I’ll never forget my first encounter with a musical instrument. I was 11 years old and attending a small middle school in rural Brooklyn, CT. Like most kids, I was highly influenced by my peers. So when my small clique of friends started showing an interest in school band, of course I had to see […]
May 11, 2011 Line 6 General
Jack takes a moment to recognize that James Tyler Variax modeling guitars are in short supply. They are being built and released as quickly as possible without compromising quality or precision.
A few months ago, I got a call from England and was invited to join a band whose first gig before touring Europe was to be a charity event at the Royal Albert Hall in London. I haven’t played in an actual band in quite a few years. (Let’s put it this way, last time […]
Mar 10, 2011 Line 6 General
Jack explores each of the Tyler-designed pickups in the JTV-69 and spends some time investigating the “voodoo” that lives between the middle single-coil pickup and the bridge humbucker. (Voodoo courtesy of James Tyler).
Mar 1, 2011 Line 6 General
Jack describes his first impressions of JTV-69, showcases some of James Tyler’s design choices and discusses how playing an unplugged James Tyler Variax can tell you a lot about the guitar.
Feb 24, 2011 Line 6 General
What do you do at Line 6? I have a great job, I’m the Creative Manager. My main responsibility is making sure all of our marketing and advertising supports the Line 6 brand. Line 6 takes its brand very seriously. Whenever someone comes in contact with Line 6 through our website, product packaging, magazine ads, […]
Feb 17, 2011 Line 6 General
Greetings guitarists and fellow travelers on the plank-spankers’ journey. Welcome to the first entry of my deep dive into the James Tyler Variax digital modeling guitar. Over the next few months I invite you to join me as I run the guitar through some real-world paces taking it from studio to stage. But first, a […]
Line 6 Propellerhead Product Specialist Matt Piper discusses performing live, what he does at Line 6 and how he ended up working there, and how he uses Line 6 and Propellerhead products in his music.
Feb 4, 2011 Line 6 General
What do you do at Line 6? Product Design Manager. I manage all the non-engineering aspects of the products including getting the product manuals written, the silk art created and the packaging scheduled. How did you end up at Line 6? Some friends who worked here got me involved on some projects on a per […]
Feb 3, 2011 Line 6 General
Exciting news! James Tyler Variax guitars are now shipping and the JTV community can finally taste the first fruits of our efforts! But here’s the rub. While the response to the product has been overwhelming it has created a situation in which the demand for the guitars is greater than the supply. This leads us […]
You’ve got your instruments, you’ve got your gear, and you’ve even invested in some recording equipment. Yet you find months slipping by with little or nothing recorded. Often the hardest part is just getting started. If you find yourself in this situation, I hope you will benefit from reading a few suggestions that have helped me.
With proper microphone placement, great-sounding acoustic guitar recordings can be done at home. Here are some easy tips to get you started!
Dec 10, 2010 Line 6 General
When tone-tweaker and M13 evangelist Teddy Kumpel needs to pare down his rig and brave the New York City subways, he grabs his M9 and heads out the door. But it wasn’t always this easy… By Teddy Kumpel If you’ve read my other blog posts (here and here), you know by now what a fan […]
Dec 1, 2010 Line 6 General
Just got back from Korea overseeing production of the first batch of James Tyler Variax guitars, and they are coming out great. They are being made by our Korean partner, WORLD Musical Instruments Co. Ltd. When we set out to find the partner for our off-shore guitars, we searched the globe. I talked to people […]
Oct 23, 2010 Line 6 General
Hundreds of overheated music fans spilled out onto a Brooklyn sidewalk after (yet another) excellent BrooklynVegan CMJ event. Incredible sets from Ted Leo, Morning Teleportation, Titus Andronicus, No Joy, Jamie Lidell, Dominique Young Unique, Reggie Watts and others sent us away exhausted but exhilarated. Yesterday’s spike in Spider Valve™ praise was matched by this afternoon’s […]
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Oct 22, 2010 Line 6 General
Lots of great music, lots of great people, a scheduling mishap that threatened to undo an entire CMJ event (welcome to the rock and roll business), and we’re officially halfway through our own little CMJ music marathon. Today’s Planetary Group/Future Sounds party was a great success. (No surprise, they’ve been throwing this annual daytime bash […]
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Oct 21, 2010 Line 6 General
Anxiety, nerves, butterflies – call it what you want. But no matter how many times you’ve played, or how many stages you’ve played on, you never lose that little sense of heightened awareness that comes before a performance. It might hit you in the morning, it might hit you at showtime, but it always hits […]
Oct 20, 2010 Line 6 General
Months in preparation. Thousands of dollars in airfare, hotel rooms and rental gear. 30 short minutes to prove yourself. For many indie bands, making a pilgrimage to the CMJ Music Marathon is no small feat. But that’s what makes this event so special. New York City is a bustling place where people feel free to […]
Oct 20, 2010 Line 6 General
When we set out to find a manufacturing partner for the USA-made James Tyler Variax bodies and necks, we searched the entire country. We looked for a team that shared our sensibilities. (Sensibilities that need to mesh with James Tyler’s exacting standards.) We found a wonderful partner in Wildwood Manufacturing. Wildwood Manufacturing has been making […]