JTV Variax AND HD 500 users! What coolness have you discovered?

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  1. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    Any totally "magical" combinations?

    I love the two 12-string acoustics and one of the 6-ers.

    Diggin the Rickenbackers and the Strat through some Dr. Z and Bassman patches...

    I'm just diggin' in, as I got my JTV59 on Thursday, but I'm really delighted at the possibilities. Can't wait for the new software!
     
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    I just got mine (JTV-69) and have a lot fun things in it. The alternate tunings don't all work well enough for me, but maybe I'll get better at it. The drop D seems to sloppy, as do the 1/1 and 1 down settings. I like the Blues G (open G) tuning. Instant Stones. I assume part of the problem is
    you cannot use the alt tuning with the magnetic pickups. Or, is there a way todo so?

    I like the 12 strings and sitar a lot.

    The short intro "Pilot" manual that comes with it, and the L6 website reference a deep manual for the workbench, etc. But the L6 page for it says no such manual exists for download. Any clues?

    Another question: Is there a way to turn off the JTV to save the battery without taking the battery out? Mine wasn't "on" when I put it way for the night, and the next day the battery was drained. It can be powered off the HD500, which is cool, but then you can't use the tuner (at least not with the magnetic pickups -- I'll have to check the tuner with the virtual pickups). I think I like the 1/4" out better than the digital (sound quality), but I may be nuts. I know I like the 1/4" outs on the HD500 over the XLR outs, but that is more the signal output than tones.
     
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    If the 1/4" is plugged in, the guitar remains on. Rolling off the volume also conserves power.
     
  4. Pietro

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    I am not much of an alt. tuning guy, but I concur. I don't find them real useful for my music.

    I ADORE the 12-string stuff.

    I am also waiting for the advanced manual, and the workbench software seems a little buggy, at least on Mac. But it does work for me.
     
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    I just got delivery of a JTV 69 today and as soon as I pry it from my teenagers hands I hope to put it through the paces. :munch
     
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    What do you think the chances are of making a wireless connection to the HD500? I hate wires.
     
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    Pietro - I'd also check out this link.

    http://line6.com/support/thread/74965

    I don't have a variax but I've been geeking about one for a while and I hope to get one by my birthday - This guy looks like he really researched the combinations. He also has some alternate tuning tricks he links to in the discussion.
     
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    The new firmware says it allows yge variax to control parameters of the hd500.
     
  10. Pietro

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    AND you can switch the MAGNETIC pickups from the HD 500 even... I am SO stoked for that.
     
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    I am SO checking this out!
     
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    I have not seen that?
     
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    How are the alternate tunings on the acoustic settings?
    I love alternate tunings, but rarely play them because it's a PITA to tune and detune...

    Does it sound legit, or barely passable?

    Really looking forward to playing one but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of them around up in the great white north.
     
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    Just tried one out at GC. They sold the 59 the other day, but had the 69 and 89. One was missing a battery and the other one was dead. They threw it in the charger and I browsed for about 15 minutes and then tried it out. I we pleasantly suprised. I would be looking for the set neck if any, but I would be more interested in retro fitting it into an axcess les paul.

    Sounds were good with the tunings, not stellar. A lot of the 5 way positions were sort of dorky and fake sounding, but just enough of them were really solid, to the point I almost talked myself into it. I'll check out the next 59 they get in. When the battery died, it defaulted back to mag pups, but it was seemless. No ugly noises or cutouts. It doesnt sound bad with just the mag pups.
     
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    Some (like Drop D or DADGAD, the only two I have any interest in) sound amazing. I haven't messed with Baritone much yet.
     
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    How well does the guitar feel and play as just a guitar?
    How do you like the magnetic pickups and the trem?
    Does it hold tuning well? Was it setup well?
    I ask because I have an All Parts strat that is very nice, but not exceptional or custom shop in any way. I also would like to get some Tele tones happening again and I also was considering a humbucker in the bridge of this same strat.
    I never play acoustic, but it would be pretty wild to have passable acoustic tones at my fingertips without switching guitars/rigs.
    I think the cost of some new pups for the strat, a new Tele, etc... would outweigh the cost of the Korean version of the JTV 69.
     
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    Some pretty neat combos in there. Thanks for the link!
     
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    This is the only thing I am considering changing on my JTV-59. Not the greatest at staying in tune. Mine was setup just fine. I lowered the action a tad, tho. I like the sound of the stock pickups, but prefer to use the modeled p/u's cause they have less noise.

    I don't hear any flub when I drop D with the modeler vs drop D with the actual tuning. Haven't tried much with going 1 whole step up or down, but 1/2 step works perfect, IMO.
     
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    OTOH I haven't had any issues with my 59 staying in tune. Obviously YMMV. And I think the alt tunings work very well.
     
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    Hmmm... with Musicians Friend current deal I could get a new one delivered for $1200. Nice chunk of change but seems like an okay deal?
    How do you charge the battery without an HD500 (I assume it comes with a charger?
    I am assuming the acoustic models blow away acoustic simulations like the one built in the Zoom G3, the COSM based one in my Roland Cube 30x, etc...?
     

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