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Line 6 JTV-89F James Tyler Variax Electric Guitar with Gigbag

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Go from standard tuning to Drop Bb in an instant and so much more with the incredible Line 6 JTV-89F James Tyler Variax Electric Guitar! Line 6 has taken their Variax to the next level with the JTV-89F, offering 29 incredibly detailed Variax instruments plus the ability to virtually tune down a whole octave without impacting playability or intonation. The Floyd Rose licensed double-locking tremolo by Graph Tech, high-gain humbuckers and lightning-fast neck combine to make Line 6 JTV-89F the ideal guitar for players of heavier, high-gain styles.

    Variax HD - The Ultimate Guitar Collection and Anything You Can Imagine
    With all-new Variax HD technology, James Tyler Variax provides instant access to a huge collection of HD guitars with unprecedented depth, character and detail—making it the ultimate recording guitar.

    Variax HD Upgrade
    This free upgrade delivers a world-class collection of HD guitars rebuilt from the ground up using Line 6’s next-generation HD modeling technology, resulting in unprecedented sonic character and a more natural playing experience. From rare vintage electrics to classic acoustics and exotics, each HD instrument delivers superior articulation and exceptional feel—perfect for capturing inspired performances.

    All-New Workbench HD Software
    The all-new Workbench HD software makes it possible to build one-of-a-kind custom guitars by combining the HD body styles, HD pickups and components in unique ways. Featuring an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, Workbench HD provides full control over scores of important instrument characteristics such as string pitch, string volume, pickup position and much more. Workbench HD also lets you select any Variax pickup model and use it with the natural tone and response of your physical James Tyler Variax guitar—or blend the Variax HD signal with the magnetic pickup sound to create hybrid instruments.

    The Ultimate Recording Guitar
    Recording guitarists have always had to contend with the challenges of selecting the right guitar for the right tones, tuning/retuning issues, pickup noise in the studio, mics and mic preamps for acoustic guitars, and more. James Tyler Variax eliminates these problems—so you can concentrate on nailing your performance.
    • Free Variax HD upgrade features an extensive collection of HD guitars, so you can record with a palette of the world’s greatest instrument sounds.
    • With a world-class collection of HD acoustic guitars and exotic instruments, you can record acoustic tracks with pristine sound quality—without ever having to set up a microphone or a mic preamp.
    • With virtually limitless alternate tunings, you can easily switch between tunings while tracking.
    • The HD guitar tones in James Tyler Variax are completely free of pickup noise, so you can capture pristine takes without hum.
    • With James Tyler Variax, there’s no need to interrupt the creative flow by finding, tuning and acclimating to the feel of a new instrument. You can easily switch between HD guitars and tunings just by turning the model knob—enabling you to stay in the moment.

    The Variax HD upgrade and Workbench HD software are compatible with all James Tyler Variax guitars. Download the updates from Line6.com/software/.


Line 6 JTV-89F James Tyler Variax Electric Guitar Features
  • Allows you to sound like an entire collection of modern, vintage and exotic instruments
  • Floyd Rose licensed double-locking tremolo system by Graph Tech
  • Bridge includes built-in piezo crystals that flawlessly translate the Variax guitar tone and dynamics
  • Drop from standard tuning to as low as Drop Bb in an instant
  • Create your own tunings on the fly with Virtual Capo
  • Save your custom tunings and recall them at any time
  • Included Variax Workbench software allows you to build virtually any guitar imaginable to load into the JTV-89F
  • 10 amazing acoustic and exotic instruments
  • 19 electric guitar sounds from Strats to Les Pauls to Rickenbackers
  • 5 high-gain models built for metal players
  • Super comfortable mahogany body
  • 24-fret three-piece maple neck with 6-in-line headstock
The Ultimate Recording Guitar
The James Tyler Variax series are the only guitars in the world that can sound like an entire collection of modern, vintage and exotic instruments. No more dragging multiple guitars to recording sessions. Thanks to cutting-edge Variax technology, each instrument inside the JTV-89F guitar offers exceptional sonic detail plus organic feel and response—allowing you to capture a wide range of tones in pristine sound quality.

Floyd Rose Licensed Double-Locking Tremolo by Graph Tech
The Floyd Rose licensed double-locking tremolo system by Graph Tech was chosen for the JTV-89F because of its’ designed for rock-solid stability in any alternate down tuning. With JTV-89F, you can use extreme whammy bar techniques with classic electric guitars and exotic instruments like sitar—which would otherwise be impossible without heavy mods. The custom-designed bridge includes built-in piezo crystals that flawlessly translate the Variax guitar tone and dynamics. The precision piezos are housed inside a set of Graph Tech String Saver saddles.

Access an Arsenal of Drop Tunings—Instantly
Imagine going from Standard tuning to Drop Bb in an instant—without interrupting your recording session or sacrificing an ounce of playability. The Line 6 JTV-89F lets you go lower than guitars have gone before, without worrying about pitchiness or slack strings. You can mix and match any tuning with any instrument—and also create your own tunings on the fly with Virtual Capo. It’s easy to save your custom tunings, either to the open Model slot on the Alt Tune knob, or to one of the other alternate tuning slots.

Create Custom Instruments with Variax Workbench
Variax Workbench is your own personal guitar custom shop—with a twist. The software takes you far beyond what’s possible in the physical realm so you can build virtually any guitar imaginable. Using the powerful and easy-to-use interface, you can mix and match a wide variety of instrument body and pickup models to define your own sound. You can also set up your guitars with Drop D, Drop C, Baritone or any other custom tuning.

Record with 10 Amazing Acoustics and Eclectics
With instant access to 10 of the world’s greatest acoustic and exotic instruments, the Line 6 JTV-89F Variax guitar ensures you’ll always get a great acoustic guitar sound in the studio. Each model delivers the tone of a professionally miked instrument in breathtaking depth and detail, capturing the subtle nuances of string vibration through the soundboard and the tonewoods of the original guitar body. It’s never been easier to record pristine acoustic takes—all without setting up mics, preamps and EQ.

19 Electric Guitars
When it comes to electrics, we’ve included 19 incredible instruments so you can explore everything from aggressive metal tones to classic rock, blues and more. Featuring meticulous models based on historic Strat, Les Paul and Rickenbacker guitars, among others, your James Tyler Variax provides instant access to the guitar tones favored by the world’s most famous players. Whether you’re recording or performing, Variax gives you a huge range of guitar sounds for all styles of music.

Five High-Gain Models
Each of the five high-gain models is based on a different pickup position, and delivers high-gain guitar tone while allowing you to access drop tunings, custom Dream Rig configurations and more. When combined with custom tunings, these models can transform JTV-89 into an extended-range instrument ideal for the many sub-genres of metal. By tuning down the bottom three strings while tuning up the top three, you can simulate the range of a 7-string or 8-string guitar.

Clean Tones Without Hum
When you switch to a clean tone, hum, crackle and other noises can easily ruin a perfectly good take. With JTV-89F, you can enjoy a variety of classic guitars without the distraction of noisy electronics. Thanks to Variax technology, every instrument in JTV-89F is free of hum—so you can enjoy great-sounding, consistent tone when the record light is on.

Legendary Craftsmanship
Designed by master luthier James Tyler, JTV-89F is a supreme player’s instrument. The mahogany body complements a 24-fret three-piece maple neck with 6-in-line headstock, super-slick Tyler Fast n' Flat profile, and a rosewood fingerboard with 25-1/2 inch scale length. A pair of custom alnico humbucking pickups—wound to James Tyler's specs for high output, sizzle and sustain—translates this powerhouse to the amp of your choice. It all adds up to punishing lows, searing highs and aggressive midrange.

Product Specifications
Line 6 JTV-89F James Tyler Variax Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body: Mahogany body
  • Neck: Three-piece maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and dot inlays (Tyler Fast n’ Flat neck shape)
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2 inches
  • Frets: 24 jumbo frets
  • Nut: Locking Floyd Rose nut and string tree
  • Tuners: Sealed tuners (16:1 turn ratio)
  • Hardware: Black and black nickel hardware
  • Bridge: Floyd Rose licensed double-locking tremolo system by Graph Tech
  • Pickups:
    • Two high-output alnico humbucking pickups wound to Tyler's specs
    • Graph Tech piezo pickup system
  • Knobs: Master Volume and Tone knobs
  • Pickup Selector: 5-way selector switch
  • Variax Control: Model and Alt Tune knobs for easily accessing 29 vintage instrument sounds and 11 alternate down tunings
  • Outputs:
    • 1/4 inch out
    • VDI (Variax Digital Interface) for integration with Line 6 POD HD500 and POD HD Pro, and limited compatibility with POD xt, POD X3, Vetta II amplifier and other legacy Line 6 products
  • Battery: Lithium-ion battery (12 hours of play time) and international wall charger (also functions as standard electric guitar without batteries)
  • Software: Workbench software and USB interface
  • Case: Includes high-quality padded gig bag
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  818-575-3600 Warranty:  1 Year; G-Port and RiffTrack Package: 90 Days; B-Stock: 90 Days
RKD from El Dorado Hills, CA
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Guitar average, software horrible
General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
Very dissappointed. Expecting more. The guitar is just average to begin with. It was bought for the software, which turned out to be unstable. USB to Variax plug would not connect to computer. Computer could not recognize the guitar. Line 6 needs to improve their quality control. Navigating through the website to obtain drivers and software is a waste of time. Do like the POD500 HDX, however the Variax added nothing. Forget the "Dream Rig"....waste of money. If you can get the software to run properly the guitar has a lot of potential. Not much good unless you can connect to a computer. Likely a faulty USB interface.
Quality
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Average. This is a guitar designed for the computer. I am sure the custom built model at $3500 is very nice, but the factory built model is just average. The GraphTech Floyd Rose worked well, no problems.
Feel
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Overall, good. The feel is what I expect for a shred guitar.
Tone
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
Computer and software glitches aside, the sound is decent. Again average. The stock pickups are worthy. IT is when you start using the onboard software, where the guitar emulates other guitars that the tone seriously suffers. The variax is not a Telecaster, or a Les Paul. The drop tunings are very handy adn useful, but the onboard emulated guitars are poor quality.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
Decent....guitar is not a custom shop. Factory built along with thousands just like it. No flaws were noticed.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
If you want a guitar that does it all, then buy this. However, it suffers at any one single thing. Great concept, if you can get the guitar to connect to a computer. This one went back to American musical.
Playability
How was the action out of the box?
Good. The factory settings were dead on. I have to give the factory high marks on this.
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