Why Do You Make Music?

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.” – Abraham Maslow In my last blog I talked about animals and their songs. Usually animals sing for a very specific reason, some of them are to attract a mate, to warn […]

James Tyler Variax Receives “Guitarist Choice” Award!

James Tyler Variax receives “Guitarist Choice” award from Guitarist magazine (and the guitar isn’t even out yet). Read the entire review here!

Animal Magnetism: How Animal Songs Influence Our Music

Well it’s no secret around the office. I love animals. From tapirs to sharks to fennec foxes! Many don’t always think about the music that animals are knowingly or unknowingly providing. And some music we take for granted as the animals sing their songs everyday in our backyards. I listen to “Dolphins & Whales” Relax […]

Don’t Be A Heel! Get Maximum Upper-Fret Access with James Tyler Variax Guitars

Access to the upper frets has always been super-important to James Tyler, and it’s a big part of his James Tyler Variax designs. Check out the following pictures – each one is worth 1,000 words. JTV-59 JTV-59 is a set-neck guitar but James Tyler designed the neck joint in such a way as to have […]

What is the soundtrack to your life?

Last week we discussed soundtracks and their importance inside and outside of film. A soundtrack can compliment a movie scene and, when it’s no longer connected to the film, create another life playing in your car or on your MP3 player. That soundtrack now has the opportunity to become your soundtrack. Maybe it’s playing while […]

James Tyler Variax Guitars and Hipshot Tuners

A very important part of staying in tune on any guitar is great tuners. We made sure that we over-delivered on tuners for both the Korean and USA-made James Tyler Variax guitars. JTV-59US, 69US AND 89US GUITARS All USA-made James Tyler Variax guitars will feature Hipshot tuners. These are the same tuners that James Tyler […]

Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr Performing the Inception Movie Score

By Line6Angela On July 13th, Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr did a live performance of some of the score from the Inception soundtrack. Johnny Marr used the M9 Stompbox Modeler in the recording of the soundtrack and during the performance. Honestly, I hadn’t paid much attention to the news on Inception until I had got […]

Stay Tuned: Chapter 2

A few blogs ago, I told you about the new tremolo bridge design for the JTV-69 and how it, in conjunction with the locking tuners, keeps you in tune. Well, there is one more piece to that puzzle: the Graph Tech Black Tusq XL nut. To understand why these nuts are so amazing, you need […]

Dual-Core Processor Delivers 4-Times the Punch!

Like with any new technology, chips get faster and smaller and allow us to do so much more. In regards to what they can do in the James Tyler Variax modeling guitar, our crack engineering and sound design teams really stepped up to knock this thing out of the park! Let’s get the info straight […]

James Tyler Variax is on the Case!

When it comes to transporting your James Tyler Variax modeling guitar safely and stylishly, we go above and beyond. Overseas-made guitars don’t usually come with cases – you have to kick in extra money for something to put it in. This isn’t the case with our imported JTV guitars. Each one comes standard with a […]

Self-titled: A Quick Look at Rock and Roll Self-referentialism

As musicians, our enthusiasm for our music can be absolute. We lie awake at night pondering everything from band names to CD art to our guitar rigs. We are forced to re-read pages of books and magazines because a single word or phrase can launch our imaginations into endless loops of music-induced orbit. Not easily […]

Variax Workbench Software

We decided to hang on to the Virtual Capo video for the moment, to spread the news that every James Tyler Variax® digital modeling guitar will be shipping with Variax® Workbench™ software! Variax Workbench is your virtual custom shop. Choose from famous guitar bodies, pickups, pickup placement, tone and volume controls, and tweak away until […]

The Alt Tune Knob

Imagine going from a Stones tuning to a Zep tuning with the twist of a knob. Imagine having more foxy in your Foxy Lady because you are tuned to Eb without touching a tuner. Imagine playing slide guitar without lugging an extra axe. Imagine being ready to play in D because your singer is having […]

Piezo Pickups: The Heart of the Matter

A few blogs back I talked about all the things that James Tyler brought to our new custom bridges. In parallel, Lloyd Baggs and company (of L. R. Baggs) spent an incredible amount of time and effort perfecting the piezos. First-gen Variax® players helped us identify some of the features they wanted to see in […]

When Was Your First Tone Epiphany?

Music is a passion for Line6Angela, and the fact that she’s not a guitarist gives her an interesting perspective on guitar tone. A job at Line 6, a few concerts at a legendary Los Angeles music venue, and a sonic epiphany are all it took for Line6Angela to develop a real appreciation for tone. By […]

Lithium-ion Batteries: The Power Behind the Pleasure

When we set out to bring the new James Tyler Variax® guitar to life, we knew we needed to bring its power management into a new era. To accomplish this we chose a lithium-ion battery similar to that of a camcorder – the kind we are all familiar with. This battery delivers at least 12 […]

BIG ADVANCES IN VARIAX TECHNOLOGY

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, […]

STAY TUNED

One of the integral parts of any guitar is the bridge, where seemingly small changes can mean huge differences in tone and tuning stability. Let’s take an insider’s look at how James Tyler and Line 6 are going to bring you ultimate performance and tone with the new bridges. Years ago, Jim would modify standard […]

James Tyler: the Man, the Myth, and the Mind Behind the Mongoose

An old James Tyler motto: “Either you know or you don’t.” It was something told to guys who would walk up to the NAMM booth and ask, “Why would I pay that much for a Tyler?” That works very well for Jim’s boutique business. But I am here to pull back the curtain and give […]

Guitar Redefined: Announcing the James Tyler Variax

James Tyler Variax is the first truly advanced guitar of the 21st century, and its story is as deep and colorful as a flame-top finish. Welcome to the opening post of TylerVariax.com, your portal to all things JTV. Over the coming months you’ll be privy to production information that most guitar companies would rather keep […]

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