We recently caught up with Dave Eiland of the Jonny Lang Band at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. The ever-versatile Mr. Eiland plays guitar, saxophone, and percussion in the band. The guitars he chose to use are as versatile as the man himself: that’s right, Variax. Dave has a Variax 500 and a Variax 700. But that’s not all the Line 6 gear on stage. The other guitarist, Paul Diethelm, and Jonny Lang himself have both Echo Pro and Mod Pro as part of their racks. We had a chance to sit down with Dave and ask him a few questions. Here’s what he had to say:
Where did you first hear about Line 6?
I'm not sure, but I think in a magazine probably.
What Line 6 gear are you using and how are you using it?
I currently own the Variax 500 and 700 series guitars, both in black.
How have our products changed the way you work?
The Variax has allowed me to do things that just a few years ago were physically impossible, such as going from a Les Paul in the choruses to an acoustic 12 string in the verses of a song, live.
What are your favorite settings on the gear you use and why?
I'm really into the Spank position 2 for rhythm stuff, and I like Lester position 1 for lead. I also like the dark sound of Epiphone Casino model neck position (Position 4) for lead.
Any final comments?
Line 6 I believe is on the cutting edge like no other company. Their Variax is ruffling the same feathers the first electric guitar ruffled many moons ago, and once again you can either embrace this new and exciting technology or get left behind with the Fred Flintstones of the world.