#1
AHHHHHHH! I want it sooooo badly but I vaguely rember someone telling me not to get it.I havent tried it out but Im looking forward to it.Im only looking for a bass to play in my room on a Crate bt, not anything live.Can anyone tell me why I shouldnt get this bass?
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#2
I didn't like them, I found them uncomfortable and the different bass modes were disappointing, plus they aren't cheap.

If it's just for playing about in your room then get a Squier Vintage Modified Jazz or Precision bass.
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#4
I didn't even know that line 6 made basses, if I were you I would get a Fender 5 string or a Ibanez, they will be much better in the end.
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#5
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I listened on their site http://line6.com/variaxbass/movies.html and i like all the sounds.Do they actually sound like that?



Ish, a member of talkbass recently recorded every sample himself to show people the TRUE sound of the variax.

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#6
Line 6, in general, is a good company. They reaseon I don't endorse them much, and the reason that not many people do, is the fact their entire goal is to imitate. You'll never have your own, unique sound with Line 6 because all it intends to do...is imitate. It's never -quite- as good as the original, but in saying that, it produces a wide variety of famous sounds and does get the job done.

If you're okay with the complete lack of...feeling and uniqueness in the bass, go for it. I rather my instruments have -my- sound, but if that's not the case for you and the versatility appeals more, then it's definately a good bass.
#7
good example of the variax line is as followed. a few years ago, fender teamed with roland to create a roland ready strat. it played awesome as long as you had the roland amp to back it. on anything else it sounded like crap. line six did the same thing with the variax. they sound like crap out of anything but line six. i played one my last visit to guitar center and wasnt impressed with it or the line 6 bass amp. if you want to shell out that kinda money and want something good. get a schecter stiletto custom 4, 5 or 6 or a higher end line to almost anything else
#8
With the Variax, you're paying $500 for the bass and $1000 for the technology inside it. I played one and it was cool, but it wasn't going to replace anything for me. Some of the modes (multi-string, acoustic, fretless) were just ****e.
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#9
I believe there's a few people that have bought Variax basses, taken out the electronics and put them in a bass that feels nice to play and junked the body.

Have you tried blind comparisons though? If you need a load of bass sounds but only want one instrument, then it could well be for you. I'd take one bass with a sound I absolutely love over one bass that gets close to a load of sounds any day though. Depends on what you need it for I guess.
#10
The Precision model is pretty close to an actual Precision. Some of the models aren't very good though. It all depends on what tone you want. The Variax may have the tone you're looking for. I'd definitly try it out and if you find a certain model on it you really like, try the actual bass. Be warned, if you do get one though and there is something wrong with the electronics, you won't be able to fix it yourself.
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#11
Okey dokey palls, anything else?
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#12
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good example of the variax line is as followed. a few years ago, fender teamed with roland to create a roland ready strat. it played awesome as long as you had the roland amp to back it. on anything else it sounded like crap. line six did the same thing with the variax. they sound like crap out of anything but line six. i played one my last visit to guitar center and wasnt impressed with it or the line 6 bass amp. if you want to shell out that kinda money and want something good. get a schecter stiletto custom 4, 5 or 6 or a higher end line to almost anything else


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#13
Wow, somewhere else I saw a variax bass for 1000+ dollars and ive been talking about the 500 dollar version.
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