Line 6 Variax Standard - Black

Solidbody Modeling Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3 Single-coil Pickups, and Variax HD Modeling Engine - Black
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Line 6 Modeling Meets Yamaha Craftsmanship

Redesigned for a new generation of guitarist, the Variax Standard combines Line 6's amazing tone-modeling electronics with Yamaha guitar craftsmanship to create an affordable, playable, and versatile instrument that lets you call up an epic range of guitar tone. This Variax model offers the natural sound of custom Yamaha Alnico V single-coil pickups plus the smooth action of a tremolo bridge. On top of that, you get a full complement of Variax HD modeling, including a huge selection of guitars, tunings, and pickup styles. And with Line 6's Workbench HD software, you'll be able to turn your Variax Standard into any guitar you can imagine.

Line 6 Variax Standard Modeling Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Yamaha craftsmanship makes this one extremely playable guitar
  • Variax HD technology delivers amazing tones and instant tunings
  • Workbench software lets you create your own dream guitars
Yamaha craftsmanship makes this one extremely playable guitar

One of the things that's made Yamaha guitars a favorite around Sweetwater is that you always get more than you pay for when you pick up one of their instruments. Even without any of the frills Line 6's Variax HD technology has to offer, the Variax Standard is a wonderful guitar to play, with the smooth action and classic single-coil sound you'd expect out of a high-end axe. When you add in the expansive range of modeled tones and tunings, you're never going to want to put your Variax Standard down.

Variax HD technology delivers amazing tones and instant tunings

You're guaranteed to be well-equipped for any studio or stage situation with the Line 6 Variax Standard. Right out of the case, your Line 6 Variax Standard comes with dozens of impeccable instrument models. Rare vintage electrics, fabulous acoustics, and even exotic instruments are waiting at your fingertips. What's more, changing tuning is as easy as turning a dial - no delay, no mechanized tuners, just instant results. The latest Variax HD software brings you more stellar HD instrument and pickup models than ever before, and the real magic happens when you tap into the Workbench HD software.

Workbench software lets you create your own dream guitars

This Line 6 Variax Standard packs the latest Variax HD technology, bringing you more stellar models of rare vintage electric guitars, classic acoustic guitars, and exotic instruments. You'll be blown away once you start exploring these with the Workbench HD software, which gives you more tonal control and all-around tweakability than you ever thought possible. Create your own unique instrument model, then use Workbench HD to fine-tune individual string pitch, string volume, pickup position, and much more. You've never tweaked your tone like you can with the Variax Standard!

Line 6 Variax Standard Modeling Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • The next generation of Variax modeling guitars
  • Combines Line 6 modeling with Yamaha craftsmanship
  • Sports an alder body, Alnico V single-coil pickups, and custom hardware
  • Variax HD modeling engine provides instrument, pickup, and tuning models
  • Free downloadable Workbench HD software lets you customize your setups
Get Line 6's top modeling and Yamaha quality with the Variax Standard!

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Additional Media

Electric Guitar Buying Guide
Line 6 Variax Standard Modeling Guitar Demo by Sweetwater Sound

Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Doublecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Color Black
Neck Material Maple
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay White Dots
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.614"
Bridge/Tailpiece Custom Tremolo Bridge
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Alnico V Single-coil
Middle Pickup Alnico V Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Alnico V Single-coil
Manufacturer Part Number 99-700-0105-00

Customer Reviews

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I'll keep this short and sweet. Look: Great! Really sharp looking guitar! Feel: Awesome for the price. Came perfectly set up and the neck feels silky smooth/high quality. Sound (of the magnetic pickups): Average. Good enough for what they are. Now for the tech. Alternate tuning: Very convenient and works pretty well. It works well enough playing alone at home, jamming, or playing live. I wouldn't use it for recording though because if you really listen in on a high quality recording it sounds a bit unnatural. Like you can tell a computer is altering the pitch. Guitar modeling: ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! This is where the magic happens. Almost every instrument it comes with sounds absolutely (scarily) spot on. I even used the software to make a model of my Gibson and to be honest, it's incredibly hard to tell the difference in a blind test. I can't stress how phenomenal it sounds. Overall highly recommended. This will absolutely be my main (if not exclusive) guitar going forward. Very happy! Only gripe I have is for the price, this should absolutely come in a hard case. It's a complete ripoff that they don't include one.

First modeling guitar

Was'nt sure about the need for this type of guitar in my situation.(I dont gig yet) that being said,the versatility of this ax is TRULY amazing.Changing mods on the fly has opened a whole new dimension to playing and learning...VERY HAPPY WITH MY PURCHASE. Do some real research and check it out! As usual Sweetwater went above and beyond with customer service and helpful communication..LOVE DOING BUSINESS with this professional company.

Good for what it is.

I won't rehash what other reviewers have said, let me just point out the ideal usage scenarios for this instrument:1. Dance/Variety band. The convenience this instrument offers to the guitarist who needs maximum tonal flexibility and needs it RIGHT NOW makes this the no-brainer choice of guitar. 2. The budding guitarist who wants to have an instrument by which to explore tonal options based on the guitars this instrument models. I have several friends who have rationalized the expenditure if what little free money they have on owning one to two dozen guitars in their elusive search for "their tone," and in practice they end up using 2-3 guitars 95% of the time. It makes more sense to get this guitar to point you in the right direction.3. A songwriting tool for recording demos. This is my main use for it. 3. Any guitarist should be interested in this guitar as an expansion of the sonic palette. (Ignoring what I said in the point #2 :-)While I can't say that this guitar is a convincing replacement for a Tele, Strat, Les Paul, Gretsch, Martin, etc... the models do sound VERY good on their own, especially once you overcome the psychological barrier of playing a Strat-type body that can sound like like a big hollow-body Gretsch... there's a visceral connection between the physical characteristics of a particular guitar that go with the "experience" of playing it, that affects the way that a person plays it. (Obviously, whole-step pitch bends are difficult if not impossible on a 12-string acoustic). No software wizardry can model that part of the experience. But once you get over the fact that "it isn't the same!" this becomes a very unique and downright fun guitar to have.The difference between the models and the real instruments is most apparent when running clean into a DI. So don't do that. (Except for with the acoustic models.) Running it through an amp (or sim) really softens the odd hollowness that is imparted to the raw sound via the DSP modeling process. The acoustic models sound very much like a piezo pickup on an acoustic electric run through a Fishman Aura processor or something similar - and perhaps sounds better, in my opinion. So for live shows it's very useful. As far as the setup out of the box goes, I have no complaints. I needed to set it up for my playing style, so expect to do that for yours as well. Tone snobs will deride this (as they already have for the past 10 years that this technology has been available), and their derision is not completely without merit; but sometimes we have to remind ourselves that we play for average, un-trained people who don't know the difference between a single-coil or humbucker pickup... or may not even know what a pickup is; they are hard pressed to hear the difference between a Tele and a Les Paul. These people - the 99% - will not offer any complaints about the sound that comes from any of the models on offer in this guitar. Provided, of course, that the person playing the guitar is technically and musically competent - which should always be any guitarist's primary concern. :-)
Music background: Recording/Mix Engineer, Amateur Guitarist

Great deal on a Variax

It got here today, I just got finished the initial tryout.Overall it's a solid A- , just a few minor points prevent it from being perfect, so I'm pretty happy since no guitar is perfect!I may do a more detailed review, but here are my first thoughts:The guitar itself, basically a SSS Yamaha Pacifica, sounds good as a basic Strat, alnico SC pickups with staggered polepieces, giving a normal, easy to ID Strat tone, complete with quack tones. The trem is decked and seems to have the springs very tight, which is OK because I may make this a hardtail any by blocking the trem. Other than having a single tone control with the bridge pickup wired into it (which is OK by me), it is a Strat.The guitar came well set up by Sweetwater's tech, and it is shipped with 9's which feel OK and I have a few extra sets around so I'll keep it that way for a while before trying my usual solid body set-up with 10's. The neck is very good, more like a MIM rosewood Fender neck, Tusq nut, decent tuners, etc. The body is light and comfortable but is missing the back cutaway, oddly enough.Now for the Variax part:Overall the models are pretty convincing, some of course being better than others. Rather than do a blow-by-blow, I'll just say that most are what they are supposed to sound like, the initial standouts being the Tele, Strat, Lester and Special models, the jazzboxes are pretty good, some of the acoustic sounds are quite good, a few are a bit underwhelming like the Firebird and Duo-Jet, but no real dogs. Mostly solid, useable tones.The other cool digital feature is the tuning presets, which work really well and can be used with any guitar model, so I can have a DADGAD acoustic in 2 knob changes and switch to an open G dobro in another 2 clicks.The baritone low B tuning, along with one of the humbucker models and a modern high-gain scooped metal tone is a bit scary...but fun. I like the whole-step-down tuning, too, and now can play along with Eb tuning easily.I'm going to really like this instrument.
Music background: Professional Musician, Composer and Engineer
See also: Modeling Guitars, Line 6, Line 6 Modeling Electric Guitars, Line 6 Solidbody Guitars