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  1. I'm using a single Event ASP8 that I picked up used and am very happy with the sound. Perhaps someone can chime in as to why a second one would add much utility. I suppose it would allow you to run a dual signal path with two different amps, but that seems kind of niche.
  2. Thanks for pointing out the setlist in Bass/Aco/Voc. Somehow the abbreviations didn't catch my eye. Those will be interesting to toy with.
  3. I saw a comment in another thread about using the Hiway 100 as an acoustic amp. The comment was somewhat oblique - I think it was a thread about the acoustic amp in the vintage pack (which I gather is intended for use when output is going to a guitar amp). Is the Hiway a common choice for acoustic players? I thought it sounded pretty good (which surprised me), and it adds amp control via the knobs. And it adds some boost and EQ on the amp knobs.
  4. Sorry if this has been asked and answered, but I haven't found a good thread. I have a Variax 600 and POD HD500 connected to a single 8 inch studio monitor connected to the left XLR output (not exactly my dream rig, but I'm happy). I'm a beginning guitar player trying to learn a bit of Folk / Rhythm / Jazz guitar. I primarily use the acoustic, Jazzbox and Semi models on the Variax (D-28, ES-175, ES-335 and Casino). What I find myself defaulting to is a patch with no amp and no effects, or maybe just an EQ. I'm pretty happy with the sound, but I suspect there is a lot of room for improvement. And I suspect that many of you are using similar setups. Can anyone suggest ways to improve on a clean acoustic sound?
  5. Thanks for the comments. I recently picked up a Squire "51 (second hand on the cheap), which has a Strat body (never owned a strat before). I'm less excited than I thought I would be after play it for a few days. I thought the shape would be loads more comfortable than my 600. Not so much. Not that is isn't great, but if it didn't have the tummy cutout in the back I think it would maybe be less comfortable to hold than my 600 (I play sitting down 99% of the time). I also installed Workbench on an old laptop with 1024 x 768 screen, and I dislike it quite a bit less now. All in all I'm not sure the upgrade is warranted ... Though I would like the separate know for alternate tunings / v capo.
  6. Have you come across any issues or observations that make you wish you'd gotten a JTV instead?
  7. So, I currently own a Variax 600, and I'm very happy with it ... mostly. The old Workbench software is pretty bad, especially on my windows 10 laptop with very high DPI monitor, and lacks some of the cool integration with HD500 edit that show up when you select Tyler Variax. I also would like a more traditional Strat shaped body. So, I'd like to upgrade to either a Standard or possibly JTV-69. From what I see, they appear to be the same as far as the electronics go. The knob layout on the Standard seems better to me, and I've read several posts that say the JTV neck is "chunky" (as in thick). I do wish they had the belly cutout but it looks like that's where they put the battery compartment (on both). I do not have a retailer nearby that carries either so, while I'm hoping to find one used, I'll most likely end up ordering one from Sweetwater or Amazon. For me the choice seems obvious. The Standard looks nicer on paper and is several hundred dollars cheaper. But 2 things elude me. Is the build quality any better on the JTV (not the made in USA models, those are way out of range)? Are there any features I'm overlooking in the electronics (or in the software; Workbench HD / HD500 Edit) that I may be overlooking? Comments from anyone who's played both would be great. BTW, the sound of the Mags is really secondary to me. I really play around with the acoustic models more than anything.
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