Anaheim, CA (January 22, 2015) -- Line 6, Inc. (NAMM room 212A) is pleased to announce the expansion of the Variax family with the introduction of the Variax Standard guitar. Variax Standard represents the first major collaboration between Line 6 and Yamaha since the two companies joined forces in January 2014. Combining innovative Line 6 technology with legendary Yamaha craftsmanship, Variax Standard delivers unprecedented value that goes beyond any guitar in its price range.
“Since Yamaha acquired Line 6, we’ve been working closely to develop innovative gear,” said Marcus Ryle, Chief Strategy Officer at Line 6. “We’re excited to release Variax Standard, a great-playing yet affordable guitar that enables more musicians to have the sounds of incredible vintage instruments they’ve always dreamed of. And even better, Variax Standard can provide the rich, bold tone of a priceless ‘50s instrument with vintage single-coil pickups—without the hum and buzz that plague these guitars. It’s an experience you can’t replicate with any traditional vintage or modern guitar.”
Unlike other guitars in its price range, Variax Standard can sound like an entire collection of vintage, modern, and exotic instruments, including some of the most coveted electric and acoustic guitars of the past century. Guitarists can also choose from an array of alternate tunings with the turn of a knob. Workbench HD software makes it possible to mix and match components and create any guitar imaginable.
Thanks to the experienced craftsmen at Yamaha, Variax Standard delivers the rock-solid build expected from a high-quality guitar. The lightweight alder S-type body, one-piece maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, and custom-wound pickups serve up clear, full-bodied tone with harmonic richness.
Variax Standard also features high-quality components that set it apart from other guitars in its class—and prevents guitarists from spending extra time and money on upgrades. The proprietary tremolo bridge delivers total comfort and playability with lots of sustain, and the lubricated Graph Tech nut provides consistent balance and precise string spacing to help guitarists stay in tune.
Variax Standard ($1,119.99 MSRP) comes in three finish options—Tobacco Sunburst, Vintage White and Midnight Black, and will be available in the first quarter of 2015.
Line 6, Inc. (NAMM room 212A) today introduced Firehawk FX, a powerful new multi-effect guitar processor that combines world-class tone with intuitive wireless editing, so guitarists can get the perfect sound faster than ever before. The Firehawk Remote app for iOS and Android gives guitarists the power to sculpt great tone from the palm of their hand, while over 200 legendary amps and effects—plus a massive online tone library—make it easy to find the right sound for any recording session, rehearsal, or gig.
“Firehawk FX combines so much of what Line 6 has learned in 20 years of developing groundbreaking multi-effects units,” said Marcus Ryle, Chief Strategy Officer at Line 6. “With Firehawk FX, guitarists get intuitive wireless control, bulletproof build quality, and a collection of the best-sounding and most popular Line 6 amps and effects ever. It’s like a greatest hits pedal that delivers legendary all-star performance along with incredible ease of use.”
Firehawk FX is packed with over 200 amps and effects, giving guitarists powerful flexibility to create their own sound, or reproduce the tones of any recording. From warm vintage classics to high-gain powerhouses, the world’s best amps—including 50 HD models—are included. Firehawk FX is also loaded with inspiring effects, including must- have stompboxes, rare studio effects, and stunning Line 6 originals.
The free Firehawk Remote app for iOS and Android* makes it easier than ever to create the perfect tone. Guitarists can craft elaborate signal chains, fine-tune hundreds of tone parameters, and connect with a massive online community of guitarists—all from their phone or tablet. The Line 6 cloud contains a vast library of tones covering dozens of genres and thousands of popular songs. Firehawk Remote lets guitarists create, save and recall an unlimited number of presets, so they can always access the tones they need. Featuring 1/4” and Variax Digital (VDI) inputs, two outputs, FX loop, USB connectivity and ultra-low latency, Firehawk FX is an ideal guitar recording interface for PC, Mac and iOS**. Guitarists can quickly dial up the tones used on thousands of hit records, and record with hundreds of studio-quality amps and effects.
On stage, Firehawk FX combines powerful tone and intuitive wireless editing with a streamlined design that offers easy access to essential functions. Five footswitches with colored LED rings make it easy to change tones and switch effects on the fly. And the battle-ready construction is more than capable of withstanding the punishment of the road.
Firehawk FX ($629.99 MSRP) will be available in the first quarter of 2015.
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