Line 6’s James Tyler Variax Wins Electric Guitar of the Year 2012

It’s not surprising that Line 6 and James Tyler’s love child, the James Tyler Variax, won the MIA Electric Guitar of the Year 2011 award.  They are really well constructed guitars, with some very smart Line 6 black magic thrown in too.  If only there was an instant talent switch for us wannabe rock stars… Well there’s certainly not much else this guitar can’t do 🙂

Here’s the official press release:


—Manufacturer wins prestigious award at the annual MIA Music Awards ceremony—

RUGBY, UK – December 1, 2011 – Line 6, Inc. (, the industry leader in digital modelling technology for music-creation products, announced today that its James Tyler Variax 69 guitar has won the 2011 Electric Guitar of the Year at the MIA Music Awards.

Voted for by the public, the award was announced at the 2011 MIA Music Awards ceremony, hosted at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel on Wednesday 30th November.

“We are extremely delighted to win this award. With the involvement of master luthier, James Tyler, we have produced a great guitar that combines the feel of a finely crafted instrument with the flexibility and performance that Variax guitar modelling technology offers.” Commented James Owens, European Sales Director at Line 6.

The Music Industries Association (MIA) Awards are an annual celebration of the musical instrument industry. The awards honour the best selling and most reliable and innovative products in the UK, together with the best people, companies and initiatives in the sector.

James Tyler Variax guitars are available in three styles, each one reflecting the innovative designs of James Tyler in each curve, component and control. Acclaimed for his attention to detail in making custom, hand-crafted instruments for the most discerning players, James Tyler has designed guitars for the world’s most respected guitarists and sought-after session players including Steve Lukather, Michael Landau and Dan Huff.