Price paid: $ 900
Purchased from: Ebay
Features: The Variax 700 Electric-Acoustic is mostly a solidbody guitar 22 fret, with a small sound-hole that gives it pretty nice sound when played acoustically... Mahogany with Spruce laminate over the body, bleached "blond". Standard tuners, and Acoustic Bridge that also doubles as the Line 6 pickup. Its a active guitar so don't drain your battery by leaving your cable plugged in. Your given the options of either a Standard amp cable, or a three pronged midi cable that can go into the external power supply. Your give the choices of what effect you would like when playing through an amp, along with a volume, tone, and mic position slide control like what you see with most electric acoustics. The knob for effects doubles as a virtual capo, allowing from Standard to a capo on what ever fret you'd like (needs programming for that mines set on the third fret). // 8
Sound: The sounds pretty neat, I love the Sitar and the other "ethnic" effects you can use. The 700 comes with Folk, Gypsy, Sitar*, SQR neck, Banjo, Jumbo*, Mandola, Nylon*, Parlor, Shamisen*, and many other effects like a virtual 12 string, and more. Once again the knob doubles as a virtual capo, however I like the sound of an actual capo on the guitar... How your powering the guitar effects the sound, Its a little more crisp and live-like when your using battery's instead of the power supply. // 9
Action, Fit & Finish: The action is great! You may need to adjust the neck, no need to adjust the pickup. The finish is nice and smooth, with all electrics it gets scratched up so if you want may want to add a pick guard, but small scratches from playing any guitar adds character, (just wouldn't advise it while at a guitar store...). Its small enough to fit in your lap and responds well to finger picking.
*Female guitarist's may want to pick up a Variax Acoustic if your looking for a good electric Acoustic that's not to heavy, nor too bulky. My girlfriend has borrowed this from time to time because it feels better then her own Taylor. The neck isn't as thick as some guitar's and for people with either larger hands or small hands can easily play it. // 10
Reliability & Durability: Its a thin polyurethane coat so its going to get dinged up... However since its more of a solid body guitar you can use and abuse it more then any Standard electric acoustic. It stays in tune like no other, and the straps are sturdy... I would invest in a hard cover case while traveling or going to a gig, you never know what might happen... The Line 6 case that mine came with one of the straps tore rather easily, seeing that a kitten that's not even a few months old chewed through it. So a hard case is the way to go! // 8
Overall Impression: Its got a great sound from either acoustically playing or the amp. Stays in tune, and does what you ask of it, I'd suggest to anyone who comes across one for a fair price to buy it. I play alternative rock so using a light distortion effect with any of the built in sounds you get gives your music a real nice sound... Since I'm a rhythm guitarist's using the 12 string effect during certain parts of the song gives a little more variety in the sound of certain songs, or even playing rhythm with the sitar on a distortion allows you to have a really nice ethnic feeling in the background. I would probably get another one if I could if this was lost/stolen however with the price people ask for them... Its a little pricey so I would probably end up looking at something else. Line 6 seems to make some pretty solid products that you can rely on. I had a Ubber Metal pedal from them that survived a house-fire and still works as good as the day it came out of the box, even if a little toasted on one side. Kinda bummed that they don't have a violin or cello effect... Having bought this used, I have no clue how to get the software to work on any of the settings... Would love to add some random things to the built in effects. // 8