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#1 dspellman

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 03:36 PM

Do you happen to know what the actual radius of the fretboard is? I've seen 14" and 16" bandied about, but nothing official. And how about the actual size of the frets?

How hot are the 89F pickups (compared to, say, those on the 59? I realize that the entire guitar seems to be *intended* for metal guitar players, but honestly I'm probably not going to be concentrating on high gain or drop tunings with this guitar. It is, after all the only one with a Floyd.

 


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Posted 04 August 2013 - 11:00 PM

You can find the specs here:

http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-2322

The neck plays extremely good to me, because of the pretty thin shape. It supports faster playing and easy move between positions.

I have a JTV89F and a JTV59. The pickups of the JTV89F are hotter. Harmonics are better on the JTV89F. The JTV59 has a more mid-tone.

I would not say that the 89F is mainly intended for metal guitar players. I play all type of classic rock on the 89F and it sounds pretty good to me. And I seldomly using the drop tunings too.

Compared to the JTV59, I consider the 89F as a even more versatile guitar, because of the FR. Finally it is a matter of personal taste (body style, fretboard, etc.).
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 04:23 PM



The neck plays extremely good to me, because of the pretty thin shape. It supports faster playing and easy move between positions.

I would not say that the 89F is mainly intended for metal guitar players. I play all type of classic rock on the 89F and it sounds pretty good to me. And I seldomly using the drop tunings too.

Compared to the JTV59, I consider the 89F as a even more versatile guitar, because of the FR. Finally it is a matter of personal taste (body style, fretboard, etc.).

Thanks! Looks like it's 16", which I'm calling a bonus. I'm good with the rest of the guitar, though I could wish for an ebony fretboard (my personal favorite).  I, like you, expect that the 89F will be a very versatile guitar. I railed at Rich Renken to produce one of the guitars with a Floyd back when they were just being introduced. He coughed *third shelf* and I turned around and saw a Graphtech Floyd sitting there with his collection of toy cars. it took a helluva long time for it to actually find its way onto a guitar, finally, but I've been content to work with my old 500 and my Acoustic 700 in the meantime.

 

The "metal" appellation is obvious, given that it's the only one of the three guitars with five extra "high gain" models and the only one of the three guitars that substituted several more Drop tunings in the place of DADGAD, Blues G, Open A, etc. And of course it's available only in Really Seriously Black and "Blood" Red and no other colors. I half expected a skull or two.

 

I'm happy to see the "reversed" headstock from the 89 flipped back up (again, a personal preference), and I like the jumbo frets (the 59, my second choice, has medium jumbos).  All that said, the guitar isn't radically pointy and should be just as at home at a wedding as at a spandex, aquanet-hair and gunslinging fest. All in all, I'm a crappy hamper.


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