Several years ago, Line 6, noted for its amp modeling and effects, decided to start modeling guitars as well as amplifiers and effects. This guitar, the Variax 500, was a game changer in many ways. The sounds were incredible. Unfortunately, the guitar itself was absolutely awful. I owned it, used, and recorded with it, but it was almost embarrassing to play live. Fortunately, the company has upped the ante with its new line of Variax models designed by famed luthier James Tyler, including the JTV-59, JTV-69, and JTV-89.
The Variax JTV-89 plays like a shredder’s dream guitar, and the guitar models are better than ever. It also includes numerous alternate tunings that are shred-friendly. The L. R. Baggs Hex pickup system also offers bridge-based acoustic tones if needed. If needed, there’s also a Variax Digital Interface so you can join all your Line 6 gear together if you use other Line 6 gear. The JTV-89 is light years ahead of previous Variax models, and at a price that’s wallet-friendly.