Apr 29, 2010 Line 6 Artists
Posted by Line6DP
One of those guys was Tim Pierce, a well-respected A-list session guitarist with an incredibly long and varied resume. During the conversation, Tim celebrated the innovation of the guitar and lamented what he considered to be a shortcoming.
“Here is the deal,” he began. “Guys hire me because I have the actual guitars, and that makes them happy. With the original Variax, no matter how good it sounded, a lot of people couldn’t get past the lack of pickups.”
At that point I gave Tim a JTV-69US and started taking him through the models. His eyes lit up with each turn of the model knob. We went from the banjo model, to the Dobro®, to the acoustic models, then to the semi-hollows. About when we got to the Chime model, Tim stopped, looked at me, and said, “This changes everything!”
The combination of Variax technology in a great-feeling, American-made guitar with pickups (not just any pickups – James Tyler-designed pickups) turns the story completely around.
“So let’s say I‘m tracking on the magnetic pickups with a Strat®-style sound,” Tim continued, “and the producer asks for a B.B. King kinda bluesy part. I just switch to the 335 sound and I’m tracking. Otherwise I have to burn studio time finding my 335, tuning it up, getting used to the feel, and then tracking. This keeps the producer happy, and saves us both a lot of time. Very cool.”
Thanks, Tim. Very cool, indeed.
Line 6 Luthier/Customer Advocate Rich Renken is a 23-year veteran of the musical instrument industry. He is a gigging bassist and audio engineer who has mixed live and studio sound for many high-profile artists.