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24 different voices in one solidly playable instrument!

The Line 6 Variax Bass 700 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. Constructed with alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, and sealed chrome tuners. Custom-fitted gig bag and direct box included.

Using the optional PODXT Live gives you command of all settings with your foot.

The first modeling bass in the Line 6 stable! The Variax Bass 700 uses patent-pending modeling technology developed for the award-winning Variax line of guitars. Now bass players can have a huge range of sounds in a single, high-quality instrument.

FEATURES
  • Line 6 modeling technology
  • 24 bass models
  • Vintage, modern, hollowbody, acoustic, upright, synth, and other sounds available.
  • Works similarly to traditional bass controls
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Sealed chrome tuners
  • Custom-fitted gig bag
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4.3

(based on 34 reviews)

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I was skepticle. Not anymore!

It's been exactly 3 hours and 29 minutes since my Variax 700 arrived. I just put it down and I must say I am impressed. It is not perfect as there are some...Read complete review

It's been exactly 3 hours and 29 minutes since my Variax 700 arrived. I just put it down and I must say I am impressed. It is not perfect as there are some faults. It's a bit heavier than I imagined, though not too much, and some of the sounds might not be the best but.......overall a great bass I will definitly enjoy in my arsenal. First off I checked it out without plugging it up. The contruction is nice. It's a decent bass to begin with. It is a good quality Korean made bass. Either Samick or Cort, I am not sure but definitly well made and finished. I used to be a total snob only liking and owning USA and some Japanese guitars. Korea has come a looooong way and make some really nice guitars at a decent price. If this were a typical bass with typical pickups it would probably be in the 4-$600 range street. The electronics is what sets this bass apart. Five knobs. 1 Vol, 1 "pickup blend" i each stacked bass and treble and the selector switch.The vol is just that a volume. The blend works on 2 pickup bass models (Jazz, Rick, TBird etc..) by panning between neck and bridge pickups. It has a center detent for both on equaly. On one pickup model basses (Pbass, Stingray, Modulus etc..) this blend acts as a pickup mover. It's as if you had a movable pickup on say a PBass. Move one was the pickup moves towards the bridge. The other way towards the neck. The stacked bass and treble give you more control over your sound. The each have a center detent as well. Sound wise I like the mods. Jazz. Precision, Stingray, Rick 4001, Thunderbird, Longhorn these are the dreams of every vintage bass owner. All classics. Combined with the modern P, J, Modulus,MTD, Warwick, Alembic, Steinberger etc... and you have almost everyones dream bass covered. In addition you have some cool effect basses. 8 string Hagstrom, 12 string Hamer, Tacoma Thundercheif acoustic, Kay upright and 2 synth bass choices. All in all cool useable sounds except the 8 and 12 strings sound a bit "processed" and they have a tendancy to warble a bit without a perfect slow attack. These are useless for any speed runs but cool if you wanna play Jeremy or Dream Police. The Acoustic Tacoma sound is OK but the Kat upright is really cool. On this the blend know acts as a mic placement. Moving this knob brigns the virtual mic in closer or out further. This is a really cool sound. Overall this is a great tool for an active musician, studio guy or a beginner. People may complain about some of the models being not totaly accurate but think of how you sound playing by yourself versus playing with a band in a live situation. There is a BIG difference on how the sound comes across. I think the coolest thing is you have mutiple options to switch to easily to find whats best for the mix. I love the idea of mutiple sounds for a gig but typically do ine with one main bass and a backup(usually 2 70'sJazz bases) I remember one gig I played with my new Epiphone Jack Cassidy which is a great classic bass in it's own right, but it sucked in the mix and I was miserable all night. Another gig with My Gibson T-Bird sounded ok half the time. The freedom of turning the knob for a whole new pallate of sound is great! If you seek a cool instrument filled with many useable sounds, GET ONE NOW!! The price they are at now is crazy. CHEAP FUN FOR ALL!

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Line 6 has great products. The Variax bass 700 is one of the most revolutionary inventions in the music world. Having all these options of basses right in your hands at the switch of...Read complete review

Line 6 has great products. The Variax bass 700 is one of the most revolutionary inventions in the music world. Having all these options of basses right in your hands at the switch of a knob, is incredible. The neck I personaly like a lot. Now the bad part. This bass is too good to be true. If you think this might be the bass for you, then please go to a local music store and try it urself. I didnt and i regret it. The videos and the sound sample on the line 6 website sound amazing and they are well done. When I got it I loved it at first because I had all these sounds to chose from unlike anyother bass in the market. Later on I didnt like it as much. I also own a Corvette standard 4 string warwick bass, and when I played the modern red light thumb warwick bass on the line 6 I was EXREMELY disappointed. I guess I was on denial and went ahead and got the Bass PODxt live and got the appropriate cable for it and the sounds became better but still not as good. The I moved on to the upright acoustic bass and it is horrible. I'd say the worst of all the presets in this bass. Lastly the synths. The are revolutionary but you can't play 2 notes at the same time, if you do the sound becomes muffled and absolutely disgusting. Then I was trying to pull out some slapping on this baby through the synth preset and the most peculiar this happened. I slapped the E string and the a hammer on from A to B and then slapped the A string and did a simmilar hammer on from E to F#. This sounds normal and perfectly fine with all the other presets but it wont sound right with the synths. I can't describe the sound in words it's just horrible and out of key and it just ultimately frustrated me and forced me to let go of this baby. The 8string bass, and 12 string bass are great too with the PODxt live especially if you can add effects to it. This bass turned out to be not as great as it was said to be. For the price this baby is ok. You get what you pay for.I played with this bass for 1 and a half years and my conclusion was that the bass is great for recording with only a few presents such as the jazz fender bass and the pbass but there is no room for experimenting with it and coming up with new sounds. Live performance is ok, can't complain, the gig bag is great too. If you have this I recommend getting the Bass PODxt Live for it and a life time supply of the ether cables for the bass which are available to you at the line6 website store. The cables last about 3 months before they start to randomly cut you off.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A bass full of surprises

By x_bruce

from Chicago, IL

The Variax 700 bass I purchased was the current priced, black model. The paint finish is not very good, out of the box there are blemish-like streaks on the top. The dual tone knob is a bit loose as is the volume control / selector.Beyond these issues the bass is exceptionally well designed with a thin neck with medium frets. The models are anywhere from excellent to useful. The Hohner and synth models are unconvincing though this is more than made up for by the Fender, Warwick and Musicman models.As noted elsewhere, there is a degree of high-end hiss on a few models, mostly modern designs, but nothing that can't easily be fixed with a compressor/gate or simply rolling off the treble.I'm very pleased with the playability and quality put into the neck. It is like a mixture of a thin Jazz bass and an almost Ibanez-like narrow neck.I don't know what some people expect for the price and sheer capability of tonal ranges, but unless you are really committed to a specific type of bass with a very specific sound there is plenty here to work with. Get 'em while you still can.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First bought bass

By bassist-leD_r

from Kansas City, KS

This is the first bass that i have actually paid for, i used to play my friends ibanez. I got this bass out of the box and it was definetely worth the money. The sounds dont seem to realistic so normally i just play under the Earnie Ball bass setting. I played a recorded gig with this bass and it had the most clangy sound, i wasnt very happy. the recording system was good too. The batery station is a pain and i havent tried batteries yet. I've had the bass for 7 months and everything is still working. overall this is a good bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Bass for the price

By BassMasta-_tQN4

from Illinois

I had been eying it for a very long time. Then, finally bought it. It is probably the last bass I will every buy, as it can play pretty much anything. The worst part about it is the upright bass, but that would be incredibly hard to pull off. I like the synth tones, but they are not very useful. The most realistic sounding ones are probably the 8 string and the vintage jazz bass. The others are great, but those 2 stand out among the rest.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Playing Bass

By hockeykevin

from Dayton, NV

I purchased this bass on sale and couldn't be happier with it. I play a lot of acoustic gigs and the setting for the Thunderchief is the same as the one I own. I may sell that one and keep this to use all the time. Neck plays great. The modeling sounds are spot on and the quality of construction is outstanding. I recommend this bass to any and all! You can't go wrong.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I was skepticle. Not anymore!

By Me-tDrO6

from Boston

It's been exactly 3 hours and 29 minutes since my Variax 700 arrived. I just put it down and I must say I am impressed. It is not perfect as there are some faults. It's a bit heavier than I imagined, though not too much, and some of the sounds might not be the best but.......overall a great bass I will definitly enjoy in my arsenal. First off I checked it out without plugging it up. The contruction is nice. It's a decent bass to begin with. It is a good quality Korean made bass. Either Samick or Cort, I am not sure but definitly well made and finished. I used to be a total snob only liking and owning USA and some Japanese guitars. Korea has come a looooong way and make some really nice guitars at a decent price. If this were a typical bass with typical pickups it would probably be in the 4-$600 range street. The electronics is what sets this bass apart. Five knobs. 1 Vol, 1 "pickup blend" i each stacked bass and treble and the selector switch.The vol is just that a volume. The blend works on 2 pickup bass models (Jazz, Rick, TBird etc..) by panning between neck and bridge pickups. It has a center detent for both on equaly. On one pickup model basses (Pbass, Stingray, Modulus etc..) this blend acts as a pickup mover. It's as if you had a movable pickup on say a PBass. Move one was the pickup moves towards the bridge. The other way towards the neck. The stacked bass and treble give you more control over your sound. The each have a center detent as well. Sound wise I like the mods. Jazz. Precision, Stingray, Rick 4001, Thunderbird, Longhorn these are the dreams of every vintage bass owner. All classics. Combined with the modern P, J, Modulus,MTD, Warwick, Alembic, Steinberger etc... and you have almost everyones dream bass covered. In addition you have some cool effect basses. 8 string Hagstrom, 12 string Hamer, Tacoma Thundercheif acoustic, Kay upright and 2 synth bass choices. All in all cool useable sounds except the 8 and 12 strings sound a bit "processed" and they have a tendancy to warble a bit without a perfect slow attack. These are useless for any speed runs but cool if you wanna play Jeremy or Dream Police. The Acoustic Tacoma sound is OK but the Kat upright is really cool. On this the blend know acts as a mic placement. Moving this knob brigns the virtual mic in closer or out further. This is a really cool sound. Overall this is a great tool for an active musician, studio guy or a beginner. People may complain about some of the models being not totaly accurate but think of how you sound playing by yourself versus playing with a band in a live situation. There is a BIG difference on how the sound comes across. I think the coolest thing is you have mutiple options to switch to easily to find whats best for the mix. I love the idea of mutiple sounds for a gig but typically do ine with one main bass and a backup(usually 2 70'sJazz bases) I remember one gig I played with my new Epiphone Jack Cassidy which is a great classic bass in it's own right, but it sucked in the mix and I was miserable all night. Another gig with My Gibson T-Bird sounded ok half the time. The freedom of turning the knob for a whole new pallate of sound is great! If you seek a cool instrument filled with many useable sounds, GET ONE NOW!! The price they are at now is crazy. CHEAP FUN FOR ALL!

 
5.0

Buy the Variax

By Basswizard8

from Jacksonville, FL

A lot of you folks are "on the fence" about buying the Variax. So was I! I read the pros and cons. I always wanted one, after the Bass Player review. They were pricey, at the beginning, but the new price was "too good to believe!" I played 17 shows, in 13 days, at Bike Week in Daytona. THAT bought the Variax for me! I bought it last April, and it has been my "main" bass since then. I've used it 5 to 7 nights a week after I bought it (around 100 shows, so far). All conditions: Cold AC and, outside, in 97 degree heat! It never lets ne down! We do a wide range of stuff. The upright "doghouse" bass is my favorite sound!! The 12-string sound ROCKS for PEARL JAM songs!!! It's an awesome bass!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Beware

By Waqas Ali

from Chicago

Like many, I bought this because of the price. Right out of the box, the power pedal didnt work, so I used batteries. After two days, the toggle switch that switches between the two modes od simulated bass sounds stopped working. So basically, nothing worked like it was supposed to. I should have bought a cheap fretless instead. NOT WORTH IT..LOOKS GOOD ON PAPER BUT BUY SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY WORKS.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It Is What It Is

By Peter DJ

from St. Croix - U.S. Virgin Islands

I bought the bass on sale - so far (about a month) no problems with quality. I love it. Does it sound like all of the basses it copies? Maybe not, but I can always find a sound to fit the room and blend with the other players I'm with. I've always been a fender player. I tend to knock out the mids and go for highs and lows. This instrument has plenty of both. At a recent jam session, a Hofner player was happy with the hofner, a Rickenbacker man liked the Rickenbacker tone (the neck is definitely more like a fender than a rickenbacker), another player who can only play his '62 P bass was surprised as well. I play with acoustic groups and serious blues & R&B, and it always fits. At the sale price, I cannot imagine a better instrument.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Bass, not for everyone

By T. Zimmerman

from Kalamazoo, MI

The build quality of the bass is very good, as some have stated,as good as the American made Fenders. The weight is less thanthat of the American Fender P and J bass. The bass is well set up,although each player will want to make some adjustments.If you are looking for a solid versatile bass at a low cost, this bass is worth considering. If you are a more advanced player and are looking for a single instrument to replace your basscollection, pass on the variax. Some of the models sound verygood, but more like a recording of the modeled bass than theraw instrument. For me the models seemed to limit the expression of the instrument and felt like it was imposing itselfbetween me and the bass. It is too bad you can't just play thebass without the modeling, directly from the pickups becauseit is a nicely made unit. It may be a good choice for solo artistswho want a good bass tone without a lot of fuss, and who areplaying more or less conventional parts. ( Not meant as an insult.) Be aware, some of the models have hiss and noise liketheir real-life counterparts, but it does put out a solid thumpingbottom and clear highs on many of the patches. The Kay sounds like a Kay... boxy and boomy, the fretless is fine, butdoesn't sound like a fretless. The Hofner is not a good model.The Fenders, Ricks and Musicman models all are decent.The synth sounds are pretty limited, but could be used foreffects. Overall, well made, not for everyone.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not so hot

By Lockit55

from Superior, Wisconsin

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I was looking to add a new backup bass and when I saw the drop in price I thought I would take a chance. Obviously there is a reason for the drop in price. The first bass I received worked good for about two weeks before the rotary modeling selector switch wouldn't always change from one bass modle to another . they were excellent about taking it back but there was an aproximate two week turnaround time. The second baas I received worked great for about two weeks also , but then the D string went dead in the middle of a set .It's not a whole lot of fun trying to play with basicly two stings till the set finished but I made it . I can't recomend this bass because of my bad experience with it. They also were very good about taking this back. I think I will just by a Fener of some type as I have never had a problem with Fender. High points of this bass was the neck was really nice , and it sounded very good when it was working . Also was noiseless when plugged in .

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