iGuitar Issue 6 Featuring Steve Howe & Michael Angelo Batio.
iGuitar issue 6 featuring interviews with YES guitarist Steve Howe and
Metal Extreme shredder Michael Angelo Batio. Be sure to check out the Free guitar lessons in this Issue as amongst our regular guitar lessons Michael Angelo Batio teaches you how to play Alternate Picking on guitar. Jamie Humphries provides a style feature on Show to play guitar like Steve Howe.
Guitar reviews featured in issue 6 are:
Tanglewood T6 Acoustic guitar review.
Yamaha THR10 Amp Review
Line 6 DT50 Combo amp review
James Tyler Line 6 Variax Guitar Review
Dean Micahel Angelo Batio Armo Flame Guitar Review
Marshall YJM 100 head amp review
Washburn RX10 Guitar review
Taylor t3 Guitar Review
Hagstrom Swedie Guitar Review
PRS SE Custom 24 guitar review
EMG James Hetfiled Pickup review
Musicman Stingray guitar review
Washburn AB 5 Acoustic guitar review
Fishman Bass Powerchord FX review
Simon and Patrick Showcase 6T CW Rosewood Review
Alvarex RD12CE/Alvarex RF12GB review
Steve Howe might seem like a serious traditionalist, given his love of Gibson’s
venerable semis - but as we reveal in this issue, he’s become a convert to Line 6’s
revolutionary James Tyler Variax modelling guitars. So if an icon like Howe is convinced,
just how good is the latest Variax? Jamie Humphries samples the JTV59.
Line 6 has long been the leader in the
world of digital modelling, ever since the
introduction of the original POD around 10
years ago. Since the birth of the company, it
has pioneered direct recording units, floor
units, effects, software and amplifiers, all of
which model classic amplifiers and effects
in affordable units. Several years ago Line 6
introduced the Variax guitar, an instrument
that modelled a wide variety of instruments,
from vintage solid bodies, semis and jazz
guitars, to acoustics, Dobros, banjos, and
even a sitar. The guitar worked well, with the
signal not being picked up via MIDI, but
via a piezo bridge, eliminating the tracking
issues that had been associated with MIDI
guitars in the past. They didn’t quite set the
world on fire at the time - the guitar’s looks
being issue, as it didn’t have any pickups, and
in some cases didn’t sit or balance well.
Nothing daunted, Line 6 has since enlisted
the guitar design skills of James Tyler, to fuse
its digital modelling capabilities to a wellbuilt
premium quality guitar that also has
traditional magnetic pickups, allowing the
guitarist to use the guitar either traditionally
or, as a modelling guitar. Suddenly, it has
become a different animal altogether.
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Line 6 and Tyler have released three models
to date, a single cut Les Paul-like guitar - the
JTV 59 which we are reviewing- a Strat-ish
style, and a modern hard rock/metal guitar.
Also available are USA custom shop models.
The JTV 59, is a classic Les Paul style guitar,
made from mahogany with a set neck, a
carved maple top, and rosewood fingerboard.
The guitar features two vintage voiced Tyler
alnico humbucking pickups, and a Tyler hard
tail, with LR Baggs piezo system. Add to this
medium jumbo frets and a Graph Tech self
lubricating nut, and already you have a high
quality instrument. Add to this 25 models of
classic vintage electric and acoustic guitars,
plus the ability to use 11 different tunings,
and you begin to see that the Variax is a force
to be reckoned with. Surely this is a session/
gigging guitarists dream? You can see the list
of models offered in our Tech Spec box.
I already own a Variax and have been a fan
of them for a number of years. I use mine
extensively in the studio and on sessions,
if I want a specific guitar, or unusual
acoustic instrument, so I was keen to see the
improvements, namely the addition of the
altered tunings onboard (previously these