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I’ve just finished setting up my Helix floor, PowerCab + and JTV59 Variax with a raft of presets, one of which is for acoustic guitars. I have the Flat mode on the Powercab set to LF Raw (don’t know if I got that right, I’ll have to check later ... not in front of my gear at the moment). The acoustics sound pretty good to me ... perhaps a little “boomy” but I’ll tweak that with some eq.

 

I am just amazed at the capabilities of the Helix, Powercab and Variax combination. You can program them to do just about whatever you want. For example, the other day I wanted to set up an A/B split preset with one amp/cab on one leg and another on the second leg AND different Variax guitars on each leg. Done. Cool.

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If you use Flat/LF Raw, the tweeter is turned off and you're just using the raw woofer with no EQ. That's a guitar speaker that won't really handle the high frequencies required to reproduce an acoustic guitar tone. Flat/FRFR is probably more typically used for acoustic guitars. Of course different songs/styles may benefit from different configurations.

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Ah, yes. I forgot. Most of my presets that use Flat use LFRaw however a few, including the acoustics, use FRFR to activate the tweeter for a bit more sparkle. My mistake. 

 

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