Ngd - Variax 700t

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  1. slowhand84

    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Arrived a day early (was expecting it today), and I am VERY impressed. Guitar is pretty close to mint despite being 15 years old, and the build quality is very deserving of the Fujigen name...I can see why these were $1500 new when they came out. Grabbed it for $499 with the case, power supply, Planet Waves TRS cable, manual, and all the goodies.

    I didn't realize just how much tonal variation there is here...in addition to the 10 "models" and the 2 custom presets the 5 way switch works in accordance with each as well, so there are over 50 possible tones here just in the guitar itself. I'm particularly impressed with the acoustic models when the guitar is used with my Fishman Loudbox (which is great because they're a big reason I grabbed this), but I have yet to really demo the rest of the models on my main rig which I'll probably be doing tonight.

    Full list of models is here: https://line6.com/legacy/variax700/

    I'll get some better pics up when I have daylight, but here's a few...the ash top is really beautiful and the mahogany body has some really nice grain as well. Mother of pearl inlays are perfectly done, fretwork is top notch, and it plays great. I have 45 days to decide if it's going to be a keeper, which is perfect because I'll be off a whole bunch of days (pretty much the entire 2nd half of December) so plenty of time to really give it a workout.

    First impressions are pretty great though, I would definitely say this exceeded my expectations.

    I'll get some better pics up when I have daylight, but here's a few...the ash top is really stunning and the mahogany body has some really nice grain as well. Mother of pearl inlays are perfectly done, fretwork is top notch, and it plays great. It was pretty dirty when I got it (why someone buys a $1500 guitar and can't be bothered to condition the fretboard every once in a while is beyond me) but in about 10 minutes I got it lookin' good as new.


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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Variax bump
     
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    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    oh hell yeah!!
     

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    Great! Your own sound samples would be great to hear. Definitely it looks very good!
     
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    No std looking pups at all? I hadnt seen that before. Interesting. Love the grain.
     
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    Thanks man! I'll definitely do a full review once I check it out with my Hiwatt and pedalboard, I got in super late last night so I only got to try it with my Fishman acoustic amp (which is great for the acoustic models, but not so much for everything else!).

    Nope, that's one thing I really love about these versus the others, the newer ones pretty much all had a pickguard and regular pickups (which apparently aren't anything to write home about, so I woulda ended up replacing them anyway and spending more money). This one just has the LR Baggs piezo saddles in the bridge, much cleaner look.
     
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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Re: people who buy pricey guitars and can't be bothered to take proper care of 'em...check out this lovely photo. This came off ONE fret of this guitar. People are gross :ROFLMAO:

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    But a few minutes and a couple of q-tips worth of lemon oil later, clean as a whistle:

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    I dont know much about Variax guitars but I do so like its aesthetics! Beautiful!
     
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    It is certainly a unique look! If you check out the link in my original post here it has all the info, specs, etc.
     
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    Awesome - wish my 500 looked like that. HNGD!
     
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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    The 500s are sweet too from what I’ve heard!
     
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    This is from an "original" generation that didn't come with magnetic pickups. The newer "current" generation designed by James Tyler comes with standard sets of passive pickups.
     
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    That is gorgeous.

    It's a bit odd, but I've found it pretty easy to find these older models in great shape. I think there are a lot of people who bought them, then decided they were a bit strange or complicated and then set them aside "for a while." Eventually they get sold to lucky people who get a really good guitar...
     
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    Nothing like your 700. My 500 is in great shape, but they're flat topped and the pickguard gives them a whole different vibe.
     
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    Oh for sure, they're definitely different guitars. Just sayin' those are cool too. We all know Korea is perfectly capable of making awesome instruments :).

    Should finally get a chance to sit down tonight and really give this thing a run through my Hiwatt and pedalboard...will report back on the quality of the rest of the amp models!
     
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    You've piqued my interest enough to order one!
    I've always been curious about these Variax, but didn't find the lower end ones pretty enough, and even they were stretching my budget. Yours is stunning of course, and for $500 it was a consideration.
    Then one like yours showed up tonight on GC used for $350, so I had to order it. No case, pedal or anything like that though.
    I'll have a week to sell one of the current herd to make room. Selling is slow this season!
     
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    Nice! Was it $350 all in or is that plus tax and shipping? You can buy the power supply pedal separately but it will also work with batteries.
     
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    $350 base + $25 shipping. No tax in Oregon.
    Then with the current gift card promotion, you get $80 in GC gift cards back, and (hopefully) another $14 from a cashback site. That's effectively under 3 bills as far as I'm concerned :)

    It would be hard to find any MIJ guitar for that much.
     
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    Well you do still spend the rewards money with GC ;). I'm kiddin', that's sweet! There are actually plenty of quality MIJs for well under $300, but finding a Variax 700 for a solid price like that is awesome. I'm spending a lotta time with mine this weekend to decide if it's a keeper. Certainly a quality guitar, I'm just wondering whether it's something I'd use all the time given that I have a bunch of high end guitars to tackle a lot of the things that this guitar models (strat, tele, LP, etc). I mainly bought it for the stuff I don't have like banjo, sitar, dobro, etc and it's been really neat for that, but we'll have to see. I'm kinda out of room for guitars at the moment so everything I keep has to REALLY be a keeper these days.

    Speaking of the current gift card promotion (assuming you mean GC rewards when you use their card), how are you getting $80 back? From what I see on the website it's 5% back so from a $350 purchase that would be like $17, but maybe I missed something in the fine print.
     
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    mighty_duck Well-Known Member

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    That's a win-win. In a month or so, if the wife asks why I walked in with yet ANOTHER guitar, I'll explain that it was with free gift cards ;)

    No, I bought a $400 GC gift card, used it to buy the guitar, and got $80 in promo cards.

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