29 Amazing Instruments in One
By combining patented, industry-leading Line 6 digital modeling technology with boutique-style craftsmanship, James Tyler® Variax® is the only guitar in the world that can sound like an entire collection of vintage instruments—28 models, plus the James Tyler-designed guitar itself. No more dragging piles of instruments to gigs or recording sessions. JTV-59P gives you an endless variety of guitar sounds—from classic acoustic and vintage electric tones all the way to sitar and banjo—in a single-cut, set-neck, 24-9/16" scale-length guitar with two vintage-voiced P-90 soapbar pickups.
“A scrapbook of all the quintessential classic guitar sounds… it simultaneously delivers virtually limitless possibilities for the guitar tones of tomorrow.” —Guitar Player
18 Vintage Electric Guitars
When it comes to electrics, we’ve included 18 incredible instruments to take you from classic rock sounds to blues, country and more. Featuring meticulous models based on the* 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 performing or recording guitar, Variax gives you an amazing breadth of sounds for all styles of music.
“Whenever I go to the studio, it goes with me.” —Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Tin Machine)
10 Amazing Acoustic and Eclectic Instruments
JTV-59P makes it easy to switch between electric and acoustic guitar sounds on a moment’s notice. The acoustic guitar collection features beautiful six- and twelve-strings, jumbos and a “parlor,” ideal for a variety of genres and playing styles. Line 6’s breakthrough acoustic guitar modeling technology gives these five models breathtaking depth and detail, capturing the subtle nuances of string vibration through the soundboard and the tonewoods of the original modeled guitar body. You can take your tone even further—from country music stylings to the sound of the Indian subcontinent—with the inspiring dobro, sitar, banjo and Tricone models.
“This is an ax that most guitarists will have no problems playing as their main guitar all night long.” —Guitar World
1 Finely Crafted Guitar
Inspired by the archetypal single-cut, set-neck guitar with 24-9/16” scale length, JTV-59P employs the tonewoods that have made the format legendary since the 1950s. The guitar has a mahogany body with a carved maple top, and a 22-fret mahogany set neck with a rosewood fingerboard. The two P-90 soapbar pickups are ideal for blues, classic and modern rock, and more. With or without Variax modeling, JTV-59P is a supreme player’s instrument.
Access Alternate Tunings—Instantly
Imagine going from “Brown Sugar” in Open G to “Kashmir” in DADGAD with the twist of a knob. JTV-59P 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.
"This thing is amazing live.” —Jerry McPherson (Tim McGraw band)
Create Custom Instruments with Variax Workbench
Variax Workbench™ is your personal custom shop—with a twist. The software takes you far beyond what’s possible in the physical realm, so the only limit is your imagination. Mix and match the 28 instrument body models (solid-body, semi-hollow or hollow) with any of the 17 pickup models (single-coil or humbucking) to create unique guitar tones or celebrated classics. You can fine-tune all the details of each tone, or change your tuning to Open G, DADGAD, Drop D, or anything else you can imagine, without ever needing a tuner. Once you load your custom instruments into your JTV-59P, it’s easy to access them with a twist of the Model Selector or Alternate Tuning knobs.
Designed by James Tyler, Master Luthier
Spot-on, industry-leading modeling is only half of the James Tyler Variax story. Equally important are the innovative design and boutique playing experience provided by master luthier James Tyler. Tyler’s visionary concepts and meticulous attention to detail have made his guitars the top choice of world-renowned session players and performers—and made him the perfect partner for the Variax guitar series. Each James Tyler Variax guitar was designed by Tyler and is built to his exacting specifications to ensure exceptional playability.
James Tyler has made a career of understanding what makes vintage instruments so phenomenally playable, and applied this expertise to the James Tyler Variax modeling guitars. Since the feel of the neck is one of the most important aspects of a guitar, he chose a proven neck shape from his custom work—and designed the neck joint to provide absolute access to the upper frets. In short, JTV-59P sounds and feels incredible.
Vintage-voiced P-90 Pickups
Two P-90 soapbar pickups give JTV-59P a classic look, while the vintage tone is versatile enough for everything from classic edge-of-breakup blues tones to modern rock and beyond. Compared to traditional humbuckers, the sound of these single-coil pickups is somewhat brighter and more transparent.
Custom Wraparound Bridge
One of the most integral parts of any guitar is the bridge, where seemingly small changes can mean huge differences in tone and tuning stability. James Tyler leveraged years of experience to design a custom, fully adjustable wraparound bridge for the JTV-59P.
Play for 12 Hours—Or All Night
JTV-59P features a long-lasting, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which delivers at least 12 hours of playing time on a single charge. It also features a four-LED battery life meter, which lets you know how much time you have left. To get the most from each charge, simply roll down the volume when you’re not using the guitar, and the electronics will go to sleep after just a few seconds. And thanks to the pickup bypass function, you can always use the guitar without batteries.
Headed out on the road? Pick up some extra batteries and chargers, or check out the optional cable power kit.
Get More from Your JTV-59P
Unlike a traditional guitar, James Tyler Variax modeling guitars can expand their capabilities over time. Line 6 is continually working to refine Variax technology, so be sure to check Line6.com for updates that enhance your James Tyler Variax guitar—and the way it integrates with your other Line 6 gear.Get the latest firmware
The Dream Rig
Individually, the JTV-59P 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.
US Custom Series Model Also Available
Expertly crafted in the United States, JTV-59P-US is an electric guitar of the highest caliber. Following a classic tonewood combination established by the archetypal set-neck, single-cutaway solidbodies of the 1950s, JTV-59P-US marries a figured maple top carved into a gentle arch with a mahogany body and mahogany neck. This pairing of woods yields the full spectrum of warmth, depth, clarity and complexity that has made maple/mahogany construction legendary.