So, I ordered the Tyler Variax, one of the JTV-89 blowouts from Sweetwater. Got it, played with it for far too little time, and sent it back, in true "Jeff" fashion. I have an obvious condition whereby if I don't get instant gratification with something I get frustrated and throw in the towel. Not exactly news here.
I got returner's remorse though (is there such a thing?), particularly since these were so cheap compared to regular price. So, I did what any self-respecting moderate head case would do, and changed my mind, called my Sweetwater rep, and had them send it back.
The build quality is very PRS SE-ish, which makes sense since I think they're made in the same factory. The neck is fantastic; plays extremely well. The sounds, with some tweaking of the amp or POD, sound good, though I still don't like the 12-strings or the LP models at all. I'm hoping the new 2.0 firmware fixes those.
Is it a $1300 guitar? No. I don't think so. The novelty of the modeling is cool, and in many cases will be quite useful. But this is a $650 guitar, and the electronics are not worth another $650 on top of that, IMO. But for $700 new? Sure. For the $800-$900 they go for used, they're probably still worthwhile. The coolest part really (as Josh alluded to earlier) is really the alt tuning stuff, which is very entertaining. Being able to set up DADGAD instantly by holding down the tuning knob and playing through D-A-D-G-A-D at the 12th fret is way cool. In fact, you can get a lot done without even touching the Workbench software, which btw sucks and requires Java.
You, sir, are a legend.