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I have an old tele I would love to turn into a variax guitar. Is this possible? Is there a kit?

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I have an old tele I would love to turn into a variax guitar. Is this possible? Is there a kit?

 

There is a kit, it's called a Variax 300 on ebay for 100-200 dollars if you look good enough.

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Ok. And the electronics the same as the others?

 

Nope. Do you want a Variax with JTV features? You might as well just buy a JTV.

 

You want a Variax but can settle for the first gen Variax features? Get a 300.

 

I BELIEVE the 300 and 600 have the same electronics,

and then the 500 and 700 have the same electronics.

 

They are very similar, but I think they're different.

 

All the Variaxes with the hundred number names (300, 500, 600, 700) are first generation Variaxes.

 

The JTV variaxes (JTV 59, JTV 59P, JTV 69, JTV 69s, JTV 89, JTV 89f) are all the 2nd generation Variaxes which are currently in production and have new features and firmware.

 

 

The reason I say get an old Variax for a transplant is because since they are no longer in production and are being replaced with JTV variaxes, the prices are VERY cheap compared to what they used to be, and compared to the JTV series Variaxes. This will allow you to degut a cheap 300 for $100-$200 by buying a used one off ebay.

 

Line 6 does not sell the guts on it's own, but, there has been companies that make bodies (warmoth guitars) as well as companies that made an external case for a Variax to use like a rack (rackvax).

 

Good luck, hope this helped.

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Great. Thanks for your help. It's a shame they don't supply it as a kit though. I would've thought it more important to get the variax idea out there rather than sell James Tyler guitars. I've got nothing against them other than I would rather use my Gibson kes Paul or my fender tele.

 

Maybe if your listening line 6 - a retro fit kit for the future.

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People have been asking for this for a long time. I don't think it's something Line 6 has any interest in doing. I think the support for such a thing has the potential to be a nightmare. Variax transplants are pretty intensive projects, and I just think that developing a kit that would work for a wide range of body styles and be marketable to the general public would be end up being more hassle than it's worth for them.

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Variax kits would be a disaster for Line6.  Many buyers would screw it up so badly that major PI$$ING contests would evolve.  A transplant is for experts at working on guitars and electronics.  Buy a Variax!

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Does warmoth still make Variax bodies or is that been long gone?

 

You need skill when it comes to making a custom body for a Variax. There's routing involved, getting specs down for the guts to lay in.

 

Even if you had a Variax body already made, you'd need to know how to disassemble and reassemble the guts.

I bet I could do it, but I'm already queezy just opening up the pickguard on my Variax.

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Not sure it would really be that hard to do the transplant. I've seen it done with Strat before. Just make sure to pull the batteries let it sit for good while to discharge any caps. Then it's a matter of routing and such to make it fit. The strat I saw had regular pickup's in but they were not connected. It was done to look and feel like a strat but was really a variax under the covers. Also no VDI just standard plug and battery pack.

 

 

Of course it was MIM Strat, nothing too expensive.

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i think i might just go and buy one and out up with the funky looking instrument. why o h why dont they license this tech to gibson, fender and prs.

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i think i might just go and buy one and out up with the funky looking instrument. why o h why dont they license this tech to gibson, fender and prs.

 

The missing piezos aren't that funky looking when you understand why they're not there. I think it's kind of cool. Besides, if you want to do something stupid, you could just print out fake pickup decals like I did with mine.

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If you take your time and learn what everything does, you can do it. When I took mine apart to fix some solder points that had messed up, I decided to go ahead and install some P'ups in it as well. You just gotta take your time and not get in a hurry. I will post a pic in a new thread.

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DO NOT buy the Variax PCB from fullcompass yourself. It does not come pre-flashed and it will do nothing. Neither a POD or USB dongle will recognize it. I'm pretty sure this is for a service center to install if they need the part.

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These 3 videos show how I made my Telecaster into a VAriax 300 and also mmade a Rackvax for my other 13 pin guitars

 

It was fun to do and I really am pleased to have these tools in the tool box now.

 

 

 

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With the new Yamaha guitars coming you, you guys now have a cheaper alternative to degut if you want a HD Variax system.

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