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Line 6 Variax Guitars

Variax Deal at Musician's Friend

Right now you can get the red Variax 300 for $299.
Line 6 Variax 300 Modeling Guitar Red
Red Line 6 Variax 300
Line 6, known for amp modeling, has released a series of electric guitars (Variax acoustics will be covered in another article) that model other electric guitars that are known for their unique sounds. In this article we will cover the guitars that are modeled and the specs for the different Line 6 Variax guitars.

Variax Models

Variax ModelGuitar Replicated5-Way Pickup Selector
T-Model1960 & 1968 Fender Telecaster2 positions are used to access the bridge and neck pickups of the '60 model, two more calling up bridge/neck and neck on the '68 model. As with the original 1960 model, the tone control is bypassed in the neck position, and with all models the effect of turning down the volume control has been emulated as closely as possible.
Spank1959 Fender Stratocaster5-way pickup selector works like later model Strats, Tone control affects bridge pickup
LesterGibson Les Paul 3 positions dedicated to a '58 Standard, 1 to a 1952 Gold Top with P90s and 1 based on 3-pickup 1961 Custom with bridge and middle pickup activated
SpecialOther Gibson'sLes Paul Jr, Les Paul Special and a Firebird V
R-Billy1959 Gretsch 6120 (all 3 pickup combinations are accessible), 1956 Silver Jet (choice of neck or bridge)
Chime1968 Rickenbacker 360 and a 1966 360-12Six string has all 3 pickup combinations while the 12-string has either neck or bridge
Semi1961 Gibson ES335 & 1967 Epiphone Casino3 pickup combinations with 335, neck and bridge with the Casino
Jazzbox1957 Gibson ES175 and a 1953 Gibson Super 4003 pickup combinations with 175, neck and bridge with the Super 400

There are also acoustic models contained within the Variax.

Variax Acoustic Models

Variax ModelGuitar Replicated5-Way Pickup Selector
AcousticFive models are available: 1959 Martin D28, 1970 Martin D1228, 1967 Martin O18, 1966 Guild F212 and a 1995 Gibson J200Tone knob emulates the effect of moving the mic
Reso1935 Dobro Model 32 metal-body guitar, the Coral electric sitar, a 1965 Danelectro 3021, a Gibson Mastertone banjo and a 1928 National Tricone resonator

Line 6 Variax Specs

Here you can see the differences in each Variax and choose the one that fits your needs.

ModelVariax 300Variax 500Variax 600Variax 700
BodyComfort-contoured agathis bodyContoured basswood body Comfort-contoured basswood bodyCarved-top ash over mahogany body (Translucent Colors) or carved-top solid mahogany body (Black Only)
NeckMaple neck with Indian rosewood fingerboard Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and pearl dots Single piece maple neck and fingerboard with classic-feel and traditional "skunk stripe"One-piece maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, bone nut, and pearl inlays
TunersSix-on-a-side headstock 3-on-a-side headstock Six-on-a-side headstock 3-on-a-side headstock (Gotoh)
Frets22 medium profile frets 22 medium profile frets 22 medium profile frets 22 medium profile frets
Scale25 1/2" scale length 25 1/2" scale length 25 1/2" scale length 25 1/2" scale length
Radius12" fingerboard radius 10" fingerboard radius 9 1/2" fingerboard radius10" fingerboard radius
ColorsOpaque gloss Black or Red Available in Sunburst, Black, or Candy Apple Red
Left-handed version is available in all colors
Available in 2-tone Sunburst, Vintage White, Blue and BlackAvailable in Black or translucent Blue, Red, or Amber

The Variax 700 is also available with tremolo.

Graphic showing the difference between the Variax 300 and the Variax 500 coutesy of Vettaville.com.
Variax 300 vs Variax 500

Hopefully we will be reviewing a Variax in the near future so stay tuned...


Line 6 Variax 700 Electric Guitar With Tremolo Black
Line 6 Variax 700 Electric Guitar With Tremolo Black
Line 6 Variax 300 Modeling Guitar Red
Line 6 Variax 300 Modeling Guitar Red
Line 6 Variax 600 Guitar Black
Line 6 Variax 600 Guitar Black

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