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  1. 19 hours ago, rwinking said:

    Just curious what people have found over the years. I am getting a JTV 59 if it ever comes in. Pretty sure it will come with 10s. What is the collective experiences here on other gauges from 8s to 12s? mostly I am thinking of 9s up to 11s but wondered what they are capable of using and if anything is needed to go up or down gaue-wise.




    Hi Rick -


    I have 4 JTV's - two 59's (1 USA and 1 Korean as a backup) and two 69's (1 USA and 1 Korean as a backup). I was an early adopter of the JTV Variax platform (purchased my first JTV-59 in 2011) and have used all 4 of these guitars extensively on the road and in the studio. I have experimented with most of the typically-used string gauges and brands. 9's, 10's, 11's, etc. 


    Over the years, I have consistently come back to 10's for use in the JTV59 and the JTV69 for one reason - voicing and tracking accuracy on acoustic models. The electric models do fine with 9's or 11's and the difference in tracking or tone isn't noticeably different in my experience.  D'Addario does make a 9.5 (hybrid) string set in their NYXL line and I do occasionally use those and they're OK too. If you want something lighter than a 10 you might try those. 


    My recommendation is to stay with 10's and - if you can stand paying a bit extra, go with the NYXL D'Addario 10's. I haven't found a better playing, better sounding, or more durable string set for my JTV's than the NYXL. 


    Congrats on your purchase of the 59. I have never regretted my Variax purchases. The 59 is just a beautifully crafted and playing guitar, even without the Line 6 Variax hardware. 


    Hope this helps!





  2. Hey everyone - 


    Maybe a silly question, but I can't figure this out. 


    Question: Can Helix Store the Stomp / Snapshot mode with the individual presets? If so, where do I change that from global to by-preset?


    My Helix is used in a worship ministry and is used by two different guitarists. One player has presets based on 8 snapshots. The other has presets based on 4 snapshots on the bottom and 4 stomps on top. Before each service, I have to change the global settings to accommodate each player. Sure would be easier if I didn't have to make that change in the global settings each time. 




  3. So... let's assuming that somebody (me...) wasn't paying close-enough attention and ran the 3.10 update with HX Edit 2.9? 


    What we know is:

    The update appears to operate correctly and the Helix does register with 3.10, but

    The new Mandarin Rocker and the new pedals don't make it into the Helix. 


    So, how do we fix this? Do we need to (i) roll back to the previous firmware, (ii) update HX Edit and (iii) then run the 3.10 Update again?


    Sure hope there's a way to fix this without rolling back the firmware. 


    Thanks in advance, 

    Bradley GT


  4. 27 minutes ago, psarkissian said:

    Loose nut under the knob can result in an intermittent chassis ground,

    and that can lead to a host of minor issues.



    Thanks - it did come off. I VERY lovingly and gently worked it loose using a pair of spoons. It didn't want to come off at all. Took about a half hour moving it a micron at a time so as not to stress the pot. It went back on a lot easier than it came off. Allowed me to cleanly removed the leftover pickguard plastic. Best to all!!!


  5. 3 hours ago, themetallikid said:

    What kind of range do you see with it, realistically?    When I got my Sennheiser I currently have (again, its overkill) I set it up in my dads basement, went out side, walked down the street about 4 houses and when I got back, was told it never dropped out.   


    I play on multiple stages, both via my church and in the day-job band. Both put me on pretty sizeable stages. Our church venue seats a little over 3,000 and the band is on the road and plays multiple larger casino rooms. I do move around during a show quite a bit and I've never had a single drop-out from either the G90 or the Shure. I have had numerous drop-outs in the G30.


    I have never tested the Shure to see just how far it would reach, but in all the rooms I've played with it (quite a few), there's never been a single issue. I don't use the G90 much anymore - it's in a rack with my Axe FX which I have semi-retired in favor of Helix. I feel like I could go to a show without a hard-wired (physical) back-up and not be worried about anything with the Shure. Can't say that about the G90 since the power switch is delicate and has failed more than once. 

  6. I have both the G90 and G30 and have used each with my Helix rig. But - without a doubt - my favorite is my Shure GLXD 16-Z2. No close second. Not only does the system have great range, but the onboard tuner can be left on at all times when playing. Great form factor and functionality. Battery life is great and the factory lithium-ion battery can be recharged in the body pack with a standard mini-USB cable (ie non Apple phone charger). I can play two 3 hour shows in the same weekend and not recharge the body  pack (although I usually do...).  


    The G90 is "OK" but I've had the power switch fail twice. Tone is fine, just not made as well as the Shure. Range is the same. 


    Hope this helps!!!

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  7. Totally agreed on the QSC's. I run a pair of QSC K8.2's for backline/stage volume and LOVE what I get. FYI, I frequently use my headphone output of my Helix floor with a stereo splitter - TRS Stereo out of the Helix split to L/R mono to each of the K8.2's. This gives me independent volume control over the K8.2's vs. what I send to FOH and I get the fully-baked tone with IR's to the K8.2's. I have 2-DT25's and a Mission Gemini 2 and still think that - all things considered - the K8.2's give me the best overall stage combination of tone quality, output volume (if needed) and convenience. FYI - I do use the "Studio Mon" preset in the QSC's. And the 8.2's are SO EASY to lug in the factory totes. 

  8. Phil - could you explain use cases where the Remote: Off, Remote: Preset, and Remote: Global functions might be used or useful? Apparently 2.8 shipped with "off" as the default.


    BTW - I ran the DT-25's at a fairly large venue show (3,000 seats) on Saturday night and was really happy with my tones. Our FOH engineer commented that he liked what he was getting from the XLR outs on the back of the DT amps. I did take my Mission Gemini 2 as a backup in case the DT's misbehaved or our engineering team didn't like what they got. But the G2 sat behind me all night plugged-into AC, but powered down. Still will run it a lot, but having the DT's is a really fun option. 


    Thank in advance!

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  9.  Would that be the case with both the scenarios above?  Or, just B? Last night I plugged the helix into my in-ears mixer into the Helix and the L6 link into my DT 25’s, in stereo. And my presets sounded about like they normally do  through my ears, even with the L6 link active.  I was using channel A on both the amps. …


    More specifically, under scenario A above, when running the L6  link in stereo out to both my DT 25s, when running channel A on the amps, will I get the fully baked signal chain out of the helix XLR outs, or do I always have to go over to the amps and use those XLR else? 


     I need to send direct outs of my complete tones to FOH console.

  10. ? So is it safe to say that:

    •     DT Amp Channel A utilizes the Preamp modeling from the Helix and the only control that works on the Amp is the Master Volume. 
    •     DT Amp Channel B utilizes the Preamp in the physical DT amp and is controlled by either (1) the settings in the Helix found at output>midi>DT amp or (2) on the amp itself. 
    •     Regardless of which scenario above is used, the XLR outs on the Helix unit will send the fully-baked signal chain out of the XLR's, including preamp model, amp and cab. 


    Is this correct?

  11. 4 hours ago, glideman said:


    Gemini 2 will light your @$$ up, won't it? Hehehe.  I have had the cops called on me when having a mega volume jam at the house!!!


    Barely have to get it cooking at a typical gig!



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  12. 44 minutes ago, dgtr said:

    What would you consider a large venue? Stage or Room size.



    Generally any stage larger than 30x20 with room capacity of 1,000 or more. Casinos are a good example. Here's an image of me and my Gemini 2 in action recently. 564165109_P8193999(2).thumb.JPG.6ba3983f5fc2c4e7c2b9c085d34c24f1.JPG

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