The latest Variax technology in a finely crafted guitar by a famous builder

JTV-59 is built along the lines of the archetypal single cut, set-neck, 24-9/16" scale-length guitar and it employs the tone woods that made the format legendary since the 1950s.

Optimum play ability is ensured by the smooth, rounded Tyler '59 neck profile and comfortably contoured neck heel. The efficient tuners and James Tyler Custom stop tail bridge keep it all rock-solid and resonant.

The alnico hum bucking pickups are wound to James Tyler's specs. They are inspired by classic PAFs but they feature a little extra punch in the bridge position.

JTV-59 guitars are carefully constructed to exacting standards at one of the world's most respected guitar factories. Upon arrival at its region of sale, each instrument undergoes a high-quality, multi-point setup and inspection.

The Latest Line 6 Variax technology in a finely crafted guitar designed by master luthier James Tyler. It's much more than a guitar -- it's simply inspiring.

60 years ago, the advent of the electric guitar allowed players to connect to their music and their audiences in powerful new ways. As music evolved, traditional electric guitars clung to the past while others provided broader palates of sounds.

James Tyler Variax modeling guitars are revolutionary instruments that offer guitarists unprecedented ranges of tones based on history's most desirable electric and acoustic guitars.

Featuring instrument designs by legendary luthier James Tyler and guitar modeling by modeling pioneers Line 6, James Tyler Variax guitars are turning guitar history on its ear.


The original Line 6 Variax guitars debuted back in 2002 to an outstanding reception. Never before had guitarists been able to switch guitar tones without switching guitars, let alone create custom tones with Variax Workbench software. Electronic Musician named Variax “Most Innovative Product,” Guitar Player named it “Best New Product,” EQ gave it an “Exceptional Quality Award,” and on and on.

But a few years before that Line 6 wondered if creating such an instrument could even be done. Was it possible to capture the personality and tones of different guitars, put them all in one instrument and meet the needs of discerning players?

So began an intensive research project into guitar physics. Test guitars were assembled that would make Dr. Frankenstein blush. Every factor that contributes to a guitar's tone was systematically examined. Ways to measure the complex interactions of vibrating strings, resonant bodies and magnetic pickups were developed. More importantly, ways to capture these interactions mathematically – to make the sounds reproducible from a single guitar – were developed.

As the measuring and modeling techniques were refined, a new and powerful hardware platform that could deliver shockingly accurate sounds was in production. Variax needed to have less noise than a standard humbucker, the ability to switch sounds in the time it takes to flick a pickup selector and be powered in a variety of ways. And, most importantly, perform flawlessly.

 As the body and brain neared completion it was time to create the soul. Amazing vintage instruments were auditioned to find the ones with the most distinctive voices and personalities. Painstaking measuring techniques were applied to these specimens. The guitar models underwent constant referral back to the originals for accuracy. Guitar models weren’t finished until they sounded like the originals and were as much fun to play.

The result? A family of Variax instruments that grew to include three lines of electric guitars, two lines of acoustic guitars and two lines of bass guitars, each of which could deliver an entire guitar collection in a single instrument.

Eight years after its debut, Variax returns with updated technology and a body designed by renowned luthier James Tyler.

  • Mahogany body with carved maple top with flame maple veneer
  • Set mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • 24-9/16" scale length
  • Tyler '59 neck shape
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets and dot inlays
  • 1-11/16" Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL self-lubricating nut
  • Sealed tuners (16 :1 turn ratio)
  • Chrome hardware
  • Fully adjustable Tyler-designed stoptail bridge
  • R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system
  • Vintage-voiced alnico neck and bridge humbuckers wound to Tyler's specs
  • Master volume and tone knobs
  • Model and Alt Tune knobs
  • 3-way selector switch
  • VDI (Variax Digital Interface) for integration with Line 6 POD xt, POD X3, Vetta II amplifier, and other Line 6 products
  • Li-Ion battery (12 hours of play time), and international wall charger
  • Variax Workbench software and USB interface
  • Includes quality padded gig bag
  • Additional battery, charger and cable kit available separately
  • James Tyler spec radius choice, finish, shape, reach of high frets, neck joint stability and more
  • Included HD upgrade gives you even more HD instrument and HD pickup models than ever before
  • Body Mahogany with Maple Top
  • 24 9/16" Scale Length
  • 1 11/16" GraphTech nut
  • 22 frets
  • 25 guitar models - a complete collection of classic acoustic and electric instruments
  • 12" radius
  • Handcrafted in Korea
  • Virtual capo feature lets you set and save alternate, drop and capo tunings with a simple touch of the fingerboard
  • Custom Tyler designed bridge
  • Custom Tuners
  • MPN : 996100305
  • UPC : 614252301626


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