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  1. £499 (in UK money) according to their website. I'm not sure I'd class it as 'eye watering'. Maybe a little expensive! But if it does what they say and bear in mind it has a couple of amp models in it too. I suppose if I had £500 to spend on another new guitar, I would consider it. But it would be interesting to get some feedback from others who had real life experience of the unit.
  2. Has anyone checked out the SIM1 XT-1? I am mega excited about this and wondering if this sort of technology is something that could appear down the line in the Helix. https://www.sim-one.it/ Even better, has anyone here got one or tinkered with one? If so is it as good as they are making out? It looks to me that you can make a sound imprint of your own guitar (or other peoples) and play that imprint on a different guitar. If this is the case, this could be an absolute game changer! Given that L6 has had Variax for so long albeit with its idiosyncrasies and glitches, and how faithful the reproductions of actual amps are in the Helix, surely this has to be in the realms of reality?
  3. Not a combo, but I have a Matrix GT1000FX-2U and a pair of their FR12P cabs which I run in stereo. To say that it sounds awesome is an understatement. To get the full on Helix experience, you really need to bite the bullet and go FRFR.
  4. It's great you guys have taken the time out to respond to my slightly misguided post. I went back to the shiny shop in Wardour Street and had a second go at the 59. I'll definitely be pushing the button on this when I've managed to flog my valve head and cab. Interestingly they had a 59 USA model which was £3600, so it was rude not to try it to compare with the Korean made version! Oh wow, what a difference - sorry, that should have read "oh wow what difference?" Apart from different tuners, and a a bit of rounding off around the pickup selector and control recesses, it played, felt and sounded identical to the considerably cheaper version. I know this post is all about the 59, but with £3600 to spend, I would probably be buying myself a standard 59 and still have change to have me a genuine Les Paul!!! Point taken about the standard of staff in music shops in general. In fairness to the guy that served me, although he was fairly clueless about the product, and he didn't really try to sell the guitar to me, he did quote me a good price on the guitar and an L2t, and said that they would always beat any price as they were the main L65 dealer. Cheers. Paul. PS : Mr. F. Flame - I can only guess that the user name is in homage to the most awesome Fender original Master Series of the mid eighties. Mine is still going strong, just wish I'd bought another couple back in the day. But alas I was a poor 6th former!!!
  5. Guys, Thank you so much for the responses. That makes absolute sense. Armed with this info, I'm going to head back to the shop to have a second demo. I hadn't realised that that my ears were so sensitive to picking up the secondary string sound.... even after all these years of abusing them with loud music!!!! In reality, the alternative tunings are the icing on the cake for the 59. It's the acoustic guitar modelling that really blows me away (complete with string squeek- how cool is that! Do any of you guys play your Variax through an L2 or L3? I'm considering going the whole "ultimate FRFR rig" route and would be interested to find out how it sounds. I generally play at relatively low volume levels, so I would be particularly interested to hear if the units have very low background noise such as hiss. Also, I can't determine whether they are passively cooled or have a fan. I have had issues in the past with fan noise on one of the old Peavey Triumph PAG tube amps. Once again, many thanks for taking the time to reply. Paul. AKA: The last man standing from The Men From Barnsley Council
  6. Hi, I'm seriously considering buying a JTV-59. The youtube videos are really impressive, but looking at the number of complaints and gripes about Variax posted here, I'm beginning to doubt that it is as good as Line 6 are making it out to be. I played a 59 at Yamaha's flagship London store last week and found that the alternative tunings were really terrible. there was generally a ghost note after plucking the string which sounded a fraction of a second after the main note. The sales person couldn't offer any explanation as to why the guitars (and I tried 2) sounded the way that they did. I really want this to work out as I would like to integrate the guitar with my Helix. I suppose the question for JTV-59 owners is, would you buy one again? And, are there any top tips to getting the technology to work properly? Any comments would be much appreciated. Paul.
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