Current situation - I bring 2 guitars to every gig (and will continue to do that mainly because I like to use my gear at shows AND to protect against broken strings, etc...). Amp is AxeFX II direct to PA and monitor is 99% IEMS. Main project does Top 40, rock, pop, modern country. I have a number of songs that "could" use parts/FX of acoustic, electricfied acoustic, etc... no alternate tunings right now for PORTIONS of songs. Examples Oasis, Zac Brown, etc... Gig about 2-3x / month. Acoustic duo 1-2x a month with a standing monthly show for this year (and hopefully into next year). Sometimes people will sit in but in general it's just me, my Taylor 526e which I adore, AxeFX II <but looking to scale back to G3X> and female lead. We acoustic-fy a LOT of modern hits, dance stuff, etc... Eagles tribute. Gigs will start late this year / early next year. 3 guitars but I notice a LOT of acoustic layers in most of the catalog. Show is expected to be top notch, totally pro so time in between songs switching guitars could be an issue. 12 string, 12 string electric, maybe some alt tuning required? I play an LP with P90's (never sell guitar), an MIJ 62RI which I absolutely adore and a Tele Paul rock machine monster. I might be willing to sell the Tele and/or the Tele Paul to get into a Variax and consolidate IF it makes sense. So here are my questions / concerns: 1. Is the Variax tech too long in the tooth and do you forsee a new version coming out which would render the current models null? Let's say I was playing Chicken Fried or even Wagon Wheel (shudder LOL). 2. Can I easily / seemlessly open with a full acoustic tone that cuts over the band and switch right into a crispy drive tone for chorus and then switch into a decently thick lead break? And end with acoustic? If so, HOW? Pickup selector? I would NOT want to have to utilize the HD floorboards for this... I own the MFC101 which is already pretty big AND I use a foot controller for my light rig. 3. Could I bring ONLY the Variax to an acoustic duo gig? It might be a shocker from a look standpoint, but if the tones are there I don't care. I do use a decent amount of FX / looping when I play acoustic as well. 4. Does the new Yamaha version of Variax make sense? Or used Korean older version? I think the USA Tyler would be too far of a stretch unless it was an amazing guitar. Keep in mind this might have to replace TWO great standard guitars. What do you think?