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#1 clay-man

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 09:34 PM

List some people you know who use or have used a Variax in their career that are notable or are a musician people would know.

 

Dustin Kensrue of Thrice used a Variax for about 2007-2012 until Thrice went on hiatus. He sold his Warmoth Variax transplant to someone on ebay. He used it for the drastic tuning differences in the Thrice catalog as well as having different guitars on their records.

 

Here's a picture of him using it:

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Ed O'Brien of Radiohead has been listed to have used a Variax 700 though I can't find too much info on that.

Ironically enough, if you look in your Variax manual, he is stated in the description of the Rickenbacker 360:

"Though overshadowed by the success of the 12 string, the 6 string versions of Rickenbacker's stylish models continue to be popular with players looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, like Ed O'Brien of Radiohead."

 

Do any of you know any big musicians that utilized the Variax? Can by any Variax; first gen, JTV, acoustic, bass.

 


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Posted 18 September 2013 - 03:38 AM

The Edge has two custom Variax acoustics - this one and a silver sparkle one.

 

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 04:45 AM

The Edge has two custom Variax acoustics - this one and a silver sparkle one.

 

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That is pretty badass. Are the designs modified by him or did he commission Line 6 to do them?


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 09:30 AM

James Taylor at Obama's inauguration. Guess he did not want to freeze one of the Olsons.

 

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 08:32 PM

I've read that Sarah McLachlan is amoung those artist as well. She's apparently recorded in studio as well as played and recorded live venues with backing & studio musicians, who've played Variax 700's etc.
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Posted 14 July 2017 - 07:41 AM

Kevin Cadogan of Third Eye Blind, Trevor Rabin of Yes (et al), Shawn Phillips,

Ted Leonad of Spock's Beard, David Freiberg of Starship, Robert Sarzo of Queensryche,

Carlos Rios (Chick Corea and Stevie Nicks), Oz Noy, Stevic McKay of Twelve Foot Ninja,

and others,... I know they are all Variax users, because I've had the pleasure of servicing their guitars.

 

There are some photos on the web of James Taylor with a 900 Acoustic. My lab mate got to service

that one,... and probably that electric in the photo here, since he does most the early Variax guitars.


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Posted 20 July 2017 - 01:39 PM

Steve Howe of Yes uses Variaxes: a 600 (played during the 2017 induction to the RnR Hall of Fame); he also has a 700 acoustic and a JTV59. Plus he uses a DT50 and swears by his Line 6 rig. (Check out Youtube)...

Adrian Belew is a Variax user as well.
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Posted 21 July 2017 - 02:38 AM

Steve Howe of Yes uses Variaxes: a 600 (played during the 2017 induction to the RnR Hall of Fame); he also has a 700 acoustic and a JTV59. Plus he uses a DT50 and swears by his Line 6 rig. (Check out Youtube)...

Adrian Belew is a Variax user as well.

Adrian Belew has Variax electronics transplanted into his Parker Fly signature model, but I don't believe he uses the modelling much....


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 08:06 AM

Steve Howe has two DT50-212 amps, and a Blue 700 Electric.

 

Adrian Belew,... transplants are a tricky and touchy thing to pull of. I done a few of them,...

Carlos Rios (left handed player) and Stevic McKay (JTV-89) are among them. Transplants do sound

different, as the body will have an affect on the tone color. You may or may not discern a difference.

 


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