I'm currently using a Variax Acoustic 700 as my main live/rehearsal guitar - I play Keys in a Rock Pop band (30% of the songs on acoustic guitar). I keep going back to the Variax due to the fact it's the ONLY acoustic guitar solution to cut through a 5 piece rock band in a small rehearsal space. I have Takamine's and Larrivee's with built in pickups and pre-amps but I find it frustrating having the whole band play ‘through’ my guitar. I have tried the L.R. Baggs Para, and Venue DI’s and still my Dreadnaughts sound like nothing but ‘boom and scrape’… so far the Variax sounds and cuts through the best.
I would like to adjust the EQ to remove what Sound on Sound Magazine called the ‘Banjo’ tone that prevails through all the Acoustic models. Does anyone have any suggestions for this?
Tonebone (Radial) PZ deluxe?
Any pedal sized EQ suggestions?
The thing is most acoustic guitar pre-amps are not made for the Variax – it creates an already ‘produced’ tone.
Strangely enough I have tried a Fishman Aura pedal with the Variax and it adds a really nice ‘microphonic’ effect when blended in at about 11 o’clock. I also have a Boss GE7 EQ in my Rig that doesn’t seem to do anything except act as a booster and provide a little bottom end.
If there are any other Variax acoustic users out there wanting to bring their tone to the next level, I’d like to hear from you.
I know this is a few years late, but I ran my 700 through my POD X3 live, fixed the problem right off the bat. Nothing better than using a preamp designed for a modeling guitar. The real big problem is what ar eyou running through. When the variax runs straight to a PA or computer no banjo, it is when it is going through powered amps. I am inbetween variax guitars right now, but once I get my replacement I will run it through another pedal and give you my feedback, but I have always run through the PA so I've only had the horrible experience of that full body sound:)