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Line 6 Variax 300 Steel String Acoustic Guitar
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Access any acoustic tone from a delicate parlor guitar to a robust full-bodied jumbo, controlled by one knob on the body. Also control mic position, ...Read More
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A crucial set of tones inspired by the award-winning Variax Acoustic 700 at a price almost anyone can afford!
Access any acoustic tone from a delicate parlor guitar to a robust full-bodied jumbo, controlled by one knob on the body. Also control mic position, compression, and ambience and save all settings to one of 10 user-definable presets. Onboard display shows presets and doubles as a tuner. Exceptional feedback resistance onstage is combined with a broad range of tone-shaping options for recording. Includes custom TRS cable and XPS Mini direct box/power supply and is available in a natural gloss finish.
- Exceptional models of all varieties of steel-string acoustic guitars
- Mic position, compression, and reverb/ambiance control
- Extremely feedback resistant
- 10 user-selectable preset locations
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I was at band practice the other night and this dude walks up to me and hands me this guitar. First thought was that I had seen a friend try to play a Line 6 amp with his electric drums and we couldn't get it to sound right...bone headed probably...some of these things have an odd shaped learning curve you know.The back plate was not set into the cutout so I offered to "repair" the guitar.I brought it home and recorded with it...then set to work reshaping the back plate so it fit. While I changed the strings and oiled the fretboard I thought I would have a look into the bridge insert. This one was not exactly flat on the bottom which might influence the sustain and the ability to tune with the tuner so check that when you change the strings. Also polish the frets and it will speed up the playability. Too bad this is a discontinued item...good luck finding a new or used one...great sounds and better playability are just a few steps away.
The way I see it, you will either really like this guitar right away or not. When I plugged in, tuned it up, and began to play over my PA, I knew immediately that I would keep it. The action of the guitar is more akin to playing an electric guitar - an electric with extremely heavy strings. I happen to like that feel, I'm sure many players would not. The ten tone options are voiced through a Martin 018 and Gibson J 45 model, respectively, and offer nearly endless sonic possibilities when mic position, compression, volume, and reverb levels are utilized. I am very happy with the product and would suggest it to those players who are looking for quality tone at a reasonable price.
I haven't used it live yet except to play it in the music store, but it plays well, sounds goodin the studio and is very easy to use. If you want to get the sound of a 2000 dollar martin with a 2000 dollar neumann mic you ain't gona do it. But for 600 bucks it ain't bad.
I bought this, and I've had about 20 hours of use so far, including one live show. I wanted to write a review in case somebody else was looking for the same thing I was looking for in a guitar. All I care about is the live sound. I have played in bands for over 20 years, all of which have had at least 2 acoustic guitars running from the output jacks. I hate that piezo sound, but I've gotten pretty decent at EQ'ing around it.I have used this Variax 300 Steel straight into the board with a totally flat EQ, and it sounds A-FREAKING-MAZING. It really does bury everything else I've ever heard live. This one factor matters more to me than all of the negatives I'm about to mention, but I want to be clear that if sound is the goal, this is the instrument.ELECTRONICS - The output signal on mine is really weak...the onboard tuner is totally useless because of this, and so are outboard tuners. I have to believe that there's just something wrong with my particular guitar, b/c I cannot believe that Line6 would engineer the guitar to be this way. My biggest gripe actually IS a design flaw, though...the 10 presets are plenty for me, but you can't go backwards. Like if you use "1" for rhythm, and "2" for lead, you have to hit the button 9 times to get back to "1," which is bad for live stuff.PLAYABILITY - The guitar was set up fine in terms of neck relief. I'll have a bit of bridge work done, but it's definitely playable. It has the feel more like a lower priced acoustic than a quality acoustic instrument, but I'm pretty spoiled. My point is, it's playable, but there's nothing about the way it plays that beckons you to pick it up and play it.LOOK - Hey, it's an ugly shaped guitar. Look at the picture, lol. I found no flaws on mine. If you can live with the shape, and with that Line6 logo on the headstock, it looks fine.Ok, all that aside, if all you care about is getting the best possible acoustic sound live without using microphones, I've never heard any acoustic guitar live that sounds better than this one does. Like most musical instruments that involve electronics, you have to work with it a bit to find YOUR perfect sound, but it's definitely in this guitar somewhere.In a way, I hope this guitar doesn't sell very well so that I can just monopolize great live acoustic sounds, but I don't see that happening. I love this instrument.