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The latest Variax technology in a finely crafted guitar with P-90s.
The Variax JTV-59P Electric Guitar w/ P-90 Pickups is now available with P-90s and 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 features a beautiful arched flame maple top, mahogany back, and a set mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard. A contoured heel makes reaching the upper frets a breeze. The two P-90 soapbar pickups are ideal for blues, classic and modern rock, and more. With or without Variax modeling, JTV-59P is a supreme player’s instrument. Controls include a 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, a master volume & tones. A rotary model selector dials the 25 virtual guitars plus sitar, banjo, and resonator guitar tones. Pressing the Model knob switches between models and magnetic pickups 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 delivers 4 times the punch. This new chip is smaller, faster, and more powerful allowing; fuller, clearer models of guitar bodies and pickups; all models to have alternate tunings ; improved alternate tuning purity and speed; provide alternate tuning customization; 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 your 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-59 functions as a standard electric guitar whether the battery installed or not.
Includes gig bag.
Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.
Get all the guitars you've ever wanted plus the option of P-90s.
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Comments about Line 6 Variax JTV-59P Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:
I purchased a GoldTop JTV59P back in December. It was the last piece of my Dream Rig (POD HD 500, DT-25).
I wanted to have enough time with it to provide a quality review.
First off, it is lighter than a Les Paul. It feels more like the single cutaway PRS models. It was set up nicely, although the action is a touch lower than I like it. (It comes with a set of 10-46 strings and that is the recommended size for it going forward).
The guitar arrived with the 1.7 firmware on it. I had already decided I was going to update to the 2.0 firmware and did so that day. There are lengthy discussions about the benefits of the pre 2.0 firmware versus the 2.0 firmware on the Line 6 site. I am extremely pleased with the quality of the patches.
The included Variax cable is not sturdy. I'd recommend replacing it right away. I went with the Line 6 brand 25' Variax cable, but there are others available on the web, some even braided.
The magnetic pickups sound great as well, although I've settled into Variax mode full time. Not having any noise coming through the amp when not playing is wonderful.
The guitar is easy to use. Changing tuning is a breeze and selecting the guitar models seems difficult at first, but after a few weeks is 2nd nature.
When I plan to change tuning, I usually store the guitar model and the different tuning mode in a patch on the POD HD500. This way I can get back to standard tuning by foot clicking to another patch.
There are a few areas that could be improved: In order to use the Workbench software to edit guitar models, you have to use the included USB interface. It would be better to be able to have the JTV plugged into the HD500 and to be able to make amp and guitar adjustments without having to switch your connection.
The included gig bag is decent, but for the cost of this guitar, I transport it in a hardshell Gator case.
The included Variax cable is short (10'), and because the included USB interface has a standard ethernet connector on the guitar end, you'll need to keep that cable around to use the Workbench software. The replacement cables have what looks like an XLR jack surrounding the ethernet connector. Works fine in the guitar and POD, but doesn't fit into the USB interface.
This is a great guitar and a great value. I've used it in the studio and live and it has performed very well.