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#1 neilwork

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:27 PM

Hi

 

 I want to purchase 2 Variax 600 piezo elements as replacements for my Variax 600

which a friend damaged while changing strings!

 

Product Code: 98-030-0034

 

I understand there is no warranty on this and no guarantee on successful installation.

 

I am confident I can solder in the new elements and can adjust the volume in Workbench if needed

 

I am in Australia and currently there is no supplier for Line 6 parts as Allans Music and Billy Hyde's changed hands a few months ago

 

Can I please pay you directly via Paypal for 2 piezo elements plus USPS postage

 

Please help!  I have no other way of obtaining these spare parts for my Variax 600

 

I tried buying them from your online store but it is only possible for US residents

 

I opened a Support Ticket for this but my ticket was closed within a few hours 

 

 Regards Neil McGrath


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:38 AM


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#3 clay-man

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 12:26 PM

I've replaced a piezo on my 600.

Here's what you have to do to access the piezos:

 

1)Take off or detune all your strings until they have no tension against the bridge.

 

2) Take off the back plate and undo the tremolo springs. (loosen them and pull all of them off, and put them aside)

 

3) Gently take off the Molex-esque cable that attaches the tremolo piezo PCB to the motherboard of the Variax.

 

4) Uncrew the 2 hex screws that hold the bridge down to get the bridge out an then carefully take out the bridge and trem block.

 

Now you should be able to reach the piezo PCB and fix it up

 

Reverse steps after you're done, and you should be fine.

If the PCB is coming off the tremolo block, add some support with more tape, as it just uses double sided tape to stick to the tremolo block.

 

After that, you should be good to go, and your guitar should be functioning fine again.


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#4 clay-man

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 10:48 PM

Hi

 

 I want to purchase 2 Variax 600 piezo elements as replacements for my Variax 600

which a friend damaged while changing strings!

 

Product Code: 98-030-0034

 

I understand there is no warranty on this and no guarantee on successful installation.

 

I am confident I can solder in the new elements and can adjust the volume in Workbench if needed

 

I am in Australia and currently there is no supplier for Line 6 parts as Allans Music and Billy Hyde's changed hands a few months ago

 

Can I please pay you directly via Paypal for 2 piezo elements plus USPS postage

 

Please help!  I have no other way of obtaining these spare parts for my Variax 600

 

I tried buying them from your online store but it is only possible for US residents

 

I opened a Support Ticket for this but my ticket was closed within a few hours 

 

 Regards Neil McGrath

 

Hey, can you please tell me how it went when you do fix it? I'm going to solder up a new piezo but I don't have a solder gun yet. Please tell me what you did when you do fix yours.

 

I assume I need to take off the old solder first before I solder the new one, right


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#5 neilwork

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 03:59 AM

Hey for sure i will let everyone know and can post some pix too
One thing for certain is that you cannot re-solder
the tiny wire to the element itself (one of mine broke there) as the wire doesn't seem to be soldered at all onto the element, rather the wire is 'potted' in a mastic epoxy substance. Also i discovered the wire is quite microphonic on its own so i think the element block is purely to capture the correct string vibration and to ensure maximum signal level.
Thank you to all who have responded - i love the Variax concept and hope it keeps developing
- a big thank you to Line 6!
cheers neil
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#6 clay-man

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 04:23 AM

Are you talking about the wire running into the piezo? I know you can't solder that, it's basically impossible,

However, I mean the PCB board where the piezo runs the wire to.

 

I broke off my piezo to the wire by accident a while back, though the piezo was bad anyways. I ordered a new one and want to solder that to the PCB or the excess wire of the old piezo.


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#7 clay-man

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 09:06 AM

I borrowed a soldering kit from a friend today.

 

I opened my guitar up and removed the tape. I decided to solder the 2 wires together. I striped the old one a bit and joint the wires together, tinned the iron, put it beneath the wire and applied some solder on top.

 

It seemed to turn out really nicely, formed a nice mold of solder around the wire joint. I tested it out and I think it's finally fixed for real this time!


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