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JTV section is now bumped down to second on the Forum list for Variax Instruments (didn't that used to be guitars?).... 

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Yeah. I suspect the JTV line is on it's last legs. But at least they're still utilizing the modeling technology.

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That new model is even more of a niche product than the JTV.

Amen. "The masses" will not be seeking this one out. You can get anybody to buy a Strat or LP clone...

 

 

If you ask me, a Tele-ish Variax would make more sense. There are Tele fans everywhere, and they were left out of the JTV generation (yes, I know there's a Tele model in the software...I mean the external aesthetics).

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Amen. "The masses" will not be seeking this one out. You can get anybody to buy a Strat or LP clone...

 

 

If you ask me, a Tele-ish Variax would make more sense. There are Tele fans everywhere, and they were left out of the JTV generation (yes, I know there's a Tele model in the software...I mean the external aesthetics).

Well personally, I wouldn't buy any of the JTV "impersonations" of a Strat or a Les Paul. So, no, you can't get "anybody" to buy one, but I get your point.

 

To the best of my knowledge:

The Shuriken was already designed, and was going to be released to the buying public as a stand-alone product by Stevic (and whoever else he had on board). He was endorsed by Line 6 to the extent that they were happy for him to utilise the HD Variax electronics in his guitar design. They then decided to go ahead and produce the Shuriken themselves. This was not a concept instigated by Yamaha/Line 6, and as such, stands alone. You or I may transplant the guts of whichever model variax into whichever "traditional" or even unique guitar style we choose, if we are able. It's not exactly rocket science, and is achievable for anyone who cares to do it. I have one Tele style, and two Strat style vaxplants.

 

I wouldn't have any expectation to be truly happy with any Variax aesthetics in the future, but that's just me I guess....

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Well personally, I wouldn't buy any of the JTV "impersonations" of a Strat or a Les Paul. So, no, you can't get "anybody" to buy one, but I get your point.

 

To the best of my knowledge:

The Shuriken was already designed, and was going to be released to the buying public as a stand-alone product by Stevic (and whoever else he had on board). He was endorsed by Line 6 to the extent that they were happy for him to utilise the HD Variax electronics in his guitar design. They then decided to go ahead and produce the Shuriken themselves. This was not a concept instigated by Yamaha/Line 6, and as such, stands alone. You or I may transplant the guts of whichever model variax into whichever "traditional" or even unique guitar style we choose, if we are able. It's not exactly rocket science, and is achievable for anyone who cares to do it. I have one Tele style, and two Strat style vaxplants.

 

I wouldn't have any expectation to be truly happy with any Variax aesthetics in the future, but that's just me I guess....

Any pics you'd like to share of your Vaxplants? ( I like that word!) not everyone is a tinkerer. Some of us would rather plunk down the cash and have it done correctly with a warrantee.

 

I think a classic line of gear would be a great move for Line 6. They've got the chugga chugga dudes with this Shrunken, Schrekin...? See what I mean? Telecaster is even easier to say!!!!

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I dunno what's happened with the ability to post pics here - I've done it before without problem, and now I have a 5.97kb file size limit, when I look at adding files to posts. What am I gonna post with that, a really badly drawn facsimile of a picture done in a word document? Sheesh!

I've enquired on these forums about the file size limit - no explanation has been forthcoming.

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I dunno what's happened with the ability to post pics here - I've done it before without problem, and now I have a 5.97kb file size limit, when I look at adding files to posts. What am I gonna post with that, a really badly drawn facsimile of a picture done in a word document? Sheesh!

I've enquired on these forums about the file size limit - no explanation has been forthcoming.

 

Well the size limit per post is 2MB, I believe. I think there might be a max per account, so if you've posted a lot of attachments, maybe you're coming up against the limit... I don't know. It says I have 12.41MB left. I usually use external hosting for any photos I put up here, though.

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OK the files I have uploaded in the past have included pics, and mp3 files to show piezo bleed. These added up to max out my quota, (seriously Line6? in this era of unfathomable bandwidth?)... For those wanting to leave info including pics and audio files (I deleted one at 1.6mb and another at 750kb), sorry but we have more pressing matters at hand like saving pennies...

So if you have maxed your quota, you go to "My Settings", then "Manage Attachments", to delete what may end up being useful info to someone down the track.....

anyway here's some guitar porn, including photos of pickups (and photos of "pickup" badges :rolleyes: ), strategically positioned so as to avert the eye from holes that once contained actual pickups...

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Thanks for the pics! I'm glad that the Variax transplant works for you. No way in hell would that work for me. I gotta have my stuff right and tight. Those are just a bit too rickety for me.

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Thanks for the pics! I'm glad that the Variax transplant works for you. No way in hell would that work for me. I gotta have my stuff right and tight. Those are just a bit too rickety for me.

You mean, like new looking - straight out of a shop, without any marks? That's OK, I know there are lots out there the same....

 

I have a '71 Strat which is well and truly road-worn, and she's pretty much been put out to pasture, coming out of her case only occasionally.

The thing is, I've never felt a guitar that felt better to play, and so my aim in transplanting the guts of a variax into a Strat clone was not just for looks (clearly I am in the "I like my guitars well-worn looking" party), but also I endeavoured to get the neck to feel as close to the old girl as I could. I have pretty much achieved that, and I am very happy to play it now - far more so, than when it was simply a variax which looked OK, but definitely didn't play anything like my old Strat. Sure I could have worked on it's neck - actually I did do a degree, but fell short of trying to emulate the feel of the Strat, as the tremolo was very substandard in maintaining tuning under even medium use, and in spite of it's obvious advantages tonally, I still preferred to play the Strat. Now I have the best of both worlds.

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I'll take feel over looks to certain degree (I don't want a great feeling guitar in the shape of a flying orange cycle) but I do apreaciate the craftsmanship and detail put into my Tom Anderson Tele or my new New JTV-69US for that matter. I built a partscaster once where I cut my own pickguard, did my own inlay and a few other really time consuming tasks. My goal was to see if I could make a guitar that looked original and "right and tight" enough to pass for a major manufactured instrument. It took forever because I'm an OCD perfectionist and it was never good enough. (I didn't have the right tools for a lot of the work). Long story short, if there is still time, if I make it, it has to link like I didn't make it. That takes me too long. A credit card at Bananas in Santa Rosa CA. gets me what I want PDQ!

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Quote from Ideascale  :)

 

[Line 6] We are seeking candidates for 1 on 1 product feedback

Hi there,

Line 6 here. We are looking for Variax users who are interested in providing 1 on 1 product feedback and help us advance Variax technology. We are seeking individuals with passion for, and a good grasp of, technology and user interface design. Obviously, we also love feedback on the wood parts of the guitar. This activity involves signing of a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and regular dialog on a monthly to weekly basis, depending on topic.

In order to get to know you better, we would like to ask that you prepare a brief statement about your music, your gear, how you are using Variax today and what you would expect from Line 6 in the future. Please also include information about how often you can engage with us on an average week. We will select only a few candidates based on the information provided.

If you believe that you can provide serious feedback, please contact us at productfeedback@line6.com and include the information discussed in the previous paragraph. Please do not send questions or other inquiries to this email address as they will be ignored. If you have questions about any of the parts discussed herein, please post your question in the comments section.

We’d like to say a big THANK YOU in advance. Keep on rocking!

 

Line 6 Product Management

 
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