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  1. Hi guys, I'm in the process of buying a JTV-59 guitar and, while I may like the stock magnetic pickups once I get the guitar, I was wondering if it would be possible to swap them if needed. For the last 10 years or so I played a combo of Seymour Duncan SH-2 Jazz Neck and SH-6 Distortion Bridge pickups, so I was wondering if I could place them inside the JTV-59 in case I'll miss their tone. I read somewhere that it's possible as long as the pickups are in a resistance range of 7-8k, but I'm not sure I got it right nor if the SH-2 and SH-6 would fall into this category. Do you have any direct experience with these or similar pickups into a Tyler Variax guitar? Thanks a lot
  2. Hi guys, I'm interested in the JTV-59 model but, since I never had or even tried a Variax before, I need some help to fully understand what it's capable of. In particular I'm interested in creating custom banks that have mixed body types and pickups stored in the 5-way position toggle...is that possible? For example, let's say I want to create a custom bank where I have this configuration of the 5-way selector: POSITION 5 - one of the acoustic models POSITION 4 - Tele neck POSITION 3 - Tele Middle POSITION 2 - none POSITION 1 - LP bridge is that possible to create a custom bank with this configuration? Thanks a lot
  3. good to know...so the 16.6k of a Duncan Distortion bridge pickup (passive) would cause issues or should it work fine? Thanks a lot
  4. Sorry but I don’t really understand this whole resistance issue: is it just a “tone color EQ thing” or having higher resistance magnetic pickups would cause malfunctions in the variax system? Thanks
  5. Hi, could you please tell me if the Duncan SH-2 Jazz Neck (link) and the SH-6 Distortion Bridge (link) would work correctly as well? Thanks a lot
  6. Good poing, I didn't think about that. According to the official manual, that doesn't seem a problem though as the 2 and 4 positions can be accessed by using the Alternate Tuning knob: Pickup Position Numbering JTV-59 Even though your guitar is equipped with a 3-way Pickup Selector Switch you can still access all 5 models in each model bank. We’ve numbered the Pickup Selector positions in the manual starting with “bridge” (the position toward the bridge) as 1. Moving the pickup selector from there, you go to position 3 on your way to the “neck” position which we label as number 5. To access models 2 and 4 press the Alternate Tuning Knob to toggle between using the 3-way to access models “1-3-5” or “2- 3-4”.
  7. I’d absolutely check the stock mags before pulling them out; who knows, maybe I’d like them and keep them on the guitar. I’m only trying to understand if, in case I don’t like them, I’d be able to put something else in their place. Ear-matching my fav Duncan pickups to the digital models inside the Variax using Workbench to fine-tune them, is certainly appealing but there still would be contexts in which having a couple of magnetic pups would be better (eg. for songs with a lot of palm muting, which I read is not great with the Variax models).
  8. Hi Todd, that’s the post I read regarding the resistance: https://line6.com/support/topic/2344-replacing-magnetic-pickups/?do=findComment&comment=203066 Also in that thread, a few posts before (link), the same user (Line6 tech maybe?) tells that swapping mag pickups on Variax gtrs and getting it right is a bit hit-and-miss, as the possible issues with 3rd party pickups are random. Cannot really understand why though, maybe is just a warning based on few bad experiences...not sure to be honest.
  9. Thanks a lot @silverhead!!! Oh don't worry about the "none" position, I was just meaning "with no sound" and it was just to see if I could get an "empty" position...the 0 volume trick would work perfectly. Now that I know I can create this kind of bank, I'm even more interested...I'm just a bit skeptical regarding this system being quite old and not so popular among guitarists, but I guess that when it comes to instruments, people tends to be quite conservative and less open-minded.
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    Helix as MIDI controller: any limitations?

    Hi guys, I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on a Helix Floor pedalboard in order to take advance of the extended i/o and scribble scripts and also use it as a MIDI controller for a bigger setup. My main doubt is: is it fully customizable in that scenario or does it have some limitations as the POD HD does (fixed PC messages on preset change and stuff like that)? Thanks a lot!
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    where are the filters?

    Hi guys, I'm trying the Helix Native plugin but I can't find all those great filters I have on my POD HD500, like the Seeker, Voice Box, Obi Wah, Throbber etc. Are they somewhere in the Helix or not? In the Native Plugin I can see just the Mutant Filter, Mistery Filter and Auto Filter. Sorry for the newbie question, but I'm evaluating the purchase of an Helix Floor because of the great i/o, routing, interface etc, and I'm a bit worried of losing options in the fx department. I'm sure I'm missing something about the Helix; being a hi-end modeler I guess those tones are in there somewhere. If you could please share your experience, it would be great. All the best!
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    where are the filters?

    so, does it mean that I'd be more limited in the filter department with the Helix in comparison with the HD500? That sounds pretty strange. Could you please tell me where I can find good Helix presets for this kind of tones? I only have the Helix Native trial so I can't access the Custom Tone.
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    Helix as MIDI controller: any limitations?

    Thanks a lot for the detailed reply! It seems like a hell of a pedalboard in terms of midi! What I'm still trying to figure out is: let's say I want to use the Helix for fx and an external rack unit for amp modeling (I already have other gear and I'm trying to figure out if they could work together in an extended rig setup). Considering that the external unit also has onboard fx that can be recalled via MIDI, does it mean that - for example - if I use a switch on the Helix to turn on/off an Helix fx, would it also automatically send a CC message to the external unit, whether I want it or not? If it works like that, it could be a problem because - following the previous example - if I activate let's say a phaser on the Helix, it could turn on/off another completely different fx on the external unit, let's say a distortion pedal. That would mess things up, but I'm more inclined to think that it doesn't work like that and this scenario could be avoided somehow. If you could please help me on that, it would be great. I'm really looking into the Helix floor, almost convinced to buy it...I just need to figure out if it could work the way I want with the gear I already have. Thanks a lot, all the best!
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    Helix as MIDI controller: any limitations?

    Thanks a lot for your reply. Does it mean that I can also choose which PC command to send on preset load, or do I only have the other option of disabling PC altogether? Besides I was reading another thread about MIDI where the user was talking about the Helix automatically sending CCs messages on preset load. How does that work?
  15. Hi, could you please tell me if the Mobile POD app is foot controllable by the iRig Blueboard or other controllers? Thanks
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    Mobile Pod Foot Controller? (irig Blueboard Etc.)

    Nevermind, I asked the Line 6 support and the answer is "no": Hello,Unfortunately, the Mobile POD software is not controllable with any kind of external control device at this time.Regards,Line6Hugo
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    Seeking Real World Advice On Which Floor Pod Model To Purchase...

    If you can easily afford it, I'd say go with the HD500X. Otherwise, if you can find a great deal on the used market and want to save some cash, HD500 is the answer. DSP limit can only be a problem when you run dual amps and start adding multiple heavy fx like pitch-shifting, reverbs and stuff like that.
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    Adding To Greatness....

    I understand...unfortunately that's the main drawback of plugging directly into a PA, your tone is always linked to the quality of the system. Regarding the DistX, d'you use just one tone out of it? I was wondering about putting it in the fx loop and then boosting or cutting the input volume before it to get different gain stages. If this would work I could save some money and get the DistX instead of the Dual
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    Adding To Greatness....

    cool, how does it sound along with the HD500 (especially the emulated output)?I'm thinking about a Dual, but the DistX and the Metal are on my radar too lol
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    Amp Wish List For The Next Update (whenever That Is)

    Diezel VH4 (this one above all for me) Diezel Hagen Diezel Herbert Bogner Ecstasy Mesa Mark V
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    Adding To Greatness....

    beefy tone here, thanks for sharing!
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    New Bonamassa-esque Tone On Pod Hd500...

    great stuff man, thanks for sharing! ;)
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    Pod Hd Amplifier Extras

    great stuff here, very useful.
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    Successor Of Pod Hd

    I'd say 2015 too. I truly hope they take their time to develop a better modeling technology and fix the well known problems of the current HD series. I think that the path is already here...a few more steps and we could see the best all-in-one pedalboard on the market. Fingers crossed!
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    Adding To Greatness....

    cool, the Tech21 emulated output must sound pretty good then...hope the Blackstar's one will work fine too, otherwise I'll use external IRs. Anyway, I guess I'll go this way step by step...thanks again for sharing your experience. Feel free to post more about your setup and findings...I'm always really interested about POD upgrades to make it sound better :)
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