June 3, 2004
Line 6 has introduced Variax Workbench, an interactive custom shop
for the company's Variax 500 and 700 guitars. The product provides guitarists
with their own interactive guitar custom shop with all the tools needed to
create, store, and share guitars they've completely customized using a computer.
Guitarists can select from a complete collection of guitar bodies, pickups,
tone and volume controls, then tweak the placement and settings of each until
they've come up with a guitar that is truly unique and meets their creative
In addition to the customization of bodies, pickups and sound, guitarists
will also be able to select custom tunings. Now the T-model setting can be
in Open G, the Spank model can be tuned a half-step down, and the Lester model
can go to Drop D.
Guitarists will be able to create, store, share and back-up thousand of guitar
models using Workbench's Librarian. It keeps track of their custom guitars,
stores them on the computer's hard drive, makes them e-mailable to others,
or can be used to create a CD-ROM backup to load the customized guitars into
any Variax. Workbench enables guitarists to fill each slot on the Variax Model
knob and five-way switch with a custom guitar collection.
Variax Workbench is a combination USB interface and software package that
allows guitarists to see and hear the physical changes to their custom guitar
in real time. It is compatible with any Windows PC or Mac OSX computer.
For more information, visit their web site at www.line6.com