Gibson Guitar to buy TEAC, add "Cool Japan" engineering technology

TOKYO, March 29 Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:24am EDT

TOKYO, March 29 (Reuters) - Gibson Guitar, known for producing electric guitars used legendary rock guitarists such as Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, said on Friday that it was buying a majority share in Japanese audio equipment manufacturer TEAC Corp for 4.88 billion yen ($51.9 million).

Nashville-based Gibson, which will pay 31 yen per share for TEAC, said the deal would add "Cool Japan" engineering technology into the music and audio lifestyle arena into which it is diversifying.

Gibson said it will purchase 54.4 percent of TEAC's outstanding shares from funds operated by Phoenix Capital.

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