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  1. You are saying that a STRAT neck fit in the pocket just fine? Or do you mean a TELE neck? Because the Strat neck is radiused all along the heel, and will not sit square in the pocket. A Tele neck, however, is flat at the end (with radiused corners) and would (I'm speculating here, but the dimensions are the same) fit square in. So do you mean you tried a Tele neck, or did you try a Strat neck?
  2. Or you could get a used Amplifi 75---they're going for a not bad price, often under $300. Create an Amplifi preset with "No Amp," "No Cab," and no effects, and save it as a FRFR. The Amplifi behaves nicely as a FRFR amp, though it may not be a true FRFR---it's pretty close, with no amp or cab. And you can run the Helix into the amp input. I use this FRFR setup with Bias Amp, Pod HD500, and Helix. It's nice.
  3. Okay, now I've learned that having the G10 receiver in my house (I don't know how far the problem goes, probably anywhere in the vicinity) cuts off my WiFi connection. I have to restart my router to reconnect any device--PC, phone, tablet, Apple TV--that connects by wifi, and I have to restart the router for EACH ONE to make its connection. I've seen that other G wireless numbers have the same problem. Okay, Line 6--what do I need to do to keep my WiFi and G10 from conflicting? And a larger issue---does this mean that everywhere I go with my G10, WiFi connections are at risk? I go to a friend's house, set up my G10, and trash their WiFi connection? Play at a bar that has WiFi, set up my G10, and trash the bar's WiFi connection? I see a real problem here.
  4. Er... what? Are you saying that if one is plugging in a VDI cable---say, to run to a Helix, or POD HD500---I need to remove the battery box from my Variax 500? If so, that might merit a mention in the manual and maybe a service alert to owners. It's sure not in the currently available Pilot's Guide for the Variax 500/700.
  5. You know why I bought the first Variax (the 500) in 2005? Because I wanted all those guitars, and I didn't want to buy a lot of electric guitars. It worked, pretty much. When I bought the Variax, I had a Strat (1986 purchase) and a Tele (2003 or 2004 purchase), and a Takamine dreadnought acoustic. The Variax let me have the 25 or so guitars in it, and the models are for the most part excellent. I did not buy any more electric guitars until I bought a JTV-89 last year. I sold the Tele a few years ago. So I find the Variax to satisfy my guitar acquisition syndrome. You can tell your wife that a bunch of us here testify in your defense---it didn't ignite, in fact it doused, electric guitar acquisition syndrome for us. If only I played only electric guitar... But I don't. So I also own three acoustic guitars (6, 12, travel), two basses (in two different locations), and a couple ukuleles. But you know, all those are strictly necessary as they do things that the Variax can't. That's inarguable, no? :)
  6. Just did. Nope. "Helix not connected." It's not looking for an Amplifi, I guess.
  7. I think we may be barking up the wrong tree, replacement neck-wise. The pocket of the Variax Standard shares the Telecaster's neck pocket dimension, not the Stratocaster's. At least, according to Warmoth's website, it's their Telecaster pocket dimensions. So I'm wondering if a Tele neck might fit the Standard. I don't have a Telecaster neck laying around. (Oddly enough, I do have a Strat replacement laying around. Go figure.) But from my measurements of the pocket/heel on the Standard, it's the same as Warmoth's Tele (which should be same as Fender's). Anyone have a Telecaster neck around and a mind to perform some surgery? Or some non-invasive comparisons?
  8. I went to a GuitarCenter in Orlando today specifically to look at a Variax Standard. (Not many stores keep them in stock.) The one the store had was marked down from $799 to $699. It was also hanging right next to a Yamaha Pacifica. The bodies are the same--identical. The necks are the same except for the headstock shape and a little rounder edge at the heel on the Variax. The tuner posts were attached a little differently--smaller bolts around the posts on the Pacifica than the Variax. The truss rod cover is identical. The construction and feel of the neck, body, all were the same on both guitars. It was easy to see that the Standard is a Pacifica body and neck with the Variax computer inside. The Pacifica was priced at $179. So they value the Variax hardware and brand at $620 in price, on top of the $179 for the Pacifica.
  9. Well, I play guitar often in a room that measures 11' x 11'. A 25' cable is just a lot of in the way. So I built a couple 8' cables, a 15' cable, and another 10' cable. I have whatever length I need, and it works fantastically and each came in under $10.
  10. I've built four VDI cables using instrument-quality Ethernet cable. Got it online. Used Neutrik ends. Just break the tab off the RJ-45 connector. I like the braided cable, though... might add a new couple of cables. With 30 feet, I could make a 10' and 20' cable.
  11. Thanks a ton for that. I wondered whether the Standard's headstock was parallel to the neck or tilted (like the JTV-89 and -59). I have Tronical on my Stratocaster and on my Taylor acoustic. I'm a huge fan. I love how fast and accurate it is, and the multiple tuning versatility. Thanks for posting on this.
  12. Does Helix support model forcing with a Variax 500? Does it support anything with a Variax 500? (I suppose at a minimum it will power it.)
  13. Yeah, I've built a few (wanted a shorter Variax cable for my small music room). I broke off the tabs.
  14. Here's what I am thinking of trying (sometimes) with my Helix and G10: Plug the guitar into the Helix by cable, and then the G10 transmitter into the 1/4" output of the Helix. Then plug the receiver into my amp. That way I can have my amp and Helix disconnected, and I can put the amp anywhere. Sure, I'll still be tethered to the Helix, but still mobile with the amp. And when using my Variax, I can be powered by Helix. I actually just used a similar method with my Variax 500: Plugged Variax into the power supply, and instead of cable from power supply to amp, I put the G10 transmitter into the output of the power supply, and the receiver on my amp. The amp was not convenient to cable to the power supply, so it was a good setup. Worked nicely. Of course, maybe the Helix's output from the 1/4", carrying with it all the effects, will be too much to send by G10T. And I have to get my Helix working---it arrived with inputs not working. Back to Line 6 with it... I'll get a chance to try it in probably about a month, I'm guessing.
  15. Do the factory reset procedure and see if it brings it back to functionality. "Hold Master Volume knob and Tone button as you power up the unit, keep holding them both down until you see the LED's around the Master Volume knob light up." If it brings back functionality, good. That worked when my amp kept starting up in Failed Update mode.
  16. Received mine from Sweetwater on June 7, 2016. It is really good!
  17. I solved the problem, kind of. Maybe this is a bug. The originally posted problem happens--it starts up in "failed update" mode--if and only if I have a tone preset with "No amp" as the model in tone slot 1A. Any amp model other than "No amp," and it starts up normally and plays normal. I don't know why it should be that I can't have a preset with no amp at 1A, but that appears to be the case. It only took me about a day to test presets to figure out the variable that was causing the problem...
  18. In short, if I leave the amp off for more than a few minutes, it starts up with all four Tone LEDs flashing, as if a firmware update has failed, even though it hasn't. Only way to get it back to operating condition is to restart in factory reset mode. Then I have none of my patches in it. And it's useless to save any, because it will just . . . repeat the cycle. Any ideas as to why and how to fix? Longer: Turned it on Monday, it started up with all four Tone LEDs flashing. Okay, that's failed update mode. What update? I didn't try to install an update. So I did the latest update (which was already in there, by the way). It failed. I went one update back. It succeeded. Go through the setup process again, turn it on fresh--- Starts up with all four Tone LEDs flashing again. So I tried the latest update (again). The Updater said it succeeded. (By the way, it seems to take longer when installed by USB than Bluetooth.) Factory reset... okay, it's working. Reinstall my patches to the amp hardware... Turn it off for the night. Next morning, turn it on... Starts up with all four Tone LEDs flashing again. Do the factory reset (power on with Tone and volume knob depressed), and it's fine, except, of course, I'm back to factory settings and all my patches are gone. Put my patches back, last night. Turn it off. Turn it on, it's fine. Turn it off. Turn it on, it's fine. Go to bed. This morning, I turn it on fresh--- Starts up with all four Tone LEDs flashing again. Factory reset lets it operate, but then I'm back to factory patches, not mine. Okay, so... this is going to keep happening? Line 6? Any ideas why my amp keeps telling me it has failed to update the firmware if I turn it on after leaving it off for more than a few minutes? It's kind of useless to me like this.
  19. When will it be released? I've had mine on order (and payed for) with Sweetwater for a couple months at least. When will it ship?
  20. They have a Helix editor. It looks just like the Amplifi iPad editor, except for a touch of difference in the effects chain depiction. Surely this is an Amplifi editor too. If not, it easily could be. It ought to be.
  21. That's the question: Is the VDI cable simply a ruggedized Ethernet cable with standard Ethernet wiring, or is the wiring different? Do some of the wires go to a different place in the RJ45 connector? I can make an ethernet cable easily. I have a VDI from Line 6, but it's 25', which is a bit long for my little room studio; I'd like to use a 10'er or something like that. If it's different does anyone have the wiring diagrammed?
  22. There's not much guidance in the HD500 manuals, so I'm trying to figure out: Can I use the POD HD500 as a USB audio interface, with microphone plugged into the XLR mic jack, Variax into the VDI, and a bass plugged into the guitar input? I want to be able to play through with guitar (or bass) and vocals at the same time, playing through POD Farm (maybe) and into GarageBand. Does that work? I can't figure out from the manual (and haven't received my HD500 yet to check live) whether the vocal goes through a separate route and is thus unaffected by the guitar effects patch. I appreciate clarification on this. Thanks!
  23. From what I can see in the specs available online, the TonePort UX2 seems to be the same electronic hardware as the Pod Studio UX2, the difference being cosmetic (red face vs. black). I know the software you can get--Pod Farm 1.x vs. 2.x--is different. Am I missing something, or are they identical in terms of specifications of the hardware? The use of the same name seems to indicate they're identical.
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