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BigRalphN last won the day on September 13 2015

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  1. BigRalphN

    Future Helix 2

    Agree on the Variax. I have tried them three times. I actually like the Standard better then the heavy JTV 69 I had so I got another standard. I still wasn't thrilled with the models so a basically new Black Standard with upgraded Graphtech Ratio tuners (also black) that just sits on my rack. I realize I have too many nice guitars that cover a lot of the ground. But to me guitar modeling just isn't there yet. I know a lot disagree. I only use mine if I want a strat and lp for a very short set were swapping isn't practical. It is a great tool for that. But I only play at church. Especially with the health scares the last year and half (why I have not been around as much or was crabby when here...lol).
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    Helix Firmware 2.80

    I figure we are just that much closer to 3.0
  3. I think everyone of us that were in on the very first run of Helix had open box, though they were packed very well after firmware was installed. I got mine from Sweetwater and its a one day ship from them to my location so I had it quickly. I would NEVER trust. Musicians Friend or Guitar center. I have had way to many issues with both over the years including returned damaged items shipped to me as new. Both GCs in the area are an hour away (actually three that close) so I might ship to store and inspect it. I would also trust NStuff Music. They are local and do a fairly big online service. I have had good luck with Riff City also.
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    Headrush FRFR

    I use an EV ZLX series on a pole. I did have on the floor but needed the floor space. It works quite well for the cost. You do have to do some playing with the settings(pole VS. Floor) and I cut the bass just a hair more.
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    Screen protector

    Much later I switched to Chad Bostons screen and strip protectors. They are thick but still look nice. I dropped a Thalia capo on the screen and it didn't even make a mark. Anyone that knows how Thalias are made knows that's an achievement.
  6. Maybe Helix 2. I highly doubt it's built into this one though the comment was once made there are still things to be turned on within the Helix.
  7. I agree with more classic clean stuff. Enough with the high gain. Bring more classic rock okdrr uses in and see sales increase.A Tone King Imperial would be amazing. A good amp needs to clean up and a couple if the high gains do that beautifully. But I still find clean slightly sounds lacking. True clean. Tons of slightly clean there.
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    Helix Bug Reports

    I have occasional bugs between Helix and Variax. I have had two Standard Varie(current is a standard) and a JTV 69. I had the same bugs with all three and have now reproduced it on three Helix units though I have no idea what causes it. Occasionally I when I switch models on the Variax, or patches on the Helix, I lose sound from the Variax. I can plug the a regular guitar in and it's fine. The only way to restore Variax sound is reboot the Helix. Both units current firmware and using a VDI cable. One time I hit the joystick and sound returned. That was just once. The other is sort if similar but instead of losing sound every model on the Variax suddenly has a, plunky/Resonator /banjo sound. Every model. Sounds real funky on Les Paul. Again, nothing will fix it but a Helix reboot. Turning models off and on or unplugging and plugging back in the Variax does nothing. It doesn't happen everyday but happens enough that I would not trust a Variax live. I know tons do not have this issue but I know others that do. I don't see any sense in sending anything back because of the number of units I have reproduced it with. It is frustrating when it happens.
  9. BigRalphN

    Acoustic Standard vs. Acoustic JTV-59

    Sound exactly the same unless you can roll back to firmware 1.9.
  10. BigRalphN

    My Next Variax

    I should add to my above comment that both were on the same firmware.
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    Pattern to firmware releases?

    I would say there has been a pattern. There seems to be a release around each Namm, summer and winter. Then if needed there are minor fixes.
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    Helix Variax issues

    I did put a fret wrap above the nut. Oddly I can't recreate the issue this morning. That has been part of the issue. Sounds great today.
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    My Next Variax

    One other comment. The actual models and variax board are Identical as are the models. There is zero difference in modeled tones between the two and anyone who perceives such is just getting the placebo effect. We did a few blind listens in a shop when I had my JTV with a standard into the same amp. No difference. In fact we were accused of not switching a few times.
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    I agree with you except that I had issues with the weight of the JTV and my chest port. The JTV was real heavy. My friend actually has the JTV. I could possibly work a trade with him fr the Standard as he is talking about putting the Variax stuff in another guitar because he can't deal with the weight.
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    Helix Variax issues

    I had JTV69 and it was just too heavy. I loved the neck. In all honesty the actual models sound about the same to me. Except when I get the clang/Resonate issues. The magnetic pickups were better in the 69. It's just odd a Helix reboot fixes it.