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clay-man last won the day on April 25 2015

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  1. Lowering the electronics and presetting the tone knob to about 8/10 helps give a more realisticly smooth Les Paul sound, but it's annoying because it ruins the whole concept of those electronic values supposedly sounding that way, or the use of the tone knob liberally. I guess it can be fixed with EQ, but I'd like to just plug in the guitar and have it sound like what it's supposed to sound like. Does anyone have a Les Paul that honestly sounds as bright and lacking in bass as the Variax models do?
  2. Am I the only person who things the 6th string has a problem regardless of whether or not you have a plinking sound? It just sounds inconsistent to all the other strings. It has way more honk than any of the other strings do, and I literally played 4 Variaxes. I don't know why they don't compensate for this in the modeling. It's super annoying to deal with. The problem is if you ever do any type of boost that gives more bite to the other 5 strings, the 6th strings becomes way too grating. I don't know how many of you just play low gain rock, but if you play with higher treble sounds or high gain, it becomes an issue.
  3. I don't know. The more I go back to humbucker based sounds the more I feel like it all sounds too nasally. I feel like there's probably a defect with my Variax that somehow got worse over time. The quacky sound is really bothersome.
  4. I got an Epi Les Paul Custom a while ago and it blows the Variax's Lester settings out of the water, but I still want to get sounds out of it. Is it me or is the settings too nasally? Are they based off of a Les Paul with brighter humbuckers or something? Does anyone else have a Les Paul and think the Lester model sounds close? It's just not happening with me. Any way to fix this in Workbench?
  5. Yeah if you're not confident at all, don't do it. I've disassembled electronics many a times so I know a grasp of what I'm getting into. It's relatively easy if you have that concept down. You look at it and go "oh, this thing touches against this thing to get a read of which slot it chooses, so I clean that". If you can't get a basic obvious concept of what you're looking at, then no, don't do it yourself. I've already replaced piezos on both my guitars as well as replaced a volume and tone knob on my old Variax, but that's because I have a basic understanding of electronic layout.
  6. I had a problem with the model knob on my Variax. I disassembled the pick guard to get to the contacts of the model knob (A metal prong contacts against another piece with indents to indicate what model is selected). I shot some Electronic contact cleaner between it and flipped through the models fast. I did this like 3-4 times. Never had a problem with models freaking out again. Could work with the alt tuning knob as well. Pretty sure it's the same principle. That's if, the problem is stemming from the tuning selector reading wrong.
  7. You missread it, I said the thin E string not the thick. The thin E string actually carried a lot of the tension. The thick E string actually carried not so much. You break off the thin E string on a tremolo and you're pretty screwed.
  8. I've tried putting tape under the string before and it did not help for me.
  9. the tension on the E string is barely anything. I mean it's enough, but the low E string has the highest tension honestly. It affects the tremolo tension the most when tuning the guitar up.
  10. I MIGHT consider replacing the stock pickups with lace sensor pickups for a change. Is there anything I should know about swapping pickups that might be different on the Variax opposed to a normal guitar, or should the pickup area be pretty much the same until it leads out to the other components?
  11. It's fine to compare them on the same basic principles, but to point out that the autotune guitar has a weird static noise because of the alt tuning feature, and say "well they're both modeling guitars, does the variax do this?" Is like asking someone since they have a brain, if your parents are their parents too. Pitch shifting doesn't have anything to do with modeling. It's a separate process. All I can say is that there's many things that can come into play with your guitar. It could be software or hardware. Maybe you have something wrong with your guitar and it does that because of a hardware problem. Have you asked fellow Autotune guitar users if they experience this problem? If they do, then it might be software then. If it's software, maybe it has something to do with the pitch shifting. Something might be interpreting something incorrectly. It's weird because i'm pretty sure Antares is hailed as innovators in pitch shifting technology. Another thing that could happen, is if it happens to be the modeling's fault, the modeling's algorithm might be reading frequencies that aren't within the range it normally handles, and causes the sound to distort. If you're asking about whether or not you are considering getting a Variax, the Variax does not have this problem. The things you have to consider with the Variax though, is that it is susceptible to warble. Hammer on/pull offs can be culprit to warble with the alt tuning system if not played with enough clarity.
  12. I took the survey as well. I told them to address the plinking situation that plagues a lot of people. I told them to add more models and pickup selections, and I told them that additional controls are fine as long as it's not an eyesore. A touchpad would deter from the guitar to me. I feel like it would be cool, but that's not why I got a Variax, so honestly, I don't want one. I mean, what would it control? Unless they can give me examples, I don't want one. As for controls, Tone, Volume, PU select, and Alt tuning have to stay on the new Variaxes. My only question is, what will become of the current Variax items? Will it just be like the old ones? I mean, I guess we bought it because what they presented what it does for us, not what it could do in the future. We paid for what we saw and heard, so I can't complain too much, it's not like that functionality is going to randomly disappear.
  13. Worst offender is using a boost pedal into high gain. That's something I like to use for sharp sounding high gain sounds. It tightens up the whole sound, but with the Variax, it makes the plink problem rise to the top.
  14. No, they're really not. They all use different coding and engines to produce what their sound is. They all do modeling, but to say "Oh will it do this, because I expect it to because they're both modeling guitars" is like asking if a PS4 will do something windows can do because they're both computer processors. If you want to ask about a question, fine, but why in the world do you have to setup your post like you're asking if a variax you own is normal for doing such a thing, then you turn around at the end of your post and go "by the way this isn't a variax it's a completely different product from a completely different company". Word it better next time please.
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