To create James Tyler Variax US Custom Series bodies and necks, the woodworking team pairs computer-aided drafting and machining (CNC) technology—which provides absolute consistency and superior intonation—with meticulous hand craftsmanship for incredible feel. The installation of the guitars’ unique electronics package required its own innovative approach, so the team developed new tools and methods to complement the capabilities of the CNC machines. This highly customized process requires significantly more time than it takes to build a standard guitar.
Every single guitar passes through the most skilled woodworkers, painters and builders in the business. Representing over a century of experience, the talented team demonstrates deep passion and pride while bringing James Tyler’s designs to life.
THE HD MODELING PROCESS: VINTAGE INSTRUMENTS CAPTURED IN INCREDIBLE DETAIL.
The process of modeling a vintage instrument using Variax HD technology is complex. Every facet of the guitar—including the body, electronics and metal parts—influences the way the instrument sounds and responds, and must be captured during modeling. By painstakingly analyzing and capturing every single aspect of the most iconic vintage instruments, the Line 6 team ensured that Variax delivers the sound and feel of the world’s most coveted guitars with stunning detail. The result is accurate and realistic tone reproduction that stays true to the original instruments.
THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF THE JTV-89
Expertly crafted in the United States, JTV-89-US is an electric guitar of the highest caliber. This hard-rocking powerhouse marries incredible Variax® technology with a sculpted mahogany body and a quarter-sawn, three-piece maple neck with 24-fret rosewood fingerboard.
A pair of custom, high-output, alnico humbucking pickups—wound to James Tyler's specs—translate this powerful instrument to the amp of your choice. The unique Tyler-designed, fully adjustable wraparound bridge redefines resonant coupling between strings and body (in black nickel, naturally). The reversed 6-in-line headstock and choice of six hand-sprayed finishes complete the package.
- Natural Satin finish
- Made in the United States
- Hand-selected mahogany body
- 3-piece maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
- 25-1/2" scale length
- Tyler Fast n’ Flat neck shape
- 24 jumbo frets and dot inlays
- 1-11/16" Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL self-lubricating nut
- Hipshot Classic Guitar Tuning Machines (18:1 turn ratio)
- Tyler-designed, fully adjustable wraparound bridge
- Two high-output alnico humbucking pickups wound to Tyler's specs
- Master Volume and Tone knobs
- Model and Alt Tune knobs for easily accessing 28 instrument sounds and 11 alternate tunings
- 5-way selector switch
- VDI (Variax® Digital Interface) for integration with Line 6 POD HD500 and POD HD PRO, and limited compatibility with POD® xt, POD® X3, Vetta™ II amplifier and other legacy Line 6 products
- Lithium-ion battery (12 hours of play time) and international wall charger (also functions as standard electric guitar without batteries)
- Variax Workbench™ software and USB interface
- High-quality setup and inspection
- Includes high-quality, plush-lined G&G hard-shell case
- Additional battery, charger and cable kit available separately
As the founder of James Tyler Guitars, master luthier James Tyler has helped put an unprecedented array of tones in the hands of professional and enthusiast guitarists alike. Captivated by guitars at an early age, James Tyler opened his first repair shop in Reseda, California in 1980, and quickly gained high-profile fans including Michael Landau, Neil Stubenhaus, Buzz Feiten and many more. The following decades brought a collection of stunningly creative guitars and basses, outrageous finishes, lauded pickups and a growing roster of loyal artists. Every project reflected his lifelong quest to create the perfect guitar and electronics package to deliver amazing tone—which made him the ideal partner for James Tyler Variax guitars.