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Everything posted by gtrman100

  1. Most likely, your headphones are coloring the sound in a way that compensates for the deficiencies of the XT. Add that to the fact that you are used to the XT, and that's probably why you come to that conclusion. I suggest you record some guitar parts with both and listen through a good pair of studio monitors. No recording engineer worth his salt mixes on headphones; they might check the mix through headphones, but that's about it.
  2. It's consistent. I use an extra expression pedal and it did it every time until I changed to a stereo wah pedal.
  3. The wah volume drop problem is user error, not a software bug. I discovered it myself- if you use a mono wah, in a stereo path, you'll get a complete volume drop when returning to volume pedal mode. Use a stereo version of the wah, and you're good to go.
  4. I tried setting the Variax input setting to "Global". No dice- it still follows the model selector on the Variax. Bummer. I hope they implement full Variax functionality soon.
  5. Thanks, I figured that out. The problem is, if you tweak the reverb on the helix, and you're in a different Variax guitar model, then both get saved. That's not the way the HD 500 worked. The guitar model wasn't saved with the processor preset.
  6. When I tweak a Helix preset, it automatically loads the current Variax model when I save the preset. This did not happen with the HD500. The Variax model is not saved with the Helix preset Am I doing something wrong, or can this not be changed? When I want to use several different variax guitar models with a Helix amp model, I don't want the Helix to save the currently loaded one.
  7. I've had my 59 and 69 for years now. I love them both, they are my only gigging guitars. The neck on the 69 took a bit of getting used to, but now I find it fine. Both guitars have always worked fine, never a problem.
  8. I'm using the FX Send as a stereo output into my CPS Space Station as a feed for my JTV acoustic tones. When I tweak it with HD Edit, it sounds great in gorgeous stereo and I save it the the HD500x. BUT, when I disconnect the HD from my computer, load another preset, then go back to the acoustic preset, it's in mono. I've played with the mixer, the FX Send setting, but nothing seems to help. I save the preset from HD Edit, and on the HD500x itself. Any ideas? Is this a bug in the FX Send? Update- if I move the EFX loop block, it restores the stereo output of the send. Still, if I load another preset and reload the acoustic preset, the FX send reverts to being mono. Update 2- I opened a support ticket. I believe this is a software bug.
  9. Who goes to NAAM to see budget stuff? Probably the majority of the music equipment retailers that attend the show and sell to the vast majority of players who don't gig... sorry that they didn't please you. BTW, you've already got their current top of the line, so I don't know what you expected. The next generation? I guess we'll all have to wait. I'm looking forward to it too.
  10. Maybe I'm not understanding the gripe. L6 is trying to establish the Variax in the lower price points with the same modeling as their $3500 guitars, so they can sell more and create a market for higher end models in the future. So they have: 1. The $700 Variax Standard built in a decent quality lower end guitar(compare it to the 300/ 600- it's MUCH better) 2. The Korean JTV69/59/89 Variax for those who want a mid-range quality guitar(on par with $800-1500 guitars) 3. The JTV59/69/89 US for those who want a boutique quality, custom built quality guitar with the Variax option. I think this gives the potential Variax buyer a range of products that would appeal to most. Honestly, I just bought a Chinese Epiphone G-400 Pro where the fit, finish, hardware and tone are easily the equal of most Gibsons that cost $1000-$1500. I would imagine the the Yamaha Variax when set up properly should be a reasonably good playing and sounding guitar. Time will tell.
  11. I think you're making a generalization that usually isn't true. For a guitar to be custom, you go to a luthier like Tyler and pick out the neck profile, frets, fingerboard material, pickups, tuners, body finish, neck finish, color, other hardware etc. Maybe if you order from the Fender "custom" shop it's more true, but even there you can specify many of the options you'd like for your instrument.
  12. I've had JJ's in other amps before, and never had a problem with reliability. Any brand or quality of tubes can fail, so I would buy them from a reputable dealer which usually comes with a warranty.
  13. I always rebias power tubes when changing. It can make a big difference on how the amp sounds and tube life.
  14. I'd been having a few volume and tone issues with my DT25, the volume seems to had dropped a bit, and the tone had sounded a bit weak, and not as punchy, so I figured t was time to retube,, I've had JJ's before and they were a good sounding, not excessively expensive tube, so I bought a set from Eurotubes. They were delivered quickly and I highly recommend them. The verdict- huge improvement in tone! The volume is back- headroom has increased markedly.The tone is tight and focused, and the low end isn't flabbly at all. I can crank a high gain tone to pretty high volume and not get mushy. The balanced 12ax7 in the phase inverter section might be responsible for the improved headroom. If you're looking for replacements, you might try these out.
  15. I view the complaints about the "lack" of updates as a symptom of today's entitlement society. We are "entitled" to updates because we want them, and sure as hell, don't want to pay for them.. Wahh! I want to download music for free, and don't want to pay for it.(which has ruined the music business) Wahh! I'll pirate movies, because I deserve to watch it without paying for it, screw the people who spent millions to create it. Wahh! I own a business, and you can't believe how many people want stuff for free, just because they feel entitled to it. I have to explain that we can't stay in business, and deliver quality if we give stuff away for free. But they don't care- they just want it. Get a grip, dudes! If the HD500x or other digital device doesn't do the job for you for the price you paid, return it or sell it or do a work-a-round. And stop complaining, make some music...
  16. Maybe i'm a troglodyte, but if you can't tune your guitar and keep it in tune, maybe you should learn that basic skill instead of a bandaid solution like a pedal.
  17. I've had my 69 for three years, my 59 for 1 1/2/ Both have been excellent- not a problem (except the modeling knob got stuck on the 69. Solved it with a paper shim under it). I play both almost daily and gig/rehearse weekly.
  18. Actually, there is something wrong with the Line 6 "haters" that are dismiss L6 products out of ignorance. Don't be swayed by group think- make your own decision. I have a DT25 and 50 using the dream rig and get a huge variety of great tones, that get compliments from many of my guitar playing friends. In a cover band playing a wide variety of material, it's a godsend. BTW, I have Fender, Marshall,(had) Matchless, and Groove Tubes amps which I use to record, but my go-to live rig is the DT25/50.
  19. This happens to me sometimes if I don't press the footswitch cleanly. Also make sure none of the physical knobs aren't either at 0 or 100% on the pod or amp. The vibration can cause the encoders to engage and cut the sound. I'm assuming you don't have the pod connected to a computer.
  20. DT50 or DT25- seamless integration and maximum flexibility combined with great realistic tones.
  21. i see- I wish the studio preamp was an amp model. But you'd think that a bypassed amp could still feed the VDI output. Thanks for the help.
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