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  1. Interesting video! HSH is an interesting setup. I would probably go with an SSH or even an SH. The 500 does have the advantage of already having a pick guard. The 700's curved surface will make it a challenge to come up with something that looks decent. Thanks for the video!
  2. Thanks arislaf. I guess transplanting the neck won't work, then. I ordered the 69. I have contacted a Line 6 authorized repair site to have them take a look at the 700. If they can't do anything with it, I guess I might have it routed for pickups. What a shame. I don't know if the 700 is "more beautiful than the existing jtvs" (which is a matter of opinion, and they are both nice guitars), but regardless, it's too nice to be fancy firewood. Like I said, I like playing it. Thanks again for the helpful info!
  3. Thanks for the info, Bluesman. I looked at the links you provided, and the main circuit board was for the acoustic (the listing specifically said not for the electric). I have already ordered a JTV, because I need the functionality for gigging. But I liked my 700!!! Now I've got some fancy firewood, apparently... Anyone know if I can transplant the neck, at least? I've read several times that the JTV neck is too narrow, causing slippage off of the E strings. True?
  4. Thanks for the reply, Charlie. If that's what I gotta do, then that's what I gotta do. My only question is: Is it bricked? The Monkey sees it, that is, it recognizes that there is a Variax 500/700 connected, but in the Installed Flash Memory column, it says "Unknown". I can start the firmware upgrade process, but I don't get further than about 20 percent before I get the error message. Is that "bricked"?
  5. Hello everyone, I'm hoping for some ideas on the issue of my potentially bricked Variax 700. Something went wrong halfway during the 3.10 firmware update, now Monkey doesn't recognize the version installed, and an attempt to reflash the firmware results in the 8000900C error code about the MIDI device timing out. I have tried different cables, different computers, different operating systems, different versions of said operating systems, reflashing with different versions of firmware, using different interfaces. For the latter I even went out and bought an HD500! I am plumb out of ideas at this point. Any help would be appreciated.
  6. I've tried pretty much everything now to get my 700 running again: different computers, different versions of the operating system, different cables, different versions of firmware and Monkey. The only thing left is the interface. I have a USB Variax interface. Can anyone tell me if I can hook up a 700 to the computer through an HD 500 and/or 500X? I'd be willing to invest in one, since I was considering getting one anyway. Thanks in advance for any replies.
  7. You're right, Charlie, I said it, and I noticed after your comment that my statement about "doesn't do it" was ambiguous, and could be interpreted another way, so I wanted to clear up what I meant. The FW rollback to 3.05 did not fix it, nor did the rollback to the 3.00 version. And now the Monkey says the FW version is "unknown", and the guitar has a single crappy sounding model available, and I can't update the FW at all. You may be right, it may be a hardware issue at this point.
  8. What I meant by "doesn't do it" was "doesn't alleviate the problem", not "doesn't exhibit the problem". I should have been less ambiguous. Meanwhile, the flash memory indicator in Monkey says "Unknown" under the installed column, and it won't update the flash anymore, saying that a timeout has occurred. Grr.
  9. The old FW doesn't do it (at least the 3.05 didn't). I just found a CD with the 3.0 firmware on it, I'll give that a try.
  10. I have now spent all day reflashing, reinstalling, using different combinations and versions of the firmware, Workbench, and the Mac operating system (haven't gotten my hands on a PC yet), all to no avail. I rolled the firmware back to version 3.05 (next version is the current 3.10, apparently), I used Workbench going back to version 1.51, and Mac OS X back to 10.6.8 I have done all I can, I think. Even the factory default alternate tunings on Custom 2 have the ghost notes, where they did not before. And no, they are NOT acoustically ringing (I used the isolation headphones). I bought the 700 in 2007, and have had no problems with it at all until now. I like playing it, and hope functionality regarding the alternate tunings will be restored soon via a firmware update or something. I'm open to suggestions at this point. Thanks to everyone posting here.
  11. Thanks, I'll do that. Once I have tried it, I'll post how it went and whether it fixed the issue.
  12. I'll add that I bought this guitar in 2007 and was perfectly happy with it. I had one custom tuned guitar set up, and it worked beautifully all these years. Then I tried to add another this week, and that's where things took a turn for the worse. Now all the alternate tunings, including my custom one and the factory ones, have the ghost notes, rendering the alternate tunings portion of the guitar useless to me. I can still use the different models, as long as they do not vary from the physical tuning of the guitar. But one of the main reasons I used the guitar was for the quick switch to alternate tunings. So what changed in the setup? Well, the operating system on the Mac, and the software supplied by Line 6. Everything else is the same. Now I know that Mavericks (the latest operating system incarnation) changed some things about how audio is handled on the Mac, making some software like Wiretap Everywhere give up the ghost, but I'm not sure if that's what the issue is. Next up is to try the approach taken by dkeefer, above: find a PC and an old version of the software. I can find the former, where do I get the latter? Thanks to everyone (but Line 6) for the help and thoughts thus far. Cheers.
  13. Ah, silverhead shines some light into a dark corner: the JTV's have physical pickups in addition to the models, hence the magnets reference. Thanks!
  14. Thanks for the note, cruisinon2, but you lost me with "mags somehow got blended with the models". Do you mean magnets? What magnets? I'm not a tech, I just play the thing. I have isolation headphones, I don't hear much of anything with them on, so I know that I'm not hearing the strings ring acoustically. In addition, I had someone pluck the strings while I was standing about six feet away from the guitar, and the ghost notes were in the headphones. Acoustic ringing is most definitely not the problem. Again, thanks for taking the time to give me some thoughts on the topic. Cheers.
  15. Now I've also reflashed the 700, but to no avail: ghost notes are there on the alternate tunings on Custom 2. This is very frustrating. It would be nice if Line 6 would come online and at least acknowledge the problem and assure us that a fix is on the way.
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