60 years ago, modern music was transformed by the advent of the electric guitar. This revolutionary 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.
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 these Variax guitars, Line 6 partnered with legendary luthier James Tyler to craft an exceptional instrument and the perfect delivery system for Variax technology.
Line 6 set the goal posts for digital guitar modeling, and the evolution of this technology gives the James Tyler Variax JTV 69 unprecedented tone-crafting potential.
At a twist of its simple and intuitive selector knob, JTV 69 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 69 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 sensitive and more reliable L.R. Baggs Radiance Hex (polyphonic) piezo pickups loaded into the bridge saddles of JTV 69).
Featuring innovative Variax HD technology, James Tyler® Variax® gives you powerful versatility to create the instrument you’ve always wanted, and energize your playing in exciting new ways. Choose from an impressive collection of classic guitar models—each with exceptional detail, feel and response. Dial up vintage electrics, rare acoustics, eclectic instruments and more. And with the turn of a knob, instantly access alternate tunings—including Open G, DADGAD, Drop D, or any other custom tuning.
Amazing playability and sound.
What makes James Tyler Variax guitars so addictively playable? James Tyler has made a career of understanding what makes vintage instruments so phenomenal, and applied this expertise to the James Tyler Variax guitar series. Knowing that the components of a guitar have an impact on feel and durability as well as tone, Tyler chose only the best neck, pickups, bridge, nut and tuners. Thanks to these premium components, James Tyler Variax guitars sound and play as good as they look.
Designed for amazing tone.
From smooth single coils to humbuckers hot enough to set off the smoke alarm, James Tyler Variax guitars are equipped with the highest-quality pickups—custom wound to James Tyler’s specs. Each model in the James Tyler Variax family comes with uniquely voiced pickup configurations dialed in by Tyler himself to offer a contemporary take on classic tone, so you can pick the style perfectly suited to your playing.