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Line 6 Variax Acoustic 700 Modeling Guitar   

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16 richly detailed acoustic-instrument sounds, phenomenal feedback-resistance, unique and intuitive tone-shaping options, and instant access to alter...Read More

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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
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4.2

(based on 37 reviews)

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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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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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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.

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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!

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5.0

Awesome Modeling Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought the Variax Acoustic 700 five years ago looking for another 12 electric acoustic. This thing dusted the "real" guitars hands down. I've played it continually in at least two different gigging venues and I can honestly tell you it STILL blows my mind at how beautifully it sounds and plays. It runs through ANYTHING imaginable from electric guitar amps, acoustic guitar amps....to just straight into a mixer for the P.A.....even a HOME stereo system makes it sounds GREAT! LOL Truly is the bomb. Plus, if Steve Howe of YES fame likes it, if the Doobie Brothers like...well I guess I can hang with it. Ha! Oh...and I've had ZERO sonic issues with this piece the entire time. Can't say enough about it. I'll NEVER let it go!

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5.0

universal type of guitar!!!!

By bruceC67

from montreal canada

i've bought it of someone who did not use it much & wow the things you can do,i own a zoom HD16 multitrack recording machine and when i tried the variax threw it i was very impressed with how clean it was & a little EQ on it and the result was very good,i'm also preparing for live gigs has a duo guitars of classic folk music & i've eard it threw a PA and she does the job.you've got to be opened open mind with this type of instrument or else your gonna bring a lot of stuff on stage & a lot of headaches with tunning and scared to get robbed.so she's good with me.i dont have space for 16 instruments in my apartment.it's a great investment.

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2.0

Couldn't give it away

By Les-kBlwL

from Mississippi

Bought without playing and am honestly disappointed! This thing does not sound like any of the guitars it is suppose to model. In fact, it's the worst sounding acoustic electric I've ever heard. I've had it four years, tinkered, adjusted and gave it the benefit of the doubt..but no go. I have an old washburn acoustic that puts it to shame. Frets are too small and intonation is awful. I could not recommend this ax to anyone. This is the first guitar I've purchased that I have been disappointed with and the only one I've given a bad review. All other Line 6 products have been exceptional and I own 2 of their amps..Vetta II & Flextone III XL. Both amps are great!!

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4.0

Great Guitar but still lacking

By Zemzem-11q0d

from Japan

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.

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3.0

The Fake Acoustic

By Wolf Black

from Jacksonville, FL

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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3.0

Not Great........

By Pete-C.X7J

from Virginia Beach, Va.

I was excited to have one. This guitar was not for me though. I did not think the tones of the acoustic guitars that are programmed in sound anything close to having the warmth and presence of their namesakes. As an acoustic performer I expect and need the sound and response that you get from the body of the instrument. The Variax is not able to duplicate this. You cannot create dynamics on the Variax that you can on actual acoustic instrument. The action on this guitar was out of sight though and I hated to let it go for that reason. I could really run up and down the neck. The guitar was well put together too.If you have read about the Variax, are a serious working musician and are wondering if all of the things you have read about the Variax 700 are too good to be true.........unfortunatley they are. You are better off with a great sounding acoustic/electric. I sent mine back.

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5.0

Get The Workbench With It

By Rhino333

from Western NY

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.

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5.0

Very Impressive

By Snowdog83

from Madison, WI

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.

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