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24 different voices in one sweet-playing 5-string bass.
The Variax 705 Modeling Electric Bass Guitar from Line 6 gives you access to exciting sounds ranging from vintage instruments to modern classics, acoustic basses, and even synth sounds. Exclusive Line 6 modeling technology inside this solidbody bass allows the bass player to just turn a knob and tap into an entirely different sound. Instantly familiar controls work similarly to those of traditional bass guitars. Exclusive to Variax Bass 705 is the ability to instantly call up a 5-string version of a classic 4-string, vintage 8-string, or acoustic upright sound. Plus, the low B-string extends the synth models into a range only keyboard players normally reach. The Variax 5-string electric bass is constructed with alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, and sealed chrome tuners. Custom-fitted Line 6 gig bag and direct box included.
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I use probably half a dozen of the models or more at a gig, whether a club or at church. The Tobias model is my go-to, but the Danelectro, Thunderbird, Rickenbacker (both flatwound and round wound) and the 8 and 12 string models get used a lot.
It is very heavy. I use a wide, padded leather strap. My backup bass weighs 6 lbs less. THAT is my one complaint. There are dead spots. At the original price, maybe graphite reinforcement in the neck could have helped this, but for all I know, there might already be.
A feature I would like is a master EQ...bass and treble would be sufficient, to match the overall instrument to a room. As far as the existing controls go, a mid control would have been nice, and would have helped match some of the models better.
I've had this bass 5 years and just love it. The longer I have it the more I love it. I've been playing bass since 1969, have many basses, and have had a lot more. This is THE bass for me.
The bass feels and sits great. The neck is like a Lakland, only 34" scale. The bass had terrible fret sprout when I got it, but I am an amp/guitar tech and builder/modder. I got the bass in the dead of winter, dressed the frets, and had no problem since. The body is too heavy. I may make a lighter one. Knobs are a bit fragile, but have held up OK. Reasonable care should be taken. It's not a P bass beater.
The sounds are great. There is a piezo "thud" subtly heard in some note transients. I was bothered a little about this in the beginning, but really appreciate it now. The fundamentals of the low notes are clear, unlike passive magnetic pickups. Whether or not the fundamentals of the lowest notes are shaped to match their modeled instruments, who knows. I didn't care for the stock strings, but after trying a couple brands, I settled on stainless D'Addarios...close enough to what the bass was designed with.
The versatility is incredible. I had many of the basses modeled in this bass, and they are close enough. Some qualities of the modeled sounds even surpass the quirkiness of the originals...more consistent. The decay of the Hofner is a bit excessive, and the flatwound sounds are a bit dull but all are usable. I did program in a bit of bass boost on each model, to match the low end of my other basses.
At the original price ($1400 street) I'd say it was a 6, but at $499, the price at closeout, it is an unbelivable buy.
The bass is well put together and has a nice finish. The only complaint is the knobs good be of a better quality. The volume knob/mode selection tends to sink down too low to activate the switch. Easy fix you just pull the knob out a bit and it works fine.I don't own any of the modeled basses, but the variety of tone is stellar. I couldn't tell you how closely they match the original but I am very impressed with the variety of tone. In particular I like the Stingray, Modulus, MTD, Longhorn and Thunderbird models. The P and J models are very good too. I really get a kick out of the 8 and 12 string mod's. Makes playing Cheap Trick and "Jeremy" a lot of fun now. The standup mod is also alot of fun. Sure it's not a real standup but in a live setting the sound is very close to my ears.I've used mine at several live shows at this writing and have been very pleased with the sound.I am even using one of the synth mods on "Der Kommissar". At the current price this is a no brainer. I'd have been just as happy at two three times the price.It also comes with a very nice gig bag and the direct box power supply.
this thing completely changed my sound,every time you plug it in and hear it is astonishing,it sounds so pro it cuts thru the mix but doesn't get in the way,it is warm and smooth as butter but crystal clear. Need a different tone for a track? just switch basses! I've been playing bass for 14 years now and never heard anything like this-my bass playing friends are jealous,they spent the same amount on their basses and only get one sound that I can mimic on the fly! I use this with a bass pod xt live and it is just amazing! I've just had this thing for about 1 month now (and still waiting for the variax cable from musician's friend!) the only complaints I have are that the synth sounds are good but very limited,the "moog" one is not even close to a minimoog albeit it is good and there is a "pedal" in the xt that sounds almost like it (when they make a workbench for this thing you know the first model I'll be replacing!) Also another complaint-the acoustic+upright are really close but not dead on, but what can you expect! Also i've read with the cheaper variax models the pickups tend to break quick so I hope that won't happen! The action is perfect so is the intonation,the neck is very comfortable also! Buy this if you record or do session work or if you play in a band that does different styles of music and needs a varied sound! I love it,my friends love it,and my band loves it!
Don't get me wrong, this is a great bass to the ears of a beginner, but 25 years of bass has taught me what is good and bad. The tone of this bass is the only thing acceptable. My Rogue SX100B 4-String Electric Bass is better in every other way. This bass has horrible strings, bad pickups, and needs to be sent back to the shop. And its also so heavy that it broke my straploks. This is a thumbs down. This is a beginner bass.
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