I recently was lucky enough to get my JTV69 from Line 6. They have had some production issues since announcing the release of these guitars a year ago. I placed my order early December 2010 and just got it 2 weeks ago. I haven't stopped playing it since. It was the final piece to my perfect setup, JTV69 into POD HD500 into Bose L1.
As far as I can tell I think I am the only one in Canada to have one of these bad boys so far, I watch the Line 6 forums and none of the other Canadians have gotten theirs yet. So I do feel extremely lucky to have mine. It is extremely versatile offering all the usual models of electric guitars and acoustic guitars as well as banjo, dobro and sitar. It also offers alternate tunings which I am finding a real blast to play with.
The one thing I really wanted to get to in this thread is the acoustic sound, I have had the chance to play this guitar and the acoustic models through acoustic amps at the store but trough the L1 it is just beautiful. The best of the bunch is the Martin D28 model, nice and rich but not too boomy. I had some presets in my T1 for acoustic guitar before I got the JTV and was getting OK sounds then I realized there was a D28 preset in the T1. That improved the sound tons but I actually found that the Martin DC16 preset is the best to use with the D28 model, not sure why but I'll go with my ears.
The models on here sound better to me than an actual acoustic with a pick up, it may be because what is coming out of the JTV is a model of a studio mic'd acoustic guitar rather than an acoustic with a piezo.
Bottom line is I am very happy with all the sounds I am getting now, and it is very consistent and handy. Besides the POD HD500 the only other guitar effect I have is a Banshee Talkbox, which when engaged goes through my vocal mic and through the PA. Now that my PA is the L1 which handles my vocals and all my guitars, even when I engage the talk box, it still comes from the same sound source. I am also able to spit the HD500 so that my acoustic sounds go into a different channel than my electric sounds on the T1. It's the best of all worlds, I highly recommend this setup to singing guitar players.
Glad to hear a good review..can't wait to get one...waiting for all the 'bugs' to be worked out of them..I'am reading possible in october they will be ready...I'am a long time user of the variax acoustic 700..any reason you picked the JTV69 model ? Congrats and have lots of fun...Harry
I used to own a 700. It appears they've quit making them now and have gone to a couple of more basic style models.
Dancingdogmouse, sorry I didn't reply sooner regarding my choice of the JTV69. For one I wanted the 5 position blade switch for accessing models. I also thought the position of the alt tuning knob looked more convenient. Most importantly, this is the first guitar I have purchased that I couldn't play first. The feel of the neck is important to me as it probably is all players, so I wanted options. A) it's a bolt on neck that can be changed. B) the neck isn't painted so it can be sanded down if necessary and C) the literature indicated that it was acsatin finish on the neck which I like. Because of "C"..."B" became a non -issue.. No need to sand it feels fine in that regard. I did however order a new neck forbid from Warmoth, African Padouk neck and fretboard completely unfinished. Why? Because the neck is a little thick on the profile and narrow on the width for my liking. It's more like a vintage strat neck, I like a modern strat neck.
It's pretty clear to me by now that this will be my main guitar so I might as well love the neck.
Just ordered my JTV69 Lake Placid Blue from Sweetwater. Not a single JTV in San Antonio to test before purchase, so I based my purchase on the reviews online. I have the L1 Model 1 with one bass unit, and no T1. I use a Mackie mixer to mix a bass and a guitar into channel 1, and mix 2 vocals into channel 2.
I'm very interested in listening to how the JTV69 sounds going first into the Mackie into the Bose. I'll use the D28 preset and see what we hear when we listen.
Thanks for this thread.
Litesirens, glad you're liking your JTV! Now, since you have the HD500, which can have 2 signal chains... can you run it into 2 different channels on your T1? One with the Pod preset for electric sounds and the other for acoustic?
Man, I REALLY wanna try one of those bad boys!
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We have a gig this Friday and I am planning to run my new JTV-69 through the Bose L1. We have a Mackie mixer that we run everything through first. I have gone through our songs and selected the guitar and pickup types I want for each song. Tele, Les Paul Special, Jazzbox, acoustics, etc. I am excited to giving this a try.
I'll let you know how it goes and how the sounds work out.
Wow, am I ever delinquent in this thread. I'm so sorry.
Chris, yes I had my HD500 set up so that I could run to separate outs into my T1, one for electric and one for acoustic.
Since then they came out with some good acoustic patches for the HD so I have just simplified since I can get a good acoustic sound out of the HD. Since I can use the patches on the HD500 to select guitar models, every time I hit the acoustic patch it automatically chooses the acoustic model on the JTV69.
I am anxiously awaiting the next JTV and HD updates which should be out within a month. A few new models for the HD500 including a vintage mic pre which should be really sweet on the acoustic models. It will also allow you to store alternate tunings with the patch.
The JTV update will include more detailed updates to the acoustic models and the ability to use the volume or tone control on the guitar to control parameters on the HD500 like drive or delay time or whatever you want and you can assign as many parameters as you want to each controller.
It's going to be a crazy powerful setup. I'm checking every day to see if the updates are out yet.
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