I think I am drifting towards the Line 6 darkside! (Warning this is a long post) in Effects and Processors Posted March 2, 2008 I use variaxes live along with the POD XT Live. There are many nay-sayers about any type of gear you can name and Line 6 seems to have more than their share. My best advise is to make up your own mind. The Variax 700 does not feel like a cheap guitar. Play one and judge for yourself. The 300 can be compared to a cheap guitar, but then again, many artists do play cheap guitars. I've used a 300 live, but I've smoothed the fret ends and done a bit of setup. It has never failed me. It is now my backup to my 700. The only thing I will tell you is if you don't like spending any time tweaking to find your sound, perhaps modelling equipment is not for you.