Been struggling with the sound of my newly acquired Variax 300 since I got it. Swapping the saddles definitely helped with consistency, but it was still dull sounding. Kind of muted sounding when played through the mini XPS into my amp.
After reading through a few posts on this forum, I came across a few posts mentioning the variax 300 coffin problems. Apparently, the coffin which holds all of the pc boards inside the variax 300, can come in contact with the boards, causing interference. The cure is to paint or tape the coffin so the metal can't come in contact with the variax boards inside.
I was kind of skeptical, but i had some time this past weekend, so I tore apart my guitar and covered the coffin inside and out with duct tape. I completely removed all of the boards and duct taped any area that could possibly come in contact with the boards or components.
I then put everything back together, and sure enough, it fixed the problem that I was having with dull and lifeless sounds. My Variax 300 now sounds like I was expecting it to sound. Nice and clear. Very similar to the original instruments. I'm sure that the new Tyler models sound better, but i'm happy..........for now Ireally like the r-Billy sounds now.
I do have one weird negative. I have a few models now which have somehow changed to a different sounds. The Spank model for example sounds correct in the bridge position, but in position 2, I no longer get the same sound. I tried reflashing the firmware, but it didn't seem to make a difference. I'm going to try re-loading some of my saved sounds done prior to the duct taping, to see if that makes any difference. Any other ideas?