As you’ll have seen from the last couple of posts, I’ve been spending some time with my previously neglected Line 6 Variax 500. Last night I stumbled across a use for it that had just never occurred to me before. On my to-do list are a couple of projects, a Tele with either a pair of Filtertrons or P90s and enhancing the Rockmangle to add phase and series/parallel switching options and experiment with different pot values.
Last night I was able to try these out to see if I liked the sound. Not only that, I was able to try each virtual guitar with a number of amps using the Line 6 PodXT Live. I hadn’t really explored the Variax Workbench software much before. Like most people, when first presented with something that offers so much control, you do a couple of weird extreme things (Jazzbox tuned down a 5th with a Dano lipstick bridge pickup anyone?) and then put it to one side.
Aside from filling in a couple of gaps in the standard guitar models that the Variax comes with (a full set of pickup combinations for a Thinline Tele and a P90 Les Paul Goldtop) and being able to play around with a couple of alternate tunings, I hadn’t seen very much use for it.
Here are a screenshot and a recording of the various pickup switching options for combined P90s on a Goldtop, which is the model that sounds closest to my Rockmangle. In order the switching combinations are;
- In phase, in parallel (the standard mid position),
- Out of phase, in parallel,
- Out of phase, in series.
And here are the various Telecaster bridge pickup options I tested.
- Standard Telecaster bridge,
All recorded in Reaper using the Line 6 PodXT Live – Plexi 100 amp sim.