Are there any Variax "guitar" models that I can use to sound like a synthesizer? My band is playing some Muse where I need to play the strings/synth part of a song (Uprising). So far, I've used a HD500 delay model to do auto volume swells which sounds ok, but not great. Are there any Variax specific options? Thanks.
The Variax is not a synthesizer, sampler, or midi guitar. It never has been, it never will be. Big, big misconception.
The only thing that comes close, is the Variax Bass guitars having a built in synth patch. Everything else is signal based, and NOT synthesis or sampling.
It's why it's called a modeling guitar, not a midi/synth guitar.
That would be like calling the POD HD an amp synthesizer, because you assumed it read your guitar signal and then spat out a prerecording of a guitar that was recorded on that amp it's modeling.
The Variax is is what you hear and play, from the strings all the way out of the output whether if be 1/4 or VDI.
There are ways to get your guitar to do a synth, but this is done through other devices which can be applied to any guitar, not just a Variax. There's the Roland GR-55, the Fishman Tripleplay, Axon devices. The Roland and Axon require a GK pickup or a guitar with a 13 pin out. The Tripleplay is basically a clone of the GK pickup but it doesn't need a device to convert the signal into MIDI except your computer.