Variax Guitar Models

Here's a listing of all the virtual guitar models on the Variax 500, 600, and 700 electric guitars.  I believe these are exactly the same on subsequent models, but I'm not certain.  I wrote this up as a reference for my 700, but I also included listings for the bass and acoustic Variaxes.  Enjoy!




Variax Electric Guitar Models

I'm using Position 1 as the neck and 5 as the bridge.  That system makes more sense (i.e., same direction as the numbering for the frets) even though the opposite is more commonly (though stupidly) used.

T-Model
1 N 1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline
2 N 1960 Fender Telecaster Custom
3 B+N 1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline
4 B+N(s) 1968 Fender modified Telecaster
5 B 1960 Fender Telecaster Custom

Spank
1 N 1959 Fender Stratocaster
2 N+M 1959 Fender Stratocaster
3 M 1959 Fender Stratocaster
4 M+B 1959 Fender Stratocaster
5 B 1959 Fender Stratocaster

Lester
1 N 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard
2 B+M 1961 Gibson Les Paul Custom (3 PU)
3 B+N 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard
4 B 1952 Gibson Les Paul "Goldtop"
5 B 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard

Special
1 N 1955 Gibson Les Paul Special
2 N 1976 Gibson Firebird V
3 N+B 1955 Gibson Les Paul Special
4 B 1976 Gibson Firebird V
5 B 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior

R-Billy
1 N 1959 Gretsch 6120
2 N 1956 Gretsch Silver Jet
3 B+N 1959 Gretsch 6120
4 B 1956 Gretsch Silver Jet
5 B 1959 Gretsch 6120

Chime
1 N 1968 Rickenbacker 360
2 N 1966 Rickenbacker 360-12
3 B+N 1968 Rickenbacker 360
4 B 1966 Rickenbacker 360-12
5 B 1968 Rickenbacker 360

Semi
1 N 1961 Gibson ES-335
2 N 1967 Epiphone Casino
3 B+N 1961 Gibson ES-335
4 B 1967 Epiphone Casino
5 B 1961 Gibson ES-335

Jazzbox
1 N 1957 Gibson ES-175
2 N 1953 Gibson Super 400
3 N+B 1957 Gibson ES-175
4 B 1953 Gibson Super 400
5 B 1957 Gibson ES-175

Acoustic
1 1995 Gibson J-200
2 1966 Guild F212
3 1967 Martin O-18
4 1970 Martin D 12-28
5 1959 Martin D-28

Reso
1 1928 National Style 2 "Tricone"
2 Gibson Mastertone Banjo
3 1965 Danelectro 3021
4 Coral/Dano Electric Sitar
5 1935 Dobro Model 32


The Guitars

Here's a list of the guitars and the pickup combinations available from each by default.  Note, however, that additional combinations could be created in the software and saved in the Custom banks on the guitar.

1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline (N, N+B, B)
1960 Fender Telecaster Custom (N)
1968 Fender modified Telecaster (N+B in series)
1959 Fender Stratocaster (N, N+M, M, M+B, B)
1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard (N, N+B, B)
1961 Gibson Les Paul Custom (M+B)
1952 Gibson Les Paul "Goldtop" (B)
1955 Gibson Les Paul Special (N, N+B)
1976 Gibson Firebird V (N, B)
1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior (B)
1959 Gretsch 6120 (N, N+B, B)
1956 Gretsch Silver Jet (N, B)
1968 Rickenbacker 360 (N, N+B, B)
1966 Rickenbacker 360-12 (N, B)
1961 Gibson ES-335 (N, N+B, B)
1967 Epiphone Casino (N, B)
1957 Gibson ES-175 (N, N+B, B)
1953 Gibson Super 400 (N, B)
1995 Gibson J-200 (N/A)
1966 Guild F212 (N/A)
1967 Martin O-18 (N/A)
1970 Martin D 12-28 (N/A)
1959 Martin D-28 (N/A)
1928 National Style 2 "Tricone" (N/A)
Gibson Mastertone Banjo (N/A)
Coral/Dano Electric Sitar (N/A)
1965 Danelectro 3021 (N+B)
1935 Dobro Model 32 (N/A)


The Pickups

29 individual pickups*
12 combinations (including 6 other pickups not counted above)
9 acoustic instruments

*However, many of these are the same models of pickups in different instruments.  For example, the LP Standard, Custom, and the ES-335 all have P.A.F. humbuckers (and the ES-175 too, though that's not explicitly stated).  The Rickenbacker 360s differ only in their strings (i.e., 6  vs. 12-string models).  The Telecasters presumably have similar if not identical pickups as well.  P-90s feature on the LP Goldtop, LP Special, LP Junior, Super 400, and I think the Epiphone Casino as well.

The way it breaks down is:
Tele pickups -
1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline
1960 Fender Telecaster Custom
1968 Fender modified Telecaster

P.A.F. pickups -
1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard
1961 Gibson Les Paul Custom
1961 Gibson ES-335
1957 Gibson ES-175

P-90 pickups -
1952 Gibson Les Paul "Goldtop"
1955 Gibson Les Paul Special
1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior
1967 Epiphone Casino
1953 Gibson Super 400

Strat pickups - 1959 Fender Stratocaster

Epiphone Mini-humbucking pickups -  1976 Gibson Firebird V

Filtertron pickups - 1959 Gretsch 6120

Dynasonic pickups - 1956 Gretsch Silver Jet

Rickenbacker "toaster" pickups - 1968 Rickenbacker 360 and 1966 Rickenbacker 360-12

Danelectro lipstick pickups - 1965 Danelectro 3021


Which guitars/pickup-combinations are included?

Complete guitars
1959 Fender Stratocaster (all five combos)
1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard (all three combos)
1959 Gretsch 6120 (all three combos)
1968 Rickenbacker 360 (all three combos)
1961 Gibson ES-335 (all three combos)
1957 Gibson ES-175 (all three combos)
Plus all 10 acoustics

Almost (most standard combos)
1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline (N, N+B)
1960 Fender Telecaster Custom (N, B)
1955 Gibson Les Paul Special (N, N+B)
1976 Gibson Firebird V (N, B)
1956 Gretsch Silver Jet (N, B) (Not having the N+B was a big miss!)
1966 Rickenbacker 360-12 (N, B)
1967 Epiphone Casino (N, B)
1953 Gibson Super 400 (N, B)

One-offs
1968 Fender Telecaster (N+B in series)
1961 Gibson Les Paul Custom (3 pickup) (M+B)
1952 Gibson Les Paul "Goldtop" (B) (Personally, I would have put the N instead of the B for this one)
1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior (B) (Note: Technically, this couple be filed in the "complete guitar" section since that's the only pickup this model had)

18 electric guitars and 10 acoustics


Variax Acoustic

I won't go into all the features in this instrument, but here are the models included.  Note that Line 6 makes the distinction that some are "based on" specific instruments, whereas others are "inspired by."  Those are their terms for it.

16 models
Parlor based on 1941 Martin 5-17
Triple O based on Martin 1946 OOO-28
Dread based on Martin 1960 D-21
Jumbo based on 1954 Gibson J-45
C&W based on 1951 Gibson SJ-200
Gypsy based on 1933 Selmer-Maccaferri D-Hole
Jazz based on 1951 D'Angelico New Yorker
Nylon based on 1958 Manuel Velasquez Classical
Folk 12 based on 1973 Guild F412
Blues 12 based on 1935 Stella Auditorium 12-string
Rnd Neck based on 1939 National style O
Sqr Neck based on 1937 Dobro Model 37
Banjo inspired by Gibson Mastertone banjo
Mandola inspired by the mandolin family
Shamisen inspired by Japanese shamisen/sanshin
Sitar inspired by traditional Indian sitar

Instant Tunings
Open E
Open A
Open D
Low G
High G
DADGAD
Drop D
E&A Octave Down


Variax Bass

This instrument comes with 24 models.  However, they're organized so that they appear to be 12 instruments with another 12 alternative versions, kind of.  Specifically, the "red" alternate model is usually the jazzier version of the default "green" one, meaning that's where you'll find the flat-wound or fretless versions.  However, that generalization doesn't always hold. 

24 models:
Vinj (Green) = 1961 Fender Jazz
Vinj (Red) = 1960 Fender Jazz (flatwound)
Modj (Green) = 2004 Fender Deluxe Jazz
Modj (Red) = 1961 Fender Jazz Fretless
Prebass (Green) = 1963 Fender Precision
Prebass (Red) = 1958 Fender Precision (flatwound)
Manta (Green) = 1977 Music Man Sting Ray
Manta (Red) = 2003 Modulus Flea
Clang (Green) = 1971 Rickenbacker 4001
Clang (Red) = 1963 Rickenbacker 4001 (flatwound)
Hollow (Green) = 1963 Danelectro Longhorn
Hollow (Red) = 1963 Höfner 500/1 (flatwound)
Thump (Green) = 1963 Gibson Thunderbird IV
Thump (Red) = 1966 Gibson EB-2D (flatwound)
Modern (Green) = 2002 Tobias MTD 435
Modern (Red) = 2003 Warwick Thumb
Alchemy (Green) = 1978 Alembic Long Scale
Alchemy (Red) = 1984 Steinberger XL2
8 & 12 (Green) = 1968 Hagström H8 8-string
8 & 12 (Red) = 1994 Hamer B12A acoustic 12-string
Acoustic (Green) = 2003 Tacoma Thunderchief CB10C
Acoustic (Red) = 1949 Kay M-1 upright
Synth (Green) = MiniMoog D
Synth (Red) = modern synth


Bonus: Tunings!

These aren't available on the original series of electric Variaxes, but the more recent models have an additional control knob that allows you to select among various custom and common guitar tunings.  I'm listing those here as reference for those interested.  Additionally, Workbench will allow you to create custom tunings on the original Variax electrics, so you might consider using some of these.

Model (Alternate tunings you created using Variax Workbench, Line 6′s software)
Standard (E A D G B E)
Drop D (D A D G B E)
1/2 Down (Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb)
Drop Db (Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb)
1 Down (D G C F A D)
DADGAD (D A D G A D)
Open D (D A D F# A D)
Blues G (D G D G B D)
Reso G (G B D G B D)
Open A (E A C# E A E)
Baritone (B E A D F# B)


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