Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2010 7:20 AM (in response to es336td)Re: Crackle/power drop out on Variax stereo cable
Hi & thanks for replying.
Just to clarify: I'm not trying to use both outputs at the same time, I have just listed the different set-ups in which I have used the guitar in an effort to elminiate or isolate the problem.
1. The guitar works fine when connected to (i.e. powered by) an XT Live via Ethernet.
2. It crackles when using a TRS cable to a Variax power/splitter box.
3. I have tried different stereo leads - still crackles - therefore not the lead
Therefore, likely faults:
1. The stereo connection into the guitar
2. The Variax power/splitter box
Sadly I don't have a spare Variax to test the power/splitter box, though I might have to buy a new one (if available?), so I'm seeking anyone else's similar experience or opinion.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2010 4:27 AM (in response to iainpwboyd)Re: Crackle/power drop out on Variax stereo cable
Okay. Just to advance the discussion a bit.
I have noticed one other strange feature: the crackle/drop-out goes away after the Variax has been 'on' for 5 or 10 minutes. It's like someting has 'warmed up' in an old fashioned TV set kind of way. So I'm gong to hold off buying a new power supply and splitter box as it may well be something at the guitar end of the chain and see how things progress.
Just adding to the pool of 'strange behaviour observed in Variax guitars' and still keen to hear of similar experiences and solutions.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 4, 2010 2:03 PM (in response to iainpwboyd)Re: Crackle/power drop out on Variax stereo cable
I'm browsing looking for exactly this problem. I've had a 600 for about a year and gigged with it for the first time last night. I set it up to switch the xlr and jack outputs into different inputs on my amp for acoustic and electric numbers. All lights were green but soon after I switched on a really loud crackling started. Definitely the output from the guitar (pull out the lead crackling stopped). Ended up working on battery power. End of evening set it up again no crackling (I hadn't time to disconnect the power box so it had been powered all evening)
Love the guitar but will be moving back to less troublesome guitars live (and back to physically switching between acoustic and electrics) unless someone can provide some help. I've had some other strange behaviour between the guitar and some amps producing hisses, crackles and power drop offs which my other guitars don't. The noises usually don't last long (except for one Marshall 30watt where it would only work on the clean channel).
Are these problems recognised and are there any ways of avoiding them? i.e. should I get one of the line 6 pods?
Any help/ guidance appreciated
Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2011 3:32 AM (in response to altpat)Re: Crackle/power drop out on Variax stereo cable
I had this problem when I first started using my Variax 300. The lead supplied was a Planet Waves one with springy bits on the sleeve. I replaced it with a good quality TRS lead which didn't have the springy bits and the crackling and dropouts stopped.