Line 6 Variax 700 Guitar, Sunburst Tremolo Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Friday, November 25, 2011

Line 6 Variax 700 Guitar, Sunburst Tremolo
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Back in 2002, I bought the original Variax.Sonically, it was a great guitar.It had a sorta "cheap" look to it, but it was a nice instrument.I recorded one song with it before I sold it and bought a Godin LGXT.

Fast-forward to today.I recently decided that I (again) needed the versatility that the Variax offered.I decided to buy the best Variax Line 6 offered (the 700 with trem), both for aesthetics and for features and construction.The only thing left was deciding which color.The cherry sunburst was the prettiest.

I bought my Variax from is the first time I've ever bought an instrument from Amazon.They were the only ones carrying the Variax 700 cherry sunburst.I glad I bought it!Very inspiring.Extremely versatile.It's a very comfortable guitar to wear.It has a great Strat-like feel to it.Dial in one of the Strat selections, close your eyes, and you'll swear you're playing a Strat.

I realize that there are guitar snobs in the world who will claim they can tell the difference between, say, the Variax's Les Paul settings and a real Les Paul.Or the Variax's Strat settings and a real Strat.They're full of it.Close your eyes and you cannot tell.I made a recording of my Fender acoustic guitar and the Variax's "parlor" acoustic guitar settings.Guess which guitar everyone guessed was the real acoustic?You got it. The Variax's parlor guitar.Two long-time guitarists who should know the difference could not tell.My sister could not tell.My friends could not tell.They all picked the Variax as the "real" guitar.So, I'll say it again: anyone who claims that their highly-trained ear can distinguish the Variax from the "real" thing lives in a fantasy world.I've owned and played a very good Les Paul.I've owned and played a beautiful Strat.I had those instruments for years.The Variax really does faithfully mimic the guitars it models.

Get the Workbench software!If for no other reason, you can adjust the output of the various guitar models.For instance, Line 6 faithfully modeled the Strat, even its relative volume.The Les Paul pickup models are noticeably hotter.So I used Workbench software to bring the volume of the Strat pickup models to be equal with the output of the Les Paul pickup models.Problem solved!You can adjust all kinds of things using the Workbench software.If you have a PODxt Live (floor model), or the new POD X3 Live (when they're available), you can download the Workbench software for free from Line 6.If you don't have one of those, then you can buy the USB interface gadget from Line 6, which comes with Workbench.It is worth buying if you have to buy it (I think $99).Line 6 Variax Workbench 1.5

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Product Description:
Variax 700 in sunburst combines Line 6's patent-pending guitar modeling technology in a custom designed solid-body guitar to accurately reproduce the sounds of a variety of well-known vintage electric and acoustic guitars. In addition Variax also offers well-known sounds of guitar-related instruments, such as a resonator, banjo, and electric sitar. Modeled variations include solid-body, semi hollowbody, and hollowbody electrics with single-coil and humbucking pickups, as well as, several six- and twelve string acoustics. Variax 700 features a carved top, mahogany body, optional tremolo, one-piece hard maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, and Gotoh tuners.

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