- James Tyler Variax
- Body: Mahogany
- Top: Maple, archtop
- Neck: Mahogany, set-in
- Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia Latifolia)
- Scale: 624 mm
- 22 Medium jumbo frets
- Dot fretboard inlays
- Graph Tech TUSQ thomann XL nut
- Nut width: 42.9 mm
- Enclosed machine heads with efficient 16:1 gear ratio
- Chrome hardware
- Completely adjustable stoptail bridge designed by Tyler with L.R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system, alnico humbucker in neck and bridge positions with vintage sound
- General volume and tone knobs as well as model and tuning knobs thomann in classic 2-2 layout
- 3-Way toggle switch
- Colour: Tobacco Sunburst
- Includes padded gig bag and Line6 work bench, lithium-ion battery with 12 hour battery life, a universal charger for use all over the world, and a Variax work bench USB adaptor
It’s been over 80 years since the invention of the traditional electric guitar, and guitarists are still dealing with the same performance limitations. Changing tunings is slow and time consuming, and the range of tones is limited. To get a variety of sounds or alternate tunings for gigs and studio sessions, guitarists need multiple guitars—which is inconvenient and expensive. Stages are small. Trunks are smaller. Less needs to do more.
Imagine if you could switch your guitar from its natural electric guitar tone to perfectly modeled versions of the world’s most coveted vintage electrics, classic acoustics and exotic instruments, all with the simple twist of a knob. Or switch up your tunings on the fly, even mid-song. Imagine the trunk space saved. Imagine the room recovered on stage. Imagine fluidly covering acoustic, electric and even a banjo break in the same song—without changing instruments. It’s all possible with Line 6 Variax. These modern instruments shatter the limitations of traditional guitars, and will spark your creativity in exciting new ways.
The Ultimate Recording Guitar—with Variax HD
James Tyler® Variax® is the only guitar in the world that can sound like an entire collection of vintage instruments. No more dragging multiple guitars to recording sessions. Thanks to Variax HD technology, each instrument inside the JTV-59 guitar offers exceptional sonic detail plus organic feel and response—allowing you to capture a wide range of classic tones in pristine sound quality.
JTV-59 also eliminates many common recording challenges: Stay in the creative flow instead of finding, tuning and acclimating to the feel of a new instrument. Track acoustic guitars with ease. Switch between alternate tunings on the fly. Banish pickup noise from your recordings forever. Find inspiration in the collection of eclectic instruments. It's the guitar you've always wanted in the studio.
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Electric Guitar Models
The electric models are exceptional and easily accessible—but it doesn't end there. Your JTV-59P also captures the idiosyncracies of each instrument: Volume and Tone controls behave the same as on the original guitars. You can hear the body resonance by just brushing against the strings or tapping on the bridge, without even playing a single note. Humbucker-based guitars tend to be louder than those with single coils. In short, JTV-59P lets you harness the sonic experience of each instrument—full of richness and detail.
The Fender® Telecaster® put the solidbody electric guitar on the map in 1950—revolutionizing the sound of music. Artists including Keith Richards ("Brown Sugar"), George Harrison ("Let It Be") and Andy Summers ("Roxanne") have favored these guitars.
Based on* 1960 Fender® Telecaster® Custom. Leo Fender's Telecaster®, originally known as the Broadcaster, was the first commercially successful solidbody electric guitar and has been in continuous production for over fifty years, powering the Nashville sound and a long list of rock and jazz guitar luminaries. Note: The neck pickup position of this model, like the original, has a very "deep" sound and the tone control is bypassed.
The hugely popular Fender® Stratocaster® can be heard on hits by legendary guitarists Jimi Hendrix ("Foxy Lady"), Stevie Ray Vaughan ("Pride and Joy"), Eric Clapton ("Layla") and many others.
Based on* 1959 Fender® Stratocaster®. Considered a radical departure when introduced in 1954, the Stratocaster® influenced electric guitar design more than any other single instrument—and its distinctive comfort-contoured body, bolt-on neck and versatile electronics have become industry-standard features. Our model takes one slight liberty—unlike the modeled instrument, the tone control works on the Bridge pickup, too.
You've seen and heard Les Paul® guitars in the hands of many iconic guitarists including Jimmy Page ("Black Dog"), Slash ("Welcome to the Jungle"), Pete Townshend ("Baba O'Riley") and others.
Based on* 1959 Gibson® Les Paul® Standard. Gibson's first solidbody electric design was a collaboration with popular guitarist and recording pioneer Les Paul. Unlike the easy-to-manufacture Fender designs, the Les Paul® retains the carved top and set neck construction of their hollowbody models. The original series was a commercial failure and discontinued in 1961, but a resurgence of popular interest led to its reintroduction in 1968.
Based on* 1976 Gibson® Firebird V. The Firebird, introduced in 1963, was created with the help of Detroit automobile designer Ray Dietrich. Neck-through construction and Epiphone® style mini-humbuckers gave the Firebird a unique combination of good sustain and a biting, trebly sound—characteristics that made it a favorite of blues slide guitar legend Johnny Winter.
Based on* 1955 Gibson® Les Paul® Special. The Special was added to the Les Paul® line in 1955 as an intermediate step between the utilitarian Junior and more luxurious Standard. A second P-90 provided greater tonal options—and helped make the Special a favorite of reggae legend Bob Marley. Our model is based on the original single-cutaway version.
Based on* 1959 Gretsch® 6120. The 6120 was the first of several models that Gretsch developed with country guitar whiz Chet Atkins, and is usually associated with the "twangy" sounds of players like Duane Eddy, Eddie Cochran and Brian Setzer. Our model is equipped with Filter'tron hum-canceling pickups.
Based on* 1959 Gretsch® Duo Jet. Gretsch introduced this series in 1955. Though called a solidbody by Gretsch, the Jet series actually has internal hollow chambers that contribute to its light weight and resonant tone. It was the favorite instrument of Cliff Gallup, original lead guitarist for Gene Vincent's Blue Caps. The guitar we modeled had DeArmond® pickups and a Melita bridge.
Based on* 1966 Rickenbacker® 370. Though overshadowed by the success of the 12-string, the 6-string versions of Rickenbacker's stylish models continue to be popular with players looking for something a bit extraordinary, like Ed O'Brien of Radiohead.
Based on* 1966 Rickenbacker® 370-12. Popularized by George Harrison in The Beatles and Roger McGuinn in the Byrds, the distinctive jangle of the 12-string Rickenbacker® was a significant part of the '60s rock sound. Our model has the original "toaster" pickups.
Based on* 1961 Gibson® ES®-335. The semi-hollow Gibson® blends the tone and sustain of a solidbody with the balance and aesthetics of a hollowbody. The "woody" tone of these guitars made them popular with jazz artists like Larry Carlton and blues greats like B. B. and Albert King. Our model is based on a 1961 dot neck, with PAFs and a stop tailpiece.
Based on* 1964 Epiphone® Casino. Gibson acquired former rival Epiphone in 1957 and began producing Epiphone® guitars in its Kalamazoo factory. John Lennon was particularly fond of the Casino, and continued to record with it long after the breakup of The Beatles. The Casino features P-90 pickups.JAZZBOX
Based on* 1954 Gibson® ES®-175. Gibson added a sharp "Venetian" cutaway and a fancier fingerboard to the budget ES®-125 model to create the ES®-175. With the addition of a second P-90 pickup in 1953, this quickly became a popular and enduring choice for jazz guitarists.
Based on* 1953 Gibson® Super 400. By the end of the 1940s, changing musical styles found premium archtops like the Super 400 to be lacking in volume. By simply adding the pickups and controls developed for its early electric guitars, Gibson created the electric version of the Super 400 in 1951. Our model is based on the version with P-90s. Check out Scotty Moore (and Elvis) playing a Super 400 in the '68 Comeback Special.
*All product names used herein are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6's sound model development.