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

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

The alnico humbucking 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.

James Tyler

James Tyler has had a guitar in his hands almost every day since he first picked one up the summer after seventh grade, in 1964. The Beatles had just hit it big and "Can’t Buy Me Love" was at the top of the charts. Jim may not have been able to buy love but with the help of his parents he did get a Fender® DuoSonic® as his first real guitar. A Fender® Shenandoah® 12-string acoustic followed. As did lessons from Ted Greene and an introduction to the genius of Eric Clapton on the 1966 Bluesbreakers album which, Jim insists, is still some of the best guitar you’ll ever hear. He was hooked.


In high school, Jim started taking apart his guitars “for no good reason” and putting them back together to tweak things or simply change the finish color. He got a handle on the basics of guitars and electronics, and started helping out friends when they needed work done.

Jim helped pay his way through college by doing guitar repair work at local Los Angeles guitar stores. In the 1970s, he got connected with Norman’s Rare Guitars in the San Fernando Valley and became their main repair and restoration guy. Jim continued to refine his abilities and build his reputation, and in 1980 he opened his first repair shop in Reseda, CA.

The 1980s were a high-time in the Los Angeles music and guitar scenes. People were into hot-rodding their guitars and as the “Superstrat” emerged, players wanted to add electronics and their perfect combinations of pickups and hardware to their guitars to yield a popular array of tones. At the same time, the L.A. studio scene was hitting its heyday with players like Dean Parks, Dann Huff, Michael Landau and Neil Stubenhaus. Neil was one of the first studio players to promote Jim’s expertise to other players – both bassists and guitarists. Jim started taking orders and making custom instruments using a myriad of parts from Schecter and Kubicki, and then had custom pieces made at Tom Anderson’s shop.

During that time Jim moved his shop to North Hollywood, CA, and expanded to include one of the first high-end boutique stores for guitars, basses and bass gear. Situated next door to the Rhinestone Cowboy tailor himself, Nudie Cohn, there was no sign on the storefront, no advertising from the curtained windows and it was there that the “either you know or you don’t” mystique began.

The following three decades brought a collection of stunningly creative guitars and basses, outrageous finishes, lauded pickups and a steadily growing roster of loyal artists. The most ambitious instrument, though, is the James Tyler Variax. Partnering with Line 6 gave Jim the opportunity to push guitar design into uncharted territory.

The history of the electric guitar can be felt in each of the James Tyler Variax designs. A piece of every guitar Jim’s played, repaired or built since 1964 is in the soul of each curve and contour. Can you think of a better launch pad for Variax modeling technology?


More About Line 6 Variax Technology

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.

Haworth's and Line 6

Haworth Guitars are very proud of the fact that we are the biggest seller of Line 6 in all of Australia for 2010/2011. Yes we love our Line 6 gear here at Haworth's. Plus we have our very own tech experts in store who you can talk to if you ever have any questions about any of the Line 6 products available.

Line 6 are truly at the cutting edge of the market with so many new products being released every year. At Haworth's we stock every Line 6 Amplifier in the range, starting at the Line 6 Spider IV 15, Line 6 Spider IV 30 and Line 6 Micro-spider, and going up to the Line 6 Spider Valve Bogner Amps and the Line 6 DT Amps such as the Line 6 DT25 and Line 6 DT50 Amplifiers. So if you need a cheap Line 6 amp, or one of the best Line 6 amps, Haworth Guitars are the guys to see.

Haworth's also stock the Line 6 Pod range as well as the Line 6 Pod HD300, Line 6 HD400 and the Line 6 HD500. All of which are very popular at Haworth Guitars at the moment. Another Line 6 item that is very popular are the Line 6 Relay Wireless systems for guitar and vocals. The Line 6 relay G30, Line 6 relay G50 and Line 6 relay G90 are some of the best guitar wireless systems available. The Line 6 vocal wireless systems are also very popular with the Line 6 XD-V30 and Line 6 XD-V70 wireless microphone system models. The Line 6 Pod Studio UX1 and UX2 are awesome recording interfaces too!

We also make sure that we have the cheapest Line 6 amps and products around, so if you happen to notice a better price somewhere else, remember we beat prices. So call us first 1300 560 088.

  • 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
  • L. 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
Guitar Models
  • 1960 Fender® Telecaster® Custom
  • 1968 Fender® Telecaster®
  • 1968 Fender® Telecaster® Thinline
  • 1959 Fender® Stratocaster®
  • 1958 Gibson® Les Paul® Standard
  • 1952 Gibson® Les Paul® “Goldtop”
  • 1961 Gibson® Les Paul® Custom (3 PU)
  • 1956 Gibson® Les Paul® Junior
  • 1976 Gibson® Firebird V
  • 1955 Gibson® Les Paul® Special
  • 1959 Gretsch® 6120
  • 1956 Gretsch® Silver Jet
  • 1968 Rickenbacker® 360
  • 1966 Rickenbacker® 360-12
  • 1961 Gibson® ES®-335
  • 1967 Epiphone® Casino
  • 1957 Gibson® ES®-175
  • 1953 Gibson® Super 400
  • 1959 Martin® D-28
  • 1970 Martin® D 12-28
  • 1967 Martin® O-18
  • 1966 Guild® F212
  • 1995 Gibson® J-200
  • 1935 Dobro® Alumilite
  • Danelectro® 3021
  • Coral/Dano® Electric Sitar
  • Gibson® Mastertone Banjo
  • 1928 National® Style 2 “Tricone”
Alternate Tunings
  • Model
  • Standard: E A D G B E
  • Drop D: D A D G B E
  • 1/2 Down: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb
  • Drop Db: Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb
  • 1 Down: D G C F A D
  • Open D: D A D F# A D
  • Blues G: D G D G B D
  • Reso G: G B D G B D
  • Open A: E A C# E A E
  • Baritone: B E A D F B

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