Line 6 Variax Standard - Sunburst

Solidbody Modeling Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3 Single-coil Pickups, and Variax HD Modeling Engine - Sunburst
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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 above all 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
  • Includes 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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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Doublecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Color Sunburst
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 99-700-0105-02

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Line 6 Variax - Standard

Great guitar great sounds!!!!!
Music background: Long time player.

Variax Standard Rocks

I always wanted a Strat-like guitar, and I've been a big fan of modeling and guitar processing for years. The guitar itself came already set up, and nicely so. Looks good, plays good. The preset models all sound really good to me. I haven't yet gone very deep into the Workbench software to make my own presets but it seems to be a fairly straightforward process.My main playout gig is at church and I've used the VS a few times for that. I really enjoy the variety of sounds I get from the presets, and it works nicely with my POD HD500X. I've also used it to record the lead guitar tracks for a song I wrote for a friend's CD project, and it performed admirably.

Great guitar, great sounds

Took a leap of faith and ordered the new Variax Standard. I'd been in the market for a Strat type guitar and this one filled the bill and offered the benefits of the Variax models. When I first opened it I was very pleased with the look, build quality and attention to detail. The guitar looks and feels great. So then it was on to charging the battery and checking out the modeling. I carefully went through every model and was pleased but not knocked out by some of the sounds. And the acoustics really weren't impressive. I then decided to switch from my Fender Mustang III v2 to my Victoria Ivy League. Ah, that's made a huge difference. The guitar, like most, sounds best through a good tube amp.From there I sampled each model and each setting within the models. I also went through the all the tunings. Everything was wonderful, even the acoustics had incredibly accurate sounds. The Rick models were very chimey and satisfying. The resonator models were fantastic as well. I think the Variax HD gets very, very close to almost all of the originals. I can't really find a weak one. And for the record I've owned and played almost everything modeled during my 50 years of of playing.Now on to the regular pickups. This is a great sounding Strat type guitar on its own. My general assumption with almost any new Strat is that I'll likely do a pickup swap at some point. I don't think that will be necessary with the Variax Standard. The pickups sound like the Strat sound in my head. I play mostly blues, roots, and soul. This guitar is perfect for that. As a bonus it is wired up the way I always want my Strats done - one volume and one tone that works on all 3 pickups.For me the Variax Standard is a real winner. Can't wait to start working with the Workbench HD software.

Amazing Sound

I purchased the Line 6 Variax Standard from Sweetwater last summer so I wouldn't have to carry several guitars to gigs for purposes of open tunings, 12-string and acoustic sounds. Right out of the box it's set up perfectly and stays in tune very good. All of the acoustic models are amazing if you plug straight into the mixer and amplify through P.A. speakers. I noticed a large volume variation between the electric models so I downloaded the workbench software and tweaked all of them to get a more consistent volume. I also changed the toaster pickups on the Rickenbacker models to the "mini humbucker" (Fire bird) & "dog ear" (casino) and BOOM! very bright. The 12-strings are the only models that can't quite be duplicated, but for live performance it's so much more convenient and easier to tune. If I'm going to do a recording of a 12 string, I'll probably use an actual 12-string. On the down side: I prefer a gloss finish on the neck, jumbo frets and short scale but that's just preference. One of the piezo saddles went bad so I was without it for a month while it was being repaired (under warranty). I've heard this is a common repair. Otherwise, I love it. The HD software is extremely powerful. There is no reason you shouldn't be getting the sound you want out of this guitar!

I like mine a lot.

I have been playing my Line6 Variax Standard for about 6 months now. I have come to the conclusion that this is a very good product. It is not perfect, but I really enjoy playing it. First, the negative. All the electric guitar models have a very slight tonky,thuddy sound. This becomes more obvious after playing the banjo model and then switching back to another guitar model. The tonk and response of the banjo setting seems to live in all the electric models. Distortion does smooth the response however. The twelve string acoustics are a little over the top with the obvious tuning warble. But I love the altered tuning ability as I play in DADGAD a lot. The Rick 12 string is nice for Beatles and Byrds. I love having one guitar that I can use to practice jazz,acoustic,fingerstyle,rock,and country on. I wish it had a nylon/classical guitar setting. I programed the tuning for Rainsong into the guitar and then twist the tuning knob and go straight into Kasmir then into Framptons "Penny For Your Thoughts". It is a great guitar if it makes you want to play it all the time.
Music background: playing guitar for 40years
See also: Modeling Guitars, Line 6, Line 6 Modeling Electric Guitars, Line 6 Solidbody Guitars