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James Tyler Variax General FAQ

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James Tyler Variax Guitar Specs (Korean)

JTV-59

- Mahogany body with carved maple top with flame maple veneer
- Set mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard
- 24-9/16" scale length
- 12" radius neck profile
- 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 HD500 and POD HD Pro, and limited compatibility with POD® xt, POD® X3, Vetta™ II amplifier and other legacy 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

JTV-69

- Alder body
- Bolt-on solid maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
- 25-1/2" scale length
- 12" radius neck profile
- Tyler '59 neck shape
- 22 medium-jumbo frets and dot inlays
- 1-5/8" Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL self-lubricating nut
- Sealed locking/staggered tuners (16:1 turn ratio)
- Chrome hardware
- Fully adjustable Tyler-designed tremolo bridge
- L. R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system
- Alnico bridge humbucker and vintage-style neck and middle single-coil pickups wound to Tyler's specs
- Master volume and tone knobs
- Model knob and Alt Tune roller knob
- 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
- 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

JTV-89

- Mahogany body
- 3-piece maple neck with rosewood fingerboard (Tyler Fast n' Flat neck shape)
- 25-1/2" scale length
- 16" radius neck profile
- Tyler Fast n’ Flat neck shape
- 24 jumbo frets and dot inlays
- 1-11/16" Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL self-lubricating nut
- Sealed tuners (16:1 turn ratio)
- Black and black nickel hardware
- Fully adjustable Tyler Custom stoptail bridge
- L. R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system
- Two high-output, PAF-style alnico humbucking pickups wound to Tyler's specs
- Master volume and tone knobs
- Model and Alt Tune knobs
- 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
- 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

JTV-89F

- Mahogany body
- 3-piece maple neck with rosewood fingerboard (Tyler Fast n' Flat neck shape)
- 25-1/2" scale length
- 16" radius neck profile
- Tyler Fast n’ Flat neck shape
- 24 jumbo frets and dot inlays
- Locking Floyd Rose® nut and string tree
- Sealed tuners (16:1 turn ratio)
- Black and black nickel hardware
- Floyd Rose® Licensed double-locking tremolo system* by Graph Tech
- L. R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system
- Two high-output, PAF-style alnico humbucking pickups wound to Tyler's specs
- Master volume and tone knobs
- Model and Alt Tune knobs
- 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
- 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 Variax Guitar Specs (USA)

JTV-59US
  • Hand-selected mahogany body and carved figured maple top
  • Set mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and dot inlays
  • 24-9/16" scale length
  • Tyler '59 neck shape
  • 12" radius neck profile
  • 22 medium-jumbo German-wire frets
  • 1-11/16" Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL self-lubricating nut
  • Hipshot Classic tuners (18:1 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 James Tyler's specs
  • Master volume and tone knobs
  • Model and Alt Tune knobs
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Made in U.S.A.
  • Assembled by 30+ year veteran luthier Tim Wilson
  • High-quality local set-up and inspection
  • 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
  • Two Li-Ion batteries (for up to 24 hours of play time), and international wall charger
  • Variax Workbench™ software and USB interface
  • Includes high-quality, plush-lined G&G hardshell case
  • Spare battery
  • Charger and cable kit available separately
JTV-69US
  • Hand-selected ash or alder body
  • Solid quarter-sawn maple neck with maple or rosewood fingerboard
  • Dot inlays
  • 25-1/2" scale length
  • Tyler ’59 neck shape
  • Compound 10-12" radius neck profile
  • 22 medium-jumbo German-wire frets
  • 1-5/8" Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL self-lubricating nut
  • Hipshot Grip-Lock locking staggered tuners (18:1 turn ratio)
  • Chrome hardware
  • Fully adjustable Tyler-designed tremolo bridge
  • L. R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system
  • Alnico bridge humbucker and vintage-style neck and middle single-coil pickups wound to James Tyler's specs
  • Master volume and tone knobs
  • Model knob and Alt Tune roller knob
  • 5-way selector switch
  • Made in U.S.A.
  • Assembled by 30+ year veteran luthier Tim Wilson
  • High-quality local set-up and inspection
  • 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
  • Two Li-Ion batteries (for up to 24 hours of play time), and international wall charger
  • Variax Workbench™ software and USB interface
  • Includes high-quality, plush-lined G&G hardshell case
  • Spare battery
  • Charger and cable kit available separately
JTV-89US
  • Mahogany body
  • 3-piece maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • 25-1/2" scale length
  • Tyler Fast n’ Flat neck shape
  • 16" radius neck profile
  • 24 jumbo frets and dot inlays
  • 1-11/16" Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL self-lubricating nut
  • Sealed tuners (16:1 turn ratio)
  • Black and black nickel hardware
  • Fully adjustable Tyler Custom stoptail bridge
  • L. R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system
  • Two high-output, PAF-style alnico humbucking pickups wound to Tyler's specs
  • Master volume and tone knobs
  • Model and Alt Tune knobs
  • 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
  • Li-Ion battery (12 hours of play time), and international wall charger
  • Variax Workbench™ software and USB interface
  • Includes high-quality, plush-lined G&G hardshell case
  • Spare battery
  • Charger and cable kit available separately
Battery

Q: What kind of battery is used in the James Tyler Variax and what is the battery life?
A: JTV guitars use a lithium-ion battery similar to that of a camcorder. A fully charged battery can deliver at least 12 hours of continuous performance. There is a four light battery life indicator on the battery compartment on the back of the JTV guitars that can be viewed by pressing the round flush black button next to the lights.

4 LEDs = 9+ hours
3 LEDs = 6+ hours
2 LEDs = 3+ hours
1 LED = less than 3 hours
1 LED blinking = less than 1 hour, recharge battery

Note: There are 2 ways to supply power to the Variax without a battery. When connected to VDI Digital Input equipped hardware, such as a POD X3 Live, power is supplied via this connection. Or, use the optional XPS-DI direct box/power supply and TRS cable. With this box you can power the Variax and it also works as an A/B box to send your signal out of a DI to go direct to a board or acoustic amplifier with certain models. When powering the JTV guitar with either TRS or VDI connection, it is suggested to remove the battery from the guitar.

Q: How long does it take to fully charge a dead battery for the JTV guitars?
A: It takes about 12 hours to fully charge a dead JTV battery, but leaving it to charge overnight is a good time to do this. You can get a 4-6 hour play time by charging the JTV battery for 30-45 minutes.

Q: What does the indicator light mean on the JTV battery charger?
A: A solid RED light on the charger indicates that the battery is charging. A blinking RED light means that either the batter is fully charged, or the battery was inserted improperly into the charger and needs to be re-seated properly. If you know the battery needs charging and you get a blinking RED light when it is put into the charger, please re-seat the battery in the charger.


Tuning Gears

JTV-59US and JTV-89US guitars will have Hipshot Classic Guitar Tuning Machines. They are sleek, precision-built tuners with an ultra-smooth 18:1 gear ratio.

The JTV-69US guitars feature the Hipshot Grip-Lock Locking Guitar Tuning Machines that are staggered in height for maximum tuning stability.

For the Korean James Tyler Variax guitars, we went with 16:1 sealed tuners on all three models. They are die-cast, modern-built, solid tuners. They are sealed permanently and lubricated to work smoothly for years to come without slipping or binding.

As with the JTV-69US, we went with locking and staggered versions of these 16:1 sealed tuners.

As with the staggered locking tuners, the locking pole pieces within each tuner are staggered as well to match the size the tuner. They are measured 23.4mm (x2 forlow E/A strings), 21.9mm (x2 for D/G strings), and 20.4mm (x2 for B/high E strings).


New HD Acoustic Models

Q: When were the new HD acoustic models added to the JTV guitars?
A: The new HD acoustic models were added in firmware 1.81 and are included in all newer firmware versions of the JTV guitars after that.

Q: What does the Tone knob do on the newer HD acoustic models on the JTV guitars?
A: The Tone knob on the new HD acoustic models is used to adjust the amount of body resonance for the model, but it was also specially programmed to have the top 10% of the Tone knob completely remove this resonance (at the 90-100% position) for those that prefer to remove that sound from the new acoustic models to closely resemble the flat nature of the older acoustic models from previous Variax guitars.


Alternate Tuning Knob

Q: How does the Alternate Tuning Knob on the JTV guitars work?
A: The Alternate Tuning Knob on the JTV gutiars can be used to any of the preset tunings that are saved to the knob. This knob has 12 settings including two labeled 'Model' and 'Standard'

Set to 'Model,' the Alternate Tuning Knob lets you access the alternate tunings you created using the Variax Workbench software. These tunings are stored on your Variax's Model knob. Set to 'Standard,' the Alternate Tuning knob overrides saved tunings to set every model to standard EADGBE tuning.

The Alt Tune knob's remainging 10 settings are hand-picked for each stle of James Tyler Variax guitar.

Alt tunings for JTV-59 and JTV-69:

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
DADGAD: D A D G 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

Alt tunings for JTV-89/89F:

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
DROP C: C G C F A D
m3 DOWN: Db Gb B E Ab Db
DROP B: B Gb B E Ab Db
M3 DOWN: C F Bb Eb G C
DROP Bb: Bb F Bb Eb G C
BARITONE: B E A D F# B


Workbench Interface

Q: How do I get the Variax Workbench interface to recognize the James Tyler Variax guitar?
A: First, ensure that you have downloaded and installed the latest drivers for the Workbench interface from the Line 6 Downloads page. Then, ensure that the battery of the James Tyler Variax is charged and inserted into the guitar. Connect the Variax Workbench interface to the computer via USB, and also connect the James Tyler Variax guitar to the Workbench interface via the included VDI/Network cable. Lastly, connect a 1/4" cable into the guitar's output jack to power on the guitar (as the Workbench interface DOES NOT provide power to the guitar, this 'dummy' plug is necessary for the interface to recognize the JTV). The other end of the 1/4" cable does not need to be plugged into anything. You should see 2 green lights on the Workbench interface when everything is connected and being recognized properly.


Factory Reset and Updating the Flash Memory

Q: Why doesn't the Factory Reset procedure described in the manual work?
A: The reset procedure described in the JTV manual was removed from the JTV guitars to make room in the memory for the Variax HD Acoustic models that were added in flash memory update v1.80. All JTV guitars with flash memory v1.80 and newer no longer have this factory reset procedure available.

To perform a factory reset, re-install, rollback, or update the flash memory on the James Tyler Variax guitars, please use the following link:

Variax Reflash and Software update F.A.Q.

Q: If I tune physical strings on the guitar down or up on the JTV can I use the virtual capo?
A: It is not recommended as it could cause audible anomalies. The guitars were designed to re-tune from E Standard tuning. Using the Virtual Capo to tune the guitar from any other tuning is unsupported.


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