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Everything posted by cruisinon2

  1. 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.
  2. "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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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....
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. Finding anything at the moment is a pain in the arse...the whole world is out of just about everything. Supply chain/ inventory issues for everything from thumb tacks to skivvies. Plus, the stuff you're looking for is ultra-specific, and was sometimes hard to find, even in the Before Times. Hurry up and wait... At the moment, if it's still under warranty, a service ticket might be the quickest way to get it done...
  11. Well I'm out of ideas, then.... it's obviously not the guitar, as it works with other amps. Yet at the same time, it's hard to blame the Helix because your other instruments don't produce the same symptoms. You could always throw a gain block at the front of the chain... it's "inexpensive" in terms of DSP, and might help some...but what's causing the problem is beyond me. I own a dozen guitars, with a variety of pickup types, configurations, some old, some new, etc...and I've never experienced anything remotely like what you're describing.
  12. I'm eventually gonna need new brake pads on my ride...I don't know exactly when that'll be, I just know it's coming. All I can do is periodically check and see how much meat is left... and when they're shot, they're shot. Anything can fail... whether it actually will or not is anybody's guess. But Joe Average User will not be able to predict from afar if, or when what you've described might become an issue. If it's gonna keep you up nights, open a service ticket and see what they tell you. Otherwise, just play... if it craps out one day, deal with it...but worrying about it every day between now and then won't make it any less likely to happen.
  13. Just a bit, lol. It's bad enough that modeling, as good as it currently is, still draws ire from the "analog purists" of the world... but if it were actually the case that one's prized '72 Les Paul simply wouldn't work with a modeler because the electronics were "too old", the industry would never hear the end of it...
  14. I won't pretend to be able to diagnose your problem remotely... all anyone can do is offer guesses. But this is really grasping at straws and doesn't make any sense at all. With few exceptions, guitar pickup technology hasn't changed appreciably in decades...a humbucker is a humbucker. There's no earthly reason that "old pickups" won't work properly with a modeler. I have several guitars that are more than 20+ years old, with all the original electronics, and they work just fine with Helix, and any other modelers or plug-ins that I've used in recent years.
  15. cruisinon2

    Fractal FM9

    Oh, I think we've all been hanging around here long enough to know that even if the update came with free $100 bills, once a week for life, plus a backstage pass to the Victoria's Secret fashion show, the Cranky Contingent would still whine that everything on their personal wish list wasn't included...;)
  16. I seriously doubt there's anything wrong with the pickups themselves...its hard to destroy guitar pickups unless you actually try. There could be any number of wiring/ toggle switch/ input jack issues however, that having nothing to do with the pickups themselves. You might also have a simple setup/ pickup height issue. If you're not familiar with what goes on under the hood, take it to someone who is. But no matter what the cause of the symptoms may be, someone else's subjective assessment of the same guitar's performanc cannot even remotely be considered a "direct comparison", and it won't help you gain much insight into what's going on with your particular instrument. If you really want to compare the pickups' output to those in another instrument, get a multimeter and measure the outputs... that's the only way to know if one is actually hotter than the other. Failing that, you could just plug the PC1 into something other than Helix, and see if it still sounds anemic... if not, then the problem is not likely the guitar, though this is a far less scientific approach as it introduces other variables.
  17. How dare you bring logic to a perfectly good assumption-fueled, hand wringing panic? ;) It seems that some folks just aren't happy unless there's impending doom lurking just around the corner... but you are correct. This guy's unit failed, and that's too bad... but it's an absurd leap to conclude that based on this enormous sample size of one, that every Helix in the wild is a ticking time bomb for an identical failure under similar conditions. This is a cautionary tale, folks...with exactly one useful take-away: ANYTHING can fail, at any time. Period. Bring a backup. Every time, no exceptions. The end. Because no matter what two units/rigs you have at your disposal, the odds of both of them $hitting the bed simultaneously is vanishingly small. One or the other will work and you'll live to fight another day. Or just roll the dice, risking embarrassment, lost jobs and/or money, and blown opportunities.
  18. Nobody's saying that one's backup must be identical to their main rig. Mine certainly isn't...I don't own a second Helix, and I don't plan to... but you simply must have something else to use in a pinch, no matter what it costs... because if you gig enough, sooner or later something will crap out at the worst possible moment. On a long enough timeline, it's an absolute certainty.
  19. What happened sucks, and I feel your pain... but to be brutally frank, what really ruined the show wasn't the Helix, it was the fact that you apparently had no Plan B. You can't show up to the "most important gig of your life" without some sort of backup, and just assume that there will be no problems....that's practically begging the universe to kick you in the nuts. What should have been a brief Spinal Tap moment (which you would have eventually laughed at) became a catastrophic failure because you didn't have a failsafe... you can't do that.
  20. cruisinon2

    Fractal FM9

    At last! Something new to specu-whine about...;)
  21. This thread is 4 years old... don't be surprised if you don't get a response.
  22. I like most of my Line 6 products in a white wine sauce.... unless it's a floor unit. Those require something a bit more robust, like a nice cabernet. You've asked an incredibly vague question... besides, you've come to a Line 6 user forum. Everybody here is a fan...what exactly are you trying to find out?
  23. This is a user forum... no one official will answer you in here. Regardless, don't hold your breath. Welcome to the club. You, and everybody else who updated. No... not in a million years will they risk the liability, no matter how slight. The old battery life ain't coming back... it's a neutered product now. Live with it, or go shopping.
  24. Perceptions are weird, fickle, impossible to quantify, influenced by damn near anything, and they can change at the drop of a hat... hell, if you were in a $hitty enough mood the first time you used the stock cabs, you'd probably hate them. On the other hand, if you had just won a thousand bucks on a scratch-off 5 minutes before you try out the "new and improved" over-sampled cabs, then you might decide that they're the most glorious things you've ever heard... and in neither case would your assessment have much to do with the actual sounds themselves. And I won't even get into the fact that the comparison you're making relies on what you've managed to remember about the stock cabs, after having not used them for an extended period of time. It's like trying to compare the steak you have in front of you to one that you ate in 1997... but I digress. Point is, it's all entirely subjective... you can't validate or invalidate your own assessment based on someone else's. If you like what you hear, then use 'em... nobody can tell you you're wrong, because likes and dislikes can't be objectively measured... they just are.
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