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I believe Warmoth makes official Variax replacement bodies and necks, so that should be do-able.Thanks for the input. So, is it the neck that make the 300's so bad? I have a few tele and strat necks. Wonder if the neck pocket is the same.
I read that the 300's have a 1.69" nut. If that's the case, then I don't want one unless I can change the neck.
Wow that's cool!Here's one I built a few years ago. Still have the old 500 body around here somewhere. This was when I was going through my big neck phase.
http://www.suddenlink.net/pages/robj38/album/Variax Transplant -- 500.00/index.html
For me it was usually into a Pod XT live into a 1,200 watt powered mixer into a pair of dual 15" cone 7" horn tweeter towers. So yeah I played it plenty loud. I still have that Variaxe in my closet and have never even bothered with it when it lost the sound in one of the piezos in the bridge.This may be totally true when played through a generic amp at low volume (never done it with a Variax), but personal experience with 11R and amplified up to ear splitting levels the Variax is awesome. Pushing a lot of air makes up for deficiencies I'd suppose.
i think the difference is the better class guitar with the similar electronics.Reliability is a factor. If you gig with it I think you should have two. I had two variax guitars and one flaked out. I trust the Variax as far as I can throw it, but same as 11R, I have two for that reason. Blowing fuses with a tube amp is easy, bring fuses and have replacement tubes. The new JTV models evidently from some reports sound "better" but from the LINE 6 literature and posts there's no difference in the modeling from the 300/500/700 to the newer JTV.
I have the 500 (and an Acoustic 700).The 300 felt like a toy; Crappy fretjob, horrible playability. If you enjoy any techniques featuring palm muting (which are numerous,) the artifacts/ringing-weirdness you get is a huge nuisance.
Now the 700 felt like a REAL, quality guitar, nice fretwork, nice feeling neck.
This is one guy's opinion of course.
Funny you said that, as I've used a variax 600 + X3 Live for almost a year in a orchestra pit.If I were using a Variax in an orchestra pit for theater, I'd want to have a duplicate handy. Same for any live work, I'd say. But that applies for the entire rig.