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  1. That is good advice and of course I wont do it without being sure. I'm talking to FullCompass right now and they have 16 in stock. Unfortunately there are two obstacles. Firstly, will the part they state is for the Variax Bass / 600 and 700 fit into the 700 Acoustic??? and secondly they wont deliver to the UK even though have 16. They have told me that Line 6 have said "Under no circumstances" I've just had a further chat with someone at Fullcompass and said the Variax 700 Acoustic jack plate assembly has been discontinued and the one they have is not compatible. If that's the case its a dead end, unless there is one anywhere in a Line6 draw somewhere. The alternative would be to buy another whole guitar but I just paid £400 GBP for mine so that's not feasible. And anyway they're too rare here. They get snapped up quickly. Thankfully I don't need to replace the socket - I just wanted to upgrade from the older type to the slightly more up to date spring load cap type, because I did it with my Electric. Once again it raises the question, what are people going to do with their Variaxes when they stop working and cant get the parts. Very expensive cricket bat !!!
  2. Just to add...... It would be great if someone from Line 6 can confirm if what I'm thinking is correct. Ie. the Jack plate assembly from the 500 or 700 electric (with the spring cap) is compatible with The Variax 700 Acoustic. Please and thank you
  3. Yeah, I know that the JTV's are different to the original Variax. I think that all the originals were the same as each other though and by that I mean the 500, 700 and 700 acoustic. The original jack assembly was the rubber bung type and they changed it to the spring cap type somewhere along the way, but before the JTV's were around. As I've stated above, I fitted one to my Variax 700 with success.
  4. Thanks for the reply Silverhead. I'm assuming that all the original Variax's had the same jack plate. My 2004 Variax Electric had the first type which had a rubber bung which pushed on to the VDI socket. I needed a new one going back some time and Line 6 sent me a replacement but it had the spring clip design. It was unplug the old and replug the new and it was good to go. fullcompass.com in the US have the type I want in stock, however they don't ship to the UK. I emailed them and they just wont. My next hope is that I contact Line 6 (as it is their part and it does exist) and fullcompass have said the reason they wont ship outside the US is to protect their suppliers (Line6) Here's part of their reply to me "These restrictions are primarily driven by the agreements we have in place with our suppliers as to where we can sell their product. Apologies for any inconvenience." Thanks again
  5. Hi Everyone, Does anyone have or know where I can get a Variax 700 VDI Jack Socket. Its for my Variax Acoustic which has the original socket that has a soft plastic grommet which pushes on. I want the one with the spring loaded cap. If anyone knows where I might get one please let me know, thanks
  6. I want to use my Pod XT Live to control a Variax Acoustic AND a Variax Electric at separate times in the same show. I will simply unplug and plug in the same VDI cable. Can I use workbench and Line 6 Edit to set up patches in the XTL (Some for the Electric and some for the Acoustic) and then just swap the guitars and choose the XTL patch? It should work, right? Thanks
  7. Have you considered it may be the guitar socket? I know you said it works ok with the Workbench cable but not the VDI. Was your Variax new or used when you bought it. There was a lot of talk a while back around the specs of cables and Line 6 said that ordinary Ethernet cables should not be used because they can damage the socket on the guitar. Perhaps this has happened to yours? Try moving all the connectors in the guitar socket so that they are a tighter fit when the cable goes in. I hope that works for you.
  8. So I'm thinking about buying a guitar stand? I've chosen a K&M Heli 2 because it's a new version of one I've had for years. There's a warning saying "Note: Not suitable for guitars with nitrocellulose lacquer" Do Variax 700 and 700 Acoustic have this kind of laquer and if so what would happen? Thanks
  9. Hi Does anyone have the answer to this? I use a Variax 700 Electric with a Pod XT Live sending patch changes from my laptop via midi to the XTL and then on to the Variax Electric. I have just bought a Variax 700 Acoustic and want to use it on gigs as well. I plan to set up new amp / effects and guitar setting for the Acoustic and store them in the XTL Here are the questions? How would the Variax Acoustic react to a command meant for the Electric? and How would the Electric react to a command meant for the Acoustic? Would nothing happen? Would the receiving guitar change at all? and if so in what way? Could anything catastrophic happen? I don't want to be the guinea pig? So can anyone shed some knowledge on this for me Thanks, Mark
  10. Hi Does anyone in the UK have a Variax 700 Acoustic they would like to sell? Thanks
  11. HI Do you mean the jack socket or the VDI? And what are the problems you are having? Either way try cleaning and adjusting all the pins inside the sockets. I did this and it has worked ever since If not contact Neutrik or go on their website to track down the individual components. If you cant see what you want, call them, they were really helpful to me. Cheers Mark
  12. Hi I have looked for and found a few tremolo arms that might fit to replace the original trem and housing on my 700. I have seen Floyd rose and Ibanez which both look similar but can anyone tell me if they would be compatible (I tried to put a link here to Thomann but failed sorry) Please help if you can Thanks Mark
  13. Hi Guys thanks for your replies I wont buy a JTV 89F until I can play one in a shop which probably means a long road trip so for now I'm going to concentrate on trying to get my 700 trem system back up to working. Maybe someone on here can help me with that but I realise that this is the wrong place to be talking about an old 700. So I will re-post in the Variax forum and if you think you can please reply there. That is unless I just ask one question which you may offer advice on if you own or have owned both old and JTV. Thanks Yesterday I unscrewed the trem holder which is just like a nut with a slot for a large flat head screwdriver, it's about an inch in length with a plastic sleeve inside. The sleeve on mine has been worn fully so the grub screw is metal on metal with the trem arm which I think is causing the problem. I'll be working to fix this and if any of you kind guys can help with that I'll really appreciate it. The new system of an adjustable nut on the arm itself seems much better than a grub screw. So does anyone know if the 89f trem (or any of the other JTV's) and nut that sinks into the guitar would fit into my 700? Wouldn't that be brilliant and simple? Feel free to reply here or over in the Variax topics Thanks again Mark
  14. Hi Palico thanks for the reply So, the trem pushes in (not screws in) like the 700 but unlike the 700 there is no grub screw to set. I have tried to look at photo's and from what you have described and what I can see, there is a nut that you adjust once the trem is in. Is that right? If there was a guitar shop round here that stocked one I'd go and check one out but sadly there isn't Thanks Mark
  15. The trem arm has become loose in its socket. I have tried many times to alter the grub screw and have even superglued the screw with some success. The problem now is that the trem always, no matter how tight or loose the arm is adjusted to, always has some play in it, ie. unwanted movement which results in any sustain dropping out very quickly. Has anyone got a decent solution for this? Many thanks Mark
  16. Hi I'm thinking of changing from my trusty 700 trem to a JTV 89F The only reason (ok there are two) The first reason is that the trem arm has become loose in it's socket. I have tried many times to alter the grub screw and have even super glued it in with some success. The problem now is that the trem always, no matter how tight or loose the arm is adjusted to, always has some play in it ie. unwanted movement which results in any sustain dropping out very quickly. Ok so the question is; is the JTV 89F tremolo system anywhere similar to that of the 700? Does it push in and pull out in the same way or does it screw in like a Strat? Is it liable to the same problem? I now cant remember the 2nd reason haha I'll post my problem also in the Variax forum, but if anyone knows a decent solution to my 700 problem please reply Many Thanks Mark
  17. Hi Can someone please tell me if the sound from the magnetic pickups output through the VDI or does it come through the jack socket? Thanks Mark
  18. Actually I remember now, I went direct to Neutrik Go to neutrik.co.uk ..... Products .....Ethercon ....Chassis connectors They have loads to choose from and if you need help give them a call they were really helpful with me Cheers, Mark
  19. Hi Sounds like a really kind offer from Leesteel :) Have you tried Canford here in the Uk, they have all sorts of thinks like this. Go to Canford.co.uk Worth a try Mark
  20. Hi Not been here for a while, so maybe you've fixed this issue. I had the same problem on my 2004 Variax 700, every bank was one position out. This happened on two separate occasions. When I wiggled the Digital cable it changed back and changed again etc. So I bought a complete jack / VDI socket assembly. = FIXED ! Then some years later the same problem occurred so I (with much difficulty) obtained another jack assembly. But while I was waiting for it to be delivered I opened the flap on the VDI socket and cleaned the contacts. I also very carefully moved each contact so that it might be a tighter fit to the cable plug. GUESS WHAT = FIXED ! I didn't replace the socket assembly and so far many years later its still ok I hope you have the same result if you try it Cheers, Mark
  21. Hi, haven't been here for a while, sorry Please can someone give me a real quick fix as time is tight, I have a gig on Saturday I have a Variax 700 and Pod XT Live. All has been great until today when I plugged my Variax into my friends XT Live !!!! Somehow now in the Variax all the banks in the model select knob have moved over by one. For example all the JAZZBOX bank are in the ACOUSTIC bank, the ACOUSTIC guitars are now in the RESO bank and the RESO are in the CUSTOM 2 bank. All I did was plug in to my friends XTL When I plugged back into my OWN XTL I was really hoping it would reset back to my settings but it hasn't By the way this only happens when I select using the Model select knob on the guitar itself, if I use a patch over midi it does select the correct guitar / bank. In my Custom 2 bank I have one setting which I created an alternate tuning in workbench (a long time ago) Would it just be a case of me going back into Workbench? Will all my Variax's memory be still stored in WB ? I haven't played around with these setting for ages because all was well Please if anyone can help I would really appreciate it Thank, Mark
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