The Ultimate Recording Guitar—with Variax HD
James Tyler® Variax® is the only guitar in the world that can sound like an entire collection of vintage instruments. No more dragging multiple guitars to recording sessions. Thanks to Variax HD technology, each instrument inside the JTV-59 guitar offers exceptional sonic detail plus organic feel and response—allowing you to capture a wide range of classic tones in pristine sound quality.
JTV-59 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 alternate 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 create unique guitar tones or celebrated classics. You can also set up your guitars with Open G, DADGAD, Drop D 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-59 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 breathtaking 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 a broad collection of the world’s most revered vintage and modern guitars—taking you from classic rock sounds to blues, country, metal and more. Featuring meticulous HD models based on* historic 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 recording or performing, JTV-59 gives you an amazing breadth of guitar sounds for all styles of music.
Access Alternate Tunings—Instantly
Imagine switching instantly between Open G, DADGAD and Standard tunings without interrupting your recording session. JTV-59 provides immediate access to 11 alternate tunings, so you can stay in the creative moment instead of spending quality time with your tuner. 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.
Record Without Hum
Hum, crackle and other noises can easily ruin a perfectly good take. While all guitars—especially single-coil models—are susceptible to this problem, vintage instruments are particularly notorious. With JTV-59 you can enjoy these classic guitars without the distraction of noisy electronics. Thanks to Variax HD technology, every instrument in JTV-59 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-59 is a supreme player’s instrument. The innovative design features a mahogany body with a carved maple top, and a 22-fret mahogany set neck with a rosewood fingerboard. The two alnico humbucking pickups are wound to James Tyler's specs along the lines of classic PAFs, but with a little extra punch in the bridge position. From the body and neck to pickups and electronics, each James Tyler Variax guitar is built to exacting specifications—ensuring exceptional playability.
James Tyler has made a career of understanding what makes vintage instruments so phenomenally playable, and applied this expertise to the James Tyler Variax guitar series. Knowing that the components of a guitar have an impact on feel and durability as well as tone, Tyler chose only the best neck, pickups, bridge, nut and tuners for JTV-59. Thanks to these premium components, JTV-59 sounds and feels as good as it looks.
The Dream Rig
Individually, the JTV-59 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.