0 0

 
Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Line6 Variax 700 + Real Humbucker Mod Possible, Thinking about buying a Variax 700
Igorrr
post Jun 5 2010, 04:01 AM
Post #1


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 73
Joined: 7-April 07
From: Campinas / São Paulo - Brazil
Member No.: 1.501



Hi Everyone,

I am thinking about buying a Line6 Variax 700 guitar and am wondering if there is room for adding a Bridge Humbucker pickup.

I have always been intrigued by the great variety of different guitar models, especially the switching to acoustic guitar and sitar simulations. But I mainly play metal and it seems that the flat body guitar models aren't really cutting it for high gain distortion, but at the same time the guitar body has a nice sustain, where I could imagine some great sound with a ceramic humbucker.

So I am having the idea to add a real humbucker pickup at the bridge position.

Unfortunately I have only been able to test one on a fair/music store and never had the chance to actually open one up. It looks like that there might be electronics where you would mount the bridge pickup.

Can anyone who has a Variax 700 confirm if there is room or not for a humbucker PU at the bridge position?
If not possible with a 700 model I might consider a 600 as well...

Don't worry I won't do the MOD myself I know a luthier that I trust who already did a conversions on my other guitar.
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Bogdan Radovic
post Jun 10 2010, 09:34 PM
Post #2


GMC Admin & Bass Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 14.979
Joined: 30-November 07
From: Belgrade, Serbia
Member No.: 3.410



I think it may be even possible with an experienced Luther though I'm not sure its worth it. Variax shouldn't be a great guitar, maybe you could get a better "normal" guitar for the price you would pay for variax+pickup+luther?


--------------------
Need to ask about anything GMC related? Send me a pm
Check out my lessons and my instructor board.
Take a bass course now!
My solo and band songs : Keep Going On, Night Vibe, Kad Te Vidim, Susret, Plava Silueta
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
ZakkWylde
post Jun 10 2010, 09:42 PM
Post #3


Learning Tone Master
Group Icon

Group: MVC
Posts: 3.185
Joined: 22-June 07
From: Germany
Member No.: 2.164



That would be like buying a van and trying to make it into a race car: it will cost much and the outcome won't be as good as a car designed for going fast...

The variax is a *toy* (I know hard words) for achieveing a lot of diffrent sounds from a guitar, it's a studio equipment guitar to model a lot of equipment without actually having it. It also has a guitar pickup modeling, if that isn't enough I doubt it will get better with a real pickup.
Ofcourse it IS possible to somehow get a humbucker into that guitar but I guess the outcome won't throw you off your feet. The variax is not designed to behave like a real guitar so I doubt it will with a humbucker.

My suggestion:
Get a one trick pony - either a variax and use it's possibilities OR a fullblown Metalguitar. The variax with a modification won't sound better than a real Metal axe and drilling into it will propably make it sound worse with it's onboard technology.


--------------------


Gear:
- Jackson USA Select KV2 King V with EMG 81/85
- Gibson Les Paul Custom Arctic White with EMG 81/85
- Ibanez Rg 8527 J Custom 7-String with DiMarzio Evolution and Air Norton

- Peavey 6505+ head with Marshall 1960AV 4x12 cab
- Peavey Vypyr 30 Practice Amp
- Dunlop Crybaby From Hell, Maxon OD808, Boss TU-2, MXR CarbonCopy, ISP Decimator, MXR Custom Audio Electronics Booster

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Igorrr
post Sep 4 2010, 07:40 PM
Post #4


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 73
Joined: 7-April 07
From: Campinas / São Paulo - Brazil
Member No.: 1.501



HA!!! Sometimes it's really good to not heed every warning!!!

I bought the Variax, had the luthier install 2 Seymour Duncan SH6 Humbuckers and the Guitar is AWESOME!!!!!

Seriously it's not a bad guitar to begin with being a japanese model with Mahagony body with Ash top... already came with a sweet sustain, but because of using piezos as pickups for the simulation did not really respond like a real guitar... now I can simulate an acoustic guitar (and sitar ;-) ) and use full blown distortion on the humbuckers... I am REALLY HAPPY!!!!

Anyway you can see a pic here my luthier has posted!!! For sure I am going to use this guitar on the next Kamala album!!!

WOOHOOO!!!!! biggrin.gif

Variax 700 with Seymour Duncan SH-6
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Alexiaden93
post Sep 4 2010, 07:47 PM
Post #5


Learning Rock Star
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.518
Joined: 16-April 09
From: Sandnes, Norway
Member No.: 7.072



QUOTE (Igorrr @ Sep 4 2010, 08:40 PM) *
HA!!! Sometimes it's really good to not heed every warning!!!

I bought the Variax, had the luthier install 2 Seymour Duncan SH6 Humbuckers and the Guitar is AWESOME!!!!!

Seriously it's not a bad guitar to begin with being a japanese model with Mahagony body with Ash top... already came with a sweet sustain, but because of using piezos as pickups for the simulation did not really respond like a real guitar... now I can simulate an acoustic guitar (and sitar ;-) ) and use full blown distortion on the humbuckers... I am REALLY HAPPY!!!!

Anyway you can see a pic here my luthier has posted!!! For sure I am going to use this guitar on the next Kamala album!!!

WOOHOOO!!!!! biggrin.gif

Variax 700 with Seymour Duncan SH-6

Wow... biggrin.gif I look forward to hearing the sound of your guitar smile.gif Looks great ^^


--------------------
My YouTube Channel
Lost in all the 2000+ GMC lessons? Check my Lesson Plan


Guitars
Fender American Standard Stratocaster - Olympic White body, Maple fretboard, White Pearl pickguard, 21 frets, SSS
Yamaha Pacifica

Amplifier
Marshall 15CDR, 45 watts


Recording equipment/software
Line 6 POD Studio GX
Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000
Reaper v3.04
Sony Vegas Pro 8.0
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
MickeM
post Sep 4 2010, 09:47 PM
Post #6


Born of NWOBHM, Moderation Team Leader
*

Group: Members
Posts: 8.562
Joined: 9-January 07
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Member No.: 1.062



Looks good smile.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Igorrr
post Sep 4 2010, 10:30 PM
Post #7


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 73
Joined: 7-April 07
From: Campinas / São Paulo - Brazil
Member No.: 1.501



QUOTE (MickeM @ Sep 4 2010, 05:47 PM) *
Looks good smile.gif


OK first day playing around and only the last seconds using the new pickups with distortion.... but I am really excited!!!

Peculiar that the new Variax line comes with additional humbuckers ;-)

EDIT: played a little more with the Variax... starting with the distortion all solos are the duncans.

This post has been edited by Igorrr: Sep 5 2010, 01:13 AM
Attached File(s)
Attached File  Igorrr_PlayingWithNewToy_Variax700_SD_SH6.mp3 ( 2.81MB ) Number of downloads: 456
 
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Bogdan Radovic
post Sep 5 2010, 11:11 PM
Post #8


GMC Admin & Bass Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 14.979
Joined: 30-November 07
From: Belgrade, Serbia
Member No.: 3.410



QUOTE (Igorrr @ Sep 4 2010, 11:30 PM) *
OK first day playing around and only the last seconds using the new pickups with distortion.... but I am really excited!!!

Peculiar that the new Variax line comes with additional humbuckers ;-)

EDIT: played a little more with the Variax... starting with the distortion all solos are the duncans.


Hey , very good job with adding the pickups. Guitar cleans sound interesting , maybe a bit thin for my tast, though solos on Duncans sound really awesome!

Great playing btw! smile.gif

Have fun with this unique instrument smile.gif

This post has been edited by Bogdan Radovic: Sep 5 2010, 11:12 PM


--------------------
Need to ask about anything GMC related? Send me a pm
Check out my lessons and my instructor board.
Take a bass course now!
My solo and band songs : Keep Going On, Night Vibe, Kad Te Vidim, Susret, Plava Silueta
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post

Reply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 


RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 25th October 2014 - 05:18 AM