#1
Been saving for several years now. Started out I was going to get an american tele, but while I was in the store checking it out I tried out a Gibson Led Paul studio and liked it so much better the tele was prertty much off the table. The Gibson was $500 more and I didn't have enough cash so I didn't get anything. Couple months have passed and I have more money. In the meantime I've been looking at the new JTV Variax 89 (great sounding on YouTube). Torn between getting a classic guitar or another modeler with tons more options. They're within a few hundred $$$ of each other so that's not an issue. Can't try it though before I buy so it's a site unseen order, same as with my 700. The 700 has been my best purchase so I'm kinda leaning that way. Any insights?
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Line 6 Variax 700
Dean V-Wing
Dean ML 79 SilverBurst
MXR M 108
H2O Chorus/Echo
Valve Junior (V3 Head/Cab and Combo)
VHT Special 6
Phonic 620 Power Pod PA
Wampler Super Plextortion
Line 6 Pod HD
#2
Interesting. The two guitar types that I use the most are LP-alikes with Floyds and a pair of JTV89Fs.
I can't speak for your 89s, but I specifically asked for new-in-tne-box untouched-by-guitar-center-hands guitars, and got a pair of factory sealed boxes, shipped to my local GC, and I opened them right there in the store. Mine were very well set up, had great low action. One had an issue -- someone at the factory had swapped the modeling and alternate tuning knobs. Quickly remedied, and they really haven't needed anything since.

I have an older Variaxas well, but yours is better. MIne's a 500, and I have no idea how old it really is (great condition, though), and I've got an Acoustic 700.

I've got a really wide range of LPs, costwise -- one is a $4K Gibson Axcess Custom with about $1500 worth of additional work, and the cheapest is a $200 Agile B stock. I love Gibsons and all, but I'm generally not a fan of the Studios. Couldn't pin down exactly why. If you need any further comments on either of these choices, just yell.
#3
I'm thinking I'd probably be happier with the variax. Can you still switch between output s? I have my xlr going to a pa for acoustic and 1\4 jack to amp for everything else with the 700. The improvements will be the easier access to alternate tuning and standard pickups.
Dean Icon PZ
Line 6 Variax 700
Dean V-Wing
Dean ML 79 SilverBurst
MXR M 108
H2O Chorus/Echo
Valve Junior (V3 Head/Cab and Combo)
VHT Special 6
Phonic 620 Power Pod PA
Wampler Super Plextortion
Line 6 Pod HD
#4
I tried out a Variax several years ago. Thought it was pretty cool, Although I'd already crossed over to the dark side of guitar synths so it was more of a novelty to me, Granted something like the Roland GR-55 is a bit spendy at $799 with an ugly ass GK-3 pickup system, or $699 without in case you opt for a synth access guitar or add on internal system like the Graphtech Ghost Hexpander . But once you cross over its hard to go back, Just food for thought