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  1. DarthHollis

    Main Guitar

    #1 - Buy something you will enjoy playing. The more you play the better you will get. #2 - Buy for purpose. If you are going to be gigging out I highly recommend buying two guitars so you have a back up. I have not had a string break live in 4 years but I did have an input jack come unattached. Trying to diagnose that at a gig and then solder it would have been a nightmare. Having a second guitar was less stressful. Your needs may be different if you are just playing at home, doing session work, recording for your own pleasure, etc.. #3 - Learn to take care of it yourself. I do all my own work except for frets. If there ever is a problem I can solve it. I have 4 good guitars that are very similar. I keep two tuned to E and two tuned to Eb. I always take two guitars to gigs.
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    HX Stomp Questions

    My two cents. Do not use the loop in the HX Stomp unless what's in the loop' has to be between other effects or amps in the HX Stomp. If you can put it before or after the HX stomp then do it. This will cut down on noise and other issues. I run directly to the board and I don't make any EQ adjustments on the board. I use high and low cuts in the IRs and they sound great. I use Pete Thorn's suggestion of 65 Hz and 7.5 kHz. The main reason for having EQ in the channel on a mixing board is because the microphone needs it for whatever reason. Sometimes it's to cut out noise from other instruments like a low cut to keep the kick drum from bleeding through. You don't have to worry about that. The HX Stomp can give the board the best sounding signal, it shouldn't need any tweaking. I use headphones at home and I don't have to re-tweak for gig volume. Maybe I've just been lucky but I don't have expensive headphones. They are AKG K240s. I use IEMs live and the monitors and mains are all QSC K12s. I'm not saying you won't need to re-tweak, but don't overthink it yet. Some things you're going to have to just try and find out what works with your equipment and situation. Good luck!
  3. Snapshots can change IRs. I found this out because I use an IR that is an acoustic guitar simulator and then I use it as heavy cab sim on other snapshots. I like to use the same IR for dirty and clean sounds. It gives me consistency when switching. I feel that when I switch between to completely different sounds it's a little bit too jarring for my tastes.
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    Guitar input pad - does you or doesn't you?

    I was leaving it off but I noticed recently that my clean sounds were kind of harsh. I tried adding a compressor (which I hate to do) and that didn't work. Finally it dawned on me to try the pad and it instantly made my clean tones better. I am using fairly high output pickups (EVH). I don't really hear much of a difference with distorted tones. Listen to your ears and try out all of your guitars before you decide. I still don't understand exactly what the Pad feature does, technically.
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    Best way to set up stereo?

    Stereo is a choice. How well it works will be based on your application. If you only play small bars or there is another guitar player in the band, I would probably rule out going stereo unless you use IEMs. That's only because you get to hear the stereo. The wet/dry is more about having control of the wet signal and is really not stereo, per se. This also depends on what the wet signal is. EVH uses wet/dry/wet but really the only thing that is wet is a delay that he barely uses. He wants to keep the dry signal in the middle completely unprocessed. Every once in a while he kicks in the delay and it's 398ms on one side and about 800ms on the other side. I think that even in a small bar stereo can be a benefit if done correctly. I mostly play small bars with an audience of less than 100 people and every patch I use is stereo. I am careful to make the patches so that if someone is only able to hear one side they are not going to "miss" any part of the signal. I am hearing the stereo in my IEMs (which I use to save my hearing and because less stage volume means a better overall sound) and the crowd more hears a thicker guitar sound rather than "stereo." Some patches I use two amps (like for Alice in Chains) but I am always using a TC Mimiq pedal in a loop after the amp but before the reverb. I just really like that sound. Using things like harmony, delay and reverb where you hear a different effect in each side won't make as much sense in a live setting as it will through headphones or a home stereo. So for example you don't want a 5th harmony on the left, your dry guitar in the middle and an octave up on the right. The full effect of that won't be heard all throughout the bar. I think you need to experiment but also be prepared to make changes on the fly, if needed. Think like somebody in the audience. Most importantly, make it sound how you want to hear it. What's going to make you play better? Just remember if the audience can't tell the difference it doesn't matter.
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    HX Stomp - mimiq?

    I put the Mimiq in a stereo loop as the last thing only before stereo delay and reverb. I get a weird phasing issue with the Double Take so I don't use that on guitar. I did start using my HX Stomp for vocal processing and I think the Double Take is good for giving vocals a nice stereo separation.
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    HX Stomp - mimiq?

    The Double Take (in the Modulation FX) is similar but is not as good in my opinion. I prefer to use a small pitch shift on the right side set to only about 8 cents or so and to 100% mix. I also add 25-30ms of delay (available in Simple Pitch FX). Dry left side and pitch shift of right. This is my preferred way to go stereo if my Mimiq is not available.
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    Anyone else having footswitch failures?

    CLEAN THE FOOTSWITCHES. There is an official procedure to do this (I believe I saw it posted by Chad Boston). No WD-40 or other lubricants are needed. I have had switches stop working and as soon as I cleaned them they worked fine. Fine dust, dirt and liquid particles can get in the switches and cause "malfunctions." This is an easy fix that probably works 99.9% of the time. I have owned my Helix for 3 years with no problems that could not be easily fixed by myself doing a quick search on the internet.
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    What will Line 6 drop at Winter NAMM 2019?

    I saw a video for the G10S from Thoman in Europe. It's a version of the G10 that is made for pedalboards and has a normal 9v power so you can power it like normal pedals. It's also metal and has more options like multiple channels, and some cable length modelling.
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    Do you have an FX loop block in the Helix? That has to be engaged and set to the right output level (line or instrument). I highly suggest you use one of the templates from the setlists. There is one for 4CM. Setlist #8 - Templates, patch 2A - 4-Cable Method.
  11. DarthHollis


    First thing I would suggest is turning the volume knob on the Helix all the way up. That is unity gain. Then make sure your connections are correct and that you are using the correct Line/Instrument level that is appropriate with the JJ input and FX loop. The FX loop in the JJ is probably instrument level but I do not know. If it's line level that could be a problem. Last thing is are you using a really long cable? More that 15 feet and you will probably notice a loss of high end, even in the FX loop. I did using 30' cable with my 5150 III. If you can provide more info we will continue to try to help.
  12. DarthHollis

    Van Halen 1 album tone

    It won't because of the amp and cab but I can give you the FX settings. Signal chain from left to right: Script Mod Phase: Rate 1.5, Mix 50%, Level +1.0cB Gray Flanger: Rate 4.0, Width 4.0, Manual 4.0, Regen 10.0, Mix 50%, Level 0.0dB Transistor Tape Delay: Time 218ms, Feedback 0%, Wow Flutr 3.6, Mix 13%, Level +6.0dB, Headroom 0.0, Trails off (this doesn't replicate the ending of Eruption, you have to use an expression pedal to help recreate that. That's it for in front of the amp. Only Plate reverb is used after the amp or pre-amp or however you want to say it. The guitar was originally recorded raw to the left side of the stereo spectrum with a plate reverb on the far right of the stereo spectrum. For most applications just put a plate reverb in your amp's FX loop. Plate Reverb: Decay 5.6, Predelay 29ms, Low Cut 89Hx, High Cut 4.6kHz (don't be afraid to go higher), Mix 38%, Level 0.0dB. I hope this helps you. Thank you for watching my YouTube video.
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    Van Halen 1 album tone

    Thank you everyone! Here is a patch specifically for the Stomp: https://line6.com/customtone/tone/4221804/
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    Van Halen 1 album tone

    I was able to download it fine and to load it using HX Edit. Send me a message or FB me (Josh Hollis in Dunedin, FL) and I will be happy to send a new version it to you. Do you need a version for HX Stomp?
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    MXR Phaser & Flanger. What am I missing?

    Run the phaser and flanger before the amp. Distortion in the amp seems to make the sound a little more pronounced. What phil_m sad above it true. For script phase I change the speed to 1.5. That's all I change and it sounds great. For Flanger I set everything at 40% except the Regen I set to 100%. This is pretty much the exact EVH sound to my ears.