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eenymason

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  1. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Line-6-Variax-James-Tyler-JTV-90-Gold-top-P90-/162519591166?hash=item25d6ec28fe:g:VkUAAOSw42dZHIbg
  2. Some guy in Western Australia just sold one for $750AUD - that's around $550US. I did think about it - if I knew they were discontinued......
  3. You have a greaty way of making sense of what appears as nonsense!! :P
  4. Surely you can buy replacements from full compass?
  5. Thanks Nico for you input - and I can certainly see the point of keeping the signal flowing in some circumstances. I certainly did just learn something, and I am grateful to the community for illumination. I think the most common scenario this type of switching would be used for, is changing to/from a cleanish amp tone to an overdriven amp tone, like having a two channel amp. This is clearly not what Line 6 had in mind, when deciding to keep the default output on the bypassed amp at 100%. This appears to be another arbitrary decision made with little thought given to the end user. When you think about it, (talking about the situation you mentioned), going from an amplified electric guitar tone, to an acoustic tone, would require changing patch on your Variax (assuming you're using a variax), so surely the best way is actually changing patch on the Pod, controlling all parameters that require changing at once. I can see that in some situations, you may actually be using an acoustic variax patch through an amp, but I'm sure there would be far less situations this scenario would arise, than the scenario I described above. I am a huge fan of Line 6 product - don't take it that I'm just whinging on Line 6. They could think more from a user point of view, in some situations though....
  6. OK so I've just discovered that I need to change the amp volume when it's in "bypass" mode - i.e. switched off. I was gonna turn it right down, but left it at 20% - see how it goes! Oddly, it's default is 100% Who'da thunk it? Oh that's right it's Line 6...... :rolleyes: I'll leave this here for others pondering the same.
  7. Hi Dual amp patch fiends - um er friends....a little help please? I only have a few dual amp patches, and so far have only used them to combine amps for more complex tones. I admit I haven't delved into the manual about this specific odd behaviour, (even if I did, I bet I wouldn't find it), but I bet someone has an answer. I'm trying to set up a patch for Sweet Child O Mine,and want to have two Plexi Lead 100s, with one of them set pretty hot for Intro/Leads etc, and the other cleaner, for the rhythm parts. The problem is, when switching one amp on. and the other off, the clean (read unprocessed) guitar signal still comes through the channel with the amp that's switched off. It's maybe not a huge problem, as I will use it with both channels centered, but is there a way around this weird setup? I haven't tried it in a live setting yet, but in setting the patch up through my computer stereo speakers, it's definitely sounding a little NQR to say the least, so I reckon I'm not going to be happy with it, and will probably just use two patches instead. I did think of using the expression pedal to fade between the amps, but all my patches have the expression pedal controlling overall output volume (min 75%, max 100%), and I'd prefer to not change that setup. Also, I just wondered whether using the expression pedal to fade from one amp to the other would actually address the issue I'm referring to?
  8. I have flown with a vaxplant, and got around this conundrum by taking the neck off the guitar, and packing it all very well inside my suitcase. You could also investigate hiring a Helix for the gig in Wales, surely....
  9. I'm guessing it's probably more to do with amp/fx choice than guitar..... Though, there will be info on getting close to the mag pickups onboard the JTV89, in the JTV forums, so maybe check that out for starters....
  10. I just fixed a glitch with mine (randomly jumping to a different patch), by spraying the 5 way pickup selector. I connect to Pod HD500 with Pod controlling Variax patch, and for a while now, it's been jumping to whichever position the selector is on. I was going to spray the 12 way bank selector, but instead sprayed the 5 way!
  11. In reference to the power amp and speaker cab - (I don't know anything about the particular ones you've chosen), but because of the modelling in the Pod,the signal is designed to go straight to some kind of amplification which doesn't add any further "colour". I'm guessing the 5150 cab probably has V30s which seem to be the current go to speaker for hard rock/metal etc.... In my case, I first went into the power amp in section of a Mesa Boogie Satellite 60 combo which was pretty good - lots of headroom in the power amp. I just didn't really get on with the Black Shadow speaker. I then bought a Sherlock Signal Station (allegedly based on the Fryette Power Station power amps) made here in Australia, which is a stereo 50:50 watt high headroom power amp, which is awesome for modellers. I plugged this into an early 80s Marshall JCM800 2x12 with G12-65s, which are awesome speakers for cleanish crunch to medium gain. Unfortunately it didn't suit all the sounds I tried for, so I sold it and bought 2 DT25 extension cabs, and it's a great match now. Just letting you know, if you want a variety of tones at your disposal, you may end up changing your amp/speaker choice.... A bunch of people on here use FRFR amplification, but unless you're using acoustic models regularly, it's not necessary IMO
  12. A couple of points... I don't own a JTV, so I'm sure, but I thought the pots were configurable by patch. I know on the legacy variax you can change tone pot resistance, though not sure when using mags on JTV - I figure they should be. There is apparantly an issue with putting in pickups that are too hot for the electronics downstream. Maybe psarkissian can chime in here....
  13. Totally will work - you'll need to setup the XT patches to force the variax patch selection.
  14. Awesome - there's life in the old 500 yet!! Any news on what the problem was?
  15. I can vouch for the string gauge - 10-52 have been my choice for many years now, and it's certainly been suggested that more string tension on piezos gives better quality sound, particularly with modelled alternate tuning. As for the other claims, you'll have to tell us YOUR impression....
  16. What Pianoguy says - I have to physically stand on the expression pedal in the toe down position to switch it on/off, (that rubber underneath is real solid), and also I have some patches where it's on by default - it's easier in some scenarios, to simply change patch, and the wah is already on.
  17. What psarkissian says.... but then,merely changing string height isn't exactly rocket science If you've got a bit of experience, and the tools (surely Line 6 send tools to make adjustments on the instruments they sell), here's some tips... All talk is that the magnetic pick up distance from the strings is important to get right. So, once you lower the string height at the bridge saddles, lower the bridge pickup by the same distance you lower the bridge, and the middle and neck pickups by slighty less respectively (as they're further away from the lowered bridge saddles, and the relative height adjustment is less per pickup. It'd be a good idea to measure before you start.... Tune the strings right down as you lower the bridge saddles, so there's no tension on them, and you won't damage the thread, or slot for the allen key. Lower the bridge a full turn or so with the allen key, and adjust slightly from there to fine tune. Start with the low E string, and do the others the same number of turns as you settled on for that string. You'll need to check for string buzz, once adjusted, on all strings (particularly when bending, if you normally do bends in solos), and if there's unacceptable buzz, take it back up a touch. Little by little, you'll get it to where you want it, otherwise it's going to be taken to a tech if other adjustments are needed, like neck relief, or fret-dress, etc.
  18. The only thing to do is make room for the differences in bridge attachments. I mean, you'vre got the bridge off already, right? Get out the router, or the spade bit for your drill that doesn't get used much. It's not like you're going to risk your warranty.... If you're not comfortable to do it yourself, someone you know with good tool skills can do it for you. :ph34r:
  19. Maybe ask on the Shuriken guitars FaceBook page - surely if anyone'll know, it'll be Stevic himself - though I'm guessing, he's using a custom made flight case....
  20. How are they incompatible? Physically these look slightly different, but I'm not convinced without evidence that they are incompatible. I installed a couple of jackplates designed for the Variax bass series, into a couple of strat style transplants, (using both a 300 and a 600, as donors). I had to remove a bit of extra timber from inside the cavity, as the 1/4" jack portion is about 20-25 mm longer than the 300/600 version. Otherwise - even though one is for a bass, and one is for a 6 string, they are interchangable....
  21. Just checked the tune on youtube - took me back so far in time, I forgot I even knew it.... Smart Harmoniser in first block (not sure if the harmony will be the same all the way through, whether it's harmonic minor or whatever...), and next block FX send to talk box. If there's not enough oomph into the talk box, add an overdrive or whatever, before the FX loop block. I have used my MXR talk box via the FX loop, no problem, though not with a harmoniser.
  22. As mentioned, register your interest on this page.... https://www.facebook.com/shurikenguitars/?hc_ref=SEARCH
  23. As I said in my post "Specifically with regard to connecting to Workbench/HD", which was the OP's point... So, officially, the latter variaxes, (JTV, Standard, Shuriken), WILL ONLY PLAY with Helix, and Pod HD500X, specifically with regard to connecting to Workbench HD. The legacy variaxes WILL ONLY PLAY with Pod HD 500, Pod X3, Pod XT, specifically with regard to connecting to Workbench.
  24. Thank goodness, requietus666 used the distraction method above - I thought the sluice gates were about to part, and we were gonna drown in it...
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