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Line 6 JTV-69 James Tyler Variax Modeling Guitar Black - Open Box

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Alder body, 25-1/2” scale length. Alnico bridge humbucker and vintage-style neck and middle single-coil pickups wound to Tyler's specs, fully adjustable Tyler-designed tremolo bridge.

Variax HD Technology

Experience the world’s greatest electric, acoustic and exotic instruments—each with unprecedented HD depth and detail.


The Ultimate Recording Guitar

Stay in the creative flow with instant access to a collection of vintage guitars and alternate tunings, track acoustic guitars with ease, and more.


Sculpt Tones with Workbench HD

Variax® Workbench™ HD is your own personal guitar custom shop—with a twist.


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-69 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-69 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.


Create Custom Instruments with Variax Workbench HD

Variax Workbench™ HD 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 create unique guitar tones or celebrated classics. You can also set up your guitars with Open G, DADGAD, Drop D or any other custom tuning.

Variax Workbench HD gives you a wide range of body styles—including solid, semi-hollow, hollow, acoustic, resonator and more. The pickup options are equally diverse, allowing you to mix and match components and create combinations you’d never find in real life—like a semi-hollow guitar with lipstick, P90 and humbucking pickups tuned down a whole octave.

You can also 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. With Variax Workbench HD, you can keep it simple or delve into details including pickup phase and individual string volume, pitch and muting.

You can create and save as many guitars as you want using Variax Workbench HD. Keep track of your custom guitars, store them on your hard drive, email them to friends or just make a backup so you can load your guitars into any James Tyler Variax. You can fill each slot on the JTV-69 Model knob and five-way switch with your custom guitar collection, so up to 60 of your favorite instruments are always within reach.


Record with Amazing HD Acoustics and Eclectics

With instant access to the world’s greatest acoustic and exotic instruments, JTV-69 ensures you’ll always get a great acoustic guitar sound in the studio. Each HD 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—without setting up mics, preamps and EQ, or worrying about a barking dog or nearby lawnmower.

Acoustic Guitar Models

Select “ACOUSTIC” on the Variax Model Bank knob and use the Pickup Selector switch to choose the desired instrument model. The Volume control acts as a simple level control. Since many acoustic guitars don’t have tone controls, we decided to let you shape the tone of these models by changing the position of a modeled microphone using the Tone knob. Give it a spin to explore a range of tonal flavor for each model.

Based on* 1959 Martin® D-28. The D-28 is generally considered the definitive Martin® flat-top. The Dreadnought (or “D”) body combined with rosewood back and sides produces a full sound ideal for flatpicking.

Based on* 1970 Martin® D12-28. In 1970, Martin added six more strings to the successful D-28 to capitalize on the current folk music trends.

Based on* 1967 Martin® O-18. The smaller “parlor” sized body with mahogany back and sides has a balanced tone ideal for finger-style playing.

Based on* 1966 Guild® F212. Guild’s jumbo-bodied 12-strings offered players the elusive combination of volume and clarity. We’ve modeled the F212 with mahogany back and rims.

Based on* 1995 Gibson® J-200. Easily identified by its impressive size and ornamentation, the J-200 was often played by flashy country and western artists, and was a later favorite of Elvis Presley.


Eclectic Instrument Models

Select “RESO” on the Variax Model Bank knob and use the Pickup Selector switch to choose the desired model.

Based on* 1999 Jerry Jones Shorthorn®. In the ‘60s Danelectro managed to make great-sounding guitars from Masonite and lipstick tubes. In the ‘90s, Jerry Jones continued that tradition with the same materials as their ‘60s counterparts. Our model is with the bridge and neck pickups active.

Based on* 1935 Dobro® Model 32. Though the Dobro® is generally a wood-body instrument, this model is based on an unusual specimen with an all-aluminum body that emphasizes midrange.

Inspired by* the Coral Sitar®. The Coral Sitar® enabled guitarists to get the buzz and drone of a sitar without having to learn a new instrument. On this model, the tone control changes the level of the drone strings.

Inspired by* the Gibson® Mastertone Banjo. The Mastertone series was introduced in 1925 and quickly became the definitive Bluegrass banjo.

Based on* 1928 National® Tricone. The Tricone uses three 6-inch cones mechanically coupled to the bridge to amplify string vibrations. The Tricone has a smoother sound than later, single-cone resonators.


HD Electric Guitars

When it comes to electrics, we’ve included a broad collection of the world’s most revered vintage and modern guitars—taking you from classic rock sounds to blues, country, metal and more. Featuring meticulous HD 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, JTV-69 gives you an amazing breadth of guitar sounds for all styles of music.

Electric Guitar Models

The electric models are exceptional and easily accessible—but it doesn’t end there. Your JTV-69 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-69 lets you harness the sonic experience of each instrument—full of richness and detail.

To see how to select each instrument, check out the JTV-69 user guide.



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.



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.


Access Alternate Tunings—Instantly

Imagine switching instantly between Open G, DADGAD and Standard tunings without interrupting your recording session. JTV-69 provides immediate access to 11 alternate tunings, so you can stay in the creative moment instead of spending quality time with your tuner. 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.

Model. Access the alternate tunings you created using Variax Workbench™, Line 6′s virtual guitar workbench software.

Standard (E A D G B E). By far the most popular tuning on a 6-string guitar.

Drop D (D A D G B E). The low E string is dropped down a full step from Standard tuning. This popular tuning has been used by bands and artists such as Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden, Pantera and even The Beatles on "Dear Prudence."

1/2 Down (Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb). Each string is tuned down one half step compared to Standard tuning. Some of the greatest guitarists of all time, including Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn, played almost exclusively 1/2 Down.

Drop Db (Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb). Compared to Drop D, every string is dropped an additional half step. This tuning was made famous by Eddie Van Halen on the 1981 song, "Unchained,” and popularized by bands such as Nirvana on their In Utero album, Evanescence, Linkin Park, System of a Down and more.

1 Down (D G C F A D). This tuning is one full step down from Standard, and used by artists and bands including Elliot Smith, John Fogerty and Shadows Fall. You can also find it on Nirvana's "Come As You Are," "Lithium" and "Drain You," as well as Metallica’s "Sad but True" and "Devil's Dance.”

DADGAD (D A D G A D). This tuning is common in Celtic music as well as hard rock. Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page famously used DADGAD on “Kashmir.”

Open D (D A D F# A D). Also known as Vestopol tuning, Open D is popular because it allows easy access to major and minor chords. Favored by country and blues musicians, Open D is frequently used for slide and, on acoustics, finger-picking. You can find it on Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracksalbum, Mumford and Sons’ “The Cave” and Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow.”

Blues G (D G D G B D). Also known as Open G, Spanish Tuning or Chicago Tuning, Blues G was used by The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, in Mississippi blues by Son House, Charley Patton and Robert Johnson, and in Pink Floyd’s "Fearless.”

Reso G (G B D G B D). The standard tuning for squareneck dobros, this is traditionally used for bluegrass dobro stylings.

Open A (E A C# E A E). One step higher than G tuning.

Baritone (B E A D F# B). This tuning is popular with a variety of hard rock and metal bands, from the Foo Fighters to Carcass. 


Record Without Hum

Hum, crackle and other noises can easily ruin a perfectly good take. While all guitars—especially single-coil models—are susceptible to this problem, vintage instruments are particularly notorious. With JTV-69 you can enjoy these classic guitars without the distraction of noisy electronics. Thanks to Variax HD technology, every instrument in JTV-69 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-69 is a supreme player’s instrument. Following the tradition of the classic 25-1/2” scale, bolt-on neck, three-pickup solidbody, JTV-69 features an alder body, a 22-fret maple neck carved to a comfortably rounded Tyler '59 profile and a rosewood fingerboard. This time-tested design yields the bright, percussive snap and bite that characterize this breed of guitar, with plenty of bluesy warmth when required.

For greater versatility, the three-pickup format is expanded with a humbucker in the bridge that has been designed to complement the single-coil early '60s Strat® style pickups in the neck and middle positions (all loaded with alnico magnets and wound to James Tyler's specs). And thanks to the James Tyler Custom Tremolo bridge, JTV-69 delivers smooth vibrato action.


Precision Components

James Tyler has made a career of understanding what makes vintage instruments so phenomenally playable, 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 for JTV-69. Thanks to these premium components, JTV-69 sounds and feels as good as it looks.


The Dream Rig

Individually, the JTV-69 guitar, DT25™ or DT50™ amplifier and POD® HD500 multi-effect processor are powerful sonic tools. Collectively, they form the ultimate integrated Dream Rig—and provide limitless sonic possibilities. With the press of a single footswitch, you can change sounds, routing, instruments, effects and tuning—instantly transforming your setup into virtually any rig.

For even greater control and unlimited sonic possibilities, combine the acoustic and electric guitar models in your James Tyler Variax with the ultimate collection of amps, cabs and effects found in the POD® HD multi-effect pedals and DT-series (DT50™ and DT25™) guitar amplifiers. The press of a single footswitch can completely change sounds, routing, instruments, effects and tuning—instantly transforming your setup into virtually any rig.

Start a song with an open-tuned 12-string acoustic, move to a standard-tuned ‘50s hollowbody through a chiming English combo, then switch to a spanky ‘60s solidbody and culminate with the thick, rich tone of a ‘50s Goldtop through simultaneous expressive effects, a vintage wah and the cascading distortion of a modern, high-gain half-stack. The convenience is unparalleled—and the possibilities are endless.