DELTA, B.C., September 10, 2010 – Graph Tech Guitar Labs, the world’s largest guitar nut and saddle manufacturer is pleased to announce that Line 6 equips every James Tyler Variax guitar they make with Black TUSQ XL nuts.
James Tyler Variax® guitars gives you an endless variety of sounds from classic acoustic and electric tones all the way to sitar and banjo, all in one instrument.
“To understand why these nuts are so amazing, you need to understand the motivation behind Graph Tech president Dave Dunwoodie’s innovation.
Two decades ago, as Dave explains on Graph Tech’s website, he was rocking a solo when he hit the tremolo bar on his first Strat® and was immediately introduced to the problem of string binding on traditional guitar nuts. His guitar slipped way out of tune and he realized he couldn’t use the guitar for stage work at all. Spurred on by the popularity of non-locking tremolo guitars and the need for pencil lead in nut slots, he engineered the world’s first permanently lubricated nut, which is 500% more slippery than graphite. says Rich Renken, Luthier, Line 6.
This is why James Tyler and other luthiers use Graph Tech nuts, and why James chose them for every James Tyler Variax guitar,”
Black TUSQ XL is designed to boost guitar tone and performance. This precision engineered nut is made with a specially formulated material which couples the strings’ vibrations to the neck and brings out the hidden harmonics and richness in every note. It is based on the highly resonant TUSQ man made ivory, but is impregnated with Teflon to improve the tuning performance of the guitar.
“Anyone can see why the Graph Tech nut is essential to keeping the JTV-69 in tune. As you work the tremolo arm, the nut keeps the strings from gripping and sticking. But, even without a tremolo, it is still super important that the strings don’t bind up in the nut. As you hit the strings on a fixed-bridge guitar, they flex and retract and move back and forth in the nut. If they bind even just a bit you will end up horribly out of tune.
So it was an easy decision to use them on EVERY guitar we make,” says Renken.
“Rich and other expert Luthiers like him take the time and effort to test each part, modifying and finely altering an instrument to perfection, so I was not surprise to hear that they received Guitarist Choice by Guitarist magazine for the James Tyler Variax,” says Dave Dunwoodie, President, Graph Tech
About the James Tyler Variax Guitars
To learn more about Line 6 and James Tyler coming together check out their blog at www.tylervariax.com
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