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Line 6 Variax

This is a group for those who own or are interested in the Line 6 Variax. The Variax has become a useful tool for many of us. Here is a place to explore further.

Members: 24
Latest Activity: Nov 3, 2010

I think there are a number of people who now use a Variax in the context of worship music. The flexibility of being able to switch from the sounds of electric guitar to acoustic without swapping instruments has a great appeal for many of us. Using the Variax alongside one of the Line 6 FX units brings even more flexibilty. I thought it would be helpful to find out who of us are using the Variax (in any of its forms) and how we're using it.

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Is it a substitute for an effects box?

Started by Phil Williams. Last reply by Ron Krajcik Sep 17, 2010. 7 Replies

How dependable is Variax 500?

Started by Wayne Pau. Last reply by Gary Eaker Jul 10, 2010. 4 Replies

What would we like our Line 6 equipment to do!

Started by Mark Kendal. Last reply by Mark Kendal Feb 21, 2010. 5 Replies

Broken Variax - Bah!

Started by Mark Kendal. Last reply by Mark Kendal Mar 30, 2009. 3 Replies

Combining Variax with Pod

Started by Tim Miller. Last reply by Scott McCullor Nov 12, 2008. 5 Replies

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Comment by Ron Krajcik on November 3, 2010 at 12:51pm
I am having intermittant 'switching' when using my Variax 300 through POD XT. The setting will switch to another Variax guitar, like say a 12 string with overdrive, all on it's own. It is usually just for a moment, but it is not reliable, so I don't trust using it live in worship. Could it be the chord ($40)? Anyone have this experience?
Comment by Flying Walrus on February 21, 2010 at 4:11pm
I use a 5 string Variax 705 bass as my main stage guitar in a post-punk setting, about to start using it in church as well. We'll see how it performs.
Comment by Bill Guynn on December 2, 2009 at 4:57am
i own the variax 700 4 string bass. I would not be without it on stage. It is everything and more for the sounds it brings out. I too do not use it at home because of all the set up needed. I practice on a an inexpensive s101 and only use my variax at church practice and for service.
Comment by Hermann Hartke on March 30, 2009 at 12:51am
I have been using my Variax 700 the past several sundays and I am so glad that I am able to own and play this Guitar, the more I use it the more I get comfortable with it, the only time I don't use it is when I play acoustic, you can't duplicate the sound of a decent acoustic Guitar.
Comment by Robin Barber on March 29, 2009 at 9:41pm
I have a Line 6 Variax Acoustic(not the 300). It's difficult to play but I use it
with my PodXTlive sometimes. Lost the low E string once when I put it into
an open G tuning. Came in handy as I could down tune the guitar 1 step and
have it accessed with the push of a button. Kept threatening one of my worship
pastors with the sitar setting:) So, it's not my fav but there are definitely times
for its use. The 300 series has a built in tuner. I'd make that a chromatic on to
help with the alternate tunings.
True story: I was at a local music store playing on the one I ended up buying.
Some guys came into the guitar room as I was playing Norweigian Wood in the
sitar setting. When I finished I got a round of golf clapps:)
Comment by Simon Wright on March 4, 2009 at 12:22pm
Hi from sunny New Zealand. Currently looking for a Variax to buy... probably go with a new 300. Looks like fun!
Comment by Scott McCullor on January 8, 2009 at 8:28pm
Add to tribal knowledge... There is a screw and a nut that holds the circuit board to your bridge on the variax electric. If it gets loose, your strings and piezos will either lose or have intermittant contact to ground. When this happens you'll get as much or more noise than a single coil pickup. You'll have to remove the bridge from the body in order to get to the nut and tighten it all.

This only happened in my case because I painted the body and also, when I had the neck replaced, a piezo tore loose from its wire and had to be replaced. (The luthier was setting intonation and that pulled it too far.)
Comment by Hermann Hartke on January 2, 2009 at 1:29pm
I own a black variax 700 solid body electric, its funny when i get asked where are the pickups.....I love the fact that with a good amp, i have several guitars which I can pick from to use on different songs, all at the twist of a knob, the only thing I don't like is the extra power box to lug around, other than that the Guitar is an amazing piece of technology.
Comment by Greg S. on December 26, 2008 at 9:38pm
Just picked up an Electric Variax 300 as an extra for occasional songs and in case I break a string mid-service. I have a Fender Strat Ultra and a Taylor 710c that I run through a Line 6 POD X3 Live direct into our PA.

Blessings to you all!
Comment by Michael Engel on December 16, 2008 at 7:05pm
I use the line 6 as my primary instrument while leading worship. It's a great tool but I do have some issues with it.

1) It's a stage guitar. It needs to be plugged in. It makes very little noise itself. I would like to see line 6 make a "good" sounding acoustic with ability to mix that with a modeled song. I think Martin has a line out like that called Aura. I find myself needing a "real" acoustic in case I don't have my amp or a sound system around.
2) I also think that the tunings and capo settings sounded very "digital". It seems like there is a little delay in the string response when I play in a DADGAD tuning. The bass strings really sound weird when they are tuned down.

3) Also, my fingers always hurt after two services and I blame the fretboard.

4) Fingerpicking is very hard on the Variax. The string response is not like that of a natural acoustic instrument. It's great while strumming, not while picking.

So, I think my next guitar will be a Taylor or Martin. I always loved the look and feel of Martins
 

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