Line 6 was co-founded by former Oberheim employees Marcus Ryle and Michel Doidic. While perhaps best known for their POD digital amp modelers, Line 6 first made a name for itself with the AxSys 212 modeling guitar amplifier. Without question, it is Line 6 who has made digital amp modeling as popular as it is, though the company didn’t originate such modeling.
Although the company eventually embraced hybrid amplification (tubes along with digital modeling), most of the company’s amplifiers in the past have been 100% digital, including the AxSys, Flextone, Vetta, and Spider amplifiers. While modeling amps might not be everyone’s tonal cup of tea, the variety of sounds available at a low price that you’ll find with modeling amps make them an excellent choice for both professionals and non-professionals.