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  1. I love my JTV-89F. It's one of the best guitars I ever had. But, IMO, EMG active pickups are the best. I use EMG 81 and 85 and they sound great. So I decided to install those in my Variax JTV-89F. After searching the Internet I could not find any source of reliable information regarding this topic. So I decided to share my experience. I made a video documenting the process. You can find it on Youtube. !!! WARNING !!! If you do this, you'll void your guitar warranty. After installation all the Variax models are working perfectly. Also tuning and custom tuning. Issue #1: The EMG pickups do not allow to split coils and the Variax uses a 5 way switch. While in magnetic pickups mode, position 2 produces the same sound as position 1. And position 4 the same sound as position 5. 1 = Bridge 2 = Bridge 3 = Bridge + Neck 4 = Neck 5 = Neck When you activate the modeling mode, all the positions continue to be independent, as in stock mag pickups. Issue #2: When the active pickups are powered, the volume control acts almost as an on-off switch. At 1/5 of a knob turn you start to hear sound already at almost 80% gain. Bellow 1/5 of a turn, no sound at all. Issue #3: Tone knob seems to produce no noticeable effect. That's it. To me, now I have a perfect guitar. I don't use much the tone knob, and I can control volume with my volume pedal.
  2. artdib2, man, first of all, thank you for trying to help me out! Thank you! Unfortunately, none of your tips seemed to fix the problem directly. BUT, when I was messing around with Workbench, I discovered that the problem was much bigger using the Les Paul body. When I switched to neutral body, the plinky sound almost disappeared. The sound of the guitar is, of course, a lot different, but is preferable than using it if that annoying noise. At least I can use it with different tunes. What I can infer from this is that it really seams to be a problem with the software/firmware of the Variax JTV-89F. I opened a support ticket and I'm about to write an Amazon review (https://www.amazon.com/review/RVRYUN696G0P4/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv) about this problem. Hope this get the attention from Line 6 support to fix this up.
  3. Just to clarify... It "IS" a piezo problem, right? For SURE? Because I'm in Brazil. I have no chance returning the guitar. Also we have no authorized Line 6 dealers or tech support here, unfortunately. My best hope is to know exactly what's the problem and try to fix it myself. The piezos are small enough so I think I could import some of them by mail and replace'em myself. Other doubt: All the piezos are the same or they differ from string to string in any way?
  4. I`m having the same issue with my brand new JTV-89F. High pitch noise when picking the low E string. Is there a solution yet?
  5. I also have this issue. Any news related to this? Anyone managed to fix this? What are the workarounds?
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