amsdenj Posted May 19, 2016 Share Posted May 19, 2016 I did some work on my Variax Standard today to balance the strings. First I hooked my Helix up to Logic Pro X and used a good meter plugin so I could see the output of each string on each pickup. I first explored my Strat and Les Paul and found the volume levels of each string on each pickup to be pretty close to the same. I then used Workbench HD with the Variax Standard plugged into the same Helix input, same patch and compared the Spank and Lister patches to what I got with my Strat and Les Paul. What I found was that on my Variax, the high E and B strings were weak while the low E and A strings ever very hot. So the guitar wasn't well balanced on any models. I used the string adjustments to set the volume levels of each string to be the same. The result for me was E:45%, A:45%, D:82%, G:68%, B:100%, E:100%. I also raise the patch volume +4dB to match the output of my Strat and Les Paul. This compensated for the weak B and E strings. I then applied these settings to every patch since they reflect an imbalance between the piezo pickups on my guitar. The result was quite significant. The guitar now sounds much more balanced and natural. The low strings were so hot that they were causing distortion while the high stings seemed to disappear. Now the guitar sounds great. I suspect all the Variax Standards need to have their pickups balanced. These guitars may or may not have a matched set of piezo pickups. But even if they did, the strings you use, the tilt of the tailpiece, action, etc. could possibly effect the balance anyway. As you can see, my pickups were't balanced well at all. Maybe yours aren't either. This is an easy fix that really improves the sound of the guitar. I wouldn't consider this a defect in or problem with the guitar. Rather its part of a routine setup adjustment, just like setting pickup height. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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