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Alternative to front input on Helix Rack

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My Helix Rack is obviously mounted in a rack. What is the best alternative to use as an alternative input (so as to not have to run a cable to the front of the unit)? One of the loop returns? Or is it just best to use the front input?

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Sorry, but none. This annoys me about all guitar gear that only has an input on the front. There should be one on the back as well imho. The Returns come closest, but they aren’t quite right. Also, ONLY the front has the auto-Z input so if you need to use something that uses a wacky impedance like fuzz, onlythe front will work at all.

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For LP and strat switch a roo's I'm using an old DOD 240 resistance mixer so that I don't wear out the input plug/port on the Helix rack by switching in and out guitars/cables, but I'm sure there are other/better methods as well. Yea i know impedance yada yada,  but it sounds ok to me and there's less wear and tear on Helix.

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Sorry, but none. This annoys me about all guitar gear that only has an input on the front. There should be one on the back as well imho. The Returns come closest, but they aren’t quite right. Also, ONLY the front has the auto-Z input so if you need to use something that uses a wacky impedance like fuzz, onlythe front will work at all.

I hear ya. Any rack pre or effects type unit should have one on front and back. Oh well. Small thing really.

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This is the kind of thing that annoys me to no end, rack gear with no inputs in the back....what ... the ... heck. It's something that instantly takes a device off the list for me. I'm sure the excuse is well it's for the studio and you can plug things in the front....um yeah I can also have a cable running out the back that gets plugged into different things.

 

anyway...I love the Helix more than any piece of guitar gear I've owned and simply wouldn't buy the rack version for that very reason.

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Hey guys, 

I was trying to solve this as well and to be really sincere, best way to do it is just moving the input jack... hahaha

 

That's pretty simple once the input jack / PCB is only held by the front nut. I replaced by a dummy jack (just to look the same) and I created another hole on the rear panel to install the input jack (can you notice which one is the new one? hahah)

 

Ps. use a rubber/plastic nut to separate the chassis to the input jack.

 

Easy and now all my cables are hidden! 

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How did you drill the hole on the Helix Rack? I haven't had good luck drilling holes in metal before. 

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