Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Line6 Variax 700 Bass guitar

I never mentioned my newest musical purchase - a four string Line6 Variax bass. Black, off eBay, a shopfloor model from over east. Had quite a bit of rust, and required a bit of TLC, but it only took me an hour or two to get it into reasonable shape. Still a bit of rust I have to continually monitor, but it was well worth the very low purchase price.

What makes Variax so special? Well, it is a modelling bass guitar. It uses Piezo pickups on the bridge, and modifies the sound to that of a number of classic models, e.g. Fender Jazz bass, Fender Fretless (a.k.a. Jaco Pastorius), Upright, 12 string, a few modern bass guitars, etc.

Works very well with my Line6 Bass POD Live, which can change Variax settings via MIDI when you selct a different Amp/effects channel. Way cool.

Pity the Variax bass never caught on more, and Line6 has stopped manufacturing them. One day I will own an electric 700 guitar, as well as a Variax acoustic, but all in good time. The list is growing, though. I now have the Lowdown 150 amp, the Pod, and the bass. I will stop now for a bit. 

Natural camouflage

Honesty is a good policy!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Bouncing Sonja

With Arnold helping.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Some great songs

First up, Mr. Louis Armstrong.

Next up, two home studio recordings by Stelios. Enjoy.

Monday, March 02, 2009