Holy Helix! with Alex Strabala – S1E3

Even though this episode is entitled “Holy Helix!”, don’t think that’s all about the Helix.  It doesn’t matter if you’re using another modeler, using pedals, or you’re a hybrid kind of player that jumps around between analog and digital, there’s A LOT of good stuff in Episode 3 for your listening pleasure.


In these times, there’s a lot for us to worry about – our personal lives, the lives of those we love and care about, our brothers and sisters in Christ, the state of our communities, our countries, our world.  It’s really easy to become overwhelmed by fear, to be honest.  However, if we turn to scripture, we soon discover that we’ve been given the ULTIMATE gift to combat that fear and worry.

On the eve of his arrest, persecution, torture, and crucifixion, Jesus shares this with his closest friends:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14:27

This peace – the peace that stayed with Jesus as he endured the very worst for us – is ours.  How can we put it to use in our own lives today?


Line 6 modelers (Helix Floor, Helix LT, HX Stomp, Pod Go, etc), as well as other modelers, provide users with virtually unlimited possibilities.  That sounds great in the marketing brochure, but when trying to find a sound you like, the choices can be a bit of a problem (at least they are for Chris).

To circumvent this “patch paralysis”, Chris suggests a hack that actually has nothing to do with the modeling unit at all.  As is always the case, it all comes back to your guitar and what you do with it.  Find out why you should head back to the shop with your favorite guitar and do everything backwards!

Chris mentioned during this part of the episode that finding a list of Helix models and their real-life counterparts would be a big help, and he also mentioned there would be a link here in the show notes.  Well, this is the place, and this is the link: https://helixhelp.com/models/  This is, by far, the most up-to-date list he’s ever found, and it’s a 100% guarantee that it will be a big help to you.


Chris had the privilege of sitting down with patch-building and guitar-slinging guru Alex Strabala this week, and it was SO MUCH FUN!  The conversation went all over the map, and he included some great insight – what the key component of any good patch really is, what special techniques to use to maximize the ability to stand out in the mix, as well as the patches he recommends for you if you’re just starting out.

Alex had a lot of great information to share, but be warned…Alex talks like he thinks – FAST!  You may need to keep your thumb on the “rewind :15” to get all the cool stuff he throws out during the show.

Be sure to check out his website www.alexstrabala.com for his patches, and as he gets ready to hit the road again, be watching his Instagram account, @alexstrabala.

Finally, this is can’t miss stuff, because you’ll finally be able to say his name without wondering if you’ve pronounced correctly. lol