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  1. FWIW shortly after acquiring my 69 I had an actual Strat neck put on - I believe my luthier said it was from a John Meyer (?) model. Night and day for me - like you I found the stock profile kinda chunky for my hands. Took it from being a guitar I played because of its flexibility on stage to one that I actually enjoyed playing in and of itself.
  2. I always thought it was an inside joke about the Dumble only being affordable to lawyers...?
  3. Buncha Fanboize!! (But then, so am I). Yeah - Helix pretty much wrapped it all up for me, other than some poly fx that I put in the loops everything else I might need is already in there. The only thing I've remotely considered picking up since Helix is maybe a Katana 50 just for the "one box grab-n-go" quickies. But for any real work Helix has me covered.
  4. Just go ahead on the next release and turn "1.82" or whatever into "2.82". Yeah, I get "conventions" and revision histories and all that - just do it. Heck, catching up on this board I've seen several instances in the last 10 minutes where the confusion has tripped up discussions. You guys have slowly been getting the update process more clear and touting how Core unifies the whole thing - bite the bullet, defy convention and just do it. Bring it all into synch. Thenkyouveddymuch.
  5. Voted! I mentioned this over on TGP - call it the "What's In A Name" update or sumtin. Since (I assume) Updater handles other product lines we can live with 1.7 or whatever it is now - but really ALL Helix family should be on the same rev.
  6. Dang - never thought of that. Good idea!
  7. Note, though, that if you kick the Helix the reverb won't "sproing" like the real thing. Firmware 3.0 perhaps?
  8. Oh, agreed - I never charged more for FR's, just cursed a lot while doing it. The tool I mentioned was a game changer, suddenly I could work the bridge while tuned to pitch. And for $20 - $25 bucks not exactly a major capital expense.
  9. Has the design changed in the last 15 years or so? When I was doing setups the FR was the biggest pain ever - you loosen that screw and the whole saddle piece slams forward. You can loosen the string, then the screw, move and tighten, then retension the string - repeat until correct. Royal time-sucker. Prior to posting this I googled and checked - sure enough Stew Mac is still (or once again) selling a special tool for just this purpose, braces the saddle assembly screw against the frame and lets you incrementally screw the saddle back and forth. Had one on my bench at the time - not my shop so it stayed behind when I left. Highly recommended when working with FR's. Again, I'm willing to stand corrected if the basic FR design has changed - but that quirk is why I've been a Kahler guy.
  10. Interesting - I've never had a problem getting feedback with my Helix/FRFR, in fact I've found it one of the most reliable rigs I've had for that. Nothing really special - I run a couple of Alto TS110s in front of me, floor monitor style. So my sound is firing right back up at me, I suppose that's a big part of it. Never need to be too loud. Most of my patches have a touch of compression before the amp, I'd assume that also helps get things rolling.
  11. This will depend on several variables - Mac or PC, what DAW are you running? Some systems balk at different devices for in/out, as do many DAWs. You'll just have to plug'em in and find out...
  12. Well, I have no hands-on with a Savage so a direct comparison isn't possible, but I can tell you this - any comparison with Helix to a POD series is pointless, they really have upped the game that much. It's a whole new critter, from tonal accuracy to organic feel it sounds and responds like any amp I've ever owned - and in 47 years of playing I've owned a lot. Best advice - buy from a place with a decent satisfaction return policy and find out for yourself. It's been (subtlely) acknowledged by L6 that many of the firmware updates have included under-the-hood tweaks of the engine, and at this point it's hard to find a bad sounding amp in the bunch. That's not saying they'd all be your cuppa tea, but compared to the initial release - where I'd be scrolling thru amps going "blech", "why bother", "who thought this sounded good?" - I now can pull up virtually any amp and find a use for it. Give'er a whirl - my money says you'll keep it...
  13. Annnnd - quote of the century. How on earth did I get through the first 40-odd years of playing with just a Fender, Marshall, Mesa, Markley, or whatever amp I'd have at any given moment? Apparently I was truly deprived and never realized it. By all means, let's hope for more models as time goes by, why not? But I've yet to truly explore whats in there NOW, and am getting everything I could possibly need. The whole "give me this or I'm going to Fractal" thing has gotten kinda tired.
  14. I'll be interested to see if anyone has any suggestions, but one stumbling block - at this moment Helix doesn't have polyphonic detection. I emphasized what I did because there are rumors (confirmed?) that L6 has added some team members with experience in that area. As a user of the "9" series of EHX pedals I'd love to see the capability added - even less stuff to cart around. But I suppose someone might find a way to do a mono Rhodes-type sound.
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