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First launched in 2003, Line 6’s original Variax was ‘the world’s first digital modelling guitar’, and the range went on to encompass nylon and steel-string acoustic instruments alongside bass and electric guitars. While much has been made of the new-for-2010 James Tyler-designed incarnation's physical improvements, the digital side of the equation is foolish to ignore; this is the best sounding Variax yet.
Powered by a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, the Tyler Variax carries 10 banks and 50 sounds (plus two additional custom banks) based on some 25 classic guitars. There’s also an Alternate Tuning control (although the Variax doesn't physically retune your strings - they stay in standard pitch and the outputted sounds are pitch-shifted); a ‘virtual capo’ feature; and an LR Baggs Radiance Hex piezo for acoustic duties. Line 6's bundled Workbench software allows you to create custom sounds and tunings.
FULL REVIEW:Line 6 James Tyler Variax JTV-69US