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  1. Sorry if this link is uncool but I'm dying to know more about this on a historic level - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Line-6-James-Tyler-Variax-RH-Made-In-Korea-Sunburst-Electric-Guitar/293163625069?hash=item4441e9ea6d:g:jWoAAOSw99ddQeIB Never mind the sucker who reads and believes "works perfectly" (referring to the mag pickup I suppose?) However the logic bay appears to be nil....
  2. $4k JTV's will be American made. Korean built JTV's street price north of $1k, often much less for GOOD used specimens. I play both Gen 1's (500, 700) and Gen 2 JTV. Each version has their own +/- depending on what you're comparing. No sensible reason trying to make a silk purse from Sow's ear. If you can hand deliver to factory service folks I'd do it in a heartbeat. Since it's working okay on XPS probably ain't nothing terminally wrong.
  3. I don’t know the Katana amp but an experienced guess is their ACOUSTIC setting is probably voiced for under saddle acoustic guitar sensors/pickups. Fishman, Takamine, Ovation, LR Baggs, etc. Probably won’t sound very good with an acoustic Variax model though. Too bad Line6 never got the wisdom of modeling industry accepted acoustic pickup sounds. Models of a plugged in Tak or Ovation would’ve been a useful thing for those of us stuck with only electric amp on many gigs. The prime criteria for Variax acoustic amplification or recording work imho is to use similar stuff as we do for vocals. Essentially a microphone on instrument but without all the feedback. My Helix presets for acoustic amount to very little in the chain. Definitely no amps or speaker models. Comp, verb, EQ, maybe delay/chorus, that’s about it. For conventional amp backlines one of the most important tools for my Variax gig box is the old XPS power supply A/B XLR output box. 1/4” sent to electric guitar stage amp while the XLR goes to a full range monitor and FOH.
  4. jerseyboy

    Older Variax compatibility

    It's also commonly confused on the Variax message board. People post questions for 1st Gen in the Variax Standard forum all the time. I'm with brother codamedia - 1st Gen, 2nd Gen, hopefully more gens...
  5. jerseyboy

    Live performers! What’s in your bag?

    Really depends on the gigs but I tend to sort things along the lines of stage sound, PA sound and instrument related. Instrument related varies wildly depending on instruments played but includes: strings, winder/cutter, neck relief tools, nail clippers/files, flat & finger picks, capos, slides, steels, clamp-on tuner, pencil, flashlight, small screwdrivers, straps. Even lube oil, applicator and of course the bender bar for HipShot bender setups. Stage sound is what’s needed to connect instruments into whatever stage amplification we’ll be using but lotsa 1/4-1/4 cables and any volume pedal, A/B boxes. I enjoy Fishman Loudbox amps for stage monitoring and in many cases handling DI output. Don’t normally carry much to connect PA sound to FOH as most those gigs have mic cables and crew scurrying around. But if small house PA we’re operating it’s always good to have XLR cable and various adapters, inserts, etc. If you take the leap as myself and others going full range amp modeling you’ll be kinda SOL if Helix LT (or any modeler) dies or becomes damaged during transit. For this reason I always carry a Zoom MS50 multi pedal. Never forced to use it in place of Helix LT but did an impromptu bar gig with it past year driving a LoudBox and it was more than satisfying club amp sound imo. In the unlikely event Helix died I’d be glad to have "something" small yet powerful.
  6. jerseyboy

    Should us "hobbyists" be doing so many updates?

    Working guys take things slowly and deliberately. 1000's of paying guests plus dozens of talent/crew shouldn't be Guinea Pigs. Hobbyists can experience unexpected changes without much actual damage to the proceedings.
  7. jerseyboy

    Variax? Or not?

    At the risk of offending my good friends at Line6 - another cool IR device = Audio Sprockets Tone Dexter. It works IR magic with user created WAV maps of individual instruments. I created Tone Dexter IR's of all my acoustic guitars and now I can play my easy-action Taylor yet spit out the salty old high-action Martin. Recently did a music store workshop and we mapped a nice Martin with Fishman under saddle pickup using AKG C1000s microphone. Then we grabbed $150 Recording King brand with very similar under saddle pickup. Tone Dexter was happy to spit out the WAV mapped tone of the Martin - eyes in the room got very big. Very impressive and possibilities are endless. Festival guys learning they can bring the sound of their expensive boutique instruments into harsh conditions using a much cheaper workhorse axe.
  8. They were sold as electric guitar strings and they seemed to ring fine on the JTV strummed acoustically. Main concern were any anomalies models/piezos might suffer. That’s why I plugged in and checked the models but it never dawned on me to test the mags. What a very weird and startling surprise. I don’t even know why these things were ever made and it’s a good reminder that “secret string recipes” for magnetic pickups can make tremendous difference. I don’t think I’ll be buying strings direct from China anymore. Older old-timers told me electric guitar string materials slowly changed and refined through the 60’s and later years. Even if you wanted to sound exactly like Buddy Holly (Black Diamond flat wound) or someone from that era, currently available string materials wiggling over newfangled pickups aren’t the same as were used back in the day. Of course we’ll never be able to A/B such theories but it’s fun to wonder what those sounds were like in that era. I've been told by original Cricket and believe Buddy Holly used BD flats on his Strat because out in the boonies that’s what drug stores often stocked for the touring big bands. Not many full service music stores like today.
  9. Yeah, it’s likely duff battery pack. Good on them to replace. Lithium chemistries can be damaged rather easily. Over discharge, stored at full charge for long periods of time, excess heat. Lead and Nickel chemistries tolerate more general abuse but come up short on the high performance C rate, energy density self-discharge scale. Rock on!
  10. You read that right. I decided to be super cheap and lazy and bought 20 plain high E (11’s) strings via FleaBay. I go through ‘em at a good clip and I sometimes like .011 instead of .010. https://www.ebay.com/itm/20-Pack-Single-Electric-Guitar-Strings-Bulk-011-High-E-Medium-11-Gauge-M2I8/332747544409?hash=item4d794c9759:g:7R4AAOSwq75bZgDw Chinese seller supper slow shipping. I’d kinda forgot about ‘em until they arrived in mailbox. Threw one on JTV59 and it felt okay. Sorta felt different but I chocked it up to being 11. All seemed good enough and I even checked the modeling to be sure there wasn’t any drastic volume/tone difference. All good or so I thought. Start our show on a Spank model and all’s well. However, flipping to magnetic pickups no high E string. What? You’ve gotta be kidding me! 1st I thought I’d lost a piezo but no, models sounded fine and balanced volume but my head keep going back to all the threads here and dead piezo. Ugh! Eventually resorted to using Lester modeling until we hit a break and swapped-in #2. So apparently these strings are some sort of non-ferrous alloy and will not generate any signal through magnetic pickups. I’ve never heard of such a thing. Could you imagine buying a full set of these and wondering why my guitar pickups died? Anyway, please indulge my starting a thread but I felt worth sharing since we often hear about low or no string volume issues but only with modeling. This situation being the complete opposite and after some puzzled moments I got quite a chuckle out of the irony. Been at this nearly 50 years and still run into stuff I would’ve never imagined possible. Only from China I suppose?
  11. jerseyboy

    Good acoustic plugin for Variax acoustic models

    Stock 12 string is a matter of context. In a mix most don’t seem bad but when exposed for something like the opening to “Hotel California” they can use some work. For me it’s a matter of connecting Workbench HD then tweaking guitar body types and mic placement referencing similar full range amplification or input capture I expect to use live or recording. This way I’ve manage to get it pretty close and more than acceptable for live work. Lighter gentle attack is generally better.
  12. Not sure about the LED sequence. Would like to know myself. Unused shelf life of these and similar 18605 Lithium cells much longer than 3 years. Stored roughly 50% SOC (state of charge) under cool moderate temperatures these cells will last much much longer. 7-10 years should not out of the question for quality cells. Cycle life is another matter. Full cycles, partial cycles. There’s that number depending on specific chemistry/brand. But if not cycled I would suggest burn off the top charge and remove from guitar. 50% is ideal but even 10% drop in SOC for storage will reap major benefits. With a fully charge battery pack, play yer guitar for 20-30 minutes then remove the pack from guitar. Store in moderate climate.
  13. jerseyboy

    A B Box for a Variax

    I don't know exactly why designers chose AC input power. But I would not attempt to use DC for any Line6 product designed for AC input power. It's not gonna work and it might damage something.
  14. 4.2V is lithium polymer/ion top charge voltage. JTV pack uses 2 cells in series so 8.3-8.4V would indicate fully charged pack. However, Lithium chemistry can be damaged and/or degrade over time. The resting voltage level may appear fully charged but when actually powering something the chemistry can no longer provide any working Amperes to power a load. Under load the voltage drops considerably. This condition is related to IR or internal resistance of the battery cells. High IR indicates a cell which cannot deliver much if any power. (Amps) Someone with RC modeling background will understand and recognize such battery behavior. Pretty much same voltage chemistry parameters used by RC products. Search youtube for Lipo IR testing. Technically inclined folks can apply a known load and use calculations to determine IR of any battery chemistry cell. If I were testing JTV battery pack I’d start fully charged. Next apply enough resistive load to pull about between 0.2-0.3A from the battery terminals. Apply for few seconds and if resting 8V dropped near or below 6V I would judge it to be a poor battery pack. Essentially checking voltage drop under load. Could also measure pack voltage via wiring connections inside the guitar when powered up. But probe the wrong spot or slip of a hand and things could quickly get messy.
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