I've had this guitar for about a year now. I originally bought it so I could cover the banjo parts in the country band I play in. It does do that. Also since I play in church, it would be easy to just plug it in and go. It has some very cool features, the best of which is alternate tunings at the touch of a button. You can program any alternate tuning and access it at the touch of a button on the guitar, or by the Line6 XT live pedal board. It works well with the pedal board for several reasons. Basically, anything the guitar can do, it can do it better with the XT live. All the features are programmable and foot switchable. The guitar has built in compressor and simulated mic placement. The XT live has amp models that work well with the Variax. It's not a Taylor tonally. But it does it's best work through a PA. I was looking at the Taylor with the electric pickups when I bought this. I thought it was far more versatile even though it didn't sound as amazing as a $2000 Taylor. I suppose I'd give it 7.5 out of 10 in acoustic guitar tone. and a full 10 in versatility. It's fun to play, and it never feedsback, and the strings don't get unwanted resonation from playing in concert with a loud PA.
This is an audio sample of the Line 6 Variax Acoustic 700
There are more models than these. But I limited it to just these for this review. I can't play the Dobro to save my life, or banjo, or sitar, or even guitar well for that matter.
But I think this is a great guitar. I plan on installing a guitar pickup in the "sound hole" at some point to use it as and electric guitar as well. It'll probably be a single coil of some sort. Here's the models I recorded in order.
It's about 3 mins of samples.
2. 12 string
4. You can change to Drop D with the push of a button. Tuning Change with Button
5. Nylon String
8. Jazz Model
Variax® Acoustic 700 offers you 16 models of the finest acoustic instruments on the planet with the push of a button. You can easily access jumbos, 12-strings, or even a nylon string classical to suit any style of play. Variax Acoustic 700 gives you the freedom to achieve an expertly mic'd acoustic sound without complex setups or feedback, even at concert-level volumes! Recording a great acoustic sound no longer requires a noise-free environment or a big equipment budget; just plug in and go. You also get instant access to alternate tunings for endless possibilities to fuel your inspiration.