mileskb Posted May 6, 2017 Share Posted May 6, 2017 Hi, I was going to do a video, but in the long run I'm glad I didn't cause after a lot of wow, nice, cool, neat.. there was WTF !!!! and Geeez!!! The fit and finish of the guitar itself is great. First impressions (although I have held one before) are things like nice build, nice paint, nice features. I think I may even like the Tremolo as it feels a bit nicer than a standard Floyd Rose and I'm a Kahler guy. It was boxes nicely, the "soft case" is actually pretty nice, not what I expected at all. I like the everything was packed. I'm glad I purchased the Variax cable separately. The little piece of... well nevermind. I'm glad I bought a decent cable. Now for the fun.... not.. So I plugged it in.... Right off the bat, the 5-Way switch is flakey as all get out. I tried spraying some tuner cleaner from the front, and although there was some improvement... I ended up opening up the back. After I got that working, I starting going through the models and noticed the rotary switches were not engaging all the tones either... so with the back off I sprayed tuner cleaner in any switch and worked them well. That "seemed" to clear things up... we'll see. So I got to playing, and noticed it needed a serious setup. No neck relief, bridge too high, etc.. Not sure what the deal is there. Easy enough to fix, but for $1000+ I kinda expect playable out of the box even if not "my" setup. So I installed necessary software and checked out the interface and decided to get the latest firmware update. Ran Monkey and it sees the Variax, asks to update, do I wanna keep patches... (tried both yes and no options) and after a few moments it fails asking to check that I didn't disconnect anything. I thought it might be because I was going through the Helix, but when I just used the USB interface, it recognizes the interface but not the Variax. So that's where that sits. I just like to keep things up to date, and that's not working at the moment. Bottom Line I like the guitar. After waiting many months for the funds to happen, I'm a little disappointed that I have to fuss with it to make it work. Also while the guitar itself feels solid, the Variax controls and 5-way seem... well... cheap. Looking at the parts, they look proprietary, but they sure don't look like they are designed for heavy duty use. It looks like if I have to, I can replace the 5-way, but the other switches don't look like anything I'd be able to upgrade. I'm sure they'll be fine, just expected a little more "precision." If this was a $3000- 4000 guitar, I'd be downright pissed. Well that's all I have for now. I'm excited to have it. Can't wait to create my first custom guitar which will be to imitate my BC Rich Bich 10 string. I wish I didn't have to break out the toolkit on a new guitar to make it playable. If anyone has any thoughts on updating the firmware... I'd appreciate the input. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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