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    You have to be a member of the Roland VGuitar Forum to download these. Is there anyway to get these without having to join Roland VG Forums?


    You can buy them from the dude in Czech republic who joined VGuitarforums for free,  then downloaded our shared  Variax Workbench files  and is now selling them for $10 on Ebay for a profit  ( not me) 






    or hit up Ideascale


    and petition Line-6 to do the right thing and add a Variax Workbench User to User Patch exchange area at www.customtone.com

    ( but after  12 years of Variax ownership , I see Line-6  remains ineffective and not interested in pursuing this dream.


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  2. Some folks here who report bad experience with the official Line-6 VDI cable, IMHO they are describing the old 2004 era 1st generation VDI cable.


    I find from direct experience  the "current" production" official Line-6 VDI cable is a very different animal vs the old 2004 era VDI cable 


    the current version is very flexible and robust uses Van Den Hul Tourcat CAT5E Flexible Cable.   (- not "kinky and prone to tangles" like the 2004 old era version ) 



  3. To adjust the JTV-59 bridge
    * Loosen the strings
    * loosen the small allen screws
    * now use a larger allen wrench and adjust the height of the bridge to taste. occasional retune the guitar to check, but always loosen the strings prior to adjusting the large height "bolts" under the bridge.

    Upon achievement of desired bridge height reverse the procedure

    * tighten the small allen screws
    * retune the guitar
    * and recheck intonation with a strobe meter



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  4. Two options: Option #1: You must run two cables to the guitar * Cable #1 = TRS 1/4 cable from Line-6 XPS Power Supply to the Variax 1/4" Output jack * Cable #2 = Gk -13 pin cable to GK-3 , then to your GK processor ( GR-55, GP-10, VG-99, etc)



    Option #2 : Use the Line-6 Variax Lithium battery for Tyler Variax, then connect the short 1/4" cable between Variax and GK-3 , then 13 pin to your GK processor ( GR-55, GP-10, VG-99, etc) you cant use the XPS or the TRS cable - must use the Tyler Variax Lithum battery for option #2

  5. Great idea - sadly there are government agency bureaucracy hurdles (FCC/CE) in many jurisdictions around the globe that often make it illegal for a company to sell upgrade faster DSP boards, into older products for consumers to install. 




    For example this practice was made illegal in Japan a few years ago. 



    and at the end of the day - Line-6 must be profitable, and often that runs head on against the idea of offering upgrade PC board with faster DSPs for Varaix owners to install themselves 


    Similar issue occured for GIbson 1st run 2007 era Robot guitars. in 2009 Gibson announced to dealers that upgrade kits would be offered for the consumer to install, but the legal team nixed that idea after they reviewed the FCC/CE compliance and service center cost burden.


    Its more profitable ( and be able to comply with FCC  / CE / WEE  regulations in different countries ) by  simply  marketing a whole new model 



    write a letter to the new government regime in Jan 20, 2017 

  6. If I'm always using VDI cable with my Firehawk or Helix  - I remove the Tyler Variax internal battery during the gig  - never had a problem. 


    Also I remove the internal battery when storing the Tyler Variax. 


    There is a fair amount of "leakage current" in the Variax circuitry ( due to power steering diodes) , which translates into if you have a fully charged battery, and install it in the rear of the Tyler Variax, then put the guitar back into the gig bag for a couple weeks, don't be surprised to find the battery has died when you finally get back into playing. 


    Also I once had a  Tyler Variax Battery that seemed dead - but I left it in the official Line-6 Tyler Variax AC charger for 24 hours and the Battery finally came back to life and is still working today.   

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  7. It would also alleviate the issue with palm muting and the dreaded "plink." If only there was a way to use that roland P/U with the JTV processing...


    Exact reason i prefer using  Roland VG-99 or Boss GP-10 or Antares ATG1 


    more here




    i have mentioned what I want in the next Variax here




    What would you like to see in the next Variax?


    * Dual hex string pickups: Magnetic Hex PU and piezo hex PU,

    - Magnetic Hex PU allows standard Palm Muting playing and improved electric Guitar Models and no plink!

    - Leave the Piezo Hex PU for Acoustic Sims


    * Add proper String Ground wires to each piezo saddle - so string signals dont drop out when playing with damp palms or high humidity conditions.



    * Avoid "Black Chrome hardware for bridge as it yields ground noise due to the high DC resistance of that type plating.



    * Add a Blend control for MagPUs & Variax models


    * Over the next gen VDI Interface ( and added USB-C connector) I'd want bi directional digital audio of separate audio channel for each string and path for multichannel USB audio IO interface , to allow "Re-Guitaring" ( like the Boss GP-10 does today) and Direct USB connection to Mac/PC Android / iPad version of Workbench HD


    * MIDI Bluetooth LE wireless connection to BLE enabled Workbench app for IOS.


    * upgrade FireHawk Remote to support full Variax Workbench on iPad


    * Polyphonic Synths in future Combo of 2018 PolyPhonic Variax and 2018 Helix II or Firehawk II using the new "Poly VDI" Ethercon cable


    * Polyphonic guitar to MIDI

    - ability to map picking dynamics to transmit separate MIDI CC# (one per string)


    * More stealth guitar mounted MIDI CC# Controllers ( to control Helix FX or other gear in my rig ) built into the guitar


    * Arpeggiator, with user defined sequence ( see Roger Linn Adrenalinn, and Roland GR-30)


    * Pickguard that is a stealth Kaoss style x-y touch controller , but looks just like a normal guitar


    * 3D axis Gyro orientation module , to modulate fx based on guitar orientation -


    * "Virtual Jeff" style digital whammy bar for assignable string bending -pedal steel , B Bender effects


    * String Spilts with separate Guitar Models per string : Bass on low E, A strings and normal guitar on D, G, B, E



    I guess I want a Line-6 guitar and Helix combo that matches or tops what I already do with my 20 year old Roland VG-8 or 10 year old VG-99

  8. No piezos, no modeling...at least until some miraculous new means of isolating the signal from each string comes along.


    Actually divided magnetic pickups work fine for Guitar modeling since 1995 as used on Roland VG-8, VG-88, VG-99, and currently on Boss GP-10 

    No MIDI involved  - Roland uses one  A/D per string into a  DSP - same as Variax






  9. Must be handy with hand tools  ,have prior experience building model kits as a child, or  know a luthier to do the work 


    The JTV-59 pickup rings are slightly larger than genuine Gibson PU mounting rings and a it takes some rework, cutting,  to make a stock LP pickguard fit a JTV-59


    And many folks have added the LP style PU Selector ring 


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