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Everything posted by stevekc

  1. Contact Chandler Pickguards for a quote http://pickguards.us/pgordinst.htm
  2. FWIW - Antares ATG-1 is now shipping http://www.autotuneforguitar.com/
  3. FWIW http://line6.com/support/topic/2163-share-and-download-20-h-d-models/ Find Arislaf's JTV Workbench patches here: http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?board=138.0
  4. I suspect this brings full compatibility with ======== POD HD500X Flash Memory v2.60 RELEASE NOTES POD HD500X v2.60 is a FREE firmware update that includes additional features and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all POD HD500X users perform this update! It is also recommended that you back up your current presets by using POD HD500X Edit to create a preset bundle, allowing you to include installing new presets as part of the update process. The easiest way to perform the update process is by installing the latest version of Line 6 Monkey. Once you've connected your POD HD500X to your computer via USB port (hubs are not supported), Monkey will recognize the unit and take you through the update process. The Line 6 Monkey application may be downloaded here. What's New? Global EQ — Global EQ is used for compensating for the wide disparity in acoustic environments on tour or when traveling from studio to studio, and is applied to all setlists and presets. Global EQ features three fully parametric bands plus variable low and high cut filters. To access Global EQ: Press and hold the VIEW button to open the Setup Menu. Using the four-way, cursor right until you see the Global EQ screen. Turn Knob 1 to select the desired EQ band (Low Cut, Low, Mid, High, High Cut) and turn Knobs 2, 3, and/or 4 to adjust the selected band. To bypass or enable Global EQ, press ENTER. NOTE—Due to L6 LINK’s flexible routing, Global EQ is not available at this output. Support for optional Model Packs—Firmware 2.6 supports three new Amp/Cab Model Packs: Metal Pack—includes models based on* modern heavy gain amps like the Peavey® 5150® and a remastered JCM800 Vintage Pack—includes models based on* classics like the Vox® AC30 Fawn and the Orange® OR80 Bass Pack—includes models based on* an Ampeg® SVT and a GK Gallien-Kruger 800RB Model Packs can be purchased here. Variax Presets—Firmware 2.6 adds an additional “VARIAX†setlist of 64 presets, optimized for use with Line 6 Variax guitars. Selecting a preset from this setlist may recall a particular guitar model and tuning in a connected Variax. Known Issues Set List Names—If during the update process new presets are optionally loaded to overwrite the previous set, Set List names may not correlate to the new presets appropriately. This is because renaming Set Lists is not a part of the firmware update process. Set List names may be changed in the hardware using a variety of methods: System Reset—Pressing (and holding down) the four-way navigation pad to the left while powering up will perform a Global Settings reset. This action will reset all settings to their factory default and requires a recalibration of the on-board expression pedal. Instructions for pedal calibration can be found here. Due to the pedal recalibration, it is generally recommended to update the Set List names using the manual method described below. Manual—Set Lists may be renamed manually by simply highlighting a Set List name and pressing the SAVE button. Use the four encoders beneath the main display and press SAVE to complete. The presets in firmware v2.60 correlate to the following Set List names, as seen in the main display from left to right, top to bottom: BEST OF HD FX HEAVY SONGS / STYLE BASS/ACO/VOC L6LINK DT VARIAX USER 1 USER 2 FAQ For more information about POD HD500X, the POD HD FAQ can be found here. Advanced User's Guide The latest version of the Advanced User's Guide for the PODHD500X can be found here. * All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. The product names and images are provided for the sole purpose of identifying the specific products that were studied during Line 6's sound model development. ======== And The soon to be released Line-6 Fire Hawk Floor Processor / The FireHawk Editor will allow Variax WorkBench Editing on ( Win/OSX/IOS ) iPads and Android tablets http://line6.com/firehawk-fx-multi-effects-pedal/
  5. Have to ask Dave Fruehling http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=1265136 http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=1265125&filter%3DAND%28p_IS_Number%3A28299%29 http://pedaltech.blogspot.com/
  6. I advise learn about your JTV-69 Tremolo - http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=9371.0 the JTV-69 Trem Arm is hollow and threaded on the bottom and the the large Rear Allen Head screw on the left is the secret for Trem Bar tension How to Install the Tremolo Bar on the "Gen 2" (Summer 2011) JTV-69: 1) Be sure you have the correct "Gen 2" Tremolo Bar for your "Gen 2" JTV-69 Tremolo - it should look like this (see the threaded hole in the bottom) : 2 ) Push Tremolo Bar into the trem bar hole on the Bridge plate. 3 ) Gently rotate the tremolo bar clockwise until it catches the internal threads on the hidden internal lead screw. 4) Rotate the Tremolo bar 6 or 7 times clockwise until it bottoms out and sits fully down inside the bridge. 5) Adjust the Tremolo bar tension with the small Allen set screw that is located on the lower side of the chrome round collet on the bridge plate.
  7. Congratulations! Just for clarification - Anthony Lees filed away some of his Bigsby B7 Aluminum Mounting bracket under the tremolo bar On My Bigsby B7 - I took the B7 to a metal band saw and sawed off the aluminum mounting bracket completely - to provide lots of clearance for the B7 and not have any part of it come in contact with the Tyler Bridge. After I cut off the Bigsby mounting bracket, i drilled a new hole directly centered UNDER the Bigsby spring.
  8. I have stated before - my own JTV-59 Bridge also does NOT rock or Pivot Instead the actual Piezo saddles move and travel approx 1/16" within the bridge - saddles move insync with the minor string movement coincident with movement of the Bigsby B7 Tremolo arm = zero creaking on my guitar
  9. Hey - I own a 2011 JTV-69, and a 2011 JTV-59 They sound different In your case (dimly lit knobs ) , I smell a BOM (Bill of Material) component value change. on the plus side - your battery may last longer, thanks to the dimer LEDs providing lower power current drain on your Variax Battery
  10. Sadly its no longer available (but I had a hand in the RackVax design) Remember, when using an Acoustic Guitar, DSP Alt Tunnigs will suffer. Explains why Breedlove stopped making the Synergy versions of its Acoustic Guitars with RMC Piezo hex pickups and external PolyDrive IV GK 13 interface. If proceeding down this path of adding a Guitar Modleing DSP to an Acoustic Guitar I recommend using RMC Piezo hex PU - but feed a Boss GP-10 Boss GP-10 TOP THINGS TO KNOW http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=11796.msg85343#msg85343
  11. I use 10-46 daddario. Yes - pull the string taught, then make the right angle bend in Step #1 that is one finger width (17 mm) string length beyond the tuning post (a bit longer (23mm) for low E My B7 came with a white nylon Washer that sits under the Spring - to control Creaks and noise I also applied small dabs of clear grease ( like thick Vasoline) to the B7 Roller and all Bigsby moving parts http://www.vetco.net/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=1289 And I apply liberal amount of Big Bends Nut Sauce under the Strings at the Nut http://www.bigbends.com/
  12. Until the Locking tuners arrive - try this restring technique - remember use less than 1 wrap per tuning post
  13. On my 2011 JTV-59, I remove the strings, and the Bridge Saddles move back and forth with at least 1/16" inch of travel. When restringing, I position each of the JTV-59 piezo bridge saddles to the "Center of travel" on the Tyler Bridge base and when I use the Bigsby, I observe each Bridge Saddles move, coincident with the string movement on the saddle - which is good, and avoids the "creaking noise" which would surely occur if my piezo saddles were machined to a tighter tolerance and locked down in place. In other words, a locked down high quality Tone Pro's / Graphtech Ghost type locking bridge is NOT desirable for any Bigsby install. Its a "happy accident" that my 2011 JTV-59 Bridge has slop, rocks , and moves
  14. FWIW - Under these DSP Alt Tuned 12 string circumstances as the note decays all my Variax's warble same as yours. What - you were expecting perfection?
  15. If your strings are touching/binding on the Tyler Bridge base, just install washers/shims under the B7 to raise the bar to add more clearance first. Also Avoid 5 wraps of string on the Tuners - it will return to pitch much better AFTER you install the Locking Tuners - remember to use less than one wrap on the binding post of the Locking Tuner - the whole point is to reduce the length of ALL string length.
  16. A very small amount of Nut Sauce might help. I suppose I'm lucky I have an early 2011 JTV-59 with "sloppy" components - and tall Piezo saddles that when the strings are removed actually move and rattle around quite a lot! When it comes to Bigsbys, Ive worked on many and tried all manner of setups - the best Bigsby guitar installs fly in polar opposite to conventional Wisdom for modern guitar setup. Side Story: In an era of Tone Pro's locked down Bridges , Roller Bridges ( like the Gotoh version in your pic here) Ive tried them all, and - eventually you learn that a Bigsby with a pivoting bridge is the correct path Read my "Elantric" post here http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/13160-looking-for-written-detailed-app-info-for-bigsby/ Rather like the Fender JazzMaster, Jaguar, Mustang - a loose pivoting bridge is key to good "non creaking" tremolo action. I'm thankful for my sloppy / loose / bridge on my early JTV-59
  17. Agreed ! - I must be "lucky" because on my 2011 era JTV-59 I see has taller Piezo saddles compared to yours and my strings are NOT touching the bridge base -my strings only make contact with the B7 Roller and the top of the Piezo Saddle ( not the Bridge Base) that's why its essential to get the B7 installed "centered" ( left / right ) for your specific guitar, so ALL the strings ( including High E and Low E ) are 100% on the B7 Roller bar - and not touching the edge of the Bigbsy B7 - Based upon the pic below - looks like you have Low E touching more that just the B7 Roller - and creates drag Looks like you might have more work Its a matter of taste - Myself I prefer a very tight Bigsby, because this increases sustain - also a Bigsby with a Stiff Spring allows you to play country riffs with high G/B/E String Bends while open D/ A / Low E strings remain at pitch - and not go flat with every string bend . FWIW - GFS Xtrem comes with two types of Springs with different tensions one "Soft" and one "Hard" - You should be able to use the softer spring from GFS Xtrem with your B7 if that is what YOU prefer
  18. Stays in tune very well - read all details here: --- Yes - but read my entire Tyler JTV-59 Modification thread here: http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=9291.0 1) Upgraded to GFS Locking Tuners $32 - these are actually from the same Asian supplier that Line 6 uses and bolt right on - 2) Replaced the stock JTV-59 Nut with a self lubricated GraphTech Trem Nut 3) When the strings are removed, the stock JTV-59 Bridge saddles have quite a bit of "slop" and movement - this actually benefits use with the Bigsby B7 as the pivoting bridge moves with the strings and eliminates "creaks" and string sticking noises at the bridge during tremolo use. 4) I use Daddario 10-46 strings on my JTV-59, and less than one wrap on the locking tuners and the guitar stays in tune - same design philosophy as my 2005 Gretsch Brian Setzer 6120 with Bigsby. The benefit of placing the B7 up tight and close to the Tyler JTV-59 piezo bridge is this maintains downward pressure for good Piezo saddle response, and keep the length of string "between the bridge and the Bigsby B7" as short as possible reduces DSP Alt Tuning Anomales, and other strange distortion issues form the "harp like" overtones if occur if that length of string "between the bridge and the Bigsby B7 is set in vibration. Remember the Piezo saddle can not discriminate between the vibrations of the length of string you want ( Between Bridge and Nut) vs the length of string you DONT want ( between the Bridge and the Bigsby) More here: http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=458.0
  19. Fantastic! - and you got the Bigbsy B7 location correct now, ( requires minor mod to the B7) and matches the same mounting location both my own JTV-59 with B7, and Anthony Lees' JTV-59 with B7 as well ! - I maintain its important to keep the length of string "between the bridge and the Bigsby B7" as short as possible - and you have achieved this here Good Job!
  20. Make this request to Line6 management - My ears tell me the ADSR DOES already exist in All Variax Strat Models regardless of year 2004-2015 - even my Variax 500 has a built in "lack of sustain" for its Strat models - this is why I use workbench and swap the Bridge PU for the Tele Bridge PU Model ( which removes the ADSR ) and allows far more sustain, compared to the Strat bridge PU model that employs the ADSR
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