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Line 6 Variax Acoustic 700 Modeling Guitar

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The world's first acoustic modeling guitar.

16 richly detailed acoustic-instrument sounds, phenomenal feedback-resistance, unique and intuitive tone-shaping options, and instant access to altered tunings. These next-generation electronics are housed in a beautiful and playable thin mahogany body with cedar top. Mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and pearl snowflake position
markers. Output can be sent direct to a PA, recording device, or any standard acoustic amplifier. Like owning a studio full of fine acoustics!

24 medium-profile frets, 25-1/2" scale length, and 17" fingerboard radius. Digital I/O jack for Vetta II connectivity. Included direct box provides power plus 1/4" Standard guitar and XLR balanced outputs. Can also be powered by onboard batteries or Line 6's Vetta II amplifier.
Includes custom 1/4" TRS cable.

FEATURES
  • Simple and intuitive Volume and Mic Position/Tone Shaping controls
  • Instant access to preset and custom altered tunings
  • Thin and comfortable mahogany body with cedar top
  • Mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and pearl snowflake position
  • markers
  • 24 medium-profile frets
  • 25-1/2" scale length
  • 17" fingerboard radius
  • Standard 1/4" guitar output jack
  • Digital I/O jack for Vetta II connectivity.
  • Included direct box provides power plus 1/4" standard guitar and XLR balanced outputs
  • Can also be powered by onboard batteries or Line 6's Vetta II amplifier
  • Includes custom 1/4" TRS cable
  • The models in the Variax Acoustic 700 are based on studies of the following fine instruments:
  • Parlor
  • OOO-Size
  • American Dreadnought
  • Gibson J-45
  • Gibson J-200
  • Selmer-Maccaferri
  • D'Angelico New Yorker
  • Nylon String Classical
  • Guild F412 12-String
  • Stella 12-String
  • National Style O
  • Wood-body Dobro
  • Gibson Mastertone Banjo
  • Mandocello
  • Japanese Shamisen
  • Traditional Indian Sitar
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4.2

(based on 37 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Clean, Tight , For Live Just Right

Had mine over three years now. First thing I did was route the back out and add a nice seymour duncan p-rails in the sound hole (humbuck ,P-90, Single coil, plus...Read complete review

Had mine over three years now. First thing I did was route the back out and add a nice seymour duncan p-rails in the sound hole (humbuck ,P-90, Single coil, plus a phase switch in the push/pull tone/vol pots) a little drilling and soldering and wallah! Added a second Jackplate and had instant searing electric runs through mt traditional rig.So many options with this set up. Split and tapped pup with push pull tone/volume switching surpasses the 86 Gibby LP in tone and function.THE LOWDOWNIn a live situation This acoustic is unsurpassed. I use the OOO programed in different tunings all programed into the selection knob. None of the other modeled sounds are for me. I do use a reverse 12 string (doubled octave down at half volume for a THICK acoustic lead) But the OOO deliverers very convicing acoustic sounds. Just Don't overcompress with the on board compressor a a little bass rolloff and it is hard to tell it is modeled.This guitar covers now easily tackles any style period. And Nother says classic hollow body like real pups blended with real OOO tone for way out twangin'In high volume situations this guitar in indepensable. In a reflective room with powerful live drums at even reasonable volumes I have no more feedback issues. I can even turn up and finesse lighthanded, tasty, airy acoustic passages. All In a full volume, heavy metal setting. things I have never been able to do live before. That alone is priceless.Getting the studio quality presentation...LIVE.I am very satisfied. I have had no issues with this guitar. It has survived at least three nose dives from the stand and one flash rainshower on stage and keeps on keepin' on.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The Fake Acoustic

if you havent played alot of the acoustics this is modelling you will enjoy the sound of it at first, but so many things allow this guitar to fail. For 1 this feels nothing...Read complete review

if you havent played alot of the acoustics this is modelling you will enjoy the sound of it at first, but so many things allow this guitar to fail. For 1 this feels nothing like an acoustic, it has the body shape of an acoustic from front view, but is very thin and completely solid like an electric guitar. Second, it lacks the clarity of a real acoustic guitar, if you strike hard you really bring the digital processed sound right out in front. Third, you need a power adapter to plug it in to anything, no camp fire use unless you plan on also bringing an amp near the fire.Fourth, it lacks midrange whatsoever, even with the mic placement eq setting, when in the mix all you can really hear is the highs and thats it.in these pictures you see a soundhole but its pointless being there because that sound hole is 1 1/2 inches deep the rest of the body is completely solid, losing the warm feeling and clarity of a real acoustic.Overall fun at first, but stick a real acoustic in your hands and you might realise you paid too much for a solid body electric guitar pretending to be an acoustic...which it is not whatsoever!

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Line 6 Acoustic

By Will-jxdYk

from Modesto, CA

I own a 1961 Martin D28 and a 2002 Taylor 914ce. Well first of all, the Line 6 can't compare to the Martin sound and is nowhere near the construction quality of the Taylor. With that said, the Line 6 Acoustic is a fun instrument and I love to play it. The first problem I had was the harshness of the tremble sounds when I used my Rowland AC60 amp. I bought a Fender Acoustasonic SFX II. Turning the Tremble and Mid Range down and the Bass up and using the String Dynamics control really helped. Then I tried plugging it into the line input and that was even better. I recommend 13's and actually the older the strings are the better they sound. I like the alternate tuning feature but have not had much luck using the built in capo, just not quite right. It will give you many different sounds and these can be adjusted on the guitar and on the amp. All in all I can recommend it, but just like so many things, it probably isn't all they claim it is.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Review

By Shovelhead

from Nebraska

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This is a very versatile instrument. I have had a little trouble with noise. I sent it back and it returned fine. I also get a little warble in alternate tunings. The guitar has very good sound and action.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply put (Amazing)!

By Cameron-YU0Hh

from Michigan

This guitar is absolutly amazing. Not only does it have 16 instruments to chose from but it has alternate tunings and a virtual capo. This is definetly one of the best electric acoustic guitars I have ever played. The normal guitar settings like the Jumbo or the Triple O just sound absolutly amazing.Overall I am completly satisfied with this guitar and would recomend this guitar to any guitarist who is looking for a great sounding acoustic electric guitar.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Clean, Tight , For Live Just Right

By Get Sum

from Middle America

Had mine over three years now. First thing I did was route the back out and add a nice seymour duncan p-rails in the sound hole (humbuck ,P-90, Single coil, plus a phase switch in the push/pull tone/vol pots) a little drilling and soldering and wallah! Added a second Jackplate and had instant searing electric runs through mt traditional rig.So many options with this set up. Split and tapped pup with push pull tone/volume switching surpasses the 86 Gibby LP in tone and function.THE LOWDOWNIn a live situation This acoustic is unsurpassed. I use the OOO programed in different tunings all programed into the selection knob. None of the other modeled sounds are for me. I do use a reverse 12 string (doubled octave down at half volume for a THICK acoustic lead) But the OOO deliverers very convicing acoustic sounds. Just Don't overcompress with the on board compressor a a little bass rolloff and it is hard to tell it is modeled.This guitar covers now easily tackles any style period. And Nother says classic hollow body like real pups blended with real OOO tone for way out twangin'In high volume situations this guitar in indepensable. In a reflective room with powerful live drums at even reasonable volumes I have no more feedback issues. I can even turn up and finesse lighthanded, tasty, airy acoustic passages. All In a full volume, heavy metal setting. things I have never been able to do live before. That alone is priceless.Getting the studio quality presentation...LIVE.I am very satisfied. I have had no issues with this guitar. It has survived at least three nose dives from the stand and one flash rainshower on stage and keeps on keepin' on.

 
5.0

Get The Workbench With It

By Rhino333

from Western NY

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The Variax Acoustic 700 is the best solution for guitarists that use multiple open (alternative) tunings. Instead of bring 3 guitars to a gig, I can now bring the Variax.The construction of the guitar is good and, suprisingly, very playable right out of the box. It has a weight closer to a solid body electric than an acoustic, which is logical because of the body IS essentially solid. One negative: the soundhole on both sides near the fretboard was either not finished or was rubbed off. It's bare wood. Why? I don't know.The modeled guitars (and other string instruments)are very good. The built in compressor and mic placement control yields enough initial variation for you to get sound that you want w/o feedback. The guitar tracks incredibly well. One thing, make sure your amp or PA is loud enough so can't hear the strings when playing open tunings.The built in open tunings sound good and, although there are many, there wasn't one for open G (which I play a great deal). So, I bought the Variax Workbench and I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone buy a Variax Acoustic 700. Once set up with all the updates/downloads (one negative is the enclosed Workbench software does not include the acoustic software and a download was necessary), editing the sounds and open tunings in the Workbench is very intuitive and easy. You can edit the a variety of parameters including individual open tunings, save to your PC or Mac and sync with your Variax. The workbench is, if not a must, a well worth addition to the Variax Acoustic 700.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Poor Sounding and Unsupported

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The modeling is very poor and they will not support the software for the instrument. Plus, I had to return 3 of these guitars before I got one that was made right. If you want things like dips in the neck, huge string buzzes, and neck poorly joined to body, this is guitar you might like to own. I wouldn't recommend any Line 6 product. There is better equipment out there!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Guitar but still lacking

By Zemzem-11q0d

from Japan

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I bought this and fell in love with it, it met all that I thought a modeling guitar would be. First and foremost, this is NOT real guitar. To get the most out of this bad boy you will need work bench, and run through another Line 6 product, the POD will offer phantom power. If you want to run mono lines the models still sound a bit off, running through the POD or offered box, you can run balanced XLR which gives a great sound. However I would suggest using a capo, the alternate tuning is a great deal. Over all love it, but still miss a real acoustic.

 
5.0

What a trip

By Marko66

from Matawan, NJ

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I've read some reviews where "purists" turn there noses up to such a hybrid heresy, but I'll tell you, it's just plain fun to play this guitar. I've been playing off and on for 35 years, and I just can't put this down. My daughter, son, and daughter's boyfriend are nuts about it, too. The 12 string modes are my favorite, but the round neck's also fine. For the snooty folks who want to spend big buck on a collection of related instruments, let 'em. The virtual tuning/capo is a blast. I'd definitely recommend a good accoustic amp (I have the big Fender). I have no problem with action or playability, and it stays in tune just fine. I wasn't fired up with the electric model when I tried it a couple of years ago, but the bass is a real possibility. Nice job, Line 6.

 
5.0

replaces my d28 on stage after 30 yrs!

By writerpickerdreamer

from Louisville, KY

I would be the first to tell you my acoustic guitar electronics on stage are way behind the times. I've used a bill lawrence pickup on my D28 for years...never hearing any electronics good enough to change until now! I love my Line 6 700 Acoustic series! I work with my brother on stage as a duet. He just replaced his 1960's D28 for the $1300 Taylor which we both loved the sound on and off stage. He was blown away by the acoustic-electric guitar sounds I am getting...even to the point of asking me how we both would sound if he used one on stage also! I love the variety of sounds, the fretboard, the look and feel of the guitar, I have been able to incorporate open tunings on stage without losing time tuning, the 12-string fills out our stage sound and fills up the rooms we work, and the virtual capo allows me to have more neck to work on (my brother uses some strange keys)...thanks guys at Line 6 I could not have dreamed of a better setup!

 
4.0

Almost a home run

By Garry Famous

from Chicago, IL

The Line 6 Acoustic Variax is a great instrument if you have realistic expectations. In other words, don't buy it thinking it can do everything perfectly, but expect it to come close. Some of the modeled guitars are close to perfection, while some, like the nylon string version do not quite get there. Strangely, the banjo is not as good as the one on the original Variax. This guitar performs wonderfully live, and tracks well in the studio. The biggest disappointment for me was the "internal capo" feature. You might get away with it live, but in the studio, the sounds are just not natural enough to use in any critical situation. If you need several acoustic instruments in one easy to carry case...buy it!

 
5.0

Great for the studio and stage, but ..

By Vince-xAJfb

from NY

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This is a wonderful guitar for studio work or stage, but when using another tuning, hearing the strings combine with (quiet) amp output is somewhat anoying and discordant. I don't know why they bothered with a sound hole, other than looks. When I am writting songs and/or laying down tracks I uusually play the guitar through the headphones. If the amp is loud enough, then it is not a problem. I would recommend getting the Variax workshop software to really take advantage of customization. The s/w is a whole lot easier than trying to load alt. tuning using the guitar sliders.

 
5.0

Very Impressive

By Snowdog83

from Madison, WI

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This instrument is incredible. I used to have to haul around three acoustic guitars to cover all of the songs we play. Now I just have to bring my Variax and I have a much wider array of sounds to incorporate into the mix. (I changed to sitar to one of our standards and it just blew everyone away.) What impressed me even more than the clarity of the different voices was the wide range of options available for "fine tuning" each to my own particular taste. The built in capo and alternate tuning feature is awesome as well. Plus, it plays incredibly easy. The TRS cable gets a little touchy now and then, but it beats spending money on batteries. This guitar is worth every penny spent.

 
5.0

Best Sounding Acoustic Electric Ever!!!

By strosfan45

from Edmond, OK

This guitar is incredible. Everyone knows about all the features this guitar has but what really sets it apart is the quality of the sound when playing through a PA. I own a Taylor 410ce and a Martin D28 and neither one can touch the Variax when it comes to acoustic-electric sound. This is the only acoustic-electric I have ever heard that actually sounds like a miked acoustic when plugged in. It is also great in the studio. While it certainly is not as good as the real deal, it is VERY close. Anybody who thinks this guitar sounds bad is crazy. The variax also doesnt feed back. You can hold it right up against the monitor and you wont hear a thing.The guitar itself is made in Korea and is nothing to get excited about. That being said, this is the best non-American made guitar I have ever played. I was disappointed at first that these were only being offered in korean made models but was pleasantly surprised when i played it. The action is good and the guitar stays in tune surprisingly well. The finish is decent and the fretwork is pretty good. Overall the quality is great considering it was made in Korea. While its certainly not top of the line, it has a solid feel to it and definitely doesnt feel cheap like you might expect. Keep in mind this guitar would cost twice as much if these were made in the US.I bought the Variax Acoustic right when it came out and have had it over a year now and have had zero problems so far. This is the best performace guitar I have ever played. I highly recommended it.

 
5.0

Variax review

By Benny Wayne Geagley

from Temecula, CA

Recently I got the opportunity to play the variax 700 live at Cowboy County in Calfironia and was greatly impressed with the sound it had coming through the club system. I have not purchased one as of yet, but it is at the top of my list for replacing my current acoustic guitar. A BIG WOW. The range of sounds produced by this one guitar was nothing less than excellent. Thank you Line 6 for another great tool. The neck is very easy to get around on and has opened up new ideas and options which will absolutely make gigging less time consuming. I couldn't put it down once I started playing it. The banjo sound makes it to where I don't have to switch instruments between songs, I just turn the knob and WA-LA. What else can I say, but "NO MORE FED BACK"! Thank you musicansfriend for making it so easy to purchase! Now I just have to tell my wife.

 
5.0

A Wonderful Tool

By Bill-7.c66

from Seminole, FL

What really drew my to the Variax were the alternate tunings. I must say, it's not as good as they make it out to be. The pitch shifting isn't completly artifact free, that is to say, you can tell it's a bit unnatural. That being said, it's standard tuning models are beautiful. You could probably tell in the studio that they are modeled, but not on the stage. It's a very fine quality guitar as well. I have a backup guitar, but I don't even bring it on stage. The Variax is all I need!

 
5.0

Awesome guitar

By Laurian

from SPRING HILL, FL

First, this is a modeling acoustic guitar, so should not be played unplugged. The hole is for the looks only, not for the sound.We were looking for some time on ways to defeat the acoustic guitar's feedback on stage, without altering the guitar sound. After research, and various experiments, we learned about the Variax, and said let's give it a try. We were impressed. One month later we ordered and received our second one, to have it as a backup instrument. The acoustic guitar modeled sounds are great, and extremely real for most of them. The signal to noise ratio is fantastic, and the lack of feedback makes it the acoustic guitar of choice for the live shows. Even though it is pricey, considering the number of guitars it can model, then it's not so expensive after all. We use it with a Lexicon MX200 Reverb, and directly into the FOH mixer.No recording experience with this guitar yet.Overall it exceeded our expectations, and we are convinced we made the right choice.

 
4.0

Good Multi Talented Box

By MG-DechH

from Hiawassee, GA

The basic guitars and 12 strings are nice and cover a great deal of territory. The alternate tunings are good but take getting accustomed too.This guitar is a great stage machine- don't even think about feedback! Guitar arrived playable and I am pleased with the action. My major gripe is paying this much for a guitar that doesn't come with a hardshell case, you can get Gibson Chet Atkins SST case which I have ordered but I order the Epiphone case.

 
5.0

Veriaxtrodinary.

By J I Hurst

from South Bend, IN.

I have just had mine for a few weeks now, accompanied with the Line6 SpiderIII amplifier. What a combination. The sound and feel of this guitar is great. The tunings are fantastic as well. The possibilities are unlimited. I purchased the blonde. The finish was very nice. The fretboard has a great feel. The instrument can be quite complex, if you want to program your own tunings. The documentation leaves a little to be desired.There is not much detail. I would like to know more about the modeled instruments personally. The case that comes with the instrument is really sturdy. It is really too sturdy to be called a bag, I think.

 
5.0

A Joy To Play and Listen To

By FremontGuitarGuy

from Fremont, CA

I play guitar in a variety of settings, usually live and on stage, sometimes in small rooms. I came across the Variax 700 Acoustic while browsing the Line 6 website. Listened to a few clips and thought that if it could do half of what they said, it was a good deal. I went down to my local dealer and played it for about 15 minutes then bought one on the spot. Mine came out of the box ready-to-play. No setup necessary, strings were even in tune. For it's price range, the fit and finish were flawless. Like any new guitar, I brought it home and played with it like a new toy. While I've tried all the sounds which by the way sound great, my favorite is the 000-28 (Eric Clapton Martin) for finger picking. I also play a little Hawaiian Slack Key and the 000-28 alternate tuning happens to be the equivalent of the Hawaiian Taro Patch tuning so now I can play instant slack-key without retuning. What a trip. The fretboard fingers effortlessly and the sounds are amazing. I've played this guitar using a Fender Amp Can, Princeton 650, and a full-up Peavy Soundboard with JBLs in a very large room. It sounds great with just about any amp. Buy those Martins, Gibsons, and Taylors to show off to your friends and put on the shelf, but use this guitar if you really need to perform live or do quick setups in the studio. The built-in compressor switch and moveable microphone lets me tailor the sound to fit the mood. And ... who can argue with the price? Sixteen guitars for the price of one.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Bad Experience with Line 6

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The guitar came with scratches and working with line 6 to get a replacement became such a headache I gave up and buoght a Takamine. The sounds were not very realistic although the alternate tunings were cool.

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