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JTV59 Virtual Capo question
by AlphaScorpious on 2012-11-13 12:53:22.0950

Just got my JTV59 last night. It was a 50th birthday gift from my fiancé and one of her favorite songs is Hotel California so naturally as a "Thank You!" I'd like to show her what this bad ax can do but I think I hit a wall. Looking at the model of the Guild F212 in Workbench it doesn't look like I can create a virtual capo at the 7th fret. Is this correct or am I missing something? BTW, yes, I have a completely upgraded/updated flash setup from Monkey to HD500 to JTV59.

Re: JTV59 Virtual Capo question
by silverhead on 2012-11-13 14:07:55.4270

You can do this directly on the JTV, without Workbench, using Custom Alternate Tunings. For details, see page 13 in the JTV manual:">">

The only thing to be aware of is that the physical strings of the JTV59 will resonate at the original tuning as they are plucked/struck. This can't be avoided. In low volume situations the resulting dissonance can be quite un-musical. I find that the dissonance is particularly noticeable with acoustic models because the preferred relatively clean processing doesn't do much to hide the original acoustic vibrations of the natural strings.

That's a great birthday gift, and congratulations on reaching the milestone!

P.S. - As far as I know, alternate tunings in Workbench, incuding  the virtual capo, only work on 6-string models. It was certainly this way with earlier Variax models because the 12-string models use the alternate tuningfeature with the original 6-string base model.

Re: JTV59 Virtual Capo question
by AlphaScorpious on 2012-11-14 21:17:15.6670

You can actually create alternate tunings for a 12-string in Workbench but since strings 3-6 are maxed out at +12 in the 12-string models, the only thing you can really do is create an alternate tuning or virtual capo for strings 1 & 2.

So to stay on topic I have another question: Doesn't the Variax use a hexaphonic pickup for modeling? If so, shouldn't I be able to use the Pitch Glide on the HD500 to change the pitch of the 12-string model for strumming without it sounding like... well, you all know what it sounds like?

Re: JTV59 Virtual Capo question
by LarryLion on 2012-11-15 09:55:59.7750

I use a physical capo - remember those? - for Hotel California with a JTV 12-string acoustic model.  As long as your intonation is good, it will sound great. The JTV won't do a virtual capo for the 12-string models.

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