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Line 6 JTV59 James Tyler Variax Electric Guitar

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25 guitars, 11 tunings, 1 exceptional instrument
60 years ago, modern music was transformed by the advent of the electric guitar. This revolutionary new instrument proved to be incredibly expressive, and allowed players to connect to their music and their audiences in powerful ways. As music evolved, traditional electric guitars clung to the past, but others provided broader palates of sounds. The JTV59 Variax guitar inclues a Gig bag, 1 Lithium Ion Battery, Charger, Bridge Saddle Wrench and Truss Rod Wrench

    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

In 2002, Line 6 launched Variax modeling guitars. These groundbreaking instruments offered guitarists an unprecedented range of tones based on the most desirable electric and acoustic guitars on the planet. To develop the latest evolution of Variax guitars, Line 6 partnered with legendary luthier James Tyler to craft an exceptional instrument and the perfect delivery system for Variax technology.

Award-winning Variax guitar modeling technology
Line 6 set the goal posts for digital guitar modeling, and the latest evolution of this technology gives the James Tyler Variax JTV 59 unprecedented tone-crafting potential.

At a twist of its simple and intuitive selector knob, JTV 59 transforms its tone with 25 award-winning electric and acoustic guitar models, giving you a virtual guitar collection to rival the gear rack of any top studio. Need to roll from country twang ’n’ spank to thick bluesy wail to resonator-style shimmer and chime in the course of the same song? The JTV 59US takes you there and beyond, instantly.

Each model offers nuance-perfect tone inspired by the most desired vintage acoustic and electric guitars, and it does so with more accuracy and tonal purity than ever before (thanks to the ultra-sensitive and more reliable new L.R. Baggs Radiance Hex (polyphonic) piezo pickups loaded into the bridge saddles of JTV 59).

25 guitar 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"
Top-flight guitar design
Designed from the ground up by one of the world’s foremost luthiers, and manufactured in one of the world’s best-respected guitar plants, JTV 59 is a cutting-edge performance tool.

JTV59 Heel JTV-59 is built along the lines of the archetypal singlecut, set-neck guitar with 24-9/16 inch scale length, and it employs the tonewoods that have made the format legendary since the 1950s. It has a mahogany body with carved maple top, and a set mahogany neck with 22-fret rosewood fingerboard. Optimum playability is ensured by the smooth, rounded Tyler ’59 neck profile and comfortably contoured neck heel, while highly efficient 16:1 tuners and a James Tyler Custom stoptail bridge keep it all rock solid and resonant.

Taking it all to your choice of amplification are a pair of alnico humbucking pickups, wound to James Tyler’s specs along the lines of classic PAFs, but with a little extra punch in the bridge position. Add it all up, and it’s a supreme player’s machine, even before the Variax guitar modeling enters the game.

The Variax technology
  • 25 award-winning Variax guitar models inspired by classic vintage electric and acoustic guitars
  • 11 programmable alternate tunings featuring our Virtual Capo system on a dedicated knob
  • Polyphonic L.R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system for ultra reliability
  • Variax Workbench Software allows each model to be customized to your unique taste (Mac/PC)
  • VDI (Variax Digital Interface) connection to Line 6 POD xt, POD X3, or Vetta II guitar amplifier, enabling dual channel processing and guitar model selection integration with POD presets
  • Includes one Li-Ion battery for 12 hours of play time, and international wall-socket charger
Alternate tunings for JTV 59
  • 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
  • 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
  • Baritone: B E A D F B

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Phone:  818-575-3600 Warranty:  July 12, 2017 Helix warranty: 2 Years for qualifying customers who register a Helix Floor, Helix Rack, or Helix LT processor, or a Helix Control pedal in the United States within the first year of ownership. Customers who already own a Helix product will have a second year added to their current one-year Helix Warranty at no cost: 1 Year on other products; G-Port and RiffTrack Package: 90 Days; B-Stock: 90 Days

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Line 6 JTV 59 Variax Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body: Mahogany body
  • Top: Carved maple
  • Neck: Mahogany set-neck
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 24-9/16 inch
  • Neck Shape: Tyler ’59
  • Frets: 22 medium-jumbo
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut: 1-11/16 inch Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL
  • Tuners: Sealed tuners with efficient 16:1 turn ratio
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Fully adjustable Tyler-designed stoptail bridge with L.R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system
  • Pickups:
    • Wound to Tyler’s specs
    • Vintage-voiced alnico neck and bridge humbuckers
  • Controls: Classic “two and two” format
    • 3-way selector switch
    • Master volume
    • Tone
    • Guitar Model
    • Alternate Tuning controls
  • Included Accessories: Gig bag, 1 Lithium Ion Battery, Charger, Bridge Saddle Wrench and Truss Rod Wrench

Customer Reviews

Mark Puszkarczuk, Submitted: 9/3/2018
Product Rating
Better Then I Thought! Its a Keeper!
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What is your opinion of this product?
Really nice guitar, plays like a decent high end American. You can play it through standard cable or variax chord. I have had for several weeks now and still have yet to make a dent in battery. Its real easy to reprogram the factory settings. No regrets! Only criticism is that at that price point should have a hard case.
Billy Ray Daniels, Jr. Submitted: 8/9/2018
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What is your opinion of this product?
Wanted one for 14 yrs and worth the wait I must say. Incredibly versatile but very tasteful AND the guitar itself is FREAKING amazing for price
Douglas Submitted: 7/21/2018
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So far this is my favorite of the JTV lineup!
What is your opinion of this product?
I have owned the JTV 69 and 89 and they are both great guitars, this one I believe is a step above those. The guitar Les Paul feel, with the built in neck, and the controls are right where you want them. I am always amazed at how great the variax models reproduce classic guitar tones. Awesome axe! 4 stars given because I would like to see the power pedal included or battery eliminator.
Mooseboy Submitted: 2/13/2017
Product Rating
Great axe! So flexible
What is your opinion of this product?
I have to admit that the first time I picked up one of these at a GC, I was underwhelmed. I didn't like the feel of the neck, and they didn't have a charged battery for it. As a matter of fact, they couldn't even FIND the battery. So a year or two went by, and I decided to order one to give it another try. Got it, took it out of the case, and started charging the battery. After playing it for about thirty minutes, the neck started to feel very nice (it's quite chunky imho). In a couple of hours, the battery was ready to go. Started using the different tunings and was really knocked out. Some of the guitar models are really good, others just so-so. But I now take it to every gig since I can change from regular tuning to slide tuning to Keef tuning in about two seconds. There's probably a tiny bit of latency, but it's not noticeable for me at all. The only downside is that I wish that there was a 13 pin Roland style output on this.
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Chad Submitted: 9/8/2016
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amazing guitar for my needs!
What is your opinion of this product?
Received my jtv59 tobacco sunburst today. The craftsmanship/ fit and finish is flawless. Set up fairly well out of the box, but the action was a bit high for my liking, so I popped the battery in its charger and lowered the action at the bridge just a touch. Neck relief and intonation was already spot on. The magnetic pu's sound very good in their own right, but after putting the battery in and running through guitar models and tunings, there is nothing you can't do with this guitar. I no longer need to carry 3 guitars to gigs or rehearsals, it's all right here in this one axe. Although there are some purists who may not be so keen on the modeling, I love it, and when played in a band setting, it certainly gets the job done, and done well! Kudos to line 6 and James Tyler for creating such a stunning instrument!
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r walker Submitted: 3/3/2016
Product Rating
Better than I thought
What is your opinion of this product?
Very good with minor fault
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Sean Submitted: 2/8/2016
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Fantastic. I love it.
What is your opinion of this product?
Very well set up straight out of the box. Plays really nicely and the variax takes it to another level. Looks great in the cherry sunburst.
Victor Zarruk Submitted: 8/8/2015
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Excellent hybrid guitar. The magnetic pick ups are also great.
What is your opinion of this product?
Super versatile and helpful for studio and traveling
ucnick Submitted: 4/17/2014
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LIne 6 has gotten MUCH better with the guitars...
razorgaze from dallas, texas, USA Submitted: 12/11/2011
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novelty guitar at its best
For a korean-made guitar, it's flawless. Reading on forums about cosmetic issues others were having, mine exhibited no blemishes or noticeable issues.
Well... had to send it to L6 shortly after receiving. While playing, the variax would randomly start bouncing between different models on its own. Rather than isolate the problem, they replaced the board. Seems to be fine now, but I was without the guitar for a few weeks after having it only about the same amount of time. Rich and tech support were great, but it had a problem, nonetheless.
Your general opinion of this product.
My overall opinion of this guitar is it's great in theory, but in the end it leaves you feeling as if you've purchased a gadget. The good news is beneath all the electronics lies a really great guitar.
Plays well; a bit chunky for my taste but might easily be remedied with lower action and some 9s.
On its own, great tone, great pick ups, with good control between. The modeling, however, is dark and a bit flat with no major delineations between some of the classic guitar models.
Again, flawless! I ordered the black and it is almost luminescent and seems to go to infinity when looking into it. Really beautiful finish.
Action is playable but way too in my opinion. This is made worse with the 10s that come strung on it, which leads me to another point. If your looking for a shredder, get the 69 or the two octave one. The 59 is just not built for acrobatics.


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