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Line 6 Variax bass electronics transplant

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by xaxxat, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    I just ran across a couple of videos on the Variax bass on youtube.

    I'm hooked. I want to get the "guts" of one and transplant it into one of my medium scales.

    I posted in the wanted thread but thought I might get as much response here as there.

    Any advice, leads or info would be appreciated.
  2. Well, the routing is totally different on a Variax. No pickup routing, but it is cut out for the rather large circuit board, not to mention the piezo's. Different size and multiple output jacks, etc. You would either have to start with an uncut body or (depending on where you locate the electronics) cover the old routing cuts with an oversize pickguard.

    I would think that it would be much easier to simply put an aftermarket medium scale neck on the original body and relocate the bridge.

    Warmoth made the necks for the Variax guitars. Probably also for the basses, but that's speculation on my part.
  3. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    I found site where the Variax electronics were transplanted into another bass. There's a bit of routing involved but I have the tools and skills to do that. Dealing with the electronics will be no problem for me either. I like the bass i have now and don't want to change necks. A new neck will cost more than I have in the bass anyways. I just need to find the electronics now.
  4. Not true at all.
  5. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
  6. Turxile


    May 1, 2011
    I wish Line 6 was selling just the Variax electronic package, in a form which could be easily added to most basses.
  7. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    if you want to try it out on the cheap, an Ibanez GAXB150 32" scale bass neck will bolt on to a Variax bass. it's a quick, cheap and reversible mod. don't ask me how i know this.
  8. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    I provided (sold him) the Variax bass for that project. It will be very hard to find the electronics by themselves. You will likely need to buy the whole bass.
  9. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    Thanks. That's good to know.
  10. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    I'm coming to conclusion that buying a whole bass may be the best solution. Time to thin the herd and make way for baby...
  11. Hello

    I am the guy referred to in one of the previous posts about the Line 6 Viola Bass I designed and had custom built. In addition to the link already posted, I put up my own link here:


    Hope this helps......

    The basses are not cheap but if you keep your eyes open you should be able to find one. I sold the neck right away on Ebay but still have the body. If any Line 6 Variax guys need a new body - I have a black one from a four string in perfect condition. Still has the plastic on the pick guard. Message me.

  12. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    I had my Variax 5 string apart to repair it after a serious truck accident. There are two circuit boards inside the "coffin" case. The main CPU board is under 4X4". The controls are all mounted on a second board. Most transplants separate these boards, which are connected by a ribbon cable, and don't use the big coffin case. I was an authorized Line 6 repair tech, and I couldn't get the guts from one, although they did replace my very damaged control board. I had wanted to build a fretless, but finally realized I'd have to buy a whole bass to get the guts.
  13. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    That's some nice work.