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  1. I've heard several folks play Hotel California using Variax 12-string models and most sound fairly convincing. Here's a quick youtube search: https://youtu.be/v5IcKsSGecE I couldn't get the link in this thread to play in my browser but perhaps it works for modern computers: Not sure if any amplification was used in your mp4 but seemed fairly unprocessed except for what reminded me of phase effect? I did notice a tendency to use mild vibrato and/or bend strings. Even slightly bending string will upset the 12 string model sound. I've been known to play convincing "Tambourine Man" using the Rick 12 string model. They do exhibit some keyboard'eque character but in context with backing tracks they tend to sound pretty decent. I've also performed "I've Just Seen A Face" using 12-string acoustic for original solo. Here again, not great when isolated but used in live mix it works very well.
  2. Don’t jump into USA JTV without some previous experience and understanding of Variax technology. Nicely crafted guitars but still…. If you’re already set with analog/magnetic tones practically any Variax Gen 1 or 2 will likely suffice as introduction to the technology. JTV59 my current favorite (very good hum buckers) but I still enjoy many of the original Variax gen 1 models. I also maintain gen 1 with riser nut for lap/slide needs. I own 4qty Variax and regularly use them all. Electric models seem to work well with various pedalboards/amps schemes. Acoustic models must be DI/XLR full range amplification because they’re essentially microphone captured WAV maps. An XPS power supply A/B box is often a great addition to smoothly switch acoustic/electric models to either XLR output for acoustic or Hi-Z 1/4” phono for amps/pedalboard. Of course the VDI cable plays nicely with Line6 amp modelers too. Good luck….
  3. Nice to see Steinberger gearless available through StewMac again. For past couple years they were getting hard to find. Perfect replacement for huge heavy easily broken banjo tuners on Gibson Firebird. Really liked the Steinberger gearless and planned to use them on other guitars but the supply dried up for a while. It's really neat how they pull the string down into the mechanism using a fine threaded system. I can’t comment upgrading tuners on JTV-89 but my recent choices for JTV-59 and 1st gen 6x6 have been HipShot locking tuners. With the option of UMP (universal mounting plate) Hipshot's super easy to install and work like a champ.
  4. Tip my hat to Line6 for LH versions back in the beginning but I understand why little old L6 would drop that option during JTV era. But kinda surprised Yamaha hasn’t committed to LH Variax guitars. I guess it’s a business and large corporations usually know what they’re doing in regard to bottom line. I know at least 4qty Variax have been sold...
  5. What continent (country) do you reside? What's the nature of electronics failure? No sound output? Sounds not right? What $$$ you seeking? I'm looking for salvageable Variax electronics to perform Dobro/Lap transplant. Bridge and piezo don't really matter using Ghost loaded tun-o-matic.
  6. I’ve conducted some experiments with string type/condition and all the above does influence modeling tones. One of my favorites for something unique and different is to use flat wounds D’Adarrio Chromes on electric Variax. Simply buy medium set 13-56, toss out the 56 add a 10 string’er up. Works out to 10-45 IIRC? Sticking close to OEM gauge seems to be fairly important. Possibly more so than string type. Broken in, flat wounds reduced plinks, finger noises and other artifacts playing at high preamp gain settings. But of course the wound strings sounded like flat wounds too. Weird but kinda cool in many situations. Acoustic models take on a funky D-18 with decade old strings tone/texture under the Dread model. Reminded me of Norman Blake flat picking tone. Currently using Elixir 10-46 but I prefer the thicker poly wrap as opposed to the thinner coatings for Variax. Splitting hairs but they seem to be somewhat quieter in regard to finger noise.
  7. Glad I poked my head in here. That’s mad skill scientist stuff and then some! Impressive and sure to be a sweetheart when finished. What did you source for connector contacts, JST? I work with similar contacts and crimp tools from li-ion battery BMS kludging.
  8. Haven't used Monkey in years. Is it still a thing? What purpose does it serve? WBHD seems to handle FW updates now.
  9. All monitoring being equal I’m more fond of Gen 1 acoustic models although JTV is acceptable. Gen 1 Jumbo has just always worked particularly well for live & studio gigs. Perhaps I’m more accustomed to a decade of playing Gen 1 acoustic models but tweak and tweak they’re never quite as warm and natural to my ear.
  10. For some of us stock 59 hum buckers offer some “great” qualities. Perhaps play around with reasonable height adjustment and stick with 1/4” output out of the gate. At least during rig/pedalboard setup phase. Nearly all electric guitars - I tend to use bright amp settings and simply dial back treble (ice picks) with guitar tone controls. I've always worked with amps that way and I tend to find satisfying spank, sparkle and pizazz using decently wound pickups. But some folks prefer different pickups for their jam so ultimately something to figure out on your own.
  11. If models work most likely a wiring/switching issue which requires qualified care/repair. Have you perhaps changed type/brand of strings when this happened? I recently had a bizarre loss of magnetic pickup signal. Fortunately only 1 string affected. Traced down to some weird Chinese metal alloy string which didn’t possess magnetic properties. Alloy strings can make a tremendous difference when it comes to magnetic qualities. https://line6.com/support/topic/49648-help- no-high-e-string-using-magnetic-pickups- models-fine- /?tab=comments#comment-307654 Good luck….
  12. 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....
  13. $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.
  14. 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.
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