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  1. What's a good hot rail style humbucker that is easily swapped with the bridge pup in the Standard?
  2. Bumping this topic. Now with stomp, effects, and pod go... When will the new Helix 2 come out? Or a new Variax?
  3. I agree with stereo, and since I also use the frfr for a number of other things I think once I move to a bigger space I'll probably get a second one. That way I can set them up in far corners of the room, or use one next to drums, or leave one at a friend's house and just carry the pedalboard, etc. Lots of flexibility. For my money, two frfr are worth more than a single power cab. And off topic, but the Pod go looks like a really good upgrade to the Firehawk, but without Variax interface, kinda bummer.
  4. In the time since I posted the question, I bought a FRFR (JBL Eon612) and am using it with my Firehawk. Before doing so I watched a bunch of videos, and found the ones about modelers from Anderton's UK really informative. Granted, they were mainly using the Kemper modeler, but turns out that even when knowing it's a shootout (blindfolded) it's nearly impossible to tell the difference. Is the Firehawk FX up to that standard? Well, probably depends on how well you adjust all the settings, honestly. I'm sure you can make the Firehawk sound ridiculously good, just as sure that you can make a $5000 amp and cab sound really terrible! Ha. I think with any of these modelers (and certainly with the high end stuff) if you set it up right you probably can't tell the difference. But of course it's not really about telling the difference, it's about getting something you like. I also got myself a Variax Standard, and am pretty impressed with the acoustic models, in particular. There's things I'm not crazy about, and with I had gotten a JTV69, or something with real magnetic humbuckers in the bridge since the modeled palm muting is not good. But back to topic: I think a modeler with a FRFR is the way to go, I doubt I'll ever go back to a real amp and cab. For my uses, it's just not nearly as practical. For 95% of people, I doubt they can tell the difference. Recorded or live. And as for the "amp in the room"... I don't know, feels kinda mumbo jumbo. I played with my old amp (a Hughes and Kettner) and my then-new FRFR, and they both sound like, you know, a guitar amp sitting on the floor in front of me...
  5. Are there any good programs that actually work to take what you play and make tabs from it? I've seen a few and tried one but it sucked. Do they work just for single notes or can they recognize chords? Am hoping that somehow a Variax MIDI output or something could be used to get a really good tab/transcription without a lot of editing. Is that possible??
  6. What's the best way to get a better palm mute chug sound out of the Standard? The models, so far, to me don't seem to be tight enough. Seems like a fairly common problem due to the piezo being behind your palm. So is there a good setting to use on the model that works well? I'll keep playing around with my Firehawk to see if I can get a good sound from it using the single coil magnetic pickup, too. My existing patches don't sound great with the magnetic pickup, so any tips there are welcome. Last resort would be replacing the bridge pickup. Any particular ones anyone has had good success with?
  7. Curious if this ended up working out. I'm looking to improve the palm muting on my Standard.
  8. I had read that volume was the fix, and had tried it, but didn't seem to work. After reading this again I tried it louder, much louder, and also put on headphones. You are right. Works fine. had no idea the acoustic sound was so loud, but sure enough. Looks like there isn't a problem with the guitar, other than can't play with alternate tunings unless it's cranked up or headphones, also cranked. Thanks for the quick correction.
  9. Yeah, I only have 2 days to return this if I need to, so I was definitely looking for a quick answer. Sorry for multiple posts! I had read that volume was the fix, and had tried it, but didn't seem to work. After reading this again I tried it louder, much louder, and also put on headphones. You are right. Works fine. had no idea the acoustic sound was so loud, but sure enough. Looks like there isn't a problem with the guitar, other than can't play with alternate tunings unless it's cranked up or headphones, also cranked. Thanks for the quick correction.
  10. I just got a Standard yesterday. The alt tunings are completely unusable. Dual tone like crazy. Nothing has been touched on this guitar, no mods, nothing. It's been out of the box for 1 day and the alt tunings are terrible. What's the fix for this??
  11. I have a brand new Standard, and the exact same issue. Dual tones, the alt tunings are completely unusable. It hasn't been touched other than just to tune it. No ne has adjusted the pups, switches, etc. Totally right out of the box. So what's the fix? Send it back?
  12. I just got a variax standard. The alternate tunings are completely unusable. I don't know if it's both tones being amplified, but it's certainly not a cross talk issue. Just pluck a single string, others muted, and it sounds like a ridiculous jumble of electronic noise like an out of tune synthesizer. Even the small changes like a half step down are ridiculous sounding. I haven't gotten workbench yet, or updated firmware or anything, but the sound is there on headphones and turned up amp. Is that the fix? Is it somehow blending the magnetic and piezo? Using variax into Firehawk into frfr, if that matters.
  13. I have a fire hawk and find it suitable for practice and recording. Live is ok with caveats. Switching from preset to preset involves a lag which is noticeable. So to get around it live you just use the stomp effects (one amp setting, then use mod, distortion, etc) as those are fine. It's only when you change amps that you get lag. So you can still have some decent effects without lag. Otherwise you have to just plan when you do your changes. The actual tones and effects are pretty good, especially for the money.
  14. Do you find better sounds using the Firehawk FX cabinet and speaker emulations running into the powercab set flat? (Or even Firehawk with cab and speakers, and the PC ALSO running a speaker model?!) Or do you remove the cabinet and speaker models from the Firehawk preset? Also, for either recording or live, do you run the output of Firehawk (with cabinet and speaker models) to DAW/FOH? Or do you run Firehawk into power cab (see question 1) and then the output from the PC to the DAW/FOH?
  15. I've run a keyboard, electronic drums, backing track, vocal mic, and live guitar into a mixer then a looper, then into a guitar amp with a single 12. Did it sound stellar? No, all of the sounds were crappy. Was it fun jamming with a bunch of kids? Heck yeah it was. (The guitar sounded the best, btw, the drums sounded the absolute worst!)
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