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  1. I now own two JTV-59 guitars one in Cherry Burst and the other in Tobacco brown sunburst both have very similar fat neck profiles - which as a long time Les Paul player I prefer
  2. Thermal Relief Guitar 730 West Cheyenne Ave. Suite #120 N. Las Vegas NV, 89030 (702) 395-7005 info@thermalrelief.com http://thermalrelief.com/tta002/
  3. Agreed- GC will give you $500 for your old JTV-59 - then put in on the sales floor for $800 and sell it in 3 months and make $300 profit - its common practice. I say - sell it on Reverb https://reverb.com/p/line-6-variax-jtv-59
  4. Thats common for a three year old digital modeling guitar http://line6.com/support/topic/22092-differing-neck-and-body-profiles-in-jtv-59/ Spoken from an experienced GC sales manager. My 2011 JTV-59 had to go back to Line-6 to replace the toggle switch but now they are available here: http://www.fullcompass.com/product/458044.html See all Full Compass replacement parts for Line-6 guitars here: http://www.fullcompass.com/category/Guitar-Parts2.html?brand%5B%5D=LN6 Very few high tech guitars with built in CPU / DSP's hold their value - they tend to track the same decline as a used laptop from similar year as the Variax - For example a 2013 laptop PC that sold for $1500 back in 2013 is now worth about $500-$600 today Look at Ebay and the prices of 10 year old 1st gen Variax 300/500/700 which is why modding a Variax to your liking is the way to go- (see mine on my avator on the left - JTV-59 with Bigsby) I just purchased a 2nd JTV-59 (used $699 - I love the Neck profile ) - and will remove all Line-6 DSP bits - and replace with Antares ATG DSP instead ( like James Hetfield recently did) http://www.autotuneforguitar.com/products/products.php?category=Custom_Installation_Kits_7 Spoken from an experienced sales manager. My 2011 JTV-59 had to go back to Line-6 to replace the toggle switch but now they are available here: http://www.fullcompass.com/product/458044.html
  5. Happy to hear your good results with the BTPA cables. BTPA Cables are what Fractal recommends too, as they are consistently good quality !
  6. I rely on this chart and REVIEW the Line6 Variax PU charts here http://line6.com/support/page/kb/_/guitars/james-tyler-variax-guitars/jtv-pickup-wiring-diagrams-r64 JTV-59 PU DIAGRAM JTV-69 PU DIAGRAM JTV-89 PU DIAGRAM It becomes apparent that the "stock" Line-6 pickups ( Korean "G&B"brand) have same wiring as Jackson PU's here compare to Seymour Duncan wiring here More info on G&B Pickups http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=18662.0 More info on Tyler Variax Pickups here http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=16980.0
  7. My old 2005 era VDI cable is a tangled mess I suppose I got lucky - when i ordered a new VDI cable from Amazon - it arrived as a tangle free easy to roll up flexible type EtherCon cable https://www.amazon.com/Line-Variax-Digital-Interface-Cable/dp/B000JLMXSC?ie=UTF8&keywords=line%206%20vdi%20cable&qid=1410023400&ref_=sr_1_1&s=musical-instruments&sr=1-1 But requires a bit of a luck to get a nice official Line-6 VDI cable Suggest try re-ordering from Best Products here: http://btpa.com/98-030-004-XXX.html Variax Digital Input Cables Compatible with POD®xt Live, Bass POD® xt Live, Quality made and tested in the U.S.A. with tactical dual jacketed ethernet cable
  8. no ship date available yet! it will show up here http://store.line6.com/accessories/bags-covers.html
  9. Contact a rep at Full Compass http://www.fullcompass.com/brand/LN6_Line-6/Replacement-Service-Parts.html
  10. My JTV-69 is S-S-H too as stated above, you will get typical single coil PU noise when using neck PU only or Mid PU Only - Compared to the neck single coil PU, the JTV-69 middle single coil PU is a reverse wound / reverse polarity , so when both Neck and Middle PU's are engaged ( switch position #2) you get humbucking action - just like all Fender Strats for past 25 years.
  11. http://thermalrelief.com/tta002/ Thermal Relief Guitar 730 West Cheyenne Ave. Suite #120 N. Las Vegas NV, 89030 (702) 395-7005 info@thermalrelief.com
  12. Im very happy with my Bigsby B7 on JTV-59 (see avatar on left) I go into all details on installation here http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=9291.0
  13. I own both HD500 and HD500X and a Helix. Had to keep the HD500 around because they didnt get Workbench HD functional on HD500X until April 2014 (or 2 1/2 years after HD500X release: find Workbench HD in the Software downloads area http://line6.com/software/index.html Workbench HD currently works with these : POD HD Pro POD HD Pro X POD HD500 POD HD500X Variax USB Interface If you need the USB Interface buy it here: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Workbench or used here https://reverb.com/au/item/1331115-line-6-variax-workbench-usb-interface-w-both-cables
  14. Here what you are dealing with Order Spare Variax Parts here from FullCompass http://www.fullcompass.com/brand/LN6.html?page=8&query=&categoryOrder=Bestselling Line 6 01-49-0004 Line 6 Variax Volume Pot http://www.fullcompass.com/product/444501.html JTV-69 "User interface" (pots & Switches) Line 6 50-02-0321 Line 6 Modeling Guitar User Interface PCB http://www.fullcompass.com/product/450983.html
  15. Its also due to the wide variability of output signal levels in Piezo saddles. Rather like matching power tubes - same paradigm . Unfortunately some LR Baggs Piezo Variax saddles have a higher output level, that is clipping / distorting the A/D converter on the Internal Variax DSP board. Its like setting the signals too high on an older old DAT Tape Recorder, once you saturate the A/D - you get dreadful plink on all attack transients if you are an aggressive player. I own both a JTV-59 and JTV-69, and as luck would have it, my JV-69 Piezo saddles are much hotter than my weak output piezo saddles in my JTV-59. Variax Models on the JTV-69 shine, while the JTV-59 sounds "flubby" But at least neither have the Low E "plink" ! Using Workbench HD, I finally got the JTV-59 sounding closer to the JTV-69, as I discovered the String levels on my JTV-59 were set too low. ---- For comparison, the RMC-Pickups Piezo saddles ( used in Godins) are all measured at the production line and sorted into sets with matched output levels and sold to OEM's in matched sets --- RMC Piezo Saddle Output Sensitivity Range (dB) (see color code band on wire) 6.0 - 6.49 Blue 5.5 - 5.99 Green -Green 5.0 - 5.49 Green 4.5 - 4.99 Yellow-Yellow 4.0 - 4.49 Yellow 3.5 - 3.99 Orange-Orange 3.0 - 3.49 Orange 2.5 - 2.99 Red-Red 2.0 - 2.49 Red 1.0 - 1.99 Brown 0.0 - 0.99 Black -0.0 - 0.99 Black-Black -1.0 - 1.99 Black-Brown -2.0 - 2.99 Black-Red -3.0 - 3.99 Black-Orange -4.0 - 4.99 Black-Yellow Below is a typical RMC PolyDrive Board Piezo preamp board (to drive Roland / Boss GK-13 processor ) inside a Godin xtSA - showing the Piezo Saddle color code on the wires The "RED" color on all 6 Piezo saddle coax cables denotes these are a matched set with 2.0 - 2.49 Decibel output level.
  16. Glad to hear changing the String Sensitivity in Workbench solved your plink problem! It solved mine! Its a reminder that Careful attention to each Gain stage in the entire signal path yields best results. But note it will not fix piezo bridge saddle rattles that can be heard while unplugged, that situation requires a different strategy. (mechanical)
  17. Suggest contact customer support and get your Variax repaired
  18. Helix Editor (V1.12) for Mac http://line6.com/software/readeula.html?rid=7025 Helix Editor (V1.12) for Windows http://line6.com/software/readeula.html?rid=7024
  19. Helix Editor (V1.12) for Mac http://line6.com/software/readeula.html?rid=7025 Helix Editor (V1.12) for Windows http://line6.com/software/readeula.html?rid=7024
  20. Try removing the Battery from the Tyler Variax. With my JTV-59 / JTV-69, I use only the Line-6 VDI Ethercon cable connection with my Helix or HD500X, or FirehawkFX - no problems
  21. Firehawk 1500 Manual is here and on last page there is a list of MIDI CC# assignments http://line6.com/dat...h ( Rev A ).pdf
  22. My JTV-59 and JTV-69 have no plink after I applied the workbench fix above and others report success too. http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=18119.0
  23. Here's my thoughts :Most everyone runs into this - its due to the the variable output levels of some LR Baggs Piezo saddles. Some are hot and overload the DSP and cause clipping /Distortion , particularly on the Low E string Use Variax Workbench and lower the String sensitivity until you do not hear the distortion.
  24. The Line-6 Tyler Variax batteries have an Echip to verify conformity and being s genuine Li-Ion type for the Line-6 product. It's not Line 6's fault, has more to do with the global CE IEC safety standards that became effective 2012 and are now enforced Use a Variax VDI Ethercon cable and you don't need a battery when used with any Line-6 VDI port equipped gear ( Helix, HD500, XT Live, Vetta) Or order the Line -6 Variax TRS 1/4" Power adapter /DI box Never worry about battery life again with the Line 6 Variax Cabled Power Kit. Line 6 Variax Cabled Power Kit Features: Power your Variax at gigs or in the studio without worries XPS A/B box works as a direct box sending your signal to your amp or mixer Includes 9V power adapter to power XPS and your Variax
  25. http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=18246.msg129861#msg129861
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