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Old 04-29-2014, 10:38 AM   #1
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Question can i control feedback with a 15 watt amp ?

iam going to buy a line6 spider 4 15 but i want to control feedback with it like joe satriani can it be done ? what will i need or is it impossible ?
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:49 AM   #2
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It's impossible to control it, also it'll sound like crap.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:58 AM   #3
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should i look for a better amp ?
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:13 AM   #4
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If you can afford it you shouldn't get a line 6 spider. They're particularly notorious amongst this website for being shitty. Also if you're a beginner I wouldn't really have high hopes of being able to do the little nuances satriani does such as utilising and manipulating amp feedback. You shouldn't look for that in your first proper amp. Also if you want amp advice you will get much better advice in the GG&A sub-forum... You'll probably get lots of people saddened at the fact you want a line 6 spider.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:59 AM   #5
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No, regardless of amp that can only really be done at stage volumes as far as I know.

Your best bet would be to get a sustainer pickup.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:06 PM   #6
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You can do that Satch thing all day long with a Fender Super Champ XD. Voice 3, 8, 9 with gain set to taste. It also sounds way better than a stinking spider for nearly the same $$.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:10 PM   #7
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Compressors i have used can be used to engage feedback depending on their settings. Assuming you want to engage feedback, rather than cancel it.

Or theres this:- http://www.andertons.co.uk/compact-...CFQEXwwod2VsA6w
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:14 PM   #8
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I've got a Line 6 Spider IV 150 watt (a truly regretful purchase, but I didn't pay for it, so there's that). My roommate has the 15 watt Spider IV, and I've heard it feedback.

It sounds horrible. Ear-piercing, digital, shrieking feedback in the worst way possible. The 150 watt has good cleans and reverb and delay. Mediocre high gain, and nothing in between. The 15 watt sounds boxy and is only good for practice, but not worth the money. Save up and buy a tube amp.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:33 PM   #9
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It can be done with a Line 6 15W amp but it'll sound like shit.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:34 PM   #10
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I'm going to put this out there that I don't think Line6 is a bad idea for a beginning guitarist (idk if OP is a beginner, just saying). Everyone says they suck and to get a better amp, but what's a 15 watt spider cost, $50? Might as well start with something cheap and figure out if you want to commit to something more expensive and better sounding after you've played for a bit.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:47 PM   #11
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One of the problems with the Spider amps is that when you turn the amp on, the settings aren't what the dials are at. Meaning that sometimes it comes on super loud, sometimes clean, sometimes distorted. Suppose it comes on clean and quiet (reflecting the last setting you had it on, though sometimes it randomly resets). Then you think you need to change the volume. So you go to turn the volume knob, but someone bumped it while it was off and it turns out that the knob is cranked. Well in the process of turning the knob down it signals to the amp that the setting is being changed. Since it's all the way up, the volume will jump and blow your ears out. So that's annoying in a performance situation.

I used my Spider in a couple gigs and had to stop because it would have volume jumps that were unacceptable and ruined some songs. So though you may think that it's good for a beginner, it's extremely frustrating no matter what level you play at. And if you don't know why it does what it does, it's even worse because then not only do you not know why your amp screws around, but you can't fix it.

TL;DR: Don't but a Spider, even as a beginner.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:51 PM   #12
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Iam not a beginner I played acoustic for 7 years now so I know how to play but I just got my first electric guitar and I will play only at home or with friends no big gigs so I need a small amp now but I will change it later but it's all about the money is the line6 good or should I save the money for a better start and is the Roland cube 20Gx better than it ?
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I used my Spider in a couple gigs


I would never gig with a spider, that's for sure. I'm just saying they're not bad amps if you don't expect them to play like a 5150 or something. I have a Spider III that I use for a practice amp, and I love it for that, but only that. I don't record, gig, or anything else with it. But it's got everything I need when I'm practicing. All I can say is to each his own.

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Iam not a beginner I played acoustic for 7 years now so I know how to play but I just got my first electric guitar and I will play only at home or with friends no big gigs so I need a small amp now but I will change it later but it's all about the money is the line6 good or should I save the money for a better start and is the Roland cube 20Gx better than it ?


15-20 watt amp = useless for anything besides practice
Roland Cube 20Gx = $220
Line6 Spider IV = $100

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Old 05-02-2014, 02:02 PM   #14
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Yes the cube 20 is a much sweeter sounding amp than the spider.
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