New variax body style

Discussion in 'Digital & Modeling Gear' started by arislaf, Jun 24, 2019.

Which body would you like most?

  1. Strat

    20.4%
  2. Tele

    28.6%
  3. Les paul

    6.1%
  4. V

    6.8%
  5. Hollowbody

    4.8%
  6. Revstar

    17.0%
  7. Firebird

    3.4%
  8. Strandberg

    10.2%
  9. Variax 700 (no pickups)

    2.7%
  1. arislaf

    arislaf Member

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    Just a dreamy question, but you never know...

    P.s. maybe line 6 will read this and get an idea ..
     
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  2. mbenigni

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  3. JiveTurkey

    JiveTurkey Trumpets and Tants Silver Supporting Member

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  4. mbenigni

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    Voted "Strat"; would have written in "Parker Fly".

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    I really like the Shuriken body they have already.
     
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  6. JiveTurkey

    JiveTurkey Trumpets and Tants Silver Supporting Member

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    If only strat styled models were already available in the Variax line...
























    :banana
     
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    My vote would actually be to go way in more on the Shuriken body style, but at the lower Indonesian/Yamaha price point and with the newer options they've been debuting (e.g. the Ash Grey natural one they just dropped and the quilted maple topped ones).

    Also, maybe a two magnetic pickup model (single in the neck with the existing humbucker).
     
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  9. arislaf

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    Are we the 2??? Of the v???
    Loved them since michael schenker... loved him since scorpions.
     
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    There's a lot of copyright infringement in that poll if you ask Big G.
     
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  11. mbenigni

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    -ish.
     
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    They should license the Tech to the companies that make those guitars... Play Authentic (TM)
     
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  13. mbenigni

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    No interest in a V, but I'll certainly 2nd the Schenker/ Scorps vote. :aok
     
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    I really like the JTV-59 models. The 69s are alright looking I guess.

    I've also been tempted to buy one of the really cheap old variax guitars and jamming whatever technology makes it work into another guitar. But then I think of the cost of the sacrificial variax + the cost and time of modding another guitar, and by then I might as well just get a JTV-59.

    I've been toying with the idea of taking the burls from a mesquite tree I'm looking to remove from my yard and making a guitar with it (burl top, heartwood fretboard), but I really don't think the whole 'lets build a guitar for the first time' is a good time to try and do something with a Variax.

    ...or maybe it's the perfect time, I dunno.
     
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    Agree - I've always said the 59 was the looker of the bunch. The 69 is too much in the uncanny valley of clearly wanting to be a Strat, but clearly not being a Strat.

    As for doing a pre-JTV transplant, you just have to keep your eyes peeled until you get lucky and stumble on an unloved 300 somewhere. I got mine NOS for less than $150 (!) and immediately transplanted to a Parker NiteFly. (The NiteFly was, I'm afraid, a little more than $150. :rolleyes:)
     
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    What parts were involved? I've been on reverb looking at parts, and can find the bridge, jack assembly, and pots just fine, but logic tells me there should be some other kind of pre-amp/pcb that's involved in the processing of the signal, and I haven't seen one of those yet.
     
  18. mbenigni

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    I haven't had a close look at the V300 transplant in some time. (And now that I'm thinking about it again, I may be confused as to which of my guitars was a 300 transplant and which was a 500 transplant - I think the 300 innards might have bolted directly into a pre-routed, compatible Warmoth body, and a different 500 wound up in the NiteFly.) There is definitely a main PCB you'd need to find. That's the bulk of what makes the Variax tick, and the only way you'll find that is if someone is parting out a Variax of their own.

    The better solution is to just buy a used Variax in one piece, since you're going to want to use just about everything south of the neck that isn't made of wood (PCBs, pots, p/u switch, battery compartment, et al) anyway. The biggest consideration apart from the PCB is the bridge - you either need to reuse the stock Variax bridge (for me this was a non-starter because I wanted a trem) or choose another bridge with piezo output. The second option is more challenging, since you'll have to connect the piezo outputs to the mainboard. This involves some tedious soldering, whereas using the stock bridge is just a matter of plugging in a pre-wired jumper.

    All things considered, there are a lot of good reasons to just go with a used JTV59 and call it a day - especially if you're a Helix user. The transplant effort is definitely not going save you any money. The only reason I went down that path is because, at the time, there were no Variax options with a decent trem (except for the relatively rare and relatively pricey 700.)
     
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  19. arislaf

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    700 was worth every penny. Is my most decent guitar up to now, and have a gibson custom les paul, as well as a v ( and 5 more ) but still is my best. Even the varnish on top of it is like velvet. The feeling, natural sustain, colour, craftmanship, fretboard, all so perfect... just gabe me the idea to add this body to the list.
     
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    I've read nothing but rave reviews about the 700. But I never encountered one in person, and in photos it never did anything for me, so that ship sailed. It's funny, though - I'm looking at pictures now, and I kind of dig it.

    Ah well, these days I'm quite happy with my JTV89F. :)
     
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