Originally Posted by frankfalbo
Sorry to be harsh, after this post you might buy both Varis and be 100% happy. I'm ranting my own personal agenda. Since you're claiming home studio use, there's really no room for "pseudo" anything. The tracks won't lie.
Hey, as long as harsh = your honest impression, I wanna hear it.
I guess if I've learned nothing else in my years of home studio work, it's "you can't polish a turd".
The more I think about it, I generally haven't been too impressed with any modeling instruments, rather it be digital amps or Roland VG systems or whatever. I've pretty much tuned out most modeling stuff for the past few years, but when I noticed the Variax gear, my thought was "That's really cool, provided that they get it right." Perhaps they haven't... I will admit, after just listening to the demos on the Variax website, I thought the bass sounded decent, but I was pretty unimpressed with the acoustic tones.
From the acoustic perspective, then, I'm probably better off with what I've got (a couple Guilds and a Takamine 12). I think the charm of the Variax acoustic to me was the "plug & play" potential--maybe if I found a decent acoustic direct/FX box to run through it'd make my setup time easier. (something like the Korg AX10A/Boss AD8/Yamaha AG Stomp)
For the bass, finding something with more versatile electronics than my current bass would help considerably. Something like the Carvin XB75 is pretty intriguing... extended scale 5 string with single coil in the neck, splittalbe humbucker in the bridge, piezo saddles, 3-band EQ, and active/passive options would cover a lot of tonal ground. More I think about it, given the choice, I'd rather have a 5-string anyway, since all the basses I've been raised on have been 5-strings, and it'd be a good match with my new EB MM 7-string.
Of course, if anybody else wants to try to convince me on the merits of the Variax stuff, I'll entertain that as well.