The attention-grabbing details and designs of James Tyler Variax® guitars may be dominating the conversation but, just like any good story, it pays to dig a little deeper.

Each James Tyler Variax sports some big advances in Line 6 Variax technology. Many of these advances will pop up as separate blog posts but, for now, wet your whistle with what’s to come:

1. The Lithium-ion battery delivers 12 hours of continuous play time.

2. Improved piezos and bridge offer pure polyphonic tone transference while addressing various requests from users of first-gen Variax.

3. The new Dual Core processor allowed our crack engineering team to improve on key areas of our modeling technology. This provides richer and more authentic-sounding models than ever before.

4. We added an Alt Tune knob that instantly provides up to 10 different tunings including Drop D, DADGAD, Open G, and Baritone.

5. Virtual Capo can get you to any tuning that you can think up – instantly and on the fly. You can save your new creations in any of the 10 spots on the Alt Tune knob.

6. Variax Workbench is now included with each and every guitar. All it takes is your imagination and one USB slot to bring new guitar sounds to life.

7. Blending mags and models. Got a POD® X3? Use its powerful dual tone modeling and routing options to process the magnetic pickups and a guitar model through two different amp and effects chains simultaneously.

8. Backlighting on the Model and Alt Tune knobs gives easy identification on dark stages. (Pressing the Model knob switches between models and magnetic pickups.)


  1. BlueBiza Says:

    Hi there !!!

    The guitar is a GREAT instrument.
    And the Virtual Capo is a very interesting feature.

    You should go one (very little) step further, and add a vary-pitch knob to adjust within a semitone (0 is no vary-pitch, and you go up inside a semitone, for instance).
    That would help a lot to fine tune without re-tuning the guitar manually whenever you got to play in conditions where the A 440 isn’t exactly the reference (or just to practice on your favourite CDs for instance).

    Philippe – BlueBiza
    Blues and Jazz concerts and festivals on the Spanish island of Ibiza.

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