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Variax 300 steelstring preamp dead. Where can i find a replacement?

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Hi all,

 

I have a (old) variax 300 accoustic guitar steelstring. I play it daily but almost never amplified. Last time i used the guitar amplified was 3 years ago on a gig. 

Not that long ago my guitar fell and the nut was broken. Went to a repairation shop and he made a new nut and fixed more stuff. But the preamp doesn't work anymore (the part with buttons volume, body, verb, comp, mic… and the 10 programs and tune buttons)

tried it with xps mini feed and with batteries. It's Defenenitly the pre amp that is Busted. Can i get that part as a spare somewhere or is there a brand of preamp that would fit in its place?

 

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Theses guitars have been discontinued for a long time now - probably about 15 years or so. So the only way you’d be able to find a replacement part is find if another guitar… Does anything light up at all when you have batteries in it?

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Yes batteries light up but the arrows flash signalling the batteries are dead. Even with new batteries. And i could smell something (don't know how to describe it) on the printboard when i tested with batteries. 

 

Wonder if i can find another brand preamp that would fit the weird curved shape.

 

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3 minutes ago, Castele said:

Yes batteries light up but the arrows flash signalling the batteries are dead. Even with new batteries. And i could smell something (don't know how to describe it) on the printboard when i tested with batteries. 

 

Wonder if i can find another brand preamp that would fit the weird curved shape.

 


Well, it’s not just a preamp. I’m not exactly sure where the main DSP board is in the 300, but this panel is at least the controls for the DSP, so it really a specialized piece. The 300 isn’t like a typical acoustic-electric guitar wheee you can swap out preamps. It’s using the Variax modeling, and the whole guitar is pretty much built around that.

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Yes, The dsb board is attached beneath the whole preamp panel. The only part equal to regular acoustic guitars with preamps is the mic beneath the bridge. That's why i figure it should be possible to fit a whole new device and jack input in there.

 

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