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#21 silverhead

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 03:42 PM

I'd give my Korean JTV-59 a 4.9 out of 5. I found the original jumbo frets too large - I swapped them out for normal size frets, and also installed an Earvana nut. Now it's a 6 out of 5, and I haven't played my most excellent and beautiful Warmoth custom Variax 300 in months.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:40 PM

JTV 59 1 - was a 3.8 out of 5 because I am not crazy about the neck, after being transplanted into a warmoth explorer, built to me specs 5 out of 5.

 

JTV 59 2 - was 3.6 because don't dig neck and wasn't loving black color. After being transplanted into a warmoth tele that used to house a variax 500 is now 5 out of 5.

 

JTV 59 3 - was 3.5 out of 5 because I didn't dig the neck and the TSB didn't look as nice as the CSB or black IMHO. After xplanting into warmoth LP 6 out of 5 and currently my new fave guitar. The tele xplant was my baby for about 5 year and still love it but right now the LP is my number 1. Maybe the new factor.

 

JTV 69 - was 2.5 out of 5 because I hated the neck, e string slipped off and was not head over heels with LPB color. Refinished in purple mist and put warmoth neck on it plus prails and a lipstick tube and now it is a 4.5 out of 5. Would be higher but I miss not getting neck and bridge rails or p90s setting on mags instead of just middle pick up alone.

 

JTV 69 2 - still stock and give it 2.6 out of 5 because I hate the neck and am not head over heels about the 3 tone burst. On one hand I dig having a more normal looking guitar but part of me prefers having a more unique guitar and not one that thousand of other guitar players also have.  Honestly was played ever so briefly and been hanging on the wall while I finalize the xplant ones for that one. . . . .

 

Morale of my story, if I want a "perfect" guitar, custom is the way to go. .  . . .


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 08:15 PM

Korean JTV-59 bought used from Guitar Center, started off at 1.5 / 5. After a change of strings and basic set-up I give it 5/5. I love this guitar and plan to sell two ESP guitars to pay for this JTV and a second one.

Nothing like being invited onstage, find out the band is tuned down a whole step, turning a knob, and saying lets get it on. No one knew the difference. Truly awesome!
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#24 McLenison

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 08:33 PM

3.5 - The 12 string clash on the "D" string when physically tuned down a whole step is major.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:15 PM

Refinished in purple mist and put warmoth neck on it plus prails and a lipstick tube and now it is a 4.5 out of 5. Would be higher but I miss not getting neck and bridge rails or p90s setting on mags instead of just middle pick up alone.

 

Could you post a pic of this one?


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:19 PM

3.5 - The 12 string clash on the "D" string when physically tuned down a whole step is major.

 

Yeah, it sucks alright... did you try the step by step reflash procedure shown here (maybe first revert to 1.8 firmware then try this with 2.0) ?: http://line6.com/sup...tv-20-try-this/

 

I am going to try a downgrade/reflash tomorrow and see if it cures the pitch clash.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:28 PM

Yeah, it sucks alright... did you try the step by step reflash procedure shown here (maybe first revert to 1.8 firmware then try this with 2.0) ?: http://line6.com/sup...tv-20-try-this/

 

I am going to try a downgrade/reflash tomorrow and see if it cures the pitch clash.

 

I purchased at the 1.9 firmware and a week later it was HD.  Let me know what you find.


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:51 AM

I'd give my JTV59 a 4/5, I'd give it 5 but the 12 string electrics still aren't quite there.  Finish, and playability are great.

 

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:35 AM

First post, JUST got my JTV-69 (Korean) great build. Just updated to ver 2.00 HD, not played yet, too early morning here :D. Love the feel and finish. Actually one of my few guitars I feel comfortable playing bar chords on. WB is not able to retrieve some of my patches. Guitar I give a 5/5. Oh and I have the POD HD500X and a DT50 212 also, LOVE EM!.

 

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:27 AM

I have around 35 guitars but since I purchased my MIK 59, I have not taken any other guitars to my gigs.  The JTV is a do-it-all guitar for me.  With the new update, I am even happier with it; so much improvement to the sound, especially the super 400. That's a 5/5.  I hope there will be choices of strings type (round wound, flat wound) and a nice nylon model in future updates.


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#31 billlorentzen

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:29 AM

Do you find that you use the mag pickups more often than the modeled ones?
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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:34 AM

i thought i was the only one loving the upgraded 400.... man that thing is so sweet....

certainly still a bit of a niche... (ain't gonna be doing many rock tunes on it)

but out standing.

 

I have around 35 guitars but since I purchased my MIK 59, I have not taken any other guitars to my gigs.  The JTV is a do-it-all guitar for me.  With the new update, I am even happier with it; so much improvement to the sound, especially the super 400. That's a 5/5.  I hope there will be choices of strings type (round wound, flat wound) and a nice nylon model in future updates.


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#33 phil_m

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 06:17 AM

Do you find that you use the mag pickups more often than the modeled ones?

 

I definitely use the models more than the magnetic pickups. There are few thing I like the mags for, but the models sound so good to me, there's no reason to go to the mags. The nice thing is that having the magnetic pickups adds a bit of insurance policy if you're playing live while using the battery power. You know that even if for some reason you're battery dies, you won't have a dead guitar. I personally also like having the mags for the simple reason that they make the Variax look like a "real" guitar. I always kind of disliked the look of the original Variaxes because of that. I know that's kind of a vanity thing, but I guess we're all vain in one way or another.


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#34 Geech

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 06:41 AM

Do you find that you use the mag pickups more often than the modeled ones?

 

I personally hardly ever use the mags. I'm so used to switching up tunings and models that I almost forget they are there. They do sound really good though. 


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 06:58 AM

5/5
I use the magnetics for an ebow. You cannot get the interaction with the PU on the models.


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#36 karmicfreak

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 01:45 PM

I've owned a small collection of electrics: An '89 Strat Deluxe Plus, an Ibanez Artcore AS73, a couple of old Japanese imports (Teisco, etc.), and three Variaxes: 300, 600, and JTV-69.  I sold my Strat to finance purchase of an HD500 and the first Variax.  I loved the tones, but wasn't crazy about the 300's feel, fit, and finish.  I sold it for the 600 - I loved the 600's maple neck, and the instrument's quality was much better.  I still pined for my old Strat, however.  After getting my 69, I no longer look back.  I've got the amazing sounds (and 2.0 steps it up in most all cases, IMO), a beautifully constructed instrument, and yes, I even really like the neck.  I bought mine second hand, for about half price, and it was only 3 months old.  I felt a small rough patch on the neck (fine grit sand paper took that out with zero effort), the neck was a little too straight, and the frets were a bit sharp on my hand.  As with EVERY guitar, I suggest finding a luthier you like who can do set up and maintenance.  Now it plays like a dream, and most importantly, it INSPIRES me to play more and better.  

 

In short, best guitar I ever owned, 5/5. 


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#37 sdunmire

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:34 PM

I, too, had my JTV-59 plek'd.  Unbelievable.  It's since settled out a bit so I need to have the action raised ever so slightly, but the neck and frets are perfect.  Highly recommend it.


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#38 Sonny1096

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:16 PM

I've had two jtv-69's. First one was 1/5... arrived broken and sent back. Second one arrived in good shape, and after spending some quality time setting it up, has been 5/5 for me. You can lower the strings if you like the action to be lower. They do come set up a bit high from the factory.
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Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:32 PM

Am getting a "dent & scratch" JTV-69 next week.  Anything a newbie should know to get the most out of my new instrument?


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 01:33 PM

Before the update 3.5, after 4.9. The guitar was boght two weeks ago, out the box, not bad, a few quality control problems with the scratch plate ( a bubble here and there). Fret buzz present at the A and E strings  when fretted up to 5th fret. I raised the action which took care of that. I like the set up and feel of the JTV 69, but, the models were not quite right until the update. Intonation spot on and the mag PU's sound very good to me. A big worry for me the E slip off problem, no such problems for me, the neck and frets are fine as is the nut.

 

I have never owned anything like this before, I have always played organic guitars ( lot's of them) through various vintage and modern valve amps and I have to say, in conjunction with the Pod Hd this set up is very close to the real deal. I have not used the guitar on stage as It was bought for home studio work only, but, I may, but probably not, and that's because at the moment I have packed up playing live.

 

Impressed? Yes.


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