We’re musicians and we’re technologists, with a passion for bringing you the next generation of gear that will inspire you to create, record and perform music in new ways. We have a long history designing category-defining products that push technical boundaries, so you can focus on your music.
We introduced the world’s first digital modeling amp, the AxSys 212, in 1996. We were behind the groundbreaking POD® multi-effect that launched in 1998, revolutionizing the industry with an easy way to record guitar that had great tone. Our Variax® guitars can do more than any other instrument in history, and we’ve led the analog-to-digital transition for guitar wireless with our Relay® products.
We haven’t stopped, either. In 2015 Line 6 introduced the Helix® family, our new flagship guitar processor. Helix represents a major leap forward in guitar processing, as well as a new way of thinking about guitarists and their relationship to technology.
In 2014 Line 6 became a part of the Yamaha family, creating a network of global collaboration which, in 2017, led to the creation of the first-ever Guitar Division within Yamaha. This culminated in the formation of Yamaha Guitar Group, Inc. in 2018. Yamaha Guitar Group, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan which brings together the intercompany teams that have been focused on serving the needs of guitarists worldwide. Yamaha Guitar Group will oversee the development and global marketing of guitar products for both Line 6 and Yamaha.
Also in 2018, Yamaha Guitar Group Inc. acquired the legendary Ampeg brand, known for its bass amplifiers and pedals. Ampeg has produced some of the music industry’s most innovative amplification products including the first bass combo amp, the first guitar amp with reverb and the de facto stage bass amp, the SVT. Since the 1940s, Ampeg has offered unique and often first-to-market features and performance capabilities, resulting in six U.S. patents under the Ampeg brand name. The addition of the Ampeg line completes the total offering for bass guitarists that already includes legendary Yamaha bass guitars such as the BB and TRBX alongside Line 6’s Relay wireless and Helix amp and effects modelers.
We’re proud that our history of pushing for new ideas that serve guitarists. We’re all about giving you access to the tools you need to create, perform and record in ways you never thought possible. We promise that we’ll always take dramatic leaps so you can reach new heights with your music. That’s our commitment to you, because in the end, we love being a part of making great music.