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Line 6 Variax 600 Guitar  

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    Authentic Variax modeling and smooth vintage looks.

    The one-piece North American maple neck and fingerboard on the Line 6 Variax 600 Guitar is a first for the Variax series. 9-1/2" fretboard radius allows comfortable chording and buzz-free bends. Custom L.R. Baggs tremolo bridge allows both up and down movement for more expressive trem action. Vintage touches like amber gloss and skunk stripe on the neck and the off-white pickguard give the Variax 600 classic looks that match all the famous Variax models within.

    Features
    • Dozens of classic guitar models
    • Comfort-contoured basswood body
    • One-piece maple neck with amber gloss finish
    • 6-on-a-side headstock
    • Sealed die-cast tuners
    • 22 medium-profile frets
    • 25-1/2" scale length
    • 9-1/2" fingerboard radius
    • 1-5/8" nut width
    • Custom L.R. Baggs tremolo bridge
    • 1/4" output jack
    • Links with PODXT Live, Vetta II, and Workbench
    • Responsive volume/tone controls
    • Powered by footswitch, onboard batteries, Vetta II, or PODXT Live
    • Custom-fitted heavy-duty gig bag
    • XPS A/B footswitch selects XLR or 1/4" output

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    4.5

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    Nails Most of the Tones - If Not All

    I own a few of the guitars that the Line 6 models. When checking the Line 6 against the real thing I was amazed at how the Line 6 was able to cop the...Read complete review

    I own a few of the guitars that the Line 6 models. When checking the Line 6 against the real thing I was amazed at how the Line 6 was able to cop the tones. Since the Line 6 is digital it is also super quiet. You can get a right on Les Paul tone or Fender Strat without any extra noise. When I first got the guitar I could not put it down. I ran the acoustic tones off the included AB box to my acoustic amp. For gigging, this gives the best of all worlds. You can flip from a Telecaster to a big bodied acoustic to a chimey Rickenbacker 12 string with absolute authenticity. The complaint that I have is that the guitar came with unfinished fret ends. This is a bit unacceptable to me for a guitar that cost 800 dollars. But if you can put up with the fret ends you will have a great inst rument for playing live and recording. I was able to record a Les Paul for some lead work and then accent it with a sitar on another track to get a very creative sound - the possiblities for the home recording studio are endless. When recording I would usually open up with an acoustic background rhythm and then follow with a 12 string on another track to get an outrageous blend. Be forewarned, if you get one of these you might end up calling in sick for work the next day so that you can stay home and create music all day long. I have an American Tele, 1974 Les Paul, 1981 ES335, Danelectro, - in comparison the Line 6 actually nialed all of these tones to a T.

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    Don't Believe the Hype!

    *The 12-string tones are incredibly digital-y. If you don't keep hitting the strings with a 12-string model, the disparity between the normal 6-string's notes and the octave notes cause...Read complete review

    *The 12-string tones are incredibly digital-y. If you don't keep hitting the strings with a 12-string model, the disparity between the normal 6-string's notes and the octave notes cause dissonance.*It is crud through digital effects, and many models just come out of the amp sounding awful.*I'd like to point out that all of the sounds you hear on the Line 6 website coming from the guitar are actually the result of using the guitar with the Vetta II amplifier, which boosts the abilities of the guitar. In essence, one is hearing more than $2400 worth of equipment, not around 700.*I used four amplifiers with this guitar: '59 Fender Bassman, '66 Twin Reverb, Vox AC30, and a ?72 Marshall stack. Best sound was w/ Bassman.*Easy controls. Too much gloss on neck, making it slow.*Overall, if you want a guitar in this price range, I'd suggest you try to find a Rick Sierra. If you need a number of tones easily, go for this. But plan on forking over the money for a Vetta if you want this to play.

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    5.0

    How Do They Do It ?

    I had been reading about these instruments for several years and, I finally got my hands on one to try out. WOW!!!!!! totally unbelieveable, I am still amazed at how Line6 can do this. At one time or another in my 40+ years of playing I have had my hands on most of the modeled instruments in the Variax and, even though they are not perfect, I will definately verify that they sound VERY VERY close. The look of the guitar, the feel,the playability and, the ease of changing to different instruments is really cool. It will not replace the instruments that I have but, what a GREAT addition to my collection. This could possbily be the last guitar that I buy and, I will have one! I have used and, stiil use Line6 amps since they first came out with the Flextone which I still gig with and, would not part with for anything. I recently purchased a Spider4 30w for a rehearsal amp and, I have giged with it in a small venue with no problem. Their stuff is Awesome! In summation get your hands on a Variax and, judge for yourself, It's an instrument that's hard to put down once you get one. I did and, I'm sold..............

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    5.0

    Pretty G'Dang Good!

    First the bad: the Variax is not a Les Paul or a high-end Strat. It?s not going to sound exactly the same, or have the same buttery feel. I?ve played both, and even owned an old Les Paul Standard, and it still sounded like me playing them. Now the good: the sound is close enough to be recognizable, and the feel is very, very competent. The Stratocaster is missing a little of the nasal sound my Vintage Noiseless pickups put out, but that?s okay. The ES-335 settings (all three switch positions) sound amazing for medium-drive rock. The acoustic sounds are good, and the banjo sounds very convincing with an alternate tuning, a capo, and a little practice to perfect some technique. This beats carrying a half dozen instruments to a gig. Couple it with a Pod XT or later, and a tap of your toe changes your attack without dead air between songs while you fumble with all the issues (time, sound system tweaks, tuning, etc.) trading axes forces upon you. I?m a fan. Now if I?m recording, I will go back to my favorite Strat or acoustic, but on stage, it?s pretty g?dang close, and that?s good enough!

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    5.0

    AMAZING!!!

    By variax lover

    from San Diego, CA

    This guitar is absolutely beautiful. the looks on the antique white one are stunning! The neck is sooooo smooth on this guitar. It is super easy for sweeps. It has so many different sounds. Some are great and others are just awful. But you will expect that on any piece of equipment. I would recomend this for anyone as long as you get the pod xt live. It makes it way easier. The only bad part about this guitar is that the batteries die super quickly. If you get the pod, you won't need batteries. BUY THIS GUITAR! You will love it.

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    5.0

    Still going strong

    By Jiminuk

    from South London, England.

    I've had the Variax 500 for nearly 2 years now, and use it live and for recording (both through a Pod XTL).I play in a cover-band, and so far have always managed to find just the tone I want from the Variax - yes it takes time to get it right (especially with the effects pedal), but I'm pleased as punch with this guitar, and have even considered getting a 2nd as back-up, rather than having my Tele (which I've never had to fall back on, incidentally)The neck is nice and playable, no problems reaching any part, and bending is easy and clear.There are a couple of minor gripes with this guitar - when first switching to an acoustic model, there's a nasty click (which only happens the first time); and, there's no indicator dot on the volume or tone controls (so I've stuck some tape on it!)Oh, and as far as needing batteries is concerned - the Variax comes with a power supply (or, for me, takes it power from the Pod XTL) so no problems there.I really like playing this guitar!

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    5.0

    Good for the variety

    Enough has been said about this guitar in the reviews below, so I will focus on my own personal thoughts about it. First of all, like any instrument, you have to get to know it - the feel, the wood, the "vibe" - the difference with this guitar is that the sound that comes out of the amp is different depending on how you turn a nob. I would advise spending some time without an amp and just practicing with it acoustically.

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    5.0

    you are crazy not to buy one of these

    By jarvisjackrabbit

    from Rochester, NY

    I received my blue Variax in the mail early last week and fell in love with it instantly. The neck is extremely comfortable due to its rather narrow width and curved fingerboard radius. This is good because I encorporate my thumb into a lot of chords and it helps keep my carpal tunnel from flaring up as much as it does on my Gibsons. I have gigged with it a couple times already and haven't used anything else. Even if you are playing with numerous other guitarists you will always be able to find a sound that will stand out in the mix. It comes with 55 sounds right out of the box and this can be expanded infinitely with the Workbench software. I have never had as much fun as I have playing this guitar.

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    4.0

    Great idea, but...

    By Kreed632

    from Conway, SC

    I ordered one of these from another retailer because it looked to be very versatile, which it is. The tones are not dead on accurate to other models, but pretty close. My issue was with the guitar itself. The finish on the neck is VERY thick, causing it to be difficult to move around on the fretboard. The headstock positioning, and the cheap nut, makes it very difficult to keep in tune, and the tremolo arm is kept in place with a set screw. What is up with that?! As far as looks go, it is not bad. If Line 6 could put as much effort into a quality instrument, as they have state of the art electronics, this would be a winner. My suggestion is to save up and by a few medium grade guitars to get the tones you are looking for. You will probably be disappointed if you look at this to compare to a medium grade strat or les paul. There is no comparison. Great idea Line 6, but you'll need to go back to the drawing board before I'll consider purchasing another one of these.

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    4.0

    Batteries not included

    By Bud-mqxGl

    from Yukon Oklahoma

    I was excited about getting this guitar and even booked a practice session to use it . The construction is good , nice neck, strings came in a bit high but easy to play overall. The finish is ok and the weighting is ok too. But here is the rub , it requires 6 A batteries to make a peep . And in the manual it claims you will get only 10 hours of use from each battery replacement . So, if you gig like me it means replacing batteries after every two gigs ( every weekend ) . That alone made me start looking for the packing box to return it. I went forward and plugged it in to a high end Fender amp but the tones were unimpressive. The differences between the different guitar types were not as distinct as advertised and some actually seemed out of tune? My recommendation is that if you want a new toy and don't mind changing lots of batteries this might work for you . I actually own many of the guitars this models so I think I will just keep playing the real thing(s).

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    3.0

    Don't Believe the Hype!

    By Matteo Alaretti

    from Los Angeles

    *The 12-string tones are incredibly digital-y. If you don't keep hitting the strings with a 12-string model, the disparity between the normal 6-string's notes and the octave notes cause dissonance.*It is crud through digital effects, and many models just come out of the amp sounding awful.*I'd like to point out that all of the sounds you hear on the Line 6 website coming from the guitar are actually the result of using the guitar with the Vetta II amplifier, which boosts the abilities of the guitar. In essence, one is hearing more than $2400 worth of equipment, not around 700.*I used four amplifiers with this guitar: '59 Fender Bassman, '66 Twin Reverb, Vox AC30, and a ?72 Marshall stack. Best sound was w/ Bassman.*Easy controls. Too much gloss on neck, making it slow.*Overall, if you want a guitar in this price range, I'd suggest you try to find a Rick Sierra. If you need a number of tones easily, go for this. But plan on forking over the money for a Vetta if you want this to play.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nails Most of the Tones - If Not All

    I own a few of the guitars that the Line 6 models. When checking the Line 6 against the real thing I was amazed at how the Line 6 was able to cop the tones. Since the Line 6 is digital it is also super quiet. You can get a right on Les Paul tone or Fender Strat without any extra noise. When I first got the guitar I could not put it down. I ran the acoustic tones off the included AB box to my acoustic amp. For gigging, this gives the best of all worlds. You can flip from a Telecaster to a big bodied acoustic to a chimey Rickenbacker 12 string with absolute authenticity. The complaint that I have is that the guitar came with unfinished fret ends. This is a bit unacceptable to me for a guitar that cost 800 dollars. But if you can put up with the fret ends you will have a great inst rument for playing live and recording. I was able to record a Les Paul for some lead work and then accent it with a sitar on another track to get a very creative sound - the possiblities for the home recording studio are endless. When recording I would usually open up with an acoustic background rhythm and then follow with a 12 string on another track to get an outrageous blend. Be forewarned, if you get one of these you might end up calling in sick for work the next day so that you can stay home and create music all day long. I have an American Tele, 1974 Les Paul, 1981 ES335, Danelectro, - in comparison the Line 6 actually nialed all of these tones to a T.

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