Looking to go Variax (again) and need some advice in James Tyler Variax Guitars / Workbench HD Posted October 15, 2016 Hey guys! So here's the deal. A long time ago I had one of the original Variaxes. And it had the whole "plink" thing going on. So I returned it. Few years later, my dad gets the JTV-89 fixed, and it's absolutely perfect. Then, by the time I can afford one, they've discontinued it and replaced it with the 89F...and I can't stand floyds. So I got the 69...and absolutely hated it. Horrible neck, horrible bridge (coming from Ibanez's, of course I would feel this). So I sold it, at quite a loss. Now I'm on the hunt again. I need the modelling for work, and I need a good solid 6 string for my personal projects. So, firstly can you get the fixed models *anywhere* any more? It's basically perfect for me. If not, what is the 59 like? I'm not too keen on massive chunky necks, but I'd possibly be willing to live with it if the mag pickups were good for metal, and the palm muting sounded good on it. And failing that...89F. I'm seeing threads about "weird noises" on the 6th string. Is this still an issue? I'll go Floyd if I absolutely have to but not if there's a chance I'll get a dud. Thanks for your help guys!