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JTV comparison videos
by andiw on 2013-04-16 01:50:31.4640

Hi there,

I made two videos to demo my JTV-69 in comparison to a Variax 500, the JTV mags and some of my other 'real' guitars.

The difference between the electric models on the JTV and the 500 isn't so big. But the new acoustic models sound way better. And somehow all the electric models sound slightly darker than real pickups.

What do you think?

Re: JTV comparison videos
by dchernov551 on 2013-04-16 04:50:16.4530

Dear Andi,

Thank you so much for your time and effort in making of these amazing comparison videos! The very first thought that came to my head is that you are able to make any guitar shine and sing with beauty! When an excellent guitar player picks up an instrument, then he or she is able to pick out all the best from what it offers. I kept listening to the examples with a smile and couldn't help, but picked up my JTV89F to try out few things!

I was pleasantly surprised with the sounds of Variax 500 and the clean sounds there are somewhat brighter and closer to the magnetic pickups than the native sounds of JTV-69 modeling. I agree that at times it does seem that the electric models sound a little bit darker compared to the magnetic pickups, but I must say that when I was watching the second video where you compared JTV modeling with the real iconic guitars, I actually liked JTV modeling better than the real thing. There was a lot of clarity and the sounds were close to perfectness.

Now the electric models with a bit of overdrive comparison between JTV and Variax 500. In my opinion, there is a lot of difference and JTV-69 modeling sounds more alive and responsive. There is that improvement which is hard to describe in words, but it is probably the processing power or the way how the sound is processed. And the acoustics on Variax 500 is what was a pleasant surprise to me. Acoustics on JTV sound awesome, but the sound on Variax 500 is different and it is what I often try to achieve. If I try to put it in simple terms, it is as if JTV acoustics are more distant and Variax 500 acoustics sound closer, like the different miking. I think that both examples are great! It is the first time that I've heard acoustics of the first generation Variax and I must say that I am impressed! And the priceless comparison of JTV with the real iconic guitars was a great proof to me of how much successful and talented the people at Line 6 are!

Thank you so much again for sharing these awesome videos and for the truly terrific experience! Once again, I should note that you made a great job not only in comparison of guitars, but also in guitar playing. If I could choose a guitar instructor, it would be you!   Take a good care!

-- Denis

Re: JTV comparison videos
by andiw on 2013-04-16 05:08:52.3570

Thanks Denis for your friendly reply! You're welcome!

Re: JTV comparison videos
by andiw on 2013-04-21 00:44:30.3050

Any more opinions on this? How do you deal with the 'dullness' if ever?

Re: JTV comparison videos
by dchernov551 on 2013-04-21 06:28:15.6810

Hello, Andi!

How do I deal with the "dullness"? When I am sure that it is not my playing and something really sounds dull and not clear enough in the mix, then I am using my Dunlop M108 MXR 10-BAND GRAPHIC EQ pedal. It does wonders, especially with the difficult mixes and when you need to have just a bit of difference in tone. Here it is:

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-- Denis

Re: JTV comparison videos
by phil_m on 2013-04-21 15:36:21.2040

One thing about the Variax modeling is that because it's relying on the piezo pickups, you start to notice when strings are older more quickly on the Variax than with a standard electric. Other than that, I haven't really noticed that the modeled guitars sound darker in general to me. I do see what you mean in your video, though. On one model, the telecaster, there is one difference on the Variax than in real life. The Tele modeled on the Variax is a 72 custom with humbucker in the neck. On the next position, that is single coil with the tone knob all the way down. So there's no true single coil neck sound on the Variax, at least not in the stock settings.

Re: JTV comparison videos
by stos2 on 2013-04-21 19:59:02.9990

Thx for the detailed comparison.  One question I have is what other equip are you using in the video?  (effects, amp etc)

Thx again

Re: JTV comparison videos
by clay-man on 2013-04-22 02:01:37.1890

uh it says 1960 custom with a filter pot. other tele neck is a 1968 thinline.

Without the pot, the 1960 does sound a bit darker in tone, so you may be right about it being a humbucker, but I'm sure the tele neck switches between bodies.

Re: JTV comparison videos
by phil_m on 2013-04-22 06:15:10.9720

That's right, I was getting confused as to the exact model. But in any case, there's not really a standard Tele model on the Variax with a regular single coil in the neck.

The other Tele neck is essentially a single coil with the tone control all the way down.

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