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Amazing tone. And plenty of mojo.

In our quest for the ultimate guitar tones, we could have modeled any Fender® Stratocaster® or Gibson® Les Paul®—but that would have been too easy. To create Variax®, we tapped the coveted collection of Albert Molinaro—one of the most knowledgeable and respected vintage instrument dealers in the world. Albert kindly allowed us to audition multiple guitars from his collection that met our specifications, including a $250,000 Les Paul. Bottom line, we modeled the best of the best vintage guitars—so you get all of the unique character, tone and mojo of the finest classic instruments.

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Vintage instruments captured in incredible detail.

The process of modeling a vintage instrument using Variax HD technology is complex. Every facet of the guitar—including the body, electronics and metal parts—influences the way the instrument sounds and responds, and must be captured during modeling. By painstakingly analyzing and capturing every single aspect of the most iconic vintage instruments, the Line 6 team ensured that Variax delivers the sound and feel of the world’s most coveted guitars with stunning detail. The result is accurate and realistic tone reproduction that stays true to the original instruments.

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The most celebrated electric guitars. At the ready.

With an amazing breadth of tones available at your fingertips, Variax HD technology gives you the power to create inspiring sounds and take your creativity further. Featuring meticulous HD models based on* historic Strat®, Les Paul, Rickenbacker® and other guitars, Variax provides instant access to the tones favored by the world’s most famous players.

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Take your tone even further.

Looking for far-out tone? The only question is how far you want to go. From Nashville country to the sound of the Indian subcontinent, inspire your playing with breathtaking acoustics and eclectics. Thanks to Variax HD technology, you can dial up resonator, sitar, banjo and tricone in an instant. From the subtle nuances of string vibration through the soundboard to the tonewoods of the guitar body, Variax captures the tone of professionally miked instruments in stunning detail. Plus, recording pristine acoustic takes has never been easier. You don’t have to worry about setting up mics, preamps and EQ—or that barking dog next door.

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Focus on your performance, not your tuner.

With the ability to instantly switch between a range of alternate tunings, you can forget about your tuner and stay in the creative zone. Each guitar in the Variax family provides immediate access to 11 alt tunings, so you can focus on the moment instead of spending quality time with your tuner. You can mix and match any tuning with any instrument—and also create your own tunings on the fly with Virtual Capo. It’s easy to save your custom tunings, either to the open Model slot on the Alt Tune knob, or to one of the other alternate tuning slots.

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Go ahead. Build the guitar of your dreams.

Want to conjure up tones that leave other guitarists wondering "how'd they get that sound?" Using the powerful and easy-to-use Variax Workbench™ HD software, you can let your imagination run wild. Mix and match a wide variety of instrument body and pickup models to create unique guitar tones or celebrated classics. You can also set up your guitars with Open G, DADGAD, Drop D–or any other custom tuning.

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Perfect for every session.

When you’re in the studio, time is money. The Variax family of guitars makes technical distractions a thing of the past so you can focus on laying down the perfect take. Record acoustic guitars with ease. Switch between alternate tunings on the fly. Find inspiration in the collection of eclectic instruments. And because of Variax HD technology, every instrument is free of hum—so you can enjoy great-sounding, consistent tone when the record light is on. It's the guitar you've always wanted in the studio.

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