Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2009 2:40 PM (in response to juka421)Re: Can I re-string a Variax Bass???
You can't restring the variax guitars. The reason is that the piezos are digitally filtered for each string. You can clearly hear this if you tap the naked piezo and listen to the output.
Only way to fix this is to reverse the wiring for the piezos and this could be a problem if it is the models with the flexiribbon instead of normal cable harness.
I belive that the Variax bass have the same issue based on that it have the synth patches and to me it looks like they use the same technique as Axon midi system. I'll tap my bass piezos next time and verify if they are the same as the guitar.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2009 4:32 PM (in response to roblof)Re: Can I re-string a Variax Bass???
This is unsupported by Line 6, as such a modification will void your warranty. If you are out of warranty, you are free to consult an authorized Line 6 Service Center to find if they've done such a mod, but Line 6 will not provide them with assistance.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 30, 2011 11:17 AM (in response to roblof)Re: Can I re-string a Variax Bass???
Yes you can. I am doing one now for a customer. It is tricky, delicate work and it invalidates your warrenty, but it can be done and it works. You need to get a skilled engineer to remove the bridge, unsolder the tranducer tail-leads and flip the copper laminated transducer leaf-layer (see attachment). You then solder the tails back (now mirrored). You also need to insulate the under-leaf layer and solder some earth-tails to the upper-leaf layer. Reconnect. Restring previous left-handed as right-handed. Test and enjoy. CAUTION: You hve to know what you are doing to attempt this and have the developed skills to do it without issue.
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Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2009 5:22 AM (in response to RossRussell)Re: Can I re-string a Variax Bass???
i was just looking at a disassembly video of a 5oo variax. theres six strings and six contacts in the center of the ribon connector. theres two outer leads one on either side . the question is are they both leads or is one power. if there both grounds and the strip contacts on both faces then you can reverse the ribon where it goes into the main board . if the ribon only has contacts on one face then its not reversable. also if one of the outers is power and the other is ground then its not reversable either. if on the other hand taking the above into consideration it is reversable then you still have to get a lefty nut or make one. the other question is are the saddles string specific. in other words is each saddle cut for the diameter of the string . if so then you cant reverse the strings either.
i had an after thiught...... had the pickups been modualr connectors like the ones that lr baggs makes normally then if there were enough wire you could just switch them but that bridge setup i think is made exclusivly for line 6 with the ribbon wire . of course you could change that out. any thing can be done but when you add that and the nut it might just be a good idea to keep an eye on ebay for a used lefty bass.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2009 6:01 AM (in response to RossRussell)Re: Can I re-string a Variax Bass???
i watched the video of a pckup replacement over in vettaville looks like all saddles are the same. halfway through he shows a good view of the ribbon wire and a good closeup of the back of the bridge plate with the connections. looks like the pickup connectors are in the middle and both ends are grounds. ... one side where the ribbon connector goes into the board has contacts exposed the other is insulated from what i see. if you could remove the insulation from the back side of the ribbon connector without damaging it you should be able to flip it over and plug it in the ribbon wire goes into a pinch connector so that isnt a problem. if you can do this then it will reverse the connections to the board and then you can reverse your strings change the nut to a left hand nut( should be avalablee at your local guitar shop) then do your string height setup and intonation and you got yourself a lefty bass. if you cant get a nut there then graph tech should have one. if you take some height measurments and then the distance between the back of the saddle to the back of the bridge plate you should be able to reverse the measurments and set string height and intonation pretty easily. same with the nut. measure the thickness on both ends of the origonal. revers them file the nut if needed to the same thckness and install your new left hand nut. the tricky part will be the ribbon wire. what id do there is . get some fine sandpaper . on a flat surface .... put the ribbon wire on the sandpaper the same amount as the other side thats stripped and slowly rub it sideways till you clean off the insulation. once thats cleaned off enough to explse the contacts your golden. dont take off any more than you need to because that insulation also keeps the wires properly separated. then flip the wire in the board connector and the pickups are reversed.
one more thing. it wouldnt hurt while you have the bridge off to enlarge the hole the ribbon wire goes through to ensure you dont bind up the ribbon wire when you flip it. . have fun.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 25, 2009 1:20 AM (in response to RossRussell)Re: Can I re-string a Variax Bass???
I just re-strung my new (used) Variax guitar.
There is an 8 pin connector that comes out of a hole under the pick guard. This hole clearly goes to the bridge pickups. It has 8 pins. The outer two pins are grounds. I simply broke off some of the connector so I could re-connect it upside down. It worked!
I had tried to just re-string it, but I could tell the pickups were string specific because the Sitar would make a low note when I hit high E & vice versa when I hit low E.
Some here said that it might have a ribbon, so it will probably work, but I'm sure it will be a hassle.
Try not to unscrew the bridge & try to get at the pickups that way. It was a complete hassle to take it off for me.
The nut on my Variax is a mirror image on both sides, so it can be flipped. Hopefully it is the same for the Bass.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 25, 2009 7:09 AM (in response to pathedo)Re: Can I re-string a Variax Bass???
if its in upside down to get it to work and all the pickups are working then if you have a block connector under the bridge just reverse the wires. if its a strip connector you could un solder all the pickups and flip that over too and re solder them in reversing the oposite end of the ribbon to match with your connection on the board. the thing is that if the strip touches the bridge plate to ground it which i believe it does then youll have to stripsome of the insulation so it grounds. then the problem is where your soldering will be touching the bridge as well creating a short so what id do there is make a jumper wire from the ground to solder to the bridge. after that then put a bit of electrical tape on the side facing the bridge aftre having resoldering your pickup wires in. that will prevent the positive wires from grounding. or even some of that liquid electric tape you dont want the positives to touch the bridge. best thing though might be to go to radio shack get some modular plug ends and put one on each wire where the plug is reversed , then put them all back in the origonaal orderonce there all in just drip some hot melt glue oh the tops when the glue cools youll have a new connector to the board.