OK - so I decided to try upgrading to v2.0 again this morning. I had got there after a few hiccups previously but thought some models were very weak sounding so rolled back to v1.9 where all models sounded good. So this morning I went from v1.9 to v2.0. Connected up my JTV59 via the dongle to the same USB port I had used before and on my first attempt it failed with the UNKNOWN MIDI PORT error right at the end. Odd. Everything was connected just as before when it had worked. So I tried for a second time. Once again it failed at the end with the UNKNOWN MIDI PORT error. Very odd. OK - so I thought what if I unplug my Alesis IO/2 USB interface as that is the only thing connected that has a midi port. So, I unplugged the Alesis IO/2 and tried a third time. Wow! This time it worked and I got the TYLER VARIAX UPDATE SUCCESSFUL. I tried it out through my HD500 and to my surprise, the ACOUSTICS sounded great, the RESO models sound too loud so may need volume adjusting in Workbench HD, the STRAT was a normal volume and sounded great, the LESTER was incredibly loud, the TELE sounded normal on POS 5 and 3 but on POS 1 (the bridge pu) sounded too quiet, most Tele's I have played the bridge pu is louder and has far more attack than the neck pu, and from what I recall the earlier TELE pos 1 model was louder and had more attack, it certainly drove the HD500 patch I have set up for it far more, so this is one that would need adjusting in Workbench HD to see if it can be tweaked back to what I think it should sound like. I also use the SPECIAL pos 1, and this sounded quieter than v1.9 but not by much and still seemed usable so maybe this is a more accurate model and I can tweak if I need to. Finally the SEMI, well it was louder than the last time I had upgraded, more along the volume of the STRAT and TELE but still was not as full bodied sounding as the prior v1.9 model, but maybe that is how 335 should sound? It certainly was nowhere near as weak and quiet as the last time I had upgraded and I think this time it is usable and maybe with a tweak in Workbench HD will be great. So this time I get a different result - but why? This time v2.0 seems usable and worth perservering with and worth a little effort to tweak to taste.
So - I thought - is this a one off - have I got yet another slightly off install? So I thought to be sure, I would reinstall v2.0 one more time to make sure it was not a fluke. I went back to the PC, connected up the JTV59 exactly as before and bam first re-install attempt I get the UNKNOWN MIDI PORT ERROR at the end!! What?? The Alesis IO/2 was not connected. Everything was as it was before, 20 mins ago when I successfully upgraded. Oh well! So I had no choice but to try again - and this time - the second attempt I got the TYLER VARIAX UPDATE SUCCESSFUL. I rushed off to try through my HD500 to see if anything else had changed or if it was the same as before. After a few minutes, trying the ACOUSTIC, the SPECIAL, the TELE, the STRAT, the LESTER and the SEMI, I come to the conclusion that it does still sound the same - so maybe I have at last got the correct v2.0 install. But why does it fail? And why do I need to attempt the install several times in a row to get it to work? And why, some times, does it says it works but the models don't sound right? Try to reinstall again and then the models do sound right? Confuses the hell out of me.
Summary of my thoughts on v2.0 on the models I use:
ACOUSTICS - sound great - yes there is more body tone coming through but it is not overpowering this time whereas the first time it was.
RESOS - sound great but sound much louder so probably need volume tweaking in Workbench HD
LESTER - sounds great but much louder so probably needs volume tweaking in Workbench HD
STRAT - sounds great, not noticeable different from before, maybe a bit more subtle
TELE - all sound great except for pos 1, bridge pu, which is too quiet, I would expect this to be louder and have more bite, but is it an accurate representation of their modelled TELE or is it a slight blip in the v2.0 install on my JTV59 and is fine for others? I may be able to tweak this to taste in Workbench HD unless it is a fault in my installed model - so maybe another flash reinstall is needed for this?
SPECIAL - pos 1 is quitter than before but still usable, a little tweak in Workbench HD may be needed
SEMI - quieter and less full bodied than v1.9, but perhaps this is how a 335 should sound, I don't know. It has more bite. Again volume can probably be adjusted in Workbench HD if needed.
I am disappointed that the install process is not trouble free, and that there is no way of knowing if the update has worked completely successfully even if it tells you it has.
However, I am now no longer greatly disappointed with the models, but it is too early to say whether I am overly impressed with the new versions, but they will probably grow on me and I may find that I can really hear the differences after a few weeks and will not be able to roll back to an ealrlier version. We will see ..... meanwhile ..... time to play!