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Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar  

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The JTV-89 James Tyler Variax Modeling Electric Guitar offers an innovative design and boutique playing experience courtesy of master luthier James T...Read More

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The latest Variax technology in a finely crafted guitar.

The JTV-89 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-89 is made for the shredder with a 14" fretboard radius and a James Tyler Fast n' Flat neck profile. Features include a mahogany body, and a 3-piece bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard. A recessed heel makes reaching the upper frets a breeze. The JTV-89 is loaded with a pair of high-output PAF-style alnico humbuckers (wound to Tyler's specs). 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. The fully adjustable Tyler Custom stoptail bridge is fitted with an L.R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system for sweet acoustic guitar tones. A Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL nut keeps the strings from gripping and sticking. Comes standard with a durable, padded gig bag with a stitched Line 6 logo and 2 pockets big enough for all your gig essentials.

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-89 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 website, 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 hollowbody 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 used by modern metal style guitarists.

The Virtual capo feature lets you easily transpose any song to the key that suits your vocalist. And you can adjust your tuning on the fly without having to use "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 you're 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-89 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.

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-89:
  • 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
  • DROP C: C G C F A D
  • m3 DOWN: Db Gb B E Ab Db
  • DROP B: B Gb B E Ab Db
  • M3 DOWN: C F Bb Eb G C
  • DROP Bb: Bb F Bb Eb G C
  • BARITONE: B E A D F B

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

SPECIFICATIONS

JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar

  • Body: mahogany
  • Neck: 3-piece bolt-on maple neck
  • Heel: recessed
  • Fingerboard: rosewood
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Radius: 14"
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • Hardware: black nickel
  • Pickups: 2 high-output PAF-style alnico humbuckers (wound to Tyler's specs)
  • Electronics: Full Variax system
  • Bridge: fully adjustable Tyler Custom stoptail bridge with L.R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system
  • Tuners: sealed with 16:1 gear ratio
  • Case: padded gig bag (Made by G & G)
  • 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-89 Variax Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 10 reviews)

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    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Excellent price (3)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (5)
    • Recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Sweet Guitar

    I had to do some adjusting on the neck and the bridge, but it is very nice now. Great feeling neck, good weight, and overall a great feeling guitar. The electronics are...Read complete review

    I had to do some adjusting on the neck and the bridge, but it is very nice now. Great feeling neck, good weight, and overall a great feeling guitar. The electronics are awesome. Criticism: 2 and 4 "chime" sounds are awful. One of the 12 string settings is a little cheesy. Compliment: Most of the models sound great. The stock humbuckers sound fine to me. Once it is set up, it plays like a dream. The alternate tunings and virtual capo are an amazing feature. This technology is the future of guitars.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    NOT FOR METAL!! BEWARE

    If you play metal DON'T BUY THIS GUITAR! I am so surprised at the lack of attack and tonal quality this guitar has when the variax technology is engaged. It's like night and day...Read complete review

    If you play metal DON'T BUY THIS GUITAR! I am so surprised at the lack of attack and tonal quality this guitar has when the variax technology is engaged. It's like night and day switching between the real pick ups and emulated ones. There is no attack on your palm muting. I even updated the firmware to 1.9 and it still sounds horrible for metal. It's a good try but not there yet. The emulated pick ups also sound like they have a built in noise gate that kills your sustain. Another issue is if you love to shred and sweep pick and tap it get's confused in the virtual tunings. There are far too many issues. This is a fun guitar if you like to record rock or softer music. I mean the acoustic simulation is amazing. But it is beyond me why they would market this to metal players when it is virtually useless for metal music. It only has 5 modern guitars in it's emulation with v1.9 and they still sound weak compared to the real pickups. If you play metal get a different guitar with real humbuckers. I am a seasoned professional touring musician too So i am trying to save some metal players the trouble of getting the guitar and sending it back. I only give this a 2 because it is specifically marketed to Metal players and it is useless for metal. This would rock if you play softer music. Go with the 59 though. I really hope line6 can fix these issues. And don't listen to anyone who says "you need the dt-50 dream rig for this guitar to sound right" Because it won't. Stay simple get a tube amp with thick drive and a set of real humbuckers.

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    5.0

    Best value price/features

    By kreator

    from Longueuil, Quebec, Canada

    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-89 Variax Electric Guitar:

      the JTV-89 is the guitar I ever bought for price/value and connected to my Pod Hd Pro it is even better I might not even touch my other guitars anymore

      I got also a very good service from Musician Friend, the guitar was classified as a Condition 2 used guitar but to my biggest surprise looks band new

      Comment on this review

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      JTVV-89 Variax Electric Guitar

      By alees

      from westlake village, ca

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Excellent Price
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Easy On The Back
        • Jamming
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands

        Comments about Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar:

        I love the Guitar.

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar

        By alees

        from westlake village, ca

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Excellent Price
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Easy On The Back
          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • School Bands

          Comments about Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar:

          I love the guitar

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar

          By alees

          from westlake village, ca

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Excellent Price
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Easy On My Back
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar:

            I love the guitar.

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            5 way switch is faulty

            By stinks 2B me

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Ibanez Stle Neck

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • None

            Comments about Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar:

            Finially got my JV-89. Unfortunately, MF forgot to send the battery, charger, USB Hub, cables, and tool kit with the guitar. A week later I plugged it in to find out that the 5 way switch only worked in two positions. That is, the modeld sounds only worked in two of the 5 positions. Sent the guitar back. Very dissapointed.

            Comment on this review

            (11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            NOT FOR METAL!! BEWARE

            By Mikey

            from California

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fast neck
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Bad Palm Muting
            • Flat Sound
            • No Good For Metal
            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording

            Comments about Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar:

            If you play metal DON'T BUY THIS GUITAR! I am so surprised at the lack of attack and tonal quality this guitar has when the variax technology is engaged. It's like night and day switching between the real pick ups and emulated ones. There is no attack on your palm muting. I even updated the firmware to 1.9 and it still sounds horrible for metal. It's a good try but not there yet. The emulated pick ups also sound like they have a built in noise gate that kills your sustain. Another issue is if you love to shred and sweep pick and tap it get's confused in the virtual tunings. There are far too many issues. This is a fun guitar if you like to record rock or softer music. I mean the acoustic simulation is amazing. But it is beyond me why they would market this to metal players when it is virtually useless for metal music. It only has 5 modern guitars in it's emulation with v1.9 and they still sound weak compared to the real pickups. If you play metal get a different guitar with real humbuckers. I am a seasoned professional touring musician too So i am trying to save some metal players the trouble of getting the guitar and sending it back. I only give this a 2 because it is specifically marketed to Metal players and it is useless for metal. This would rock if you play softer music. Go with the 59 though. I really hope line6 can fix these issues. And don't listen to anyone who says "you need the dt-50 dream rig for this guitar to sound right" Because it won't. Stay simple get a tube amp with thick drive and a set of real humbuckers.

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            JTV-89 Variax lives up to expectations

            Comments about Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar:

            Great piece.
            Incredible machine, tracks faster than the old one. I had a 300 for years, this new one
            has all the features that makes it well worth the upgrade. The shred like design with 24 frets makes it easy for any Ibanez fan to really get used to it in a hurry. My main guitar is an Ibanez J Custom, so I am enjoying the design of the JTV-89. For recording and songwriting, this piece is hard to beat. Every guitar is right at your fingertips. Love it, and highly recommend.
            Best Korean guitar you will probably ever play.
            It rocks.

            Comment on this review

            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Only a couple so called complaints

            By Jared Jasper

            from Missouri

            Comments about Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar:

            Pros: This is the best instrument I have ever played. The action, intonation, and native pickups (without effects) are all perfect. The investment is definitely worth it considering you get the tone of many classics like a Telecaster, Stratocaster, Les Paul, Semi-hollow body, acoustic, 12-string, and more. Any tone you need, you've got it.

            Cons: Only two; Battery insertion can be difficult at first. Tuning keys are on the wrong side of the head if you reach over with your right hand to tune the guitar.

            Bottom line: If you can only have one guitar, make it this one.
            Just a couple technical things I didn't like.
            Although the JTV-89 is worth every penny (and then some), it is quite and investment for the average player.

            Comment on this review

            (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Quality build and realist emulation

            By Corey Chambers

            from Los Angeles, CA

            Comments about Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar:

            I own an original Variax 500 and the new Variax's are a vast improvement in sound. I plugged my new JTV-89 into my existing patches on my X3 Live and I could suddenly hear the true character of the guitar emulation. For example, I could really hear the "Tele" coming through. Also, the acoustic emulations are much better; especially the 12 strings.I would recommend replacing the LR Baggs pickups with Graph Tech Ghost pickups. They have a clearer tone that you can't achieve otherwise. (Graph Tech pickups: blue is the positive wire) But you'll need to open up Variax Workbench and "turn down" the volume of each guitar because the Graph Tech's have a higher output and will "clip".(I'm actually using the electronics in a custom Tele Deluxe build. But the body and neck on this are high quality. The look just doesn't suit my musical style.)

            Comment on this review

            (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sweet Guitar

            By bigolsparky

            from Alabama

            Comments about Line 6 JTV-89 Variax Electric Guitar:

            I had to do some adjusting on the neck and the bridge, but it is very nice now. Great feeling neck, good weight, and overall a great feeling guitar. The electronics are awesome. Criticism: 2 and 4 "chime" sounds are awful. One of the 12 string settings is a little cheesy. Compliment: Most of the models sound great. The stock humbuckers sound fine to me. Once it is set up, it plays like a dream. The alternate tunings and virtual capo are an amazing feature. This technology is the future of guitars.

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