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  1. Hi, I’ve been a Variax owner and line 6 Variax pods and amp owner for a couple decades now. Sometimes I’m amazed at the comments of dissatisfied customers. (I in no way am part of line 6 nor do I speak for them) . Line 6 didn’t start as a guitar company, rather synth centered stuff. But they had some great ideas. I know line 6 advertises instead of bringing multiple guitars, just bring a Variax. Well I’ve been a luthier for years and when the Variax came out I purchased a 300, 500, 600 which is a 300 with tremolo, and the 500 and 700 are similar. ALL the models back then used the same firmware the same sounds and were interchangeable where hardware was allowed. Number 1. I have never believed one amplifier would service this guitar correctly. Especially if you’re trying to play a classic sound of any type then try to play an acoustic guitar through the same rig. If you can only have one rig let it be sent to a high quality pa and use a line pod. Usually when you plug a Variax into a pod, and turn the model non either on the guitar or the pod line six has some pretty good presets to start with, then you can tweak from there. I’m semi retired now on a fixed income and can’t afford the latest in the pod family but I’ve listened to many they are awsome. My BEST Variax rig was 2- 4x12 marshal cabinets . I accidentally came across a vintage Acoustic speaker cabinet. It had 4 vintage celestion green backs 25 watt, and Jimmy Hendrix favorite the 55hz version instead of the 75hz that almost everybody uses. I also use a line 6 short board floor pedal and a line 6 - x3 pro rack unit. For power I used the Mesa bogie Stereo 4 6L6 GC 50/50 stereo power amp. Nice tube compression. So I used my edited tones from the X3 and it sounded fabulous. I also used their Variax editing software. I grew up playing during the mid 60s through early eighties. So I created a bass guitar model that sounds similar when played through my bass amp rig which I’ll talk about some other time. I made a patch where one was a Gibson Les Paul and the bottom one was the precision bass. You know how bass guitarists sometimes followed the lead player in some funky stuff or blues. What an incredible sound and with the foot switch I can turn the bass off and on by copying a patch calling it b instead of a so when I did chords I most often would switch the bass off. what I’m getting at, and especially fir guys like me who no longer has a band but still love recording in my home studio with my Logic x. before line 6 was putting mag pickups in Variax I was doing it. Only problem I know nothing about the software part of this so my guitars had way too many knobs and switches. I saw the JT stuff. It was starting to het too expensive to buy one to canabalize and hope to get your money back with a sale. Then the standard came out. Like I said I started a strat body design with all the contours and that big battery pack is in the way. One of my Variax conversions I still have is a GIBSON Les Paul Double cut. I decided to leave the tone control out because that can all be adjusted with the pod x3 and easily edited and saved . Pluse I never moved the tone control that much . I don’t miss it. I also left the battery cavity out of that one. Anyway it’s clean. Not as clean switch wise as the jt, but it’s not bad. having a Variax is a commitment. If you don’t put much time into this platform, well your sound will give you what you give it. But put some real time in what she’ll do you’ll be a pleased player. Anyway not trying to be know it a;l. I was so impressed with the potential of this system I really got into them. I think I’ve purchased 50 different Variax guitars and bass. Sold most but the favorites/ if you ever have a question with builds or what ever, I don’t know everything like the designers but certain ally have spent the time to get what I want out of it. If you are ready to dump your Variax standard contact me.. I think they are great
  2. I have done many conversions.. Because of family reasons, I haven’t done any in about 7 years. I finally got a building for a shop. I still have to set it up but I’ll hopefully get started before Christmas. Check with me then. Text 920-539-0447. I no longer have a website it was Markscustomguiars.com
  3. This a security issue in Os High Sierra, I first found the issue not from installing line 6 drivers, but making changes on my SSD even as administrator I was set to read only. . I had to disable the new security,restart, then switch permissions me to read/write, restart, enable security (it's actual default is for the roots level) then restart and it was her old start. With the line 6 drivers if you don't see a notification then you have to accept the driver in settings/security
  4. Oh. And I could configure my effects to pre or post. Not much difference
  5. Hey Thanks for putting this up. I have a Bugera V22 infinium head and a Pod X3 pro. I cabled just as you said and just as you said it was week sounding. I just turned the. Master volume up all the way plus in settings FX Loop there are 2 gain controls. A negative one for input and a positive one for output. I tried turning up the gain but clipped like crazy and I realized I didn't need to touch them. The main thing was the master volume. I turned the amp off so there would e no volume control for that. The effects work as they should. Only thing is, stepping on the footswitch to turn the fx loop n and off does nothing. Same volume either way and same effects either way. Weird
  6. My goal is to make a custom ultra playable American Strat clone. I'd replace the pickups with Lindy FRALIN pups. I will replace the crappy tremolo block with a bell brass block. I always level and polish the Frets. Although I'm more than qualified to make my own neck I think I'd purchase a USA Strat neck on eBay . Polish and level frets, then a nice clear lacquer finish. New custom pick guard. This will be an awesome guitar and except for the one extra pot, ( maybe I can figure out a concentric pot so we're back to 3) it would then look exactly like a normal USA custom shop Strat. Play better than anything bought from a music store. Plus the beauty of being totally standard magnetic pots or the Variax electronics. I'm really pumped about this ! Hope I get a bite soon ! Mark
  7. If there is anyone willing to ship me their Variax Standard Body with Electronics I will make them a Strat body for 100.00 bucks. Sinister in clear Nitro 225.00 . This is a discounted price . www.markscustomguitars.com mark@markscustomguitars.com email me we can talk about the details. I want to get my hands on a Standard body to make a template from it. Thanks Mark
  8. I've been doing transplants since almost the beginning of the Variax. I always included magnetic pickups. I did my best to keep the amount of knobs down but my electronics skills are in no way the level of the JT Variax where both systems seamlessly marry together. Since the start of the JT I've really cut back on my Variax conversions. I know I build a much better guitar still the cost of buying a JT import was way too high for me to make any money . With this new Standard it is just perfect as far asi can tell for making a Perfect Strat clone. I don't care about the quality of the new guitars but the quality of the electronics is important to me. And the layout as well. Hopefully there will be some used ones coming available . Then I'll produce some Swamp Ask Strat bodies for the Standard and possibly some "POWER TELE" bodies. I'm excited about it! I think the Yamaha take over will be a good thing! Mark@markscustomguitars.com
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