At the 2015 NAMM Show, Line 6 introduced the Variax Standard guitar- a guitar that is designed to model a variety of instruments, from acoustics to electric to sitar and other string instruments.
The Variax Standard can sound like an entire collection of vintage, modern, and exotic instruments, including some of the most coveted electric and acoustic guitars of the past century. Guitarists can also choose from an array of alternate tunings with the turn of a knob.
Workbench HD software lets you mix and match components and create custom ‘virtual guitars’ that can then be played on the Variax Standard.
Variax Standard features a lightweight alder S-type body, one-piece maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, and custom-wound pickups. Variax Standard also features a proprietary tremolo bridge that delivers lots of sustain.
The Variax Standard is the first major collaboration between Line 6 and Yamaha since the two companies joined forces in January 2014.
“Since Yamaha acquired Line 6, we’ve been working closely to develop innovative gear,” said Marcus Ryle, Chief Strategy Officer at Line 6. “Variax Standard can provide the rich, bold tone of a priceless ‘50s instrument with vintage single-coil pickups—without the hum and buzz that plague these guitars. It’s an experience you can’t replicate with any traditional vintage or modern guitar.”
Variax Standard is priced at $1,119.99 MSRP and comes in three finish options—Tobacco Sunburst, Vintage White and Midnight Black. It will be available in the first quarter of 2015. See the Line 6 site for details.