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wow that is some versatile guitar if it's any good. The key thing is how it plays and sounds though.

it sounds like any major electric /acoustic and plays really well.

Back in 2011 I'd bought the Line 6 James Tyler JTV58 for live work and one evening I broke a string, picked up my Gibson Les Paul Standard and it felt awful compared to the JTV59.
A couple of weeks later playing again and broke a string so picked up my Yamaha SG2000 which also didn't play as good so I bought a spare JTV59.
Amazing playable guitar.

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When I was a guitar tech we had someone who bought the basic Variax model, and once he was happy with the electronics/sounds, he had us make a solid walnut body and transfer the neck and guts to it. Nice project, though I think it was missing some of the fancier digital features.
 
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When I was a guitar tech we had someone who bought the basic Variax model, and once he was happy with the electronics/sounds, he had us make a solid walnut body and transfer the neck and guts to it. Nice project, though I think it was missing some of the fancier digital features.
would that do anything for the sound though if it's all digitally modelled, or was it just for the appearance?
 
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would that do anything for the sound though if it's all digitally modelled, or was it just for the appearance?
It will have a bit of impact on the sustain and dynamics but probably pretty negligible on the tone. More about feel, both how it feels to play and the fact the original was a plasticy thick paint. Just going for a classier finish really.
 
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When I was a guitar tech we had someone who bought the basic Variax model, and once he was happy with the electronics/sounds, he had us make a solid walnut body and transfer the neck and guts to it. Nice project, though I think it was missing some of the fancier digital features.

I had the original Variax 300 and sold it when I had the two James Tyler versions above (only just noticed the picture wasn't showing if you want to look again).
I've now inherited my Dad's Variax 300 which I'll also be selling for a bargain.
There is also a Roland GK2 pickup attached for his Roland GR20 Synthesizer which I've now got two of.

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This is a guitar I regularly play live that was built of all original Fender parts and I mounted an internal Roland GK3 into it to link with my Roland GR55 or Boss GP10.


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I had the original Variax 300 and sold it when I had the two James Tyler versions above (only just noticed the picture wasn't showing if you want to look again).
I've now inherited my Dad's Variax 300 which I'll also be selling for a bargain.
There is also a Roland GK2 pickup attached for his Roland GR20 Synthesizer which I've now got two of.

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That's the one! I recall around the same time also wiring a different 6-pickup bridge into a Roland system for someone's ideal setup. Take a Les Paul that was their main touring guitar, rout out a huge cavity, surgery on all of the wiring. A lot of fragile little piezo wires and complex ribbon cable decoding. One of the biggest electronics challenges I had. But the end result was a finished instrument that looked totally stock!
 
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That's the one! I recall around the same time also wiring a different 6-pickup bridge into a Roland system for someone's ideal setup. Take a Les Paul that was their main touring guitar, rout out a huge cavity, surgery on all of the wiring. A lot of fragile little piezo wires and complex ribbon cable decoding. One of the biggest electronics challenges I had. But the end result was a finished instrument that looked totally stock!

The reason I made the Fender Partscaster is I have a 1978 American Fender Strat that has been valued at around £1700, I was going to put a Roland pickup inside that but my mate wouldn't allow me, so he gave me access to any parts in his Luthier room so I didn't destroy it.
The 1978 Strat is his when I die, he calls it Excalibur :)

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I'm trying yo play Tempted by Squeeze at the moment. It is fairly tricky, but a sign I'm getting better. A few years back I would have marked this as impossible.

Here's the version I am trying g to play (that's not me!)
 
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I'm trying yo play Tempted by Squeeze at the moment. It is fairly tricky, but a sign I'm getting better. A few years back I would have marked this as impossible.

Here's the version I am trying g to play (that's not me!)

I have everything by Squeeze, such talented writers but I only have one lasting memory.
They played bottom of the bill to Eddie and the Hotrods & Radio Stars at the Victoria Hall Hanley around 1978.
The crowd hated them and bottled them off the stage and it was the last time they sold bottles at Victoria Hall.
I thought they were brilliant.
 
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I have everything by Squeeze, such talented writers but I only have one lasting memory.
They played bottom of the bill to Eddie and the Hotrods & Radio Stars at the Victoria Hall Hanley around 1978.
The crowd hated them and bottled them off the stage and it was the last time they sold bottles at Victoria Hall.
I thought they were brilliant.

I only saw one band get bottled off. A truly dreadful glam rock band (Park Avenue? Or something similar) in a rugby club in the s Wales valleys.

The good old days...
 
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