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  1. TOUGH QUESTION (like almost every other one asking for an opinion!!!!!)! I have had limited success with my JTV 89F (Blood Red, NOT "US," but very kewl!). The Guitar itself is quite nice, but for the money, you can get a non-USA built, non-Variax guitar that is much better . . . OR a less expensive equivalent. It really depends on what you want to do with it. Fiddlin' around in the studio with the associated Line 6 Multi-effects unit is a lot of fun, if it's YOUR studio and doesn't cost $200/hr. Performing Live? Have a backup guitar, or have a setup for the mags, just in case. Just my recommend. Get your alternate HELIX settings set up for the JTV mags, or be prep'd to plug a different guitar into your Helix. See, just be prepared. Helix can store LOTS of stuff, so, just do the work and be prepared.
  2. Ok, I'm going to chalk this one up to . . . well . . . DONE! Again, thanks All! In fact, the Variax tone actually sounds great (I think I've noticed this only ONCE before!). but, I'm using a tone that hasn't worked before (Boston Pizza). Honestly, I clicked through as many of the menu options as I could think of before noticing the 0.1 Volume setting. I am truly beginning to believe it was actually something besides that, but, I mean, REALLY, who cares!? I'm calling it "FIXED!" It hasn't worked for so long, I just figured, maybe rightly so, it was the mouse wheel's fault! THAT'S MY STORY AND I'M STICKING WITH IT!!! :D
  3. So, fresh start today. And, sure enough, volume was on 0.1. Although, once I fixed that, it started working well (except, only one of the powercabs seem to be working today, but that is a whole different topic/investigation), I am certain I checked that a dozen times if not more, and all of them were "Don't Force," except Lock Control was "Unlocked" (whatever that means). While messing with this "Problem" over the past week or so, I even created a simple input -> output preset with nothing else in it and two inputs, both on Variax, and nothing (both volume knobs on 0.0, or something very low??). I don't know, I probably just need a couple more years to come up on the learning curve. Anyway, thanks to all for the help, and coda for possibly making my eyes more aware of the don't force thing. On to the next challenge! :D
  4. 1/4" TS and battery (VDI not connected) works ok. Models and tuning options knobs work as expected. Not exactly sure how to tell if the mags are working - take the battery out?
  5. Ok, I misled (I think). "NOTHING" doesn't really mean "NOTHING." The Variax powers on when plugged into the HELIX. But no audio seems to be transmitted. The tuner doesn't "Hear" the Variax. And, of course, I get no audio input through the VDI connection. WAKE UP HELIX! PLEASE!
  6. I'm CERTAIN (Trying to convince myself) that I'm screwing something up! Variax input, volume up, straight through to output. I have been using digital out to the power cabs. going to try something else. BTW - I LOVE the HELIX pitch shift! Pink Floyd Marooned! Even Billy Strings is doing the wild pitch shift now! So don't get me wrong, even if Variax is dead, I'll survive. However . . . GOTTA FIGURE THIS OUT!
  7. If it means anything, the last time I got the Variax working with the Helix, it sounded REALLY BAD! Couldn't seem to adjust the BAD out. Had a little time now, so thought I would try again, now, well, still workin' it!
  8. I think it is a good cable. I've tried several, good and cheap. No Joy! The first cable plugged into the HD Pro worked - it is a "PRO CAT5E" cable with the shroud. I'm trying NOT to start asking myself "how did I blow up the variax input to my HELIX????!!!!" Trying REAL hard! :D Still workin' it!
  9. Ok, here's the scary part . . . . I dug the old POD HD Pro out, dusted it off, hooked it up via the "Variax" (ethernet looking) port. Works! This is giving me goosebumps now! This isn't the kind of scare I was hoping for, for Halloween! HELIX, NOT WORKZ, POD HD PRO, WORKZ! Ouch! I'm sure it's just a setting I'm missing. The HELIX learning curve is quite high (POD HD PRO not?!?!)! <fingers crossed!>
  10. I don't know. My JTV89F just isn't working with the HELIX. Same cables work with the VDI and connect with Monkey. Everything seems fine. Just REFUSES to bond with the HELIX. ALL LATEST FW. Did EVERYTHING I know how to make volume happen . . . NOTHING! 1/4" works fine between Helix and JTV. VDI - NOTHING. Not to be crude, but . . . WTF???
  11. AH! There we go - I think I'm starting to get why this is a "touchy" issue! It's the digital vs analog thing! I get that. But if plugging into the Helix, with either connection, is where you are going, guess the signal is going digital one way or the other. So, plug the 1/4" into your Marshall stack for the mags only, OR plug the ethernet looking thing into your Helix. I'm a little on the analog side of that argument. Well, at least for live stuff. Recording . . . that VDI thing ROCKS with the Helix! Haven't quite gotten into the groove with the JTV89F VDI in live situations. Makes the whole guitar feel, not sure how to explain it, I guess "Mushy" might be the best description. Signal just oozes through the (ethernet looking thing) cable like molasses. Not sure I'll ever get used to that. Maybe someday I'll figure out I was doing something wrong, and find out how to make the digital side sound (and FEEL) amazing live! But, that is a topic for a different thread.
  12. Ok, now I'm a bit confused (AGAIN)! I don't use the cabled power kit (EVER - cuz I don't have one). I either plug in 1/4" (TS, NO "R", and NOW fearing to do that AND VDI simultaneously could blow up my JTV-89F . . . do I just not get it?) OR VDI. Sometimes 1/4" (TS) AND VDI. Is it the dueling power sources that are the problem????!!!! (drama emphasis added . . . just for fun!)
  13. Thanks all for the great info (and grandma stories!!). I see that the pickups can route through the VDI as mentioned above, so no need to connect both. Pretty much takes care of it. I don't think there is any mention of the problem in the manual though . . . maybe I just missed it.
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