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Real. Smart. Control.

HelixTM is a new kind of guitar processor: it’s not only a tour-grade multi-effect pedal that sounds and feels authentic, it’s also the most comprehensive master controller for guitar systems ever built. Start by recreating the tones in your head with the new HX modeling engine—the new amps, cabs, mics, and effects will feel familiar to anyone who has ever spent time in the studio getting the best guitar sounds from both vintage and modern gear. Have a pile of oddball pedals that you rely on for your personal sounds? No problem. Take advantage of the most comprehensive I/O and routing capabilities ever built into a multi-effect and easily integrate them into the Helix environment. Once connected, create custom setups and footswitch labels that make your external pedals feel like they’re all under the hood. And now with new Helix 2.0 firmware, you get additional models and features that deepen the Helix experience.  Whether you spend your time in the studio or on the stage, Helix is the next-generation guitar processor you’ve been waiting for.

Real Tone

It feels and sounds like your analog gear

When it comes down to authentic sound and feel, Helix represents a giant leap forward for guitar technology. The dual-DSP engine provides massive power to accurately recreate the dynamic feel of tube amplifiers, not just their sonic fingerprint. Each stage of an amp’s circuit has been measured and matched back to the original, so that each model reacts and interacts just like the real thing. This level of dynamic circuit detail extends into areas like power supply ripple, individual tube sag, and control over B+ voltages. Once these elements are captured, you get classic bloom and gooey compression on some amps, and a powerful gut punch on others. Additionally, you can load custom impulse responses to personalize your rig setup. Helix 2.0 firmware introduces five new amp models based on* the legendary Mesa/Boogie® Mk IV and Marshall® JCM 800, as well as new distortion, EQ, modulation and delay effects.

Smart Interaction

So intuitive you already know how to use it

Massive power traditionally comes with a steep learning curve, but Helix challenges that way of thinking. Touch-sensitive footswitches allow you to select an effect block for editing simply by touching it. In combination, the large 6.2 inch 800x480-pixel LCD display all but eliminates menu-diving and provides the same level of control you would expect from an external editor. Colored LED rings and customizable scribble strips complete the user interface, letting you know what each footswitch is doing at a glance. When it comes to creating tones, Helix is as fast as you are.

Part of the goal in developing Helix was to allow guitarists to interact with technology in ways that are more intuitive, making the creation of tones easier. This means that—for the very first time—you won’t have to stop playing to tweak a knob. With Pedal Edit Mode, you can edit any parameter you like using your foot: simply select the block that you want to tweak, and its parameters spill out onto the footswitches. Select a parameter, and tweak the value using the expression pedal. 

Giving you the ability to touch a footswitch and quickly tweak parameters or easily assign or learn controllers, Helix is the fastest tone creator of its kind on the planet. But that’s only part of the story—it’s also the most flexible. Helix has FOUR stereo paths per preset, allowing you to design complex routing scenarios for each patch. Creating variations on wet and dry routing schemes is as easy as loading a template or tweaking the joystick, and using the onboard effects models in conjunction with the 4 freely-assignable effects loops means that the tonal possibilities are truly huge. 

Helix 2.0 firmware includes the new Snapshots performance feature, enabling you to instantly recall, switch, and control selected elements of your tone within individual presets. Depending on how they’re set up, Snapshots can act as eight variations of the same tone, eight drastically different tones, or any combination thereof—all within the same preset.

Control of your entire rig

Integrate and control internal and external devices

As the most advanced guitar processor ever made, Helix can become the nerve center for your entire guitar rig. Easily integrate traditional effects pedals and other hardware into your environment, creating a seamless hybrid rig that incorporates the best of what software and hardware have to offer.

Helix has the most flexible audio routing ever seen on a guitar processor, thanks to its dynamically allocated DSP. Use the four effects loops to connect four separate pedal chains, or split them up and use them as freely-assignable inputs and outputs. In combination with four stereo paths, this means that you can process multiple instruments at once, send wet and dry signals to different places, and create large integrated systems that take advantage of both digital and analog I/O at the same time.

When you need to incorporate external devices via MIDI, Helix offers more flexibility than any multi-effect ever. In addition to powerful real time MIDI control, Helix can send up to six separate commands at patch recall that aren’t assigned to a footswitch, which means you can change a patch on a synth, start a sequencer, and turn up a fader on an external mixer, all with one press of a footswitch. Add three expression pedals, CV/Expression out, and external amp switching, and Helix can be the command center for any size rig.

Finally, Helix 2.0 firmware features new Variax® control enhancements open up new performance possibilities—toggle between two guitar models with a footswitch, control the Variax tone knob with an expression pedal, assign a momentary footswitch to drop D, and more.


Helix is like no other guitar pedal that you’ve ever seen before. It represents a new way of thinking about guitarists and technology, and it gives creative musicians the tools to quickly recreate the sound they hear their head, without sonic compromise.


New Amp Models

  • Cali IV Rhythm 1, based on* the Rhythm I channel of the Mesa/Boogie® Mk IV
  • Cali IV Rhythm 2, based on* the Rhythm II channel of the Mesa/Boogie® Mk IV
  • Cali IV Lead, based on* the Lead channel of the Mesa/Boogie® Mk IV
  • Line 6 2204 Mod, Line 6 Original based on* a hot-rodded Marshall® JCM® 800
  • Line 6 Fatality,Line 6 Original based on THALL

New Effects Models

  • Distortion > Wringer Fuzz (Mono, Stereo), based on* Garbage’s special BOSS® FZ-2
  • EQ > Cali Q Graphic (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Mesa/Boogie® Mk IV’s 5-band EQ
  • Modulation > Harmonic Tremolo (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original
  • Delay > Vintage Digital (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original

* All product names used herein are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6.  These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6’s sound model development. 

Mesa/Boogie is a registered trademark of Mesa/Boogie, Ltd. 

Marshall and JCM are registered trademarks of Marshall Amplification Plc. 

BOSS is a registered trademark of Roland Corporation.

Helix – Next Generation, Tour Grade Guitar Processor

  • Dual DSP-powered HX modeling engine with 4 discrete stereo signal paths, 45 amps, 30 cabs, 16 mics and 72 effects
  • Imports 3rd party 1024/2048 cab IR’s (impulse responses)
  • 12 capacitive-sensing footswitches and customizable scribble strips—touch to edit, hold to assign, press to engage
  • Hands-free Pedal Edit mode lays out effect parameters across switches and expression pedal
  • Near-instant footswitch and controller assignment
  • Up to 3 expression pedals, CV/Expression out, external amp switching and deep MIDI control
  • Extensive I/O for seamless integration with your entire rig - 10 inputs 12 outputs (including four fx loops), plus 8-in/8-out USB audio interface
  • AES/EBU, SPDIF and VDI interfaces
  • Industry-leading 123dB of dynamic range on the guitar input, for tremendous depth and ultra-low noise
  • Tour Grade construction

Canadian Orders

Free shipping is offered with minimum $99 CAD purchase to almost everywhere in this Great White North. Canadian orders below $99 CAD will be charged a flat $11.99 CAD shipping charge.  In very rare circumstances, such as oversize/overweight itemsor destinations designated as “Beyond Point” by Canada Post and/or other courier services, shipping fees may need to be added after the order is placed but before the item(s) ships.  In these cases, the client will be contacted to discuss options and no charges will be applied until client agrees. 

We ship nearly every order within one business day of receiving it, usually via Canada Post Expedited Parcel, and the client will receive an automatic shipment notification email with the tracking number when the shipment is created. 

All guitar and amp orders are shipped signature required.

Typical transit times for shipments using Canada Post Expedited Parcel are as follows:

  • Alberta – 1-2 business days
  • British Columbia , Saskatchewan, Manitoba – 2-3 business days
  • Ontario, Quebec, Northwest Territories, Yukon Territories – 4-5 business days
  • Maritimes - 6-7 business days 

We can ship via other courier services or with a Priority service for faster delivery at client request.  Additional fees will be applied.  For inquiries please contact 

US Orders

All US orders will be charged a flat shipping rate of $60 CAD.  Certain oversize items are not eligible for $60 flat rate shipping to US, including 412 cabinets, full drum kits and pianos/keyboards.  

We ship nearly every order within one business day of receiving it.  US orders are shipped via Canada Post Expedited Parcel and the client will receive an automatic shipment notification email with the tracking number when the shipment is created.  Canada Post parcels transfer to USPS once the item clears customs and enters the US.  Clients may get more accurate tracking info on parcels after they have entered the US from the USPS website, using the same tracking number provided to them. 

Products made in the US or Canada can pass between the countries duty free per the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, so there is no duty for US orders when the purchased product(s) are made in the US or Canada.  When customs/duty is applicable, the customer is responsible for these charges.

US orders must be shipped via Canada Post Expedited Parcel, we cannot currently offer alternate couriers.

Most US orders arrive in 5-10 business days.

International Orders

While is not currently built to automatically calculate shipping costs to all countries, we can and do ship internationally.  For an international shipping quote, please contact


All shipments are insured by Guitarworks.

Hey Guitarworks, who are you?

We’re just a bunch of guitar nerds, just like you.  We’ve been doing this a long time though, almost 30 years.  Today, we have 4 stores, all located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  If you want to really get to know us, you can read our About Us section here.

So where are these 4 stores?

You’ll find our stores spread out all over this city.  Head to our Hours and Locations page here to learn more.

What’s Guitarworks Premium?

Guitarworks Premium is the name of our shop on 16th Ave.  It’s a little smaller than the others but it’s filled with the cream of our crop (guitar and amp wise).  On our website, you can browse the Guitarworks Premium stock by itself if you just want to drool over some guitar porn.  Photos for Guitarworks Premium products are shot in house of the actual guitar we have in stock available for sale.

Where do you ship?  How much will it cost me?

We can ship just about anywhere.  If your order is over $99 CAD, shipping is free within Canada.  US orders just pay a flat $60 CAD shipping rate.  If you’re somewhere else, we can probably still ship to you, but you’ll need to contact us first.  Read our full Shipping Policy here.

What if I don’t like this thing I ordered?

Don’t worry, you get 7 days from the date you receive your order to try it and if you’re not in love, you can return it.  Read our full Return Policy here.

How much tax will I pay?

All Canadian orders are subject to 5% GST.  International orders will not be charged tax.

Can you teach me how to play?

You bet, we offer in store lessons at our Macleod Trail, Crowfoot Crossing and Crossiron Mills locations.  Read more about our Lesson Program here.

Can you fix my broken instrument?

Of course, we have a couple of really top-notch instrument technicians on staff who can do anything from changing your strings to gluing your headstock back on.  Get more info on our Repairs Department here.

What about humidity for my instrument?

We highly recommend that guitar humidifiers be used with all instruments, particularly with acoustic guitars with solid tops or all solid construction.  Guitars like a relative humidity of around 45%, which is hard to maintain in your home, even if you have a home humidifier or live in a more humid part of the world than us.  Consequences of a dry guitar can range from altering the action and playability of the guitar to splits and cracks in the wood, and dryness is a problem that no manufacturer will provide warranty coverage for.  So please, keep your purchase humidified, you can browse our selection of humidifiers here.

I’m looking for something specific and don’t see it on your website, can you guys order it for me?

Probably.  If it’s a product from any of our brands, then yes.  You can always contact us if you’re looking for something specific.

The product I’m looking at on your site is only in stock in one of your stores, will you be shipping me the floor model?

Yeah, we’re not afraid to ship you the guitars we have in store.  We are still real, live, breathing brick and mortar music shops.  Not just a stuffy warehouse (although we have one of those too, and will usually ship from our warehouse stock first when that option is available).  Buying from us online is just like coming into one of our shops.  If you place an order for a floor model and your product shows any signs of having been used, we will always contact you before shipping to discuss. 

Can you order me (insert model here) from Chapman Guitars?

Yes!  Although this can require some patience.  Since the launch of the new lineup of Chapman Guitars in 2017, demand has been amazing.  We have been very proud to be the first Chapman dealer in Canada, but they are a unique guitar company to work with.  First, we cannot just order a single guitar.  The business model of Chapman Guitars is to deliver as much bang for the buck in a guitar as is possible.  One of the ways they do that is by selling directly from the factories to their dealers.  This means that the guitars are built as they are ordered, and the orders need to be in bulk.  For any Chapman model that we order, it must be ordered in multiples of 4, and each order has a minimum number of units.  We place an order for anywhere between 20-40 guitars at a time every couple of months, and once that order is placed, it takes roughly 4-5 months for the order to be scheduled into the factory, built, tested, packed and shipped from Korea to us.  We will continue to build our Chapman inventory up, but right now the best way for you to get your hands on one is to place your preorder when the model you want becomes available on our site.  We welcome your requests and feedback, and it’s helpful in the ordering process, since we want to make sure we keep bringing in enough of the models our customers want the most.  Contact us with any questions or requests.

I’m new to playing guitar, can you help me navigate the F chord?

No, sorry.  It’s a rite of passage we all must face in our own courageous way.

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