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  1. Since you're familiar with the Stomp, then you already know what you're getting into...there's really not much of a discussion to be had. It's big brother just has more footswitches, and more ins/outs... for all intents and purposes the brains are identical, and it's gonna sound exactly the same as your Stomp. It just boils down to how attached you are to the other stuff on your board, and whether or not you want everything in one box... beyond that, there's really nothing anybody here can tell you that you don't already know.
  2. Well you've already done a reset, which is really the only thing that's available to an end user as a (potential) cure for digital devices that have $hat the bed. You could open a service ticket and see what they tell you... but at this point it's long out of warranty and if it's a hardware issue, then in all likelihood isn't worth fixing. If you're really attached to this particular unit, you can probably pick up a used one on ebay for less than you'd end up spending to bring yours back from the dead. Or just use this as an excuse to buy a new toy... that's what I'd do. If the wife complains, just start taking inventory of her shoes... and do it out loud. ;) Honestly, there are better delays out there anyway. This thing has great delays and absolutely killer reverbs: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ColliderDlyRev--source-audio-collider-stereo-delayreverb-pedal
  3. The XT Live is a "legacy product", several generations of devices behind the curve at this point, and it hasn't been been made for quite some time... so don't hold your breath for an update. And honestly, as good as that was in it's time, it's obsolete now. The Helix family of devices is light years ahead in sound quality, functionality, versatility, etc... you're missing out.
  4. Can't say I do... Not a clue... though I'd assume that a return policy is spelled out somewhere. Can't say, as I've never purchased directly from L6 either, but given the propensity for folks to complain around here, I suspect that if the answer were "no", then we'd all have heard about it by now.... again, and again, and again. ;) Probably lengthy and perhaps expensive, as you'll likely be paying for freight charges to and from The Mothership...unless you manage to convince customer service that you shouldn't have to. If it's still under warranty perhaps they'd pick up the tab...I honestly don't know. But either way, you'll be without your fiddle for a while, whether they pay for the cab fare or not.
  5. cruisinon2

    US Princess

    A model of an electric guitar amp won't be of much help in creating a convincing acoustic tone... as indicated above, the tube pre and EQ is the way to go.
  6. Nothing under the hood of a Variax is standard as far as the electronics are concerned. Even if you've replaced a thousand "normal" volume pots, this won't be what you're used to...you've got the mag pickups, the piezos, and all of it is tied to the main board where the magic is stored. Tread cautiously...
  7. And neither can anybody else.. The "accommodation price" only exists in the screenshot he posted. As you've seen, when you actually go the page, it's clearly listed as a $99.99 item... don't ask me why, or how to become one of the magically "accommodated". It's also pretty obvious that the only answer you're likely to get here is "call support"...
  8. This is the most confusion I've seen in one place since I flunked out of differential equations as an undergrad...
  9. In other news, my foot hurts.
  10. This is a 2 1/2 year old thread with no responses, and the OP hasn't logged in since the day he posted it... don't hold your breath for a reply. I suggest opening a service ticket...
  11. This is arguably the most accurate statement ever made around here...;)
  12. cruisinon2

    Helix Floor or LT

    What I think is meaningless. Your individual needs, where and how the device will be used (and the amount of abuse you expect it to be subjected to), and the size of your wallet are the determining factors... and you're the only one with those answers.
  13. There's nothing difficult about adjusting intonation... and doing it on a Variax is no different than any other guitar in the known universe. The recipe is always exactly the same... it's a mechanical issue involving bridge saddle position and the vibrating length of each string, and may or may not require adjusting the height of the mag pickups. If you own a decent tuner and are capable of turning a screw driver (or small hex wrench, as the case may be), then you are eminently qualified to adjust your own intonation. Detailed instructions on exactly how to determine what adjustments need to be made, and how to make them, are readily available on line from any number of sources... check youtube.
  14. 1) You don't really have many simple options beyond finding an OEM replacement somewhere. Graphtech makes piezo saddles, but whenever you start mucking around with third party replacements, you risk screwing things up, unless you really know what you're doing. 2) SPOILER ALERT: Everything breaks eventually, so you can stop worrying about the "if" part... and it's equally ridiculous to waste your life away worrying about when it's gonna happen. There's no reason to assume it won't last a good long time. My JTV is 8 years old, and works just fine. Don't swing it around your head on stage trying to imitate Yngwie, and don't store it on the front porch of your beach house, and it'll be fine for years on end.
  15. The problem with these features is that they're just an approximation...a "best guess" EQ curve that will mitigate the problem in some instances, but not others... the "Loudness" feature that lots of stereos used to have was designed for some theoretical "average" use, when listening to commercially released finished mixes on consumer level playback systems. The odds of having it work successfully when applied to a single guitar tone is slim to none. Bottom line is the quick fix that everybody wants ain't coming. There is simply to much variability in perception from one person/scenario to the next for there to be a "one size fits all" solution. What will work though, 100% of the time, is the same as it's always been: Dial in sounds specifically for their intended use, under the same (or as similar as humanly possible) conditions. The end. Is it inconvenient and time consuming? Yup. Will there ever be a day that any of us are 100% happy, and done tweaking sounds? Very doubtful. Would I avail myself of some universal push-button solution should there ever be one that proved reliable? You bet your a$$, I would. Am holding my breath for this bag of magic wonderfulness to appear? F*&% no...
  16. There's only one way to find out, but if I were a betting man, I'd say almost certainly not... any Strat replacement neck will fit the 69, though. Done it myself.
  17. "Marketed" being the operative term here... Brochures say lots of things. Mostly they say whatever the advertising department thinks will make a particular demographic most likely to part with their money... and it's nearly always bull$hit. You can make just about anything sound fancy and suited to a particular task if you do it right. Just ask the army...They refer to a nut... as in the things that screws go into... as a "hexa-form rotatable surface compression unit". You do the math, lol...
  18. Well that's just it... what are the odds that the thief just happens to be a local guitar player stealing for himself and intent on remaining in possession of the stolen goods? Slim to none... stolen goods get flipped, within hours or days of the theft. So whomever ends up in possession of it bought in on eBay or from some pawn shop or music store, blissfully unaware of where it came from. Can't just automatically perp-walk the poor slob off to jail, dripping head to toe with reasonable doubt. So yes...there would have to be an investigation, which is why it is a complete and utter waste of time and resources for all but the most insanely valuable of items. They'll take your report because they have to, but it'll be so far down on their to-do list that the cop who wrote it up... his kid will graduate from the academy before anybody follows up on anything. It might be emotionally satisfying to get stuff back, and I'm sure it occasionally happens...but it's just dumb luck. 99.97% of the time nothing will get done, and your stuff is long gone and ain't coming back.
  19. And that's precisely my point... outside of Mayberry, law enforcement has far more pressing concerns than chasing after somebody's missing guitar toys. They might not laugh right in your face when you file the report...but they'll definitely be laughing at the bar about the guy who ran hell bent for leather to his local precinct, waving an email, expecting them to move heaven and earth to rescue a kidnapped delay pedal... hell, unless it's a missing Picasso, the way the gov't spends money, the time spent filling out the paper work will cost more then the value of most stolen items by several orders of magnitude. Insure your crap. The end.
  20. This is one of those things that probably sounded like a swell idea after the 3rd bong hit, but what is anyone to actually do with this "alert" once received? What little actionable info there'd be reeks of hearsay. Go ahead and stroll into a police station and tell them that you got an email from L6 claiming that your gear that was stolen 11months ago in Hackensack has allegedly surfaced in French Lick, Indiana. What are they gonna do...get on the phone with another LE agency half-way across the country and have them deploy the SWAT team? It's not gold bouillon looted from Fort Knox...there will be no cross-jurisdictional/ inter-agency cooperation for your stolen toy... nobody spends resources that way. Want piece of mind? Insure your stuff, and if it vanishes, cash the check and go shopping. That's the only way you'll be made anything close to whole again....
  21. Are you leaving it on a stand with the 1/4" cable plugged in? If so, that's your problem... plugging it in is the equivalent of an "on" button. If that's not the case, then yes... If say you have a deceased battery.
  22. Volume differences loom large when it comes to the perception of tone, and will always be the biggest factor when making these comparisons... it won't matter how similar the speakers you tweak with at home are to the PA system(s) you play through live, if there's a significant enough volume discrepancy between the two scenarios. In fact, you could drag the PA home from a gig and set it up in your living room... but if you then proceed to dial in your tones at a nice comfy volume for you and the neighbors, then the next time you crank up to stage volume, I guarantee that what you'll hear will be a horrible mess. Perceived loudness is not linear across the frequency spectrum, and the curve changes dramatically with increases in volume. Our brains are f*cked up in this regard, it screws with our perception of sound, and there's not blessed thing you can do about it, save one: Dial in your tones at (or very close) to the volume at which you intend to use the patches... otherwise prepare to be chronically disappointed with how things sound on stage.
  23. The short answer is "essentially everything"... in fact, I don't think I've stumbled on any parameter, in any block, that can't be controlled with snapshots. You have to manually assign each individual parameter that you wish to control with snapshots...otherwise you're not actually using the snapshot function at all. There is a limit of 64 parameters that can be controlled by snapshots within each individual patch... but unless your patches are insanely complex, I doubt you'll ever come close to hitting that wall. Treat each snapshot as it's own discrete entity. Set one up as you see fit, and save the patch. At this point, the remaining snapshots are all identical to the first, by default... that's just the way it is. Then proceed to the second one, making whatever changes you want, always saving the patch once you're done. Lather, rinse, repeat...
  24. Well it may or may not be illogical... but either way, it's definitely irrelevant. So Japan has a weird electrical grid, and/or rules about power supplies on consumer grade electronics .. who cares? Finding out "why" might be useful if you were a 'Jeopardy' contestant, but otherwise, it won't solve your problem. And continuing to fixate on it is particularly useless when a perfectly good solution exists, and is both inexpensive and readily available. Get a transformer... problem solved.
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