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  1. A real amp in a room is just too complex of a sound to capture with modeling.



    To date, perhaps...10 years ago, smartphones were a fantasy too.


    Then there's the problem of latency which makes it feel like the guitar is not responding to your touch the same way.


    I'm not sure the human ear can even be that discriminating. Mine certainly isn't, and I'm not sure I'd want to it be. Wouldn't want perfect pitch either...anything that's even slightly off must drive those people nuts...but I digress. I think the latency some claim to "feel" stems from the fact that intellectually, they know its there, since it can be measured with the right tools. After a while they convince themselves they hear it, top down processing...JMHO. We're talking about microseconds...less time than it takes to blink your eyes. Far less actually, and we can just barely perceive that if you pay attention to it.


    Regarding the JTV strat and ric disappointments:


    I have encountered the strat pickup switching trouble and have corrected it HOWEVER

    I have a variax 300 and a variax 700. Both sound far, far better in the strat and ric tones. Disgustingly better.

    I can't fathom how Line6 calls this an upgrade over the old sounds.

    My JTV Strats have practically no 'quack' at all. And yes, I have spent lots of time on all three guitars customizing the tone.


    I also don't find the acoustics quite as strident as on the old variax guitars.

    I play the acoustics thru their own clean channel on a mixing board.


    Has anyone else noticed the sad difference I've encountered?


    This is my first ever post to any board so I apologize if I've gone astray here.

    Near as I can tell it's a 50/50 love -hate relationship wih the JTVs. Many guys who've had the older Variax guitars have gripes, and don't seem to like the newer guitars. Personally, I have nothing to compare the JTV to...I have found that this instrument has some quirks, and a few things needed getting used to in terms of pick attack, etc, especially for the acoustic models. But I like the strat tones on 2.0...some do, some don't. Very subjective and probably always will be.

  3. So you can't assign individual patches to choose them for all 8 just for 4 th ABCD-s? This sucks a bit :(


    Also I found somewhere on the forum that the POD HD500x needs 150-600 ohm headphones, it's "funny", I have to spend more on headphones than on the HD?

    I never bothered to look into headphone "requirements" as such, but I'm using a $50 pair of Sennheisers, as my AKGs recently died. They work fine. Plugged in my crappy cellphone earbuds with an adapter just for laughs, and they worked too...sounded like boiled sh*t, but it works. You can buy a $500 pair if you want, but it isnt necessary.

  4. http://data.hu/get/7384594/podtest.wav


    Recorded this, Bomber Uber with XXL-V30 cab sm57 off axis, sounds duller and darker than on the VK/Cab

    Also on the VK it doesn't seem to be so thick like when recording


    Another question: How can I assign a full patch to one foot switch, lets say I want my rythm to FS1 and clean to FS2?

    Doesn't seem to figure tis one out


    When you save the patch, it allows you to select the "destination" switches A,B,C,D in each bank, corrrespondiong to the lower row of footswitches on the board. If you want to use the upper row of footswitches to toggle to an entire patch instead of using them to toggle various fx, I believe you need to change it in the menu settings. Press and hold the VIEW button, and you'll have access to 10 pages of other settings...it's in there somewhere. Not sure which page.

  5. Just looking at the specs that are published on the knowledge base, I noticed that the 59 and 89 have the standard 43mm nut width but for some reason the 69 has a 41mm nut width, which according to Warmoth is a vintage size.  Even Fender uses 42mm for its 60's and 50's CLASSIC PLAYER models.  So just wondered why James Tyler decided to go with the narrowest width for the 69 - even 42mm would have suited more people.   Anybody know why?  


    He must have tiny hands...

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  6. Been playing aound, seems the best is combo power amp, and the cab sims has to be turned ON, the fizzyness is mostly gone. This is when I run it through valvekings poweramp.


    For recording, I will upload a bit I just recorded

    Also in the earphones it sounds crappy, if the headphones are connected to the POD, I've read that it needs at least 150ohm? Mine is 32....


    Same thing applies here...dunno about the impedance issue, but every pair of cans you plug in are gonna sound different too. Best to get a pair of decent studio headphones with the flatest frequency response you can find for the money you're willing to spend. Otherwise, if you spend much time tweeking through the headphones, and then plug into your amp, you're gonna have the same problems all over again. You might need 2 sets of patches, depending on how you're listening...

  7. It works fine for me.  You must be logged in to download tones. (and  it doesn't tell you that)

    Yep...I puzzled over that for the better part of an hour the first time. And not even a hint that it's necessary to log in...


  8. You're gonna find that many of the custom tone patches will be unusable, ditto for the factory presets...why? Beacause they were created by someone with a different guitar, amp, and fingers.  Just because it sounded exactly like "Comfortably Numb" to the dude who created it, doesn't mean it's gonna sound like that in your hands.


    Then theres the issue of output selections...studio/direct, combo/front, stack/front, etc. Everything colors the sound one way or the other. The "correct" way based on your individual setup might sound like crap to you.  You have to experiment...no way around it. I do everything the "wrong" way...studio/direct out all the time, cab emulations and all, even if I'm running through an actual cabinet...to me, the preamp only outs have all the appeal of a rusty chainsaw...but with the cab sims in place, I can get endless tones I like. It's all about what sounds good to you.


  9. I'm not saying a strat neck wont fit. There might very well be a number of drop in replacements, I haven't tried. But I'm staring at the backs of the Jtv and an American standard strat and the strat neck has a heel that's quite different. Its fatter, and has a rounded "plateau" if you will that juts out past the body by the screwplate. Kinda hard to describe. But even a quick glance and the difference is obvious, and it absolutley feels different. I'll post pics tomorrow. It's not contoured into the neck pocket the way the jtv is...I actually find it easier to access the higher frets on the jtv as a result.


  10. Did you raise a support ticket and ask Line 6 directly? They must be able to source single piezo replacements to fix any problem guitars that get returned. They would be able to tell you if they can do it for you and at what cost or where you can obtain your own replacement to do the repair yourself. But I agree, it is odd that they are not shown as options in the SHOP menu - the JTVs are a couple of years old now so it is possible some that have been heavily used may need new piezos.

    No...there's nothing wrong with mine, I was just thinking out loud. I saw the older piezos for sale directly from Line 6, but no mention of anything for any of the JTVs. Seems odd now that the line is a couple years old, as you said.

  11. I know several people have reported that a standard strat neck will fit on a JTV69 body and can be used as a replacement.  I assume that the JTV69 machine heads will be transferrable to standard strat neck but I do know you can get different machine head hole sizes.


    Have the exact specs for the JTV69 neck been published anywhere? (eg: all the measurements you would need to give to Warmoth to build a neck for you; nut width, neck pocket width and depth, machine head hole size etc).


    I did not find anything on the Knowledge base.


    PS: Does anyone know if a Variax 700 neck is a direct replacement for a JTV69 neck?


    Thanks in advance.

    A strat neck might fit, but you'll have to do some sanding if you want it to feel the same. I've got both, and the heels are not the same at all.

  12. LOL - yes of course - what I meant was, could it be replaced by a standard strat trem bridge or one of the many strat clone options or one of the graph tech alternatives for a strat?  Or is it so different that you can only use the Tyler 69 bridge/trem ?

    I suppose that is a possibility...I'll burn that bridge when I come to it, I guess. Just seemed odd that they continue to sell ones for discontinued guitars, but not the current ones.

  13. Unfortunately, even if there were the exact tone you're looking for in the custom tone library, the odds of downloading it, and having it be "perfect" for your guitar, amp, and fingers is close to zero. I've downloaded tones claiming to be this guitarist, or that song...only to find it so far off that it would have taken me less time starting from scratch than tweeking what was already there. Dont get me wrong...thrre are plenty of good, usable tones to download...but just because it sounded exactly like "Crazy Train" to the guy who created it, doesn't mean it'll work that way in your hands. You'll learn more by experimenting with the unit than trying to find ready made sounds...tedious, but ultimately its really the only thjng that works, imho.

  14. Well you must have not bought many floor pedals or floor MultiFX because most of them don't have a power switch and it's a smart design for floor pedals not to have a power switch.


    I'm not a fan of Steve Howe but he's a well rounded musician and guitar player, I also I don't use "Goose bumps" as the only yard stick to measure how good the music is. ;)


    Meet the Digitech GNX1...and it's power button. A floor pedal fx unit. Not the only other one I've owned, but the only one I still have with which to provide photo evidence. Certainly not the finest piece of gear ever, but decent for it's price which I doubt was much more than $250 or so a few years ago.


    This thing had a big brother with a few more footswitches...it had a power button too. And these ain't the only ones in the universe. I fail to see anything "not smart" about the design.








  15. That's easy.


    1-It's actually safer for the unit to operate without a power button because when you're not using it, it's unplugged so in case there's a lightning storm you don't have to worry about unplugging it since it's already unplugged, and most surge protectors aren't 100%.


    2-One less additional part that can fail. Power switch is more prone to failure than the current way it works by plugging the adapter. In the current scenario the adapter has most of the risk of failure, and that's easier than having to fix a power switch and also cheaper as you don't have to take your pod to a service center.


    3-Based on 1 and two it seems that a power switch isn't essential; so whenever it's possible to save on cost on non essential parts, the cost savings can mean a more affordable product for the consumer. Using this approach allowed line 6 to provide an all in one solution that's so far unmatched by anything except if you're willing to spend 10 times more. An AXE II with a controller is around 4 thousand dollars! A pod HD500 for a working musician is heaven sent at 300- to 400 hundred dollars used and it actually has very comparable tones to the AXE ii and Kemper. Don't let the cork sniffers tell you any different. POD HD is good enough for Steve Howe from YES to recreate all of his sounds so it really is good enough for anyone else to get their  at a fraction of the cost. Go LINE 6.


    1) Safety? This being the pathetically litigious society that it is, if safety were a concern, nothing would have power buttons. I've purchased half a dozen other units from Line 6 over the years...they all have power buttons. And, I've been walking the earth since before Rush's first album...still waiting for ANYTHING electronic to be destroyed by a lightning induced power surge...or any other power surge for that matter. Do you really run around the house unplugging everything at the first clap of thunder? By the time you're done, it will probably have stopped raining. I just don't see this as having been a big topic of discussion amongst the engineers over at Line 6...and if it was, then they need to switch to decaf. "It can't HAVE a power switch, Bob!!! WHAT ABOUT THE LIGHTNING?!?!?!"


    2) Maybe I'm lazy, but I really don't want to have to reach behind all the gear to pull the plug from the wall when I'm done playing. It's just a pain in the a**. And if we're gonna talk about risk of part failure, if you're pulling the plug from the back of the unit instead of removing the wall wart from the outlet, then I can easily see the solder connections for the jack becoming loose LONG before a simple rocker switch would fail...they design those things to move. And for what it's worth, after 25+ years of buying gear, and countless things needing repair (including one amp head many years ago that actually started to smoke onstage, lol) I still await with bated breath, my first power switch failure.


    3) Cost savings? How much cost savings could they possibly pass on to us from a 1/2 cent piece of Chinese plastic? Are you telling me that you honestly think the Axe II is 4 grand because it has a power button? Or that it would cost you $500 next month if they started cranking them out without one?


    Nor do I listen to the "cork sniffers" (I'm a beer guy)...in fact, I never said I didn't like the 500X. Quite the opposite, I think it's well worth the asking price and produces some amazing tones. I simply found it odd that after buying gear for more than half my life, this unit is the first thing I've ever owned that didn't have a simple way to turn it on and off from either the front or back panel. So in that respect, the 500X is most certainly the odd man out. Is it s deal breaker? No...but if someone had bet me $50 that I couldn't guess what simple feature was missing from this unit before I opened the box, "power switch" would have been the absolute LAST thing that I'd have thought of.


    And this is just me... but nothing about Steve Howe's playing ever gave me goose bumps, but to each his own, ;) .

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    Outstanding is still the question of what output setting to use on the HD.  Studio/Direct works for the send to the mixing console, but probably isn't optimal for the send to the amp.  



    I do it the "wrong" way and leave everything on studio/direct...cab emulations and all, sometimes into the front of a head and cab, sometimes into a separate Carvin tube poweramp and cab. Why? I like the way it sounds, and I find it easier to tweek...and that's really all that matters. I've talked to a few others on here who run similar setups (into cambo amps, etc...but all running studio/direct). All boils down to what you like...I find that using just the preamp out has all the aural appeal of a bandsaw...particularly with high gain patches, but that's just me. Your mileage may vary...but there's no "right" or "wrong". There are other threads around where this is discussed...just not sure which ones, lol.

  17. I best get inventing then ! haha. I'm sure i can work something out between me, my hd pro, matrix power amp and line 6 cab. I may even try just going straight to PA. Can you plug in to the desk or does it need to go through a DI box?

    Might depend on the board, I dunno. We've got a small PA we use just for vox and my singer's acoustic guitar, for the smaller joints. For bigger places with in house PAs, everything is more or less permanently set up already...just throw my cab in front of the mic and let Mr. Soundman do his thing.  I don't usually run the HD direct.  Those guys often get pissy if you ask them to deviate from the usual set-up, lol.

  18. I didn't know whether it was just the cab they had there, it was an unmarked one so i don't even know what brand it was. Had to get my Matrix sent back because I couldn't get the tone loud enough as it was farrrrr too bassy. Just wish there was some way of making the tone sound the same across the board with every live scenario


    Whoever figures that one out will be a millionaire. Hell, if you're using a tube rig, that thing might not sound quite the same from one day to the next...I've had that happen a million times. Same guitar, same amp, same strings, sometimes even the same venue...one day great tone, next day crap. Tone gremlins...

  19. Running my patches through a PC/Mac sounds completely different to when running my Pod, Power Amp and cab at practice. Is this because the patches contain a cab simulator e.g. 4x12 xxl v30? Would it be best to have a set of patches with cab sim for recording etc and a copy of the patches for using live but without cab sims on?


    Everything you run it through will sound different. Combo amps, a stack, headphones, whatever...all will color the sound one way or the other. It's very subjective.  There's really no "right" way to configure everything, and it all boils down to what other gear you're using, and what sounds good to your ears. Personally, I hate the way the preamp only output sounds going through either a head/cab or power-amp/cab set up, so I leave everything on studio/direct and tweek from there. All the models sound overly harsh and chainsaw-ish to me without the cab simulations, even if I'm using an actual cabinet. The manual will tell you this is the "wrong" way to do it...but who cares if it sounds good? Try out various combos until you hit on something you like.

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