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  1. Thats common for a three year old digital modeling guitar 

     

    http://line6.com/support/topic/22092-differing-neck-and-body-profiles-in-jtv-59/

     

    I purchased a JTV-59 back in 2013.

     

     

    Their reasoning was that every JTV they have sold had to go back with some sort of issue or another and were very nervous about taking one on trade !!!!

     

    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

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    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)

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    I just purchased a 2nd JTV-59 (used $699 - I love the Neck profile )

     

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     - 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

     

     

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    Their reasoning was that every JTV they have sold had to go back with some sort of issue or another and were very nervous about taking one on trade !!!!

     

    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

    195794.jpg

  2. I rely on this chart

     

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    and REVIEW the Line6 Variax PU charts here


     

     

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    JTV-59 PU DIAGRAM

     

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    JTV-69 PU DIAGRAM

     

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    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

     1452626351_1790029524_lINE6_jACKSON_pu1.

     

    compare to Seymour Duncan  wiring here

    HumbuckerColorCodes.gif

     

     

    More info on G&B Pickups 


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    More info on Tyler Variax Pickups here

     


  3. 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

     
     
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    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

     

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  4. 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.  

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  5.  

     

    I cannot fathom that they would leave this out forever...it would aggravate too many Variaxers.

     

    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

     

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  6. Its also due to the wide variability of output signal levels in Piezo saddles.

     

    Rather like matching power tubes  - same paradigm

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    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. 

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    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

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    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 

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    The "RED" color on all 6 Piezo saddle coax cables denotes these are a matched set 

    with 2.0 - 2.49 Decibel output level.

     

  7. I tried this last night, and good news !!!!  IT WORKED !!!! I lowered my string sensitivity to 70% on all string and the plink is gone !!!! I highly recommend everyone give this a go. I hope everyone has the same success as i did  :)

     

    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)

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