Well they say history has a way of repeating itself and this thread is more proof. EVERY time Line 6 has upgraded firmware or come out with the next generation of products, "please make the old models available" is ALWAYS a request from someone. Line 6 has never fulfilled that request with one exception that I can recall. It was the Pod 2.0 version of the Treadplate. They made their XT and Vetta model of that model available due to all the requests for it. It didn't seem to help. As I recall people didn't like the XT model of the 2.0 model. I think that maybe a Marshall 800 model was treated that way as well in one of the XT firmware updates but again, it didn't seem to make anyone happy. So, the bottom line is this historical request will continue to be made and historically, Line 6 has not fulfilled it. That's the best answer to this request we have now. But don't give up either. I think having both versions available would be very cool. I always wondered why they couldn't make all kinds of different models available and you could fill the memory slots with whatever models you liked. Be it pickups, bodies, capacitors, etc. So, of course, you wouldn't be able to store all of the models on your Varaix but they would be available to you to customize your Variax even more than you can now. I don't know what the Variax memory hierarchy is so this may be impossible to implement. I am very happy with the whole Variax thing as it is right now.
I have an SG in which I rewired it with 3 6 pole-6 throw switches so I could come up with every pickup wiring possibility two humbuckers can give. Each pickup's coils could be In series-in phase, in series out of phase, each coil alone parallel-in phase, parallel-out of phase. Then each pickup had the same wiring options relative to each other. All to try and simulate other guitar sounds. I was just getting ready to put in a piezo bridge for an acoustic simulation when I got my first Variax. I haven't touched my SG since. So I really appreciate where we are now compared to where we were. I guess I've blathered enough. Sorry about that. But I'm posting it anyway so there.