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Item Reviews for: Line 6 JTV-89F James Tyler Variax Electric Guitar with Gigbag  -  LIN JTV89F LIST

Guitar average, software horrible
By: RKD from El Dorado Hills, CA      Submitted: 12/26/2013

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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.
Awesome Instrument
By: Dave Zobel from Redding, CA      Submitted: 9/17/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? First, my three star rating is based entirely on the fact that the guitar arrived as the most poorly set up instrument I've ever received (other than the acoustic I got from the Speigle Catalogue in 1966). After a string set change and two hours of tweaking (the McGuyver kind) I found myself in possession of a first rate electronic instrument. Everything just as Line 6 advertises. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? The dual humbuckers & the analogue electronics are quiet and cover a great deal of tonal range - good for most styles. Add to that the array of Line-6 axe emulations, which are damned convincintg, and it's nothing short of amazing. The Graph Tech Floyd is one of the nices I've ever dived. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Medium weight, comparable to an Ibanez RG - even similar neck to the Prestige Elite. Controls often require a quick move of the whammy to one side or the other, but otherwise accessible and visible - Line 6 LED illuminates the emulation selections when accessed. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? The pick-ups are hot enough for shred - and are a bit louder than the piezo emulations. Nice array of natural tones & the body is more resonant than the Ibanez RGs. The tone knob rolls in nicely without diminishing attack very much. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? The blood red finish is sweetly grained. It's as pleasing to look at as it is to play. . .well, almost. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? The guitar, itself, would be considered a wee bit overpriced - more like a 1200 dollar axe with a 950 street price. It's right at the right listing with the added features. By the way, the "American" Variax of the same model is twice the price - and I can't imagine that it is actually any better (except it would probably be set up more professionally). Playability How was the action out of the box? Don't get me started. The strings were over 1/8 inch up at the 12th fret - truss misadjusted, intonation well off on every saddle. Made harder to adjust by the Floyd Rose. After the adjustments - if I do say so myself - smooth string bends all the way to 2nd E - minimal to no buzz with the strings set low enough for easy bending all the way up. Better playability than my American Strat.
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