Artist Spotlight: Jake (cloudchair)

Japanese guitarist Jake, known as a core member of experimental rock band Guniw Tools and alt rock band Super Soul Sonics, has been relying on Variax® modeling guitars for several years as his main tools to create the “six-string soundscapes” in his solo project, cloudchair. The tonal variety afforded by his Variax® 500 quickly grew […]

JTV and POD HD500 Multi-effect: Building the Perfect Beast

In the last blog post, I talked about using the James Tyler Variax and POD® HD500 multi-effect pedal to tackle the daunting task of recreating and taking the vast array of tones created in the studio to the stage. My personal experience in the past has been that the results are one huge compromise. Unless, […]

James Tyler Variax Video Blog No. 3: A Short Update

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.

James Tyler Variax Video Blog No. 1: Jack’s First Impressions and Instrument Overview

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.

Employee Spotlight: Andy Z., Product Design Manager

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 […]

Now Shipping!

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 […]

WORLD Musical Instruments and Production Guitar Number One

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 […]

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 […]

Recording James Tyler Variax Sound Samples

Rich gives us a first-hand, hand-held look into what it was like recording James Tyler Variax sound samples. As the session winds down, we’re treated to comments about JTV from the session’s all-star cast.

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]