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  1. Has anyone installed one of these "Brockamp" pickguards on a JTV-69? I'm curious about how it looks and whether it was a good fit/easy job.
  2. Last dumb question, I promise -- would there be significant difference between the 300 and a 500, in terms of interchangeability of presets/models?
  3. Hmmm...maybe buying another 300 and swapping the neck is the right answer for me, then. There's nothing I really dislike about the 300 I bought, and I got it for a GREAT price ($200 US for both the guitar AND a POD XT Live). So, some things for me to think about...thanks for the info!
  4. So, just so I understand completely (because this question will determine my next Variax) if I build a model for a Les Paul tuned down a half step in Workbench for my 300, when I use that same model on a 600 or 700 it will not activate that same model/tuning? Or will it activate the model and tuning but just sound different?
  5. That's weird. I quoted from your post as it appeared in the thread. But I also got an email notification that you responded, and it reads differently from the actual post. Something glitchy going on here.
  6. I haven't rules our buying a JTV. The process of unplugging from the Helix and plugging into the XT Live to tweak a model, then going back to the Helix to see how it sounds, is a bit painful. But if I build Helix presets for a JTV, then needed to use the 300 mid-set (broken string, whatever) would the presets work on the 300? The alternate tunings could be a problem, since you have to build those into custom models on the 300 but they can work on any model for the JTV. I also kind of like the older generation models. I don't really dislike the neck on my 300; it is very playable and the nut/neck profile is spot on for me (although I'd prefer a maple fretboard, so I might look at swapping it out). And, I really like the look of the 700 and have been told it plays very nicely. The only one of the JTVs that I think would be a good fit (neck and nut profile-wise) is the 59.
  7. Are they just different parts, or do they work differently? In other words, will presets/custom models build for a Variax 300 work and sound appropriate on the other models? The basis of my question is this: I recent bought a Variax 300, and I really like it and would like a Variax to be the main guitar in my stage rig. However, I'll want to buy one of the higher end models for the better build quality -- with the 300 as a back up on stage. So I'm choosing whether to buy a 500, 600 or 700. I'm leaning toward the 700, although I like the idea of the maple fretboard on the 600. So I just want to choose one that is fully compatible with the presets I've built for the 300. So...do the differences change how it's used or are they transparent to the user (except for tthat the parts aren't interchangeable? Thanks!
  8. Is there any significant difference between the models other than build quality and the physical structure of the guitars? Are the inner workings the same on all three? Thanks!
  9. Anyone replaced the nut on their Variax 300 with a TUSQ? If so, which model nut did you choose? I know it's 43mm, but there are a couple of options at that width. Just want to get it right -- I just bought this 300 and I'm doing some maintenance before putting it into the rotation.
  10. The 5s. Like I Said, they're working pretty well for me right now. I think that goes without saying, but maybe I should have said it anyway, lol. What I really mean is, I don't want to build tones on the FRFR that sound good on it but lousy through FOH -- and vice versa.
  11. I use a pair of small but good-sounding powered Sterling monitors, taking a mixed signal of Helix and digital audio from my laptop (via a Behringer audio interface). It's pretty accurate, in terms or translation to FOH sounds, but if I go with FRFR, I'd want to build them usi\ng it so my on-stage monitor sound matches (as closely as possible) the FOH sound. Obviously the sound guy has to tweak for the room, but getting them close is the start I'm looking for.
  12. How do tones/patches you build on them at home compare to the sound at FOH?
  13. Hi - this isn't specifically about Helix, but I want to hear from Helix users. In my band we use IEMs for monitors and I send signal direct to FOH from my Helix LT. On those rare occasions when we used provided sound without IEMs, I've used an Fender combo amp on stage to improve my ability to hear myself instead of relying solely on the stage monitors. It wasn't great (I didn't tweak patches at all), but it worked. I'm looking a purchasing an FRFR to use for that instead, and am wondering whether it would be better to build/tweak my patches using that as opposed to the studio monitors I'm currently using. There is a difference between how the patches sound on the studio monitors vs. FOH, but it's not a "bad" difference so I've mostly ignored it. So now I'm choosing an FRFR to buy, and it makes sense that I'd want it it sound like what FOH hears (that's the whole point, right?). So...do you FRFR users build your patches on your FRFR and get good translation to FOH without tweaking, or do you do something else?
  14. Hi all. I'm using an EHX B9 and a Boss SY-1 in my Helix external loops. I'd like to use an external momentary switch to control the Poly Sustain for these, giving me sustained keyboard chords over which I can play guitar. I'm currently using the Helix expression pedal, but it's awkward and I'd like to use a regular spring loaded sustain pedal or a momentary switch, like the Boss FS-5U (which I already have). Can it be used as an external pedal? I haven't been able to make it work, but it's entirely possible that I don't know what I'm doing. Appreciate any help...
  15. I've been looking for a looper that works in a very specific way for playing live, and the DL4 might be the answer for me. However, like most other loopers, the manual is pretty bare bones. I've found a used DL4 I'm ready to pick up, but i just need a little first-hand info from a user. Two questions: 1) When you start recording a loop can you stop the recording without immediately starting the loop playback or without a double tap (by hitting the play/stop button once, for example) ? That way, you can play it back later in the song. 2) If you play the loop using the "play once/one shot," can you restart the loop by hitting "play once" again? Thanks.
  16. And one follow-up question -- is there any reason to ensure I can register the Variax (as I did with my Helix) or is that unnecessary since Line6 no longer supports these models?
  17. I'm thinking about buying a used Variax, and there's a chance I might not be able to give it a full test before purchasing. Three questions: 1) Can anyone identify this Variax model? 2) What are the tell-tales one should look for when considering buying a used legacy Variax like this? 3) With my rig I use keyboard emulation pedals (EHX Mel9, B9). I've noticed that different pickups push the pedals very different, with weaker pickups producing less of a signal from the pedal. Does anyone think the Variax might not send enough signal to push the pedals, based on the pickups it uses? Thanks very much!
  18. But you are saying that you can change the guitar model from a Les Paul to a Tele by changing a preset, with no addition intervention needed on the guitar?
  19. Thanks for the answer -- I was hoping you'd be the one to see the question, since you seem to be the most knowledgeable about old Variaxes and Helix. So you're saying that if you create a custom tuning, you can't save that in the Helix, you save that in the guitar in one of two custom slots? I guess I don't understand how you create a custom tuning, then -- I really don't know much about the Variaxes. My question about the sending a signal to the external loop was about whether the Variax required and amp model or any other Helix processing in order to send the signal to the loop, since it doesn't have a magnetic pickup. I have keyboard emulation pedals (EHC B9 for example) in the external loops, and I use a separate path to send, return and output that signal. Thanks again...
  20. Sorry to resurrect a dead thread, but I'm thinking of picking up a Variax 500, and I haven't read a post that explicitly answered my questions. Can you tell me if you can use a Variax 500 with Helix to: - Change Variax 500 guitar models on the Variax with Helix by changing a preset? - Change Variax 500 guitar tuning with Helix by changing a preset? - Build custom tunings using HX Edit, save them and use them by selecting a preset? - Use the Variax to send a guitar signal to external pedals in the send/return loop, in addition to the normal guitar signal path? Thanks, and again, sorry to resurrect a dead post.
  21. Hi - I was offered a really good deal on a two-year-old Helix Floor, but I want to avoid any problems. If the original owner registered it under his account for updates and software, etc., how can I put it in my name/account? I currently have a registered Helix LT. Also, what's the warranty on the Floor? If it's longer than two years, does any of it transfer to me if I buy it? Thanks! Edited to add -- if this has been covered beffore, please share a link to the thread. I tried searching, but the search function isn't great.
  22. Hi - I've been using the Helix LT live for about 9 months now, but I've barely scratched the surface of it, so pardon me if these are dumb questions. I'm thinking of adding a synth pedal (EHX Synth9 or Boss SY-1) to emulate some keyboard parts (I've been playing some keyboards on stage, but I'm giving that up). If any of you have tried this setup, how do you rig the pedal with your Helix so that you can have synth only, guitar only, and guitar + synth (with the synth not mixed into the guitar signal but as its own separate signal)? Some of these synth pedals seem quite amazing, and might help me avoide lugging around the 58 pound Alesis QS 8.1 I've been using on about 12 songs per night. Thanks in advance and cheers! J.C.
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