Lineage Guitar: Basics

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3/1/2016: Welcome to your Lineage MIDI guitar. This page is a basic functional guide for the Lineage guitar. We know that it is not complete yet and it will be updated over the next few weeks to cover the complete operation of the unit. Please direct any questions or discussion items to info@yourockguitar.com, directly on this post or open a support ticket under the Support tab.

3/17/2016: We have just added a new section to our forum for Lineage guitar questions/answers/information. Please go to our new  Lineage Guitar Forum





Splash Screen

Splash Screen

When first booting up, the Lineage splash screen is displayed.

Firmware version info: there are three processors in the system. The LCD processor, the IO processor and the Main board processor. The LCD communicates with both these devices to run the Lineage system. You will see the indicators turn orange to indicate that IO and Main CPU are functioning properly. The firmware version of the LCD and Main processor are also indicated on the display.

String Indicators: The string indicators are on the bottom right of the splash screen. Each indicator will show white or orange. Orange indicates that the string is sounding. The string indicators are active on most of the screens.

Battery Info: The battery indicator on top right of the display indicate the battery charge level and will change from green/yellow/red.  When plugged into your PC while playing, you will see the battery indicator change to blue with a + sign to indicate charging charging.

You can also plug Lineage into any standard USB charger. To charge at max rate you need at least 1.5A charger, but it will charge with anything 500ma. When charging from a PC port, it will charge very slowly, basically just keeping the battery topped up as you use it. It will take a little over 4 hours to fully charge using a wall charger.

When plugged in to a charger or your computer, the guitar will not shut off. After 5 minutes of inactivity the screen will dim. You can touch any key to turn screen on again. If not plugged in, it will power down.


Hard Buttons / Indicators

Hard Buttons

(1) Performance (Home)

(2) MIDI controllers

(3) Settings

(4) Back one screen or hold to edit for controller and whammy parameters

Performance (Home) There are two performance screens described below. These are your main screens while playing intended to give quick access to most common used functions during performance.

MIDI Controllers The MIDI Controllers, screen described below allows control of various MIDI modulation parameters.

Settings The Settings button takes you to a Settings sub-menu allowing access to all the parameters of the Lineage.



Knob 1: Always controls Layer 1 volume
Knob 2: Always controls Layer 2 volume
Knob 3: Assignable to any parameter with a round or rounded corner screen element. To assign it, touch the screen element and it will turn blue to indicate that it is activated.

Double-Whammy Bar: This is a dual purpose controller that defaults to sending MIDI pitch bend messages. When the push button is pressed it transmits MIDI continuous controller messages. The MIDI modulation controller messages and channels are programmable.

Mute Bar: Press the mute bar in the front of the bridge with your palm to stop all notes from playing.

General Rule for LCD Buttons

  • Rectangular buttons turn functions on or off.
  • Circular buttons or buttons with rounded edges indicate that can be controlled by the assignable knob on the body of the guitar.

To adjust a parameter, touch the display item (circular button), it will turn ‘blue’ to indicate that it is assigned to Knob 3. Turn knob 3 to adjust the parameter. The knobs are attached to rotary encoders and turn infinitely. The value of the parameter is displayed on the selected field.

Circle adjust

String Indicators: The string indicators on the performance screens are larger than those on the Splash Screen or MIDI controller screens – they have the same functionality. Each indicator will show white or orange. Orange indicates that the string is sounding.

Other Indicators: There are several indicators on the top right of the display:
[battery] – the battery indicator shows approximate life of the internal rechargeable battery. If it turns red, it is time to plug in your guitar. Under most usage conditions, we expect that the unit will be plugged in and it will charge. This is indicated by a blue icon with a + sign.

[whammy/modulation] – when pressing the button on the tip of the whammy bar, the modulation indicator will show a white dot in the middle of the red indicator. This means that the whammy is now outputting modulation information.

[v] – save preset indicator is shown when changes have been made to the current preset settings. You can go to the save menu to save your preset.


Performance Screens

The performance screens are intended to give quick access to most common used functions during performance

Performance Screen A

Home 1

*Graphic controls from top left to right.
Preset: Touch to assign knob 3 turn to load presets.
Layer 1 Volume: knob 1 changes this value to control Layer 1 volume.
Layer 1 Transpose: Touch to assign to knob 3 and change transposition of Layer 1 in semitones.
Layer 2 Volume: Knob 2 changes this value to control Layer 1 volume.
Layer 2 Transpose: Touch to assign to knob 3 and change transposition of Layer 2 in semitones.
Open Tuning: touch to turn on/off current open tuning. Open tunings can be created in the system/tunings menu.
Tap: touch to turn tap on or off
Slide: touch to enable/disable slide. Slide range can be adjusted in the Settings/Presets menu

Performance Screen B
This is the secondary performance screen and includes adjustments for internal sounds.

Performance Screens B

Graphic controls from top left to right.
Preset: Loads presets.
Layer 1 Pan: Touch to assign to knob 3 to adjust Layer 1 pan position.
Layer 1 MIDI Channel: Touch to assign to knob 3 and adjust MIDI channel for Layer 1.
Layer 2 Pan: Touch to assign to knob 3 to adjust Layer 2 pan position. 
Layer 2 MIDI: Touch to assign to knob 3 and adjust MIDI channel for Layer 2.

When selecting MIDI Channel range from 1~16, the Lineage sends MIDI note data for all strings on the displayed MIDI channel. It is often convenient for improved performance and pitch bend handling to put each string on a separate MIDI channel. To do this, rotate past 16 to get the following options.

 Indicator LoE channel A channel D
1~6 1 2 3 4 5 6
7~12 7 8 9 10 11 12
6~1 6 5 4 3 2 1
12~7 12 11 10 9 9 7


The buttons below the dividing line are for internal sounds only.

Internal Sounds Only
Enable: enable/disable internal sounds.
Chorus: enable/disable chorus effect for internal sounds.
Layer 1 Sound Number: Touch to assign to knob 3, dial up the required sound.
Layer 1 Sound Name and Enable: Displays the file name of the selected sound. toggles the sound on and off. Greyed out if the sound or layer is off.
Layer 2 Sound Number: Touch to assign to knob 3, dial up the required sound
Layer 2 Sound Name and Enable: Displays the file name of the selected sound. toggles the sound on and off. Greyed out if the sound or layer is off.

NOTE: If you are not using internal sounds, you should disable them. This will allow faster loading of presets as the sound files do not need to be loaded. We expect that Internal Sounds will not be needed as will be used as a MIDI Controller in most cases.


MIDI Controllers

There are 4 MIDI Controller screens. These screens allow MIDI Controllers to be assigned and modulated by the user. All MIDI controllers can be assigned the following parameters:

  • Origin
  • Delay
  • MIDI Channel
  • MIDI Controller Number
  • Static or Dynamic Mode

X/Y Controller

The X/Y controller can send MIDI controller information for 2 simultaneous controllers.

XY Controller


There are four faders on the screen, each fader can have a different MIDI channel and controller number. They can also all be individually set to dynamic or static mode.

Faders Pads

The pads are designed to be used as on/off switches for various MIDI functions, the pads always transmit MIDI value 0 or MIDI value 64. In dynamic mode, the pads will automatically switch off after the programmed time delay. In static mode, each press toggles the pad function.


Fader and pads

Programming the MIDI Controllers

Each Controller can be configured with several parameters:

  • Origin
  • Speed
  • MIDI Channel
  • Controller Number
  • Static or Dynamic Mode

Button Edit

Origin: this sets the initial value of the controller when the system initializes.
Delay: sets the delay time in seconds for the controller value to return to the origin in dynamic mode.
Controller Number: sets the MIDI controller number from 0 ~ 127.
MIDI Channel: sets the MIDI channel number on which to send the controller.
Static/Dynamic switch: In static mode the controller will remain in the position that the user selects by touching the screen. In dynamic mode, the controller always returns to the origin value after the programmed delay time.


Settings Screen

Settings Screen

The Settings screen is a gateway to various controls for the performance and features of the Lineage MIDI guitar.



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  1. Jackson Wallen Reply

    Simple question, please. Nothing about charging. Learning the rest is pretty black and white. Do you leav off and plug in usb or off to charge? Thanks. Very nicely done by the way. Thanks Jaxon

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    gstik Reply

    Hi Jaxon – thanks for your reply. The unit will charge when plugged into your PC while playing. You should see the battery indicators on the top of the display change from battery level (green/yellow/red) to Blue with a + sign while charging.

    You can also plug it into any standard USB charger. TO charge at max rate you need at least 1.5A charger, but it will charge with anything 500ma.

    When plugged in, it will not shut off, but after 5 minutes will dim the screen. You can touch any key to turn screen on again.

  3. Dan Baker Reply

    Is there a list of internal sounds?

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    gstik Reply

    Here is a list of the sounds available in the Lineage Guitar. Note that the intention of Lineage is to control VST’s and DAW’s where you will find an infinite amount of high quality sounds.

    — Guitar Sounds
    #1 Acoustic Fingered
    #2 Acoustic 12 String
    #3 Nylon Picked
    #4 Nylon Fingered
    #5 Strat Clean
    #6 LP Clean
    #7 Surfs Up
    #8 Overdrive Guitar
    #9 Distortion Guitar
    #10 Mute + Overdrive Guitar
    #12 Overdrive Guitar 5th’s
    #13 Evil Bass
    #14 Dobro
    #15 Banjo

    —Synth Sounds
    #16 Acoustic Piano
    #17 Electric Piano
    #18 Organ 1
    #19 Organ Church
    #20 Strings JP
    #21 Strings JPS
    #22 Pads
    #23 Ooh Pad
    #24 Sawtooth
    #25 Synth Bass Rezzo
    #26 Mini Lead
    #27 Synth Bass
    #28 Synth Quack
    #29 Mallet
    #30 Jazz Drum Kit

  5. David Ochs Reply

    Do you have any suggestions for a good high speed usb charger for the Lineage

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    gstik Reply

    Any USB or phone charger that can provide 1.5A will work. Here are some examples from Amazon:


  7. Mike Hillstrand Reply

    Hi would like to learn how i can/ or what setting to make whammy bar work, it seems to modulate, but i just want to use it, also is there a setting that i can assign that would be similar to the modulation wheel like the Gen 1 has for vibrato/ pitch bend

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    gstik Reply

    Your whammy may be in it’s alternate mode as a modulation controller. You can change the mode by pressing the button at the tip of the whammy. This switch can be configured as a toggle or momentary. You can get into the whammy modulation editing mode by holding the whammy button and pressing hard button 4 (edit).

    I will provide some additional notes shortly.

  9. David Ochs Reply

    I have tried every setting combination I can think of and still can’t seem to get a wide enough velocity range on the Lineage to play my vst instruments with any king of feel. The signal always seems to be too strong to play multi velocity sounds. It always plays the stronger velocities but not the softer ones. Any suggestions? Thanks. David.

  10. Yonatan Reply

    Is there a way to set the knobs to work fluently without those “clicks”? every ‘click” is a number now and i want it to work in a more curvy way.
    In the YRG it was just a know with an end point to rotating it and now it works weird on filters and other mods i apply.. same goes for the pitch stick…it jumps in semi tunes and could me more fluid

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    gstik Reply

    knobs: are you talking about the volume knobs? They are velocity sensitive, so if you turn them faster, the steps are larger. if you turn slower, steps are smaller – smallest step should be a single value.

    whammy bar: this defaults to 2 half steps full range – it can be adjusted to have a larger range, but the synth would also have to be adjusted to compensate. There is a much larger dead-spot in the middle of the whammy bar due to the mechanics of the design.

    Have you tried the MIDI controllers on the LCD?

  12. Yonatan Reply

    Thanks gstik
    one more: Any way to modify the cc of the knobs? the two are sending the same cc and the third one i cannot make to work at all with midi.
    I didnt try the screen yet, I am starting with the knobs since i use the whammy alot and in the YRG i used to use th mod joystick for vibrato…old habits i need to feed them (in a a new way ofcorse)

  13. David Ochs Reply

    I am having trouble with the velocity layer on the Lineage. I can’t find a soft enough velocity setting to play my vsts. The signal is too hot. It doesn’t allow me to play my multi velocity pathes with any degree of control. Is there a way to fix this? Thanks. David

  14. David Ochs Reply

    Left a question back in November 2016 about velocity issues. Haven’t heard a thing. Seems like the support is gone for the instrument. I invested a lot of time and money with Kickstarter to help get this controller in my hands. It’s really dissapointing.Tecnology is moving on. Wondering if it’s too late.

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    joopjoop ReplyReport user

    im able to trigger multiple notes at the same time in tap mode but with tap mode off its not possible…please help!! is there firmware update somewhere :)?

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      gstik Reply

      Behavior with Tap mode off should be the same as with Tap mode on. Can you please enter a ticket with more details of what you are experiencing and we can assist.

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    joopjoop ReplyReport user

    sry for my english and thanks for the answer!!
    so when using no Tap mode and picking a chord with the right hand (picking e.g. 2, 3 or 4 strings at once without arpeggiating) only one or two strings will be recognized by my unit … so right now the only option to play chords for me is to arpeggiate the chord very fast or using the tap mode and stop picking the strings at all. hope you can help

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    joopjoop ReplyReport user

    any ideas so far? 🙂

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    gstik Reply

    Hi You may be able to adjust this by lowering the crosstalk filter. It is under settings–>hammers. If you are still having issues – Suggest that you open a ticket.

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    joopjoop ReplyReport user

    it worked 🙂 everything works !!! thank you!!!

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