Free Next-Gen Acoustics for James Tyler Variax and New Amps for POD HD

Line 6, the industry leader in digital audio technology for musicians and audio professionals, announces free firmware updates for James Tyler® Variax® guitars and POD® HD500, POD HD, and POD HD Pro multi-effect processors that give users incredible new features and enhanced integration.

Downloadable for free from, JTV firmware v1.8 for the James Tyler Variax series features spectacular next-generation updates to the guitar’s five acoustic models and enhanced functionality when the guitar is connected to a POD HD500 or POD HD Pro multi-effect processor.

Benefitting from new breakthrough acoustic guitar modeling technology developed by Line 6, the updated models offer breathtaking depth and detail.  Capturing the subtle nuances of string vibration through the soundboard and the tone woods of the guitar body, the models provide an unparalleled acoustic guitar playing experience.  The updated models are based on* the Martin® D28, Martin® D12-28, Martin® 0-18, Guild® 12 String, and Gibson® J200 acoustic guitars.

Also downloadable for free from, new POD HD v2.0 firmware update dramatically expands the POD® HD500, POD HD, and POD HD Pro sonic palette. New features include two brand-new HD amp models based on* the legendary Marshall® “Plexi” 1959 Super Lead 100-watt head, the world’s first HD bass amp model based on* the immortal Ampeg® B-15NF Portaflex® (with eight incredible mic options), and a new, vintage-voiced tube mic preamp that can be used to warm up any guitar, bass, or vocal track.

In addition, the free updates contain a host of new features that flourish when a JTV guitar and a POD HD500 or POD HD Pro are connected directly to a Line 6 DT-series boutique tube amplifier, forming the Line 6 Dream Rig.  The result is complete, full-scale, analog and digital reconfiguration and control over guitar models, effects, HD amplifier models, analog tube topology, and more with the press of a single footswitch.

New enhancements to the Dream Rig include the ability to use POD HD500 or POD HD Pro presets to engage/disengage the JTV guitar’s onboard Variax modeling, allowing footswitch control over magnetic pickups, guitar models and the combination of the two.   Additionally, the guitar’s volume and tone knobs can now control the POD amp model and effect parameters, opening up new avenues for performance expression.  Alternate tunings can be saved together with POD HD500 or POD HD Pro presets allowing up to 512 unique custom guitar tunings with instant footswitch control.

Featuring the finely crafted James Tylor Variax guitar, revolutionary POD HD multi-effects unit, and cutting-edge tube amplifier, the Line 6 dream rig delivers unparalleled versatility and authenticity.

The new firmware updates for POD HD500, POD HD, and POD HD Pro are available now at POD HD v2.0 firmware updates for POD HD300 and POD HD400 are coming soon.


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