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Everything posted by thorneven

  1. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, take the guitar to a TRUSTED guitar tech who can re-cut the notches in the string saddles. You may have to raise the bridge slightly to compensate for the deeper grooves in the saddles after the re-cut. But like moondancer said, it is likely sharp edges in the cuts on the saddles... or poor quality strings. Or you're an animal when you bend ;) . One last thought... I don't know if recutting the saddles is safe because I don't know if that will affect the piezo pickups in the saddles. Make sure your guitar tech understands the Variax.
  2. Straight fretboards is a problem on most new, in-store guitars I've tried. Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker, many that I've tried. They just don't make 'em like they used to as far as I'm concerned. But my 59 is pretty damn close.
  3. Cool. 1972 was the same year I got turned on to Yes. In 1973 I learned everything on "Yessongs", falling asleep to "Edge" many a night (I so love that bird-river-cosmos intro). Joined my 1st Yes tribute (well, we also covered Kansas, Toto, Genesis, Styx and composed our own songs) in 1977, Roslyn, NY. We played all over Long Island. Ah the heydays of live music ! I meant 335. It's a 2000 1959-reissue ES-335 natural finish. I would start your own thread on the Howe guitar about which you asked.
  4. I get a loud click through my amp when my JTV59 is connected via VDI cable and I turn on the amp. I assume this is normal as the guitar electronics power up. I don't have the OP problem though. My mag pickups and piezo pickups work fine (except one of them is not as loud as the others and all volumes are at max).
  5. Thanks, rlumpkin. I did look at those, but the volumes are already at maximum. I think the best solution for me is to clone my amp presets to another bank and simply increase the amp preset volumes. I would use that bank only when using JTV models. Hopefully I have headroom on the presets I will clone !
  6. I own a 59 (no trem) so can't help with specifics, but if you did something with the trem assembly (installed heat sinks), are you sure you put it back together correctly? I don't know how many parts there are, but maybe whatever holds it all in place was put back in an incorrect order?
  7. Thanks, Wolf, very cool. Here are the wireless details: http://www.vettaville.nl/vvvetta25.html#442
  8. I think I know the answer to this question but want to air it out anyway. As soon as I got my JTV59 I raised the magnetic pickups because I've always liked the hotter signal with the pickups close to the strings. However, now the output signal of almost all of the JTV models is significantly lower than with the mag pickups. So it seems I have to edit all the models to make them louder which is going to be quite a pain. I do switch between magnetic and piezo pickups during a performance but use the same set of amp presets (so I don't want to create separate amp presets for magnetic and piezo pickups although that may be the easiest solution). Has anyone else encountered this problem and solved it some other way? My amp is a Vetta 2 so if there's a solution I can implement on the amp, wonderful. Thanks. Also, for those of you who have a Vetta 2 and use a Variax, what is the "Variax W/L" setting assigned to the left-most knob in System Setup, page 2? The Vetta 2 manual does not list this feature.
  9. Any chance you can get the exact Grover model number please? Are they these: http://www.amazon.com/Grover-406C-Rotomatic-Locking-Machine/dp/B0007Y3XGW/ref=pd_cp_MI_2
  10. You selected Chime-4 or Chime-2 (the 12-string presets), created an open E tuning and put both of them in a preset ? I'd appreciate step by step instructions on how you did that, presumably with Workbench. I tried that and no matter what I tried, I'd get either the 12-string in EADGBE tuning, or an open E tuning with 6-string. I couldn't get both. The only way I can do it is by manually selecting them on the guitar using both knobs (I created an open E tuning and assigned it to a position on the alternate tuning knob).
  11. There is a lot that needs to be in the manual, especially in the area of using Workbench. For example, the Help in Workbench does not address all the buttons and menus that appear on the application. I don't find them to be intuitive. If I were a documentation designer I would include a step by step guide on how to edit models and alternate tunings, how to save them, back them up, restore them, etc. I mean in detail.
  12. There is an advanced guide that explains Workbench editor functions, but I cannot figure out how to attach it to this post. What I can't find is a step by step instruction manual on how to use the Workbench. Yes, there is that 4-page User Manual, but I find it lacking a lot.
  13. I've already read the manual and online threads. My observations are from experience. I think what's going on here is that the 12-string already has an alternate tuning programmed with it which is the octave to the E,A,D and G strings and that's why I cannot PROGRAM an open E tuning on top of it. I'll try and see, but I'm guessing that normally alternate tunings can be stored (and recalled via Vetta) with guitar models.
  14. The Vetta seems to be able to recall in the JTV alternate tunings OR guitar models but not both (at least not with a 12-string guitar model). Does the HD500 do both?
  15. Can you be specific about what HD500 / JTV-switching operations are supported that are not supported with the Vetta 2? As I said in my original post, I can use the Vetta 2 to switch JTV presets, just not 100% the way I want.
  16. I bought a 20' ethercon cable with hard shell covers on both ends from guitar-cable.com (or was it Best-Tronics?) for $30. The cable is pretty heavy-duty. I'm pleased.
  17. So, I thought from what I've read (Page 8-11 in Vetta 2 manual) that, using the VDI cable to connect the JTV to the Vetta 2, I can control the settings on my JTV59 from my Vetta amp, but that seems to be only partly true and it doesn't always work. I want to be able to call up a preset on my Vetta and have it tell my JTV59 what guitar model and tuning to use. I thought that if I set the JTV the way I want it (guitar model and alternate tuning) and save the current preset on the Vetta, recalling that preset on the Vetta would call up unconditionally the settings in the JTV. What I find is 2 things: 1) Before selecting a Vetta preset, the modeling on the JTV has to be turned on (modeling knob has to be lit) for the Vetta to select the guitar model i.e. the Vetta doesn't turn on the guitar modeling if it's off when I select the Vetta preset. 2) The alternate tuning preset is neither turned on nor called up when I recall the Vetta preset. Even if I have the alternate tuning enabled (knob is lit) the alternate tuning that was set when I saved the Vetta preset is not called up. For those Vetta presets I want to control the JTV, I have the preset's Amp/Cab Details page 3 set to the guitar model I want, and I have Control = ON which is the global setting to allow the Vetta to control the JTV. Am I missing something? Thanks in advance for any guidance. Oh and also, in each Vetta preset's Amp/Cab page 3 details, it says I have a "Variax acoustic" connected to the amp. Is that normal since my JTV59 is not a Variax acoustic? Or is that just because Vetta firmware hasn't been updated since the Stone Age? By the way, I call up Vetta presets with a Behringer FCB1010 MIDI pedal. UPDATE........................... Found some answers, though from 2010, in this thread: http://line6.com/support/message/222400 I guess this is the answer (from seddo1966, Jan 2012): "you change the model of the JTV you want to store, by using the vetta model knob, not the JTV knob. And the Altered Tuning knob on the JTV59 must be on Model. I 've also found out that i can only store ALTERED TUNINGS on any of the 5 JTV59's Custom 1 and Custom 2 settings. All the Custom 1 and 2 Altered tunings, i've chosen, will save in any vetta patch." UPDATE 2....... I tried creating a guitar model that is a 12-string combined with an open E tuning and I couldn't do it. What ended up happening was I got a 12-string guitar that plays an open E and a normal tuning at the same time. Talk about dissonance ! Anyone know how to pull that off?
  18. That's funny. I'm originally from NYC and lived on Long Island for 15 years after that so "upstate" to me is anything north of the Bronx. :rolleyes:
  19. If the switch works on the magnetic pickups then the problem isn't the switch. Try reinstalling the firmware?
  20. broker2... I vote that you pioneer it for all JTV69 users. ;) Obviously you'd have to remove the strings and restring the guitar with the velcro in place. Or maybe you could loosen the strings enough that you could slip the velcro under the strings just behind the string saddles.
  21. broker2 - If you follow katiekerry's links, I believe there is a picture in one of the posts of someone who put velcro or felt or whatever it is at the back of the bridge to keep the "sympathetic vibrations" at bay.
  22. Line6 Monkey is used for firmware updates, not Line6 Edit. Other users in this forum are using Pod XT Live so the answer to compatibility would be yes. I suggest you do some reading around this forum - there's a wealth of knowledge out there. There is also Variax Workbench which is used to edit your JTV's guitar models, add alternate tunings, and lots of other fun stuff. Here's a good place to start: http://line6.com/support/community/support/instruments/jtv?view=documents Note that although the Documents section speaks of a 1.8 firmware upgrade, 1.9 is the latest as Line6 Monkey will tell you.
  23. I'm curious if anyone has tried .009-.042. I know the lighter gauge creates problems with intonation when fretting too hard, but boy do I like the ease of fretting and bending in solos.
  24. I'm in Poughkeepsie. Thanks for the compliment. A lot of work that Steve Howe ! I used the JTV59 for the first time at rehearsal this past weekend and it worked out great ! Sitar, acoustic, Rick 360-12, ES335 and ES175 (which was a little too thin sounding) all worked great. Goodbye guitar switching !
  25. I can get to them fine. Must be a problem with your browser. Try this... when at the youTube site, search on "mikedrumzz sundance" or "mikedrumzz farrells".
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