By contrast If I showed up to these same events with my JTV-59, the "traditionalists" and the Promotor (who pays the band) would not let me near the stage.
That's funny, because with the acoustic models on the Variax, it's honestly not that different from an electric acoustic with a piezo system.
The only difference is that instead of an EQ on your guitar, a processor is shaping your signal for you.
I haven't heard an electric acoustic guitar really sound as great as a Variax, and the Acoustic Variaxes sound even more amazing.
A long time ago, I got bored and put acoustic strings on my electric, and the acoustic models sounded even more amazing (The electrics sounded weird though). Since it's not a magnetic pickup, you can use strings that aren't magneticly responsive.
With the Variax Acoustic, they probably dedicated the programming more, and with using actual acoustic strings, you get even more close to sounding like an acoustic guitar.
Either way, I don't see why a "traditionalist" would whine about using a Variax as an acoustic.