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Line 6 JTV-69, 59 and 89 demonstration: Sean Halley, product demonstrator extraordinaire for Line 6, takes us through the finer points and tonal acrobatics of the absolutely mighty James Tyler Variax models in his studio.

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Sean Halley really shows off not only how playable the necks unarguably are, but we’re also given a clear idea of the wealth of tone and tuning options you can invoke simply by using the logical, immediately accessible controls.

All of the Line 6 JTV guitars are capable of generating 28 different modelled tones, taking a signal from a custom LR Baggs piezo as well as the magnetic pickups. There are 11 tunings to swich between, and on top of that you can add a ‘virtual capo’ for good measure, making for a huge variety of potential extra tuning options. All this is set on to an alder body, maple neck and rosewood board.

Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax Line 6 JTV-69 James Tyler Variax Line 6 JTV-89 James Tyler Variax Line 6 JTV-69S James Tyler Variax Line 6 JTV-59P James Tyler Variax

We were utterly blown away by quite how real the tonal variety sounded, and now natural the guitar played even under the fingers of a seasoned pro – you really have to hear it for yourself to get an idea of exactly what the three Line 6 James Tyler Variax models are capable of. We suspect that much like us, you’ll want one for yourself – the only question now is which model?

By Caleb Hill

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