Yamaha Line6 Variax at NAMM 2015

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  1. zarl

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    Thought I'd share some photos of the new Variax guitar. Seems to have all the features of the prior gen variax. The guitar was decent, but could have used a good fret polish to take it up a notch. Neck shape feels like a Strat.

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  2. gurumonkey

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    how do they feel guitar wise compared to the JTV's
     
  3. zarl

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    My initial take is that the Korean made JTVs feel like better quality guitars. With a good setup, these new Yamahas could be good players though. I do like the overall look better.
     
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    The "Standard" designation makes me wonder if there will be a "Custom" or the like, manufactured somewhere else (Japan?) with premium woods and higher attention to detail.

    I'm also wondering, has the design has been updated to support proper palm muting? Have there been any changes/improvements to the hardware? Or is this electronically the same as the JTV?
     
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    Yamaha has custom shops all over. The closest is in Burbank.
    Guts-wise, it's the same.
     
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    I was in there today and was surprised to see these. I played one through the headphones and it sounded crap like I anticipated, but my Les Paul into my Eleven Rack through headphones sounds like crap too so that doesn't mean anything really. The guitar didn't feel bad at all, but I heard one of the Line 6 guys say it had twice the processing power as they've ever had, did I hear wrong or did they update the processor?
     
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    Thanks for that information!

    I wasn't really referring to a "Custom Shop" model so much as a "Custom" in the same way a Les Paul Custom is a "Custom". Just another model designation implying that it's "higher end". Words, right?

    Since the guts are apparently the same, will the JTV continue to be produced/supported/updated? Thanks!
     
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    No, it has the same Variax engine as the JTV's.
     
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    Anybody know if they'll be coming out with a lefty version?

    They've been making lefty Pacificas for years, so it would (kind off) make sense...

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  10. Eagle1

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    So a Yamaha nonspecifica with obsolete last gen electrics, really??
     
  11. zarl

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    If the pricing is right, these could make for good transplants to a custom build since the control layout looks more conventional.
     
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    Never tried a Variax before. These guitars start giving me a tiny little bit of GAS.
     
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    One difference though. It's won't load pre-HD (2.0) firmware for those stubborn holdouts who prefer some of the old models in 1.9.


     
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    Two model selector knobs on one guitar? hmmm. interesting picture above.
     
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    I'm pickin up what you're putting down... reminds me of the 300/600 versions of the Variax family. Somewhere in that other thread that keeps trying to turn into the trash that the amplifi threads turned into this time last year, DI mentioned something to the tune that "...NAMM isn't the only trade show this year..." Might be dropping a different/nicer version at Messe later this year. For me personally, I dig the JTV69 better because I like less knobs clustering my Volume & Tone knob. That 4 knob area on the Variax Standard looks a little crowded to me...
     
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    :huh

    Bigtime...
    Unless they are going to go for $499 street or something
     
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    One is the model selector, the other is the tuning knob.
     
  19. zarl

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    The two I played felt like 8 pounders or thereabouts.
     
  20. Digital Igloo

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    Everybody drink!

    Not last gen. Current gen with Yamaha manufacturing.
     

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