Yeah sounds like it may be more trouble than it’s worth, basically what’s required is preamp/eq settings per pickup to get an even sound out. If we’re doing two amps, add wet stereo, that’s more than necessary I think. My solution is to fix it at the source. I’m not into monitoring dry but I don’t mind using a good splitter (lehle) for post work. In my case I’m not doing anything fancy.
I realised my problem was:
- learning a little about Humbuckers
- figuring out what the balance issue was
- finding a practical solution
Les paul players forever had solved the problem by simply adjusting the amp to the darker pickup and dropping the tone on the brighter pickup to balance it. Since my guitar is a two volume, one tone, all I had to do was ( a bit reluctantly ) change the tone control to operate on just the bridge, taking the cover off and adjust heights of the pickup and pole screws was some added fine tuning. I kind of like that about humbuckers, adjustable per string volume/response. Next string change I’ll take the cover of the bridge pup as well. This setup now works perfectly for me.
To get back to the hyper control over guitar/amp synergy, I really liked the direction Line 6 was taking it. It would have been better if they came up an ecosystem that fit traditional gear.
They already have all the tech, all they need to do is:
Base Station: controls the wireless signal coming in from the guitar, this includes individual pickups etc, more on this later. Multiple analogue and digital outs, and full MIDI capability to control analogue and digital effects etc just like a good looper pedal.
Onboard guitar mod kits per type of guitar: These should comprise of components that transmit each pickup’s output individually, and or with a signal using the guitar’s traditional onboard controls for pickup selection and tone, volume and blend. These go into the Base station wirelessly as they already have this capability with their HD AD converters, companders and other internal gizmos.
An elaborate foot controllers, perhaps multiple versions for different duties and price points, that control the base station’s routing and other programmable features.
Hell the base station could be a fully kitted guitar processor with hybrid capabilities, again they have it all already!
They’re probably working on it maybe