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#1 johnnyayyy

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:45 AM

Day 1. Upgraded to 2.0 using POD HD500 to connect to Monkey, thought my guitar sounded better but was behaving badly in new ways - 12 strings badly out of tune, crazy KLANK/PLINK/KLUNK type noises when fingerpicking. Not happy. Day 2. Figured maybe the weird behaviour was caused by my firmware update being corrupt or bad install or something, decided to reflash. Using POD HD500 to connect to Monkey my first reflash had no affect on bad behaviour. Did the incremental reflashes back to version 1.0 then 1.82 the forward to 1.9 and 2.0 again unplugging guitar, selecting new device in Monkey and double flashing each version to "reinstall current version without saving presets" step by step as stated in Psarkissian's posted .pdf. Tested guitar on each reflash and re-reflash, I think I did a total of 10 reflashes that day - it took hours and hours and all the reflashing did nothing to solve the problems I was having. Day 3. Decided to try using the Workbench widget instead of the HD500 to connect to Monkey and attempt a reflash. Had already been charging my battery for 36 hours, popped it into the guitar and connected to the Workbench Widget and did a "reinstall latest" to 2.0, chose "do not save presets" and began reflash. Halfway through reflash received error "XXXXXX update failed - midi port timed out" or something to that effect, the same error I keep seeing people post here. Powered down the guitar to re-initialize the board, reconncted to the Workbench widget to reflash, changed device in Monkey to reset Monkey, tried the update again, halfway through update failed again, same error code. Repeated the disconnecting, repowering,resetting Monkey procedure and tried reflash with widget again this time choosing "update from file", halfway through update failed again, same error code. LESSON LEARNED: IF you have a POD HD500 or another POD with a Variax connection DO NOT USE THE WORKBENCH WIDGET TO CONNECT THE JTV FOR FIRMWARE REFLASHES/UPDATES!!! It seems to work fine for Workbench use but is IMO a lollipopping pile of lollipoops for firmware update/rollback/reinstall use. I AM NOT HAPPY LINE 6. BAD WORKBENCH WIDGET DESIGN AND WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO SPEND HOURS FLASHING AND REFLASHING. Messed around with guitar, the 12 string out of tune anomolies are caused by physically tuning the guitar down a full step to D. Support has said the guitar is calibrated to be tuned to standard E tuning only and attempted to dismiss the problem, I pointed out that all previous versions of Variax software worked perfectly with full step downtuning (I have been using my Variaxes tuned to D for years and the JTV has worked fine since I got it tuned to D, the problems began when I upgraded to HD 2.0. Have been told tech is looking into it. SO after all these tedious flashes and reflashes with no improvements I figured this is probably as good as the new firmware is going to sound and decided to tune up to standard tuning and give the new sounds a fair listen. At standard tuning the 12 strings immediately sounded GREAT. Good Job L6. After some noodling around I discovered what was causing the KLUNK/KLACKing noises, the Piezos do not fit snugly into the slots on the bridge and when they move from side to side they strike the side of the slot causing a big KLACK!. I will be shoving something in there to hold them in place (already tried but haven't found anything small enough to fit into the space, the point of a toothpick is just barely too thick, a staple is too thick... will keep searching), til I fix this problem I am mentally tuning out the KLACK!ing while I play. To hear the KLACK! plug the JTV into a medium or high gain amp setting and gently pull the string side to side at the bridge, you will see the piezo move a little from side to side in the slot and when it hits the sides of the slot it makes the KLACK! My Variax transplants both have nice GraphTech tune-o-matics so this KLACK! sound is all new to me, didn't notice it before 2.0 HD firmware because A. I didn't give the guitar a huge going over til I updated the firmware and B. the new firmware seems to be more responsive to every little nuance of playing which will of course include making noise from the piezo slipping and sliding around in the bridge slot. I hereby give the Tyler bridge with its sloppily mounted loose floppy piezos an F, total fail, you get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir! Should have held out for the JTV89F... will probably replace the bridge with a Graphtech T-O-M (and maybe add a Bigsby while I am at it !) if shimming the piezo gaps does not work. There goes my resale value...I AM NOT HAPPY, LINE 6. TERRIBLE LOLLIPOPPING BRIDGE DESIGN. Well, maybe the design is okay on paper but the measurements/tolerances on the slots or the piezos is bad as they would be okay if they just fit together better. Either way, FAIL. BOOOOOOO... I know, I know, you are saying "Okay Johnnyayyy, if you are so unhappy with the guitar just sell the JTV and go buy a similar product from a different manufacturer!" Okay Line 6, I apologize. Please take me back... I GOT NOWHERE ELSE TO GO! Apart from all the issues I think the HD 2.0 Firmware sounds really good. While reflashing I gave the old Strats a listen and I think the people who prefer the sound of the 1.9 Strats are like the people who prefer the sound of the X3 compared to the HD Pods, maybe that is what you are used to so you like it more and it still works fine so go to it, but I A/B'ed both the 1.9 Strat and the 2.0 HD Strat to my real Strats during hours of endless reflashes and the 2.0 Strat CLEARLY sounds more like my real Strats in all pickup positions. I never used the Spank 2,3,4, or 5 positions much in the previous versions of the firmware, they sounded okay but didn't work for me and what I was doing. The Spank position 1 in the old firmware has become my go to guitar, I have never been a Strat guy but my JTV with 1.9 turned me into a Strat fiend in the last couple of months, I now own 4 real Strats and a Japanese Strat copy and I am tempted to buy another that is on Craigslist at the moment in search of "The One" but I think I may have already found it - one of the Strats I own currently has Fender Custom Shop pickups, I installed them in an attempt to make it sound more like my JTV for recording. Well, it ended up sounding better than the JTV, like WAY better than 1.9 and a good stretch better than 2.0. I currently have THEE ultimate classic Strat sound I was looking for and a bunch of normal darn good sounding Strats to compare my JTV to and IMO JTV 2.0 HD is MILES closer to the real thing than 1.9 ever was. Of course, I don't have a 1959 Strat to compare the JTV to so maybe HD 2.0 sounds exactly like the Strat Line 6 modeled, if so I simply prefer the sound of my much newer Strat with the Custom Shop (Fat 50s) pickups to a real 1959 Strat, but what I am saying is the HD 2.0 sound is really in the ballpark and with some tweaking of amp sounds will likely sound very close to my real Strat - IMO this is NOT true of the Spank sounds in version 1.9 and earlier. In all the reflashing I also notice the Spank position 2 and 4 sound really good UNTIL I connect to Workbench - at that point I have to do the workaround to make those positions work properly, and even with the workaround I am not 100% sure that the Spank 2 and 4 sound exactly the same as they did before I connected to Workbench so after my last few reflashes I am not connecting to Workbench til the Spank bug is fixed, I am pretty happy with the sounds of the stock 2.0 models at the moment but will do more experimenting in the future when it is "safe" Taking into account the improved tones, the crazy pitch tracking problems with the 12 strings, the annoying Spank bug and the widget requirement for Workbench connection (like many I will be much happier when I can use my POD to connect again) I give the 2.0 HD upgrade a "D" Line 6: Fix the 12 string tracking, the endless reflashing and the Spank bugs (and fix the bug I discovered last night where changing the body type on a model kills all sound in that patch while you're at it) , make connecting with the USB dongle as reliable as connecting with a POD, and let me connect with my POD so I never again have to use the lousy USB dongle and I will revise the grade to an "A".


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:49 AM

and................. success?

 

Day 1. Upgraded to 2.0, thought my guitar sounded better but was behaving badly in new ways - 12 strings badly out of tune, crazy KLANK/PLINK/KLUNK type noises when fingerpicking. Not happy.

 

Day 2. Figured maybe the weird behaviour was caused by my firmware update being corrupt or bad install or something, decided to reflash. First reflash had no affect on bad behaviour. Did the incremental relashes back to version 1.0 then 1.82 the forward to 1.9 and 2.0 again unplugging guitar, selecting new device in Monkey and double flashing each version step by step as stated in Psarkissian's posted .pdf.


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 10:37 AM

This is what I'm talking about...all these steps to fix 2.0????? Have you tried dancing the hokie-pokie and twirling yourself about while yer at it too???? IMHO Line 6 really dropped the ball on this "upgrade".
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 10:44 AM

In the interests of providing a balanced view showing all different experiences, I can say that my upgrade to v2.0 was completely uneventful. Successful upgrade on first attempt, and the firmware delivers far superior tones across the board, including Spank models, imho. YMMV, but I think it's important to note that relatively few users have reported update issues. Of course I support them in expressing their frustration, but imho the casual reader should not conclude that the update is seriously flawed.


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 11:08 AM

In the interests of providing a balanced view showing all different experiences, I can say that my upgrade to v2.0 was completely uneventful. Successful upgrade on first attempt, and the firmware delivers far superior tones across the board, including Spank models, imho.

 

 

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 12:06 PM

After some noodling around I discovered what was causing the KLUNK/KLACKing noises, the Piezos do not fit snugly into the slots on the bridge and when they move from side to side they strike the side of the slot causing a big KLACK!. I will be shoving something in there to hold them in place (already tried but haven't found anything small enough to fit into the space, the point of a toothpick is just barely too thick, a staple is too thick...

 


Adding string dampers to the "non speaking" string length past the Nut and the Bridge saddles WILL help tame the warbles that occur when you engage DSP Alt Tunings.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 12:07 PM

and................. success?

 

Erm, accidentally posted before I was finished typing... hey, my post was kinda like the 2.0 rollout, went out before it was ready... Not sure I would call it "Success", but here's the rest of the story:

 

Tested guitar on each reflash and re-reflash, I think I did a total of 10 reflashes that day - it took hours and hours and all the reflashing did nothing to solve the problems I was having.

Day 3. Decided to try using the Workbench widget instead of the HD500 to connect to Monkey and attempt a reflash. Had already been charging my battery for 36 hours, popped it into the guitar and connected to the Workbench Widget and did a "reinstall latest" to 2.0, chose "do not save presets" and began reflash. Halfway through reflash received error "XXXXXX update failed - midi port timed out" or something to that effect, the same error I keep seeing people post here. Powered down the guitar to re-initialize the board, reconncted to the Workbench widget to reflash, changed device in Monkey to reset Monkey, tried the update again, halfway through update failed again, same error code. Repeated the disconnecting, repowering,resetting Monkey procedure and tried reflash with widget again this time choosing "update from file", halfway through update failed again, same error code.

LESSON LEARNED: IF you have a POD HD500 or another POD with a Variax connection DO NOT USE THE WORKBENCH WIDGET TO CONNECT THE JTV FOR FIRMWARE REFLASHES/UPDATES!!! It seems to work fine for Workbench use but is IMO a lollipopping pile of lollipoops for firmware update/rollback/reinstall use.

 

I AM NOT HAPPY LINE 6. BAD WORKBENCH WIDGET DESIGN AND WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO SPEND HOURS FLASHING AND REFLASHING.

 

Messe around with guitar, the 12 string out of tune anomolies are caused by physically tuning the guitar down a full step to D. Support has said the guitar is calibrated to be tuned to standard E tuning only and attempted to dismiss the problem, I pointed out that all previous versions of Variax software worked perfectly with full step downtuning (I have been using my Variaxes tuned to D for years and the JTV has worked fine since I got it tuned to D, the problems began when I upgraded to HD 2.0.

 

Have been told tech is looking into it.

 

SO after all these tedious flashes and reflashes with no improvements I figured this is probably as good as the new firmware is going to sound and decided to tune up to standard tuning and give the new sounds a fair listen.

 

At standard tuning the 12 strings immediately sounded GREAT. Good Job L6. After some noodling around I discovered what was causing the KLUNK/KLACKing noises, the Piezos do not fit snugly into the slots on the bridge and when they move from side to side they strike the side of the slot causing a big KLACK!. I will be shoving something in there to hold them in place (already tried but haven't found anything small enough to fit into the space, the point of a toothpick is just barely too thick, a staple is too thick... will keep searching), til I fix this problem I am mentally tuning out the KLACK!ing while I play. To hear the KLACK! plug the JTV into a medium or high gain amp setting and gently pull the string side to side at the bridge, you will see the piezo move a little from side to side in the slot and when it hits  the sides of the slot it makes the KLACK!

 

My Variax transplants both have nice GraphTech tune-o-matics so this KLACK! sound is all new to me, didn't notice it before 2.0 HD firmware because A. I didn't give the guitar a huge going ove til I updated the firmware and B. the new firmware seems to be more resposive to every little nuance of playing which will of course include the piezo slipping and sliding around in the bridge slot.

 

I hereby give the Tyler bridge with its sloppily mounted loose floppy piezos an F, total fail, you get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!

 

Should have held out for the JTV89F... will probably replace the bridge with a Graphtech T-O-M (and maybe add a Bigsby while I am at it !) if shimming the piezo gaps does not work. There goes my resale value...I AM NOT HAPPY, LINE 6. TERRIBLE LOLLIPOPPING BRIDGE DESIGN. Well, maybe the design is okay on paper but the measurements/tolerances on the slots or the piezos is bad as they would be okay if they just fit together better. Either way, FAIL. BOOOOOOO...

 

I know, I know, you are saying "Okay Johnny, if you are so unhappy with the guitar just sell the JTV and go buy a similar product from a different manufacturer!"

 

Okay Line 6, I apologize. Please take me back... I GOT NOWHERE ELSE TO GO!

 

Apart from all the issues I think the HD 2.0 Firmware sounds really good. While reflashing I gave the old strats a listen and I think the people who prefer the sound of the 1.9 Strats are like the people who prefer the sound of the X3 compared to the HDpods, maybe that os what you are used to so you like it more and it still works fine so go to it, but I A/Bed both the 1.9 Strat and the 2.0 HD Strat to my real Strats during hours of endless reflashes and the 2.0 Strat CLEARLY sounds more like my real Strats in all pickup positions.

 

I never used the Spank 2,3,4, or 5 positions much in the previous versions of the firmware, they sounded okay but didn't work for me and what I was doing. The Spank position 1 in the old firmware has become my go to guitar, I have never been a Strat guy but my JTV with 1.9 turned me into a Strat fiend in the last couple of months, I now own 4 real Strats and a Japanese Strat copy and I am tempted to buy another that is on Craigslist at the moment in search of "The One" but I think I may have already found it - one of the Strats I own currently has Fender Custom Shop pickups, I installed them in an attempt to make it sound more like my JTV for recording. Well, it ended up sounding better than the JTV, like WAY better than 1.9 and a good stretch better than 2.0. I currently have THEE ultimate classic Strat sound I was looking for and a bunch of normal darn good sounding Strats to compare my JTV to and IMO JTV 2.0 HD is MILES closer to the real thing than 1.9 ever was. Of course, I don't have a 1959 Strat to compare the JTV to so maybe HD 2.0 sounds exactly like the Strat Line 6 modeled, if so I simply prefer the sound of my much newer Strat with the Custom Shop (Fat 50s) pickups to a real 1959 Strat, but what I am saying is the HD 2.0 sound is really in the ballpark and with some tweaking of amp sounds will likely sound very close to my real Strat - IMO this is NOT true of the Spank sounds in version 1.9 and earlier.

 

In all the reflashing I also notice the Spank position 2 and 4 sound really good UNTIL I connect to Workbench - at that point I have to do the workaround to make those positions work properly, and even with the workaround I am not 100% sure that the Spank 2 and 4 sound exactly the same as they did before I connected to Workbench so after my last few reflashes I am not connecting to Workbench til the Spank bug is fixed, I am pretty happy with the sounds of the stock 2.0 models at the moment but will do more experimenting in the future when it is "safe"

 

Taking into account the improved tones, the crazy pitch tracking problems with the 12 strings, the annoying Spank bug and the widget requirement for Workbench connection (like many I will be much happier when I can use my POD to connect again) I give the 2.0 HD upgrade a "D"

 

Fix the 12 string tracking, the endless reflashing and the Spank bugs (and fix the bug I discovered last night where changing the body type on a model kills all sound in that patch while you're at it) and let me connect with my POD and I will revise the grade to an "A".

 

Added note: I think my guitar was probably fine on my first flash to 2.0 firmware and probably all the other reflashes as it sounded improved over 1.9 right from the first time I went to 2.0 and every time I went back to 2.0.

 

I did the zillion reflashes because of the other reports of bad sound in this forum, I thought it might be firmware corruption causing the poor pitch tracking and KLACK! sounds, but I believe the poor pitch tracking is just part of the new firmware and now know the KLACK! sound is due to the crummy bridge.

 

Hmmm, now I am wondering if stabalizing the bridge saddles will affect the pitch tracking... I already have a string damper at the nut and behind the piezos...


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 12:48 PM

A few days ago I started writing up a long post about my update experience, but wasn't sure if there was much point since I had no issues whatsoever. I did think it might be nice to just add a positive experience, though, since I figured most people who were commenting on these boards were the ones running into problems.

 

I might as well just post a rundown of my experience. So, I got an email from Sweetwater about the 2.0 update and immediately jumped on it. I have a JTV-69 (Korean) and a Pod X3 Live. I almost always keep the JTV plugged into the Pod, so I hardly ever have to use a battery. With the JTV plugged into and powered by the Pod X3, I ran the Line 6 Monkey, connected to the JTV and proceeded with the update to 2.0. I hadn't read anything about the "proper procedure" to follow to get the update, I just plowed through it. I think the JTV had the modeling on with the volume at 10. I didn't have any custom patches I cared about enough, so I didn't have it save the patches. The update completed somewhat quickly with no issues at all. I played around for a bit and thought it sounded great. I was really interested in the new Workbench HD software, so I tried to run it, but quickly found that I couldn't use the Pod. Since I'd never even opened the Variax USB interface, I had to actually find it first!

 

After a few days I finally had time to look for and find the Variax USB Interface. I'm totally in love with the new Workbench HD software and have had a lot of fun playing around with all the options. I thought the Spank presets sounded fine, until they're opened up in Workbench HD. Then that bug appears in positions 2 and 4.

 

I'm definitely happy with the 2.0 update, especially since I don't rely heavily on the Spank presets (although I think they sound fine). The only issue I have is not being able to use my Pod as an interface in conjunction with the Workbench HD.  

 

In the interests of providing a balanced view showing all different experiences, I can say that my upgrade to v2.0 was completely uneventful. Successful upgrade on first attempt, and the firmware delivers far superior tones across the board, including Spank models, imho. YMMV, but I think it's important to note that relatively few users have reported update issues. Of course I support them in expressing their frustration, but imho the casual reader should not conclude that the update is seriously flawed.


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:00 PM

taoubt - thanks for the good report on your experience

 

The only issue I have is not being able to use my Pod as an interface in conjunction with the Workbench HD.

 

 

Line 6 needs to revisit using an  iPad / iPhone as an interface in conjunction with the Workbench HD asap IMHO - they already showed a prototype of this concept using the Line6 MIDI Mobilizer  back in 2009

 

http://www.vettavill...page.php?id=133

 

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:00 PM

Just to add another data point, it took me several tries to successfully install 2.0.  I connected using the USB interface, got the "failed" message first time, went back to 1.9, re-upped to 2.0 and got a "completed" message ... but dead silence from the guitar.  Unplugged, replugged, down to 1.9, tried again, "failed", unplugged, replugged, down to 1.9, back up to 2.0 ... that last time a success. 


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:07 PM

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Line 6 needs to revisit using an  iPad / iPhone as an interface in conjunction with the Workbench HD asap IMHO - they already showed a prototype of this concept using the Line6 MIDI Mobilizer  back in 2009

 

http://www.vettavill...age.php?id=133.

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There's also an iOS app for editing the DT series of Line 6 amps. It, too, works with the MIDI Mobilizer.


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:13 PM

A few days ago I started writing up a long post about my update experience, but wasn't sure if there was much point since I had no issues whatsoever.

 

"No issues whatsoever" is how the update should have been for everyone, but then what would we have to talk about here?

 

To keep this thread on message and simplify things a bit (TL;DR):

 

1. DO NOT use the Workbench USB widget to do the 2.0 update. Use a POD instead or risk bricking your JTV. The USB widget SUCKS.

 

2. DO NOT physically tune your JTV down a full step to D. The 12 strings will not track properly. This is "being looked into" by Line 6.

 

3. If you manage to successfully update to 2.0 firmware and connect to Workbench you will need to do the Spank bug workaround fix to make the Spank setting sound right.

 

4. If you manage to successfully update to 2.0 firmware and connect to Workbench, DO NOT attempt to change the body type on a preset, there is a bug in Workbench that will render that tone silent.

 

5. If you are hearing some crazy KLACKing sound coming from your JTV that you did not notice before it is due to increased sensitivity in the modeling to nuances in playing style combined with a poorly made bridge with piezos that flop around in their slots. I am working on a fix/shim solution for my bridge saddles, will report any success I have at remedying the situation. You may never notice this problem, it is only bothersome for me when aggressively Travis Picking.

 

6. The 2.0 HD firmware sounds much better IMO.


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:20 PM

If you are able to lift the piezo element out of the bridge, that thin teflon tape used to seal plumbing threads should be about the right thickness.  You certainly won't be able to push it in from above, it would have to be wrapped slightly around the element.


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:30 PM

There's also an iOS app for editing the DT series of Line 6 amps. It, too, works with the MIDI Mobilizer.

 

 

Please tell me more!

 

I'm only aware of this

 

http://mididesigner....or-line-6-dt50/

 

A MIDI Controller for Line 6 DT50 Amplifier Series

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Guitarist François Desnoyers has been one of the most influential people in the MIDI Designer Community. Features from his suggestion list are still being implemented in every MIDI Designer release, and his international French is behind the French App Store text. But as you can see from his layouts, he’s serious about making MIDI Controllers, like this one for the Line 6 DT50 Series Amplifiers.

The DT50 series comes as a head (with a separate cabinet) or as a head-cab combo with two options (1×12 or 2×12). It’s gotten some great reviews, too.

But most users of the DT50, like any amp, use “set and forget.” You might switch channels with a footswitch, but that’s about it. François’ MIDI controller for the DT50 brings control to a new level. And the best part? You can mix and match your amp control pages with the author’s control pages for the Pod X3 Live or any other FX unit.

This is a convenient and practical way to get control of your DT50. If you own a DT50 and an iPad, you owe it to yourself to check this MIDI controller out.

 

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:34 PM

http://line6.com/sup...ted-dt-editors/

 

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:35 PM

WOW - thanks for sharing!

 

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:00 PM

If you are able to lift the piezo element out of the bridge, that thin teflon tape used to seal plumbing threads should be about the right thickness.  You certainly won't be able to push it in from above, it would have to be wrapped slightly around the element.

 

Hmmm, coool, good idea - will pick some up next time I go to Home Depot.

 

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:02 PM

"No issues whatsoever" is how the update should have been for everyone, but then what would we have to talk about here?

 

To keep this thread on message and simplify things a bit (TL;DR):

 

1. DO NOT use the Workbench USB widget to do the 2.0 update. Use a POD instead or risk bricking your JTV. The USB widget SUCKS.

 

2. DO NOT physically tune your JTV down a full step to D. The 12 strings will not track properly. This is "being looked into" by Line 6.

 

3. If you manage to successfully update to 2.0 firmware and connect to Workbench you will need to do the Spank bug workaround fix to make the Spank setting sound right.

 

4. If you manage to successfully update to 2.0 firmware and connect to Workbench, DO NOT attempt to change the body type on a preset, there is a bug in Workbench that will render that tone silent.

 

5. If you are hearing some crazy KLACKing sound coming from your JTV that you did not notice before it is due to increased sensitivity in the modeling to nuances in playing style combined with a poorly made bridge with piezos that flop around in their slots. I am working in a fix/shim solution for my bridge saddles, will report any success I have at remedying the situation. You may never notice this problem, it is only bothersome for me when aggressively Travis Picking.

 

6. The 2.0 HD firmware sounds much better IMO.

 

#5 Klack:  I heard it initially and changed to 11's, adjusted the neck, raised the bridge and tweaked the (Zoom A2) EQ.  That worked (that is, if it's the same klack you speak of).  A possible option to tighten up tolerances may be to coat floppy piezos or slots with superglue or nail polish.  Just my  2 pence.


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#19 Inerzia

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 06:19 PM

I don't think you're being fair saying the Variax USB adapter sucks. It's your experience. I understand how p¡ssed of you may be, though.
Actually, for me it was the other way round with 1.9, the PODs didn't perform the update correctly, while the USB adapter did.
 

1. DO NOT use the Workbench USB widget to do the 2.0 update. Use a POD instead or risk bricking your JTV. The USB widget SUCKS.


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#20 rchibnik

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 06:54 PM

My update experience was an uneventful success. The night the upgrade was announced I upgraded the JTV89 with the HD500 and Monkey. The update ran smoothly, with no issues. Have not meddled with Workbench - will probably wait until the HD interface update. I've got so little time to play with rigs, I'd rather just jam.

 

Really digging the Lester sounds. I use  them a lot - never had an LP due to the neck feel and weight, but used it a lot with the 1.9 and treadplate, and now the 2.0 models are really pleasing.

 

Overall, I'm really happy with my whole dream rig - I get a lot of playing pleasure from it and find it to be very comfortable and fun to play. A little heavy but maybe it will strengthen my back. The only thing I dislike is the reverse headstock, but that's just a preference thing.

 

The only other guitar I play regularly is my VoyageAir TelAir and that's cause of portability.

 

Johnnyayy - I never thought to tune down a full step but could see that being a really convenient aproach given the tuning flexibility of the JTV - a nice idea to get more bendability with heavier strings. Wonder if the L6 guys thought anyone would do that.


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