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  1. I have been playing my V300 and V500 physically tuned to D for many MANY years And never had any problems. True, I use a slightly heavier than average set of strings - 11-52 Dean Markley Misfits set with a .010 swapped in for the .011. The problem began when I brought home my new JTV. When tuned to D is not warbling, it is randomly generating notes I am not playing, mostly on the D string. I have zero fret buzz and the problem only occurs on the 12 string models as I recall (haven't dealt with it for a couple of years). I understand your experience is different. This might be due to the resononce of the springs in your V600s trem - my V300 and V500 had hardtails and my transplants have Bigsbys with the strings damped at the trem. My point being, in my tests the JTV guts behave differently than those of the Gen 1 Vax.
  2. The answer is NO. I had the same issue with my JTV-89. This was reported as a bug by myself and others years ago, a support ticket was opened by a user here, Line6 looked into it and here are the results he PMed me: "Well, they closed the ticket I did on the clash on the "D" string resulting when you physically tune down a whole step. I questioned it with them since it was in "Escalated" status. They said it was mistakenly put in that status. Anyway, they've updated their faq's webpage to include that tuning must be in E Standard to work. They told me that that is how the guitar is calibrated and it's not tested beyond that." There may be some magic elixir that will make a JTV work properly when downtuned but so far I do not believe anyone has figured it out. If they have I would be very interested in whatever solution they have come up with. OK, there IS one way I know of to use a physically downtuned Variax with no issues: buy an older first generation pre JTV variax. My old Vax works flawlwssly tuned down to D with a 10-52 set of strings. Just do a transplant of first gen guts into your 89f and you will be golden :lol: , I can assure you this works well at least tuned as low as D - I have never tested my old V transplant tuned to C# but as I recall from earlier conversations in these forums there is a guy in some fairly famous band that tunes his early Vax that low or lower without issue. WAIT, HOW ABOUT THIS COMPROMISE: Physically downtune strings 2-6 one full step. Physically downtune string 1 E 1.5 steps. Physical tuning = C# A F C G D Detune strings 2-6 1/2 step electronically to compensate. You won't get too much glitching on most models when tuned down 1 full step on strings 2-5 and you get the tension you want on the E1, if the E1 works tuned down 1.5 steps it might work out for you. Slap a D-Tuna on the E1 and you can quickly adjust physical tuning on songs that use the mag pickups. This assumes a D-Tuna will fit your JTV bridge and 2. A D-Tuna can be calibrated to drop a semi-tone instead of the normally used full tone.
  3. I have always tuned my Variax transplants to D standard and never had any problems. My JTV on the other hand does not like to be tuned to D standard and makes funny out of tune notes on some of the models, the 12 string acoustics and the 12 string Rickenbacker are the ones I had problems with but there might be more. A support ticket was created by another user here with the same problem and the results were: "they've updated their faq's webpage to include that tuning must be in E Standard to work. They told me that that is how the guitar is calibrated and it's not tested beyond that. " My JTV works properly when tuned down to Eb, and most models are okay when tuned down to D - but when tuned to D the 12 strings are mostly unusable, unless you are playing in a Japanese noise band or something.
  4. Yep, the stamp on the neck was what made me think it was new - wasn't aware the 500s were made in Korea like the JTVs, in my memory all the older Variaxes were Indo except the 700 Japanese model - even though I had a 500 that I used as a donor for my transplant I guess I had forgotten about it being Korean. The neck on my 500 WAS pretty nice, almost as nice as my 700 and much better than my Korean JTV... I wish the JTVs had the same neck quality as the older 500/700 Variaxes :(
  5. Yeah, I did two transplants and the cheapest one cost me more than a neck swap, spent a couple hundred (had to buy a GraphTech bridge because the L6 bridge wouldn't work and bought some of that metallic paint for the control cavity, I think it was $26 for a tiny bottle) - if you were able to do all the work yourself and reuse all the L6 parts you could do it cheaply but that would limit you to guitars with the same type of bridge or require tons of work. To have a luthier do a transplant for you is not cheap, I think Toasterdude will be along soon to testify to this fact. I remember on the old forums a guy did a cost breakdown on his transplant of a Variax into an Epiphone 335 copy, and even with him doing everything himself he still spent well over $1000 by the time he was finished.
  6. I believe you are correct. Nice guitar. Weird that the control layout is the same as the Variax 500, that is what made me think factory job. And I KNEW that body looked too cool to be a one off. Now that I see it I remember someone did a similar Peavey Tele/Variax transplant in the old forums, a really nice one with a purple quilted top. The Peavey body was too thin so they couldn't get the rear control cover to close - had to put spacers and it stuck out of the body about 1/4", looked pretty bad... maybe that is what made them give up on the black one currently for sale on Craigslist. Update: I just got an email from the guy selling it, he bought it in its current state and didn't know it was a Peavey - he thought it was stock or maybe a prototype. Thanks for the info Phil!
  7. It looks slicker, more stylized and more like a from-the-factory item than any Variax transplant I have ever seen. And the number of Variax transplants I have seen with pickups is very low... Compare the shape of the top bout and the cutaway to the JTV59 - very similar, yes? And it looks like the same simulated binding on the top. Like a JTV59 and a Tele melted together. And that sweet "Tele-but-not-a-Tele" pickguard... really well designed IMO, I would say it was done by someone extremely talented. Enlarging the pics I do not see the typical LR Baggs markings and the saddles look like they have the newer Tyler designed piezo elements. Mighty interesting... The whole thing looks exactly like what I would expect Line 6 to come up with if they designed the Tele people have been begging for for years, and if this isn't the long awaited Line 6 Tele style Variax it really should be IMO.
  8. Is this a thing? When did it happen? Never seen anything like it... Line 6 Variax Tele Body and Neck without electronics - Schaller tuners - $150 (berkeley) © craigslist - Map data © OpenStreetMap (google map) (yahoo map) Line 6 Variax Telecaster body, neck, and hardware. Made in Korea. Includes 2 pickguards, humbucker surround, back electronics cover, bridge, neck bolts, jack plate, strap buttons, and Schaller tuners (W. Germany). No pickups or other electronics. One pickguard is fits 2 Strat pickups and the other pickguard fits a neck humbucking pickup. Basswood body and maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Very little wear with some light body scuffs behind the bridge. The frets show little wear. 25 1/2" scale neck. About 1 3/4" wide at the nut. Body 1 3/4" thick. Neck is fully adjustable. Guitar weighs about 6 lbs 7 oz. and has a well balanced, solid feel. Easy to bend string action. No case. Great project guitar with battery compartment and lots of room for on-board electronics.
  9. I have done two Variax transplants and they were not exactly easy... and the cost was much more than a simple neck swap (the Ibanez RG neck I bought for my JTV89 cost me $40)... but if you can't find a neck that you like that works with the 89 a transplant is definitely an option to consider.
  10. AANJ = All Access Neck Joint, on most Ibanez RG guitars the neck heel and the body are shaved away at the neck joint for improved access to higher frets. The JTV89 has a neck joint similar to the AANJ but the shape is different, I tried my RG550 neck on the 89 and the 89 body sticks out pretty far past where the Ibanez neck heel begins. I don't know how to describe it better than that buy if you compare the 89 and an AANJ Ibanez side by side it will be easy to see the difference. It would be possible to put an AANJ neck on the 89 body but it would look bad unless you shave away part of the body to match the Ibanez body, something I didn't want to do to my 89 so that I can put the JTV neck back on later if and when I decide to sell the guitar. Jackson necks have a more traditional neck heel, as do certain year Ibanez RG120/170 and most other 24 fret 25.5 scale guitars. If you want a shredder neck with a non-shredder profile I think you will need something custom built or heavily modified, tho there may be something out there I haven't seen. You could buy a bunch of different necks on ebay hoping something will work but in the long run it would probably be cheaper to have the original neck reshaped to meet your standards. I am guessing that though you are not a shredder you bought the shredder model JTV because you wanted the Floyd Rose? If this is the case maybe it would be cheaper to trade in the 89FR for a JTV69 and have a Floyd installed, you have zillions of options when it comes to replacing the neck on a JTV69 but only a few on the 89.
  11. I bought an Ibanez RG120 neck to replace my JTV89 neck. Ibanez made necks with a standard heel (not AANJ) for a couple of years, they can be found on the RG120 and RG170. I believe this is the "Wizard" neck profile. I did a test fitting and the Ibanez neck fits the 89 neck pocket but will require minor modification to the neck to get it to work properly, will get around to it someday - for now will use the 89 as is. Many 24 fret 25.5 scale necks would work but most will likely require minor modification. I think Jackson 25.5 necks would be a good option if you don't mind the pointy headstocks (I hate them).
  12. In my experience the reverb always works best at the end of the chain UNLESS I am shooting for a surf tone - you can get a very convincing 60s surf sound by putting the 63 Reverb first in the chain, before the Twin amp, and then cranking everything way up. Single coil guitar is almost mandatory to nail this tone, Strat is best IMO.
  13. I can tell you that if the trem spring noise is still emulated on the Strat it has been turned WAY down, to the point it is no longer an annoyance on higher gain tones. Did not know these details were turned off when engaging alt tune in the old Variax, will have to check that out. A while back I made a suggestion on Ideascale re: adding the option to turn off the trem noise emulation or adjust the level in Workbench - the idea was immediately downvoted to oblivion. Not only do people NOT want the option to adjust this part of the tone, they don't want any of us to have the option. Pity.
  14. Save the original neck and put it back on if you need to have any warranty work done.
  15. Was considering the idea of a 7 string JTV transplant ast night and realized something - We all know there is currently no way to do the modeling over 7 strings, BUT why would I want to? I don't need a 7 string simulated acoustic 12 string (14 string?), or a 7 string banjo, or a 7 string Strat, or a 7 string 59 Les Paul etc. All of those instruments are fine and accurate to the original as 6 strings (5 strings for the banjo). The only time I ever need a 7 or 8 string is when i am doing heavy or Djenty bits and even if I could make the JTV modeling work on 7 or 8 strings it will mostly sound like poo anyway due to the JTV's inherent palm mute issues. So my idea is to transplant my JTV 89 electronics into a nice 7 or 8 string Ibanez or similar, using a 7 or 8 string bridge with 6 Graphtech piezo saddles connected to the modeling inputs and the guitars magnetic pickups running through the JTV mag input. This will give me the ultimate Djent-Djent-Djent on the heavy strings and with the touch of a footswitch the standard JTV modeling on the 1-6 strings and muted 7th and 8th string. Line 6 or Toasterdude, feel free to take this idea and run with it :) I might do it and I might not, depends on how I feel about things when I get around to pursuing the idea.
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