Woah, that’s a headline for you. And it’s mostly true, as long as you don’t take it literally, although for the record I’d love to see a cannibalistic bloodbath the day before Christmas Eve. It puts me in the spirit, you know?

But no, it’s just a business devouring. Yamaha owns Line6 now, in its entirety, as a “wholly owned subsidiary to fully realize the compelling opportunities for the two brands with Line 6’s operations continuing as before and its management team remaining in place.” What exactly will this mean for product lines and manufacturing? It hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s interesting to see this happen right after Yamaha just moved their high-end drum manufacturing to China.

For product standpoint though, it makes a lot of sense. Yamaha is big in percussion (I think they have the most underrated snare drums of any of the large mass-market companies) but have never set the world ablaze with their guitar lines. And they’ve pretty much dropped out of the amp market all together, with only one little modelling amp currently in production.

I’ll be sure to make a beeline to Yama6 at NAMM in January to see if I can get any info on what, if any, changes are in the air.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.