The latest Variax technology in a finely crafted guitar with all single-coil pickups.
The Variax JTV-69S Electric Guitar w/ Single Coil Pickups is now available with all single-coil pickups 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-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 three single-coil pickups 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 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 Workbench USB adapter, Li-Ion battery, switching power supply, and padded gig bag
Variax models based on:
- 1960 Fender Telecaster Custom
- 1968 Fender Telecaster
- 1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline
- 1959 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
- 1959 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
- 1959 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-69S:
- 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
Get all the guitars you've ever wanted plus the option of three single-coil pickups.
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- Fun To Play
- Good Feel
- Good Tone
- Solid Electronics
- Live Performance
Comments about Line 6 Variax JTV-69S Electric Guitar w/ Single Coil Pickups:
I have to confess that I used the earlier model of Variax for years prior to the new James Tyler Variax coming out. I was excited to upgrade after reading about it. There are numerous improvements over the first generation of Variax that make JTV-69S a huge improvement much more usable guitar.
- Overall the guitar feels better. The neck and fretwork are excellent feeling more like the quality of a custom axe.
- The tremolo bridge is much improved over the original Variax model. You can now use the tremolo without needing to tighten any hex screws on the bridge that never worked properly anyway. The new trem is solid and doesn't wobble inside the sleeve holding the trem arm (way more user friendly.
- The locking tuners add a big improvement to overall tuning stability (Yeah!)
- The addition of standard pickups is a Godsend! I have the all-single-coil model of the JTV and I have to say that it is a very usable guitar as a strat alone. The pickups have excellent tone and can easily be used as just a normal Strat. My only complaint is that the pickups are a little weaker output than my Eric Clapton strat but the tone of the JTV single coils is still very usable. I often go back and fourth between the standard single coils and the modeled sounds since I like characteristics of both.
- The re-chargeable battery is a great thing! Now I don't have to carry any extra floor boxes or special stereo cables to power the guitar. I just charge up the battery and use it like any other guitar. A fully charged batter usually lasts me through at least two full 4 hour gigs and a rehearsal before needing a recharge.
- The modeling is much more accurate on the JTV Variax as compared to the original Variax. I use the Tele, Jazzbox, Les Paul, and Gretsch tones quite a often for most every gig. The sounds are so accurate that I often impress my bandmates with the realistic Coutnry, Surf, and Les Paul lead tones I can get with this. Add the new re-tuning control and I can easily take my favorite Tele patch into a Barritone territory when needed for great retro stuff that I use so much. Or, take the Tele sound to a drop-D which is used in so many country sounds that I play.
Overall, I'm thrilled with the guitar as is now my main must-have axe for any gigs I play.
My only nit with the JTV Variax is that the palm-muting response (although much better than the original Variax)is not exactly the same as a standard guitar. You will need to adjust your technique somewhat if you play a lot of styles that make heavy use palm-muted sounds such as rockabilly, and some chicken-pick'n stuff. However, I'm getting more and more accustomed to making a slight adjustment with my picking hand to get those sounds more reliably with the Variax. It's do-able with some adjustment to your technique.
Overall I'd say this is a winner and I'd highly recommend this guitar for anyone to use for recording or live performance when they need access to a wide variety of sounds. Nothing else comes even close. Line 6 is the best in this category.