Mahogany body, 25-1/2" scale length. Tyler-designed high-output alnico humbucking pickups, fully adjustable Tyler Custom wraparound bridge.
The Ultimate Recording Guitar
James Tyler® Variax® is the only guitar in the world that can sound like an entire collection of modern, vintage and exotic instruments. No more dragging multiple guitars to recording sessions. Thanks to Variax HD technology, each instrument inside the JTV-89 guitar offers exceptional sonic detail plus organic feel and response—allowing you to capture a wide range of tones in pristine sound quality.
JTV-89 also eliminates many common recording challenges: Stay in the creative flow instead of finding, tuning and acclimating to the feel of a new instrument. Track acoustic guitars with ease. Switch between drop tunings on the fly. Banish pickup noise from your recordings forever. Find inspiration in the collection of eclectic instruments. It's the guitar you've always wanted in the studio.
Create Custom Instruments with Variax Workbench HD
Variax Workbench™ HD is your own personal guitar custom shop—with a twist. The software takes you far beyond what’s possible in the physical realm so you can build virtually any guitar imaginable. Using the powerful and easy-to-use interface, you can mix and match a wide variety of instrument body and pickup models to define your own sound. You can also set up your guitars with Drop D, Drop C, Baritone or any other custom tuning.
Record with Amazing HD Acoustics and Eclectics
With instant access to the world’s greatest acoustic and exotic instruments, JTV-89 ensures you’ll always get a great acoustic guitar sound in the studio. Each HD model delivers the tone of a professionally miked instrument in incredible depth and detail, capturing the subtle nuances of string vibration through the soundboard and the tonewoods of the original guitar body. It’s never been easier to record pristine acoustic takes—without setting up mics, preamps and EQ, or worrying about a barking dog or nearby lawnmower.
HD Electric Guitars
When it comes to electrics, we’ve included 18 incredible instruments so you can explore everything from aggressive metal tones to classic rock, blues and more. Featuring meticulous models based on* Strat®, Les Paul® and Rickenbacker® guitars, among others, your James Tyler Variax provides instant access to the guitar tones favored by the world’s most famous players. Whether you’re performing or recording guitar, Variax gives you a huge range of sounds for all styles of music.
Access an Arsenal of Drop Tunings—Instantly
Imagine going from Standard tuning to Drop Bb in an instant—without interrupting your recording session or sacrificing an ounce of playability. JTV-89 lets you go lower than guitars have gone before, without worrying about pitchiness or slack strings. You can mix and match any tuning with any instrument—and also create your own tunings on the fly with Virtual Capo. It’s easy to save your custom tunings, either to the open Model slot on the Alt Tune knob, or to one of the other alternate tuning slots.
Clean Tones Without Hum
When you switch to a clean tone, hum, crackle and other noises can easily ruin a perfectly good take. With JTV-89 you can enjoy a variety of classic guitars without the distraction of noisy electronics. Thanks to Variax HD technology, every instrument in JTV-89 is free of hum—so you can enjoy great-sounding, consistent tone when the record light is on. When you switch to a clean tone, hum, crackle and other noises can easily ruin a perfectly good take. With JTV-89 you can enjoy a variety of classic guitars without the distraction of noisy electronics. Thanks to Variax HD technology, every instrument in JTV-89 is free of hum—so you can enjoy great-sounding, consistent tone when the record light is on.
Designed by master luthier James Tyler, JTV-89 is a supreme player’s instrument. The mahogany body complements a 24-fret three-piece maple neck with reversed 6-in-line headstock, super-slick Tyler Fast n' Flat profile, and a rosewood fingerboard with 25-1/2" scale length. A pair of custom alnico humbucking pickups—wound to James Tyler's specs for high output, sizzle and sustain—translates this powerhouse to the amp of your choice. It all adds up to punishing lows, searing highs and aggressive midrange.
The Dream Rig
Individually, the JTV-89 guitar, DT25™ or DT50™ amplifier and POD® HD500 multi-effect processor are powerful sonic tools. Collectively, they form the ultimate integrated Dream Rig—and provide limitless sonic possibilities. With the press of a single footswitch, you can change sounds, routing, instruments, effects and tuning—instantly transforming your setup into virtually any rig.
Body: Mahogany body
Neck: Three-piece maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and dot inlays (Tyler Fast n’ Flat neck shape)
Scale Length: 25-1/2”
Frets: 24 jumbo frets
Nut: 1-11/16" Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL self-lubricating nut
Tuners: Sealed tuners (16:1 turn ratio)
Hardware: Black and black nickel hardware
Bridge: Fully adjustable Tyler Custom wraparound bridge
Pickups: Two high-output alnico humbucking pickups wound to Tyler's specs; L. R. Baggs Radiance Hex piezo pickup system
Knobs: Master Volume and Tone knobs
Pickup Selector: 5-way selector switch
Variax Control: Model and Alt Tune knobs for easily accessing instrument sounds and alternate drop tunings
Outputs: 1/4” out; VDI (Variax® Digital Interface) for integration with Line 6 POD HD500 and POD HD Pro, and limited compatibility with POD® xt, POD® X3, Vetta™ II amplifier and other legacy Line 6 products
Battery: Lithium-ion battery (12 hours of play time) and international wall charger (also functions as standard electric guitar without batteries)
Software: Workbench™ HD software and USB interface
Case: Includes high-quality padded gig bag
Available Accessories: Additional battery, charger and cable kit available separately
Finish: Blood Red