or had a laugh that makes a baby cry! "its not you, its me"
            Im neurotic, and my ears are just to old school, I have owned maybe 12+ guitars ranging from American made to the finest Japan has to offer in a Team J-craft Ibanez to just plain old korean made Telecaster. Sowith that to compair to, without a doubt I thought the JTV-69 is a great sounding guitar. On its own or with the variax system, the feel was great, the pickups are up there with some of the best Ive heard. The thing I loved most about this guitar hands down was the satin finish on the neck. I had no issues with the frets, or the variax button, like some have had. I really liked how it fit my big clumsy hand. I also had 2/3rds of the "Dream Rig" an HD500 to go with the JTV-69, and played this thing from morning to night for several days. Creating some excellent tones and textures, but at the end of the day it was my ears that could not buy the sound, and my head I could not wrap around the system. Not technical wise just sound wise, I did own a L6 X3Live befor this and used it with tube amps and a pair of Rokit 5's, so I was used to and prepaired for the tweaking. As cool of a system as it is I just could not do it. Now that being said would I recomend this guitar and system? Yes. Try it it out it may be the one for you, and for studio stuff this thing is a dream come true For players who need a wide veriaty of tones and sounds who could ask for more. So again like we all have had to tell that girl (or guy) friend at one time or another, that was the hottest, sexxiest, and the whole package, "its not you,.....its me ".

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            JTV69 - Much Improved Variax

            By Art Braun

            from Columbia, Mo.

            About Me Experienced

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

              This is my second Variax guitar and I have to say it is a major improvement over the Variax 500 that I have owned and gigged with for the last eight years. I decided to upgrade from my Variax 500 and Pod XT Live to the new Line 6 Dream rig so I purchased this JTV 69 along with a Pod HD500 and DT 25 112. The whole rig is outstanding. The guitar is a huge leap forward from my old one with a better feel, better neck, improved bridge, and tuners, and models that sound much improved. Having magnetic pickups is also a nice touch. The acoustic Models and the alternate tunings are just fantastic. I had to put in some time setting up the guitar for my tastes including just a bit of leveling on the frets,a neck adjustment, along with changing out the stock strings for the ones I usually use and re-intonating but that comes with almost any new guitar and between me and my luthier it was setup in a few days. Now I'm programming the complete setup for the band setlist. Great job Line 6!

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              multiple personalities = a great guitar!

              By Ryan

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Several Guitars In One
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • 1st Came Wo Accessories
              • 2nd Came W Bad Battery
              • 2nd Had Bad Electronics
              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

              Now that I finally have a working model with all parts and accessories, I've got to admit I haven't as excited about playing guitar since I learned my first few chords! I'd choose the JTV-69 strat-style guitar over a Fender strat: the neck feels right; the pickups are good; James Tyler made some good upgrades - the nut, the locking tuners, the bridge style. About the only thing that's ugly is the lame way they printed his name on the headstock, but that's no biggie. I'd play it even if it *didn't* have the emulated guitars in it. Speaking of - they are 95% spot on for my ears. The acoustic sounds best through headphones or a tweaked PA, and same goes for the resonator/banjo type ones. Other than those, I can play Lennon's Casino, McGuinn's Rickenbacker, Atkins' 6120...MusiciansFriend customer service was excellent after my first came w/o accessories and my 2nd came with dud electronics. Sent me both replacements 2nd day air. My only complaints: 1. they downgraded the tuners for the Korean models vs. the customs for no good reason; 2. they should throw in either an extra battery or that foot pedal that they deceitfully imply is available. Would buy again if it were stolen. Is now my main gigging guitar.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Won't stay in tune if you touch the tremolo

              By 1

              from 1

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Tremolo issues

              Best Uses

              • Recording

              Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

              Issues with tremolo. Found on Line 6 message board that many others had the same problem. I looked under the tremolo and saw that the insert for the tremolo arm is indeed rubbing against the body of the guitar not letting it move freely. I also see that the wires that attach to the trem unit do not move freely because of the location of the plug on the circuit board which impedes the moment of the trem itself. The blades of the tremolo which rest on the post are worn flat. This is brand new, and hasn't been used much at all, and they have flat areas on them with metal hanging off. Not what I expected from this product at all after it being advertised as "Superb, Excellent, Most versatile electric guitar on the planet, etc..." Having to do lots of work on this one to be able to use it.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Got a Variax JTV69 Again!

              By treewiz

              from Catskill Mts N.Y.

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

              I bought one of the first run Sunburst JTV 69 and it had it's share of flaws, the neck was chunkier particularily up the neck, the tremolo had flaws and didn't stay in tune, the alternate tuning knob was way to tight to turn, the string nut was cut way off and the strings did not line up right on the beginning of the finger board the high E would slip off the board a lot. Sold it in 2011. I got one of the last JTV 69's here at Musician's Friend and let me tell you what a difference! This guitar is set up almost perfect if not perfect! The neck is perfect for my small hands! The Lake Placid Blue color is stunning and this ax really feels and plays great! I got a good one! alternate tuning doesn't warble as much as my old Variax, I may have to adjust the magnetic and piezo pick ups to tweak the little warble or ghost notes I hear (common with the Variaxs). I am so siked that I did not miss out in getting one of these again. They improved these Variaxs to my liking emensely! The guitar still comes set up with 10's gauge strings but I may live with these for now because this guitar is set up so good with them, not sure if resetting this guitar up with 9's will ruin it (buzzing strings ) The only con was a little mix up in the shipping instructions on Musician's Friend's end, but it worked out finally. I give it a 4 because as much of a great guitar it is, the models are not absolutely perfect but they do pass as really good. Anyway I love this Variax JTV69 and this one is a keeper, Thanks Musician's Friend for sending a GOOD ONE, I'm Lucky for sure.

              (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Variax jt69 good idea but just a gimmick

              By orencustoms

              from NJ USA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                • Flat Sound
                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

                  Very bad Variax customer service !
                  Website & workbench software is impossible to download and operate
                  I will return the product.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Value for money. A very versatile guitar

                  By Ramantheb

                  from NYC

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fast neck
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • Fret Buzz

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

                  I got this a couple of weeks ago and its a very decent instrument. I watched tons of youtube videos and did my research before buying this, and it did not disappoint.

                  Its a fast neck and a nice looking guitar. I got the black.

                  Regd the features, i use the drop D feature quite a bit. It is great especially if you are in a cover band/recording for other artists etc. I like two of the guitar sounds (Les Paul and the acoustic)

                  The fret buzz was a little prominent the first week, but its disappeared since.

                  The Line 6 helpline were also available to answer any queries. Thats a big plus !

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very nice instrument. Only minor flaws

                  By Todd53027

                  from Hartford, WI

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

                    My 2nd Variax; I have a Variax 700 bought just before JT model came out. I like the 700 allot & I like the improvements in the JTV69.

                    The magnetic pick-ups sound great. The 6 string models sound very convincing (like the 700).

                    Locking Tuners and the Vibrato Bridge stay in tune beautifully; great engineering.

                    Neck plays beautifully; exactly the same in the 3 Variax guitars I have played; very consistent set-up quality control.

                    The 12 string modeling was the weakest feature in the 700; this seems improved in the JT to the point where I will use it, but only selectively. Sliding and fast note changes with 12 string play still sound a bit synthetic.

                    Like the virtual tuning allot, though I think the baritone is an over reach, especially in 12 string models.

                    I want to give a shout-out to Musicians Friend Customer Service. First JT69 I received had a defective model selector knob. My Customer Service contact rocked!! He was very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. A replacement guitar was over-nighted to me. I am very, very impressed!!

                     
                    5.0

                    Great All Around Guitar for not having to take 8 guitars

                    By slim

                    from Fresno, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Less Equipment Required
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                    • Ocationally Variax Losses Contiction

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

                    I used to have to take 8 or 9 instruments on the road. Now I only take it, my Lap Steel & Mandolin. I use it with the Line 6 pedal board and a 4w Vox all tube amp.

                     
                    4.0

                    Almost Fantastic

                    By SouthFLSteve

                    from South Florida

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Huge Variety Of Sounds
                    • Very Customizable

                    Cons

                    • High 'e' Slides Off Fb
                    • Onoff Switch Fails
                    • On-off Switch Fails
                    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
                    • Very Narrow Neck

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

                    So I've had this guitar for a couple months and I really wish I'd returned it. I think I got a lemon. I was initially so excited to have gotten it on sale and with the huge library of sounds it has but as I've played it more I've become very annoyed and frustrated by the narrow neck. To top it off, the edge of the frets are beveled at such an angle that it reduces the amount of usable fret causing the high 'e' to slip off the fretboard rather easily. From reading Line 6's forums it seems this was a manufacturing problem early on and I got an old one (2011) despite buying in 2014. The neck profile is not all that comfortable for me either, I'd prefer something like Fender's modern 'C' profile but that is a matter of personal preference, others may like it. Another problem is that the on/off switch frequently fails to turn the guitar on or off. If I remove the knob it works so it's a mechanical issue but a hugely annoying one. Those are my main complaints but really affect my ability to enjoy the guitar. Aside from those issues, the range of sounds it can produce, the various tunings and customizability make it a real marvel. A better neck and working on/off switch and this thing couldn't be beat. I would recommend this guitar but if you get one with the issues I had, return it immediately and try again.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Perfect Guitar for the Home Studio

                    By LesSages

                    from Provo, UT

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                    • Tune Switch Knob Buzzes

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

                    I bought this for two major reason. One, recording with this thing in my home studio, I get zero pickup noise. That wouldn't be too helpful if it didn't also sound really great (number 2). I'm not really concerned about if the guitar models sound just like the guitars they were modeled after (and maybe they do). All that matters to me is that I have a huge selection of different sounds to choose from, and I can create my own in the Workbench software.

                     
                    5.0

                    Not perfect, but close

                    By Madmead

                    from West Palm Beach, Florida

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

                      Even without the modeling feature this is an outstanding guitar. The neck is fairly beefy without being too large. The pickups sound as good as any guitar I own, and I have some high end ones. This thing just fits me, and it's hard to put down. The modeling is excellent with regards to electric sounds. The 12 strings are a little weak but useable. The acoustics are probably OK for a band situation where you're buried behind other instruments, but alone are not going to fool anybody. Same with resonator models. Sitar is a blast and nearly dead on. I love the alternate tunings, as I play a lot of slide. My favorite Strat style guitar is a Tom Anderson Drop Top. I haven't picked it up since I got this. I'm impressed.

                       
                      4.0

                      Many guitars in one decent axe

                      By GuitarMike

                      from Tucson, AZ

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

                      • Decent Components
                      • Multiple Tunings
                      • Multiple Voices

                      Cons

                      • Neck Is A Bit Clunky

                      Best Uses

                      • Specialty Needs

                      Comments about Line 6 JTV-69 Variax Electric Guitar:

                      A fellow musician has this guitar, so I knew what I was buying. I needed a guitar that gave me some special sounds (12 string, acoustic, banjo) for some upcoming shows - didn't want to haul a bunch of extra instruments to the show. Guitar was setup fine right out of the box. The cap on the guitar voice knob was unattached on arrival, but a quick call to Line 6 and they sent a new one immediately. The JTV-69 gives lots of sound options, and the base guitar is sturdy and works well just as an electric guitar. The neck is a bit thicker/wider than I usually play, but it's workable. Versatile, decent quality tone, fun sounds, programmable. Worth the deal (especially since I got it with a rebate!)

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