Poll: If you had to choose, which amp would you take?
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View poll results: If you had to choose, which amp would you take?
Fender Frontman
118 39%
Line 6 Spider III
129 42%
Marshall MG
57 19%
Voters: 304.
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#1
My friend who plays both bass and guitar has a brother who plays drums. Naturally, people are constantly going to their house for band practices and jam sessions. He owns a fender FM 212, which he doesn't mind too much.

Another friend of ours left his Marshall MG at the bassist's house for quite some time, and a second friend of ours came to jam with our band with his Line 6 Spider III.

I commented on all the terrible amps sitting in his basement, and we soon got to arguing over which one we thought was the best/worst.

So - if you had to choose one of these terrible amps, which would it be?

I would take the Spider III, followed by the Frontman, with the MG being the least desirable.

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#2
Frontman's clean is much better than the Spider's and MG's by far.
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#3
I thought the Spider was alright, I mean it sounds digital and cna be bad at high volumes but overall it's the most usable of the three.

Frontman has a usable clean channel I think, atleast my 15G does, but the MG would probably fare better in a jam session.

Spider then MG then Frontman for me.

Edit: NOw that I think about it, probably SPider, Frontman then MG. So long as i'm not using the drive channel of the Frontman.
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#4
I would take the frontman before the other two.
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#5
i would take the spider first, then the MG, then the frontman.

the spider at least has some effects and different modeling options. the frontman's drive sounds someone screeching their nails on a chalkboard. the MG is alright i guess.
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#6
Frontman is first choice, then the MG, then the Spider.

I've actually found that I can make Frontman...s (Frontmen?) sound pretty decent. Get some pedals in front of it, I think it'd be just fine.

A buddy of mine has an MG, and with his GT-8 in front of it, it sounds alright. Not really desireable, but not too terrible.

I've actually got and extensively tested a Spider, and it can do some things alright, but not my things.
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#7
I'd take the frontman for cleans and the MG for overdrive
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#8
Frontman and MG, but if I have to take one, Frontman; MG's are just fizzy little(or likely big in this case) boxes that are really only good distorted, and even then it doesn't sound too good. They sound just about as bad distorted, but the Frontman has a barely-passable clean tone. The Spider is just fizzy and annoying.
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#9
Probably MG, Spider and then Frontman in that order. The MG is a decent pratice amp that is just a bit harsh. My band recorded our first song using a 15W MG and 200W Randall miced with an mp3 player. It was awesome and we actually got that song on a local podcast too. Good times.
#10
Frontman for sure, my starting amp. None of the 3 has good distortion, but at least the Fender can do cleans.
#11
Frontman, because it has good cleans and takes pedals fairly well.

Then the MG, because it has a slightly better tone than the Spider.
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#12
heh...I would be the friend Reds is referring to.
I really don't mind my Frontman that much, the drive does suckand it's noisy, but the cleans sound fine. Most of what i use it for is clean anyways.

But yeah, I'd do Frontman, Spider, MG.
#13
Frontman, at least it has a good clean channel, load it up with some pedals and it's decent.

Second would be the MG. The distortion on it is very weak sounding, but at least it's useable in some instances.

Last would be the Spider, anything you do with the distortion on that amp, it still sounds like a can of bees.
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#14
If we're just talking about having one of those amps and absolutely nothing helping them (pedals/mods/etc) I'd take spider first, then mg then fender

Spider first for the variety of sounds you can create
Mg next for it's crushing overdrive (aka moderately usable distortion)
Fender last because it's really only usable for a plain clean tone.
#15
if i had to gig with it, i'd take the frontman, if it was just for practice, id take the spider.
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#16
MG, Frontman, Spider.

I've got a frontman and it's just rubbish. Yes the cleans are alright but they're so weak it's unbelievable. The spiders are alright practice amps but when you turn them up they're horrific, despite how much i like a lot of other Line6 stuff. The MGs, especially the bigger ones with good speakers, can sound good IMO. But none of them are value for money.
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#17
Depends what model.

For the 15w ones, Spider
For the like, 100w ones, Frontman
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#18
the frontman has the best clean/crunch tones.
the line 6 has the best distortion
and the mg is in the midde for both
while the line 6 has the worst clean tone (its awful)
the frontman has the worst distortion (its disgusting)
and the mg is again in the middle
thats my preference anyways
If i were playing blues/jazz, or anything with clean or light crunch, i'd take the frontman.
If I were playing all metal, i'd take the line 6
If i were playing both metal and blues/jazz, then i'd take the mg10.
EDIT: i like the spider the best though
#19
I thought the 15 watt FM was a decent little bedroom practice amp. Nice cleans at low volume. Had an MG, gaah. Played a few spiders, ikes. None of them over 30 watts are or any use due to there existing better amps for the money.
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#22
Spider. If I'm going to have crap, I may as well have versatility in crap.
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#24
The Spider is pretty good, it gets a bad rep.
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#26
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I'd take the MG, then the Frontman, then the Spider.
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#27
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I'd take the MG, then the Frontman, then the Spider.

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#28
Its a shame that kids allways buy the trifecta amps when starting out even though there are perfectly affordable Kustom amps.
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#30
I'd get an acoustic guitar :stickpoke
#31
My fender frontman has proved incredibly reliable and at low volumes it sounds alright... frontman!
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#33
The frontman.. it has a nice usable clean. The gain doesn't sound terrible on it, theres just not enough control over the sound or amount. I think the FM series sounds better though personally.. (I thought they were one and the same, but apparently I was wrong..)

Behind that is the Spider. I've heard people get some actually good tones out of it, but it takes some playing with, and the realization that the gain never needs to be as high as most people think.. I was forced to play a gig with one once, and I got a pretty good tone out of it that fit with my band. No, it wasn't the best tone I've ever gotten, but it was usable.
#34
i'd probably take the spider, but to be honest i'd want to try all 3 head to head to make sure which sounded... er least bad.

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yeah, that's my thinking, too. also, i only play at home, so the tone's turning to crap at higher volumes is less of a concern for me.
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#35
I don't actually get why these amps in particular get such a bad rep, there are cheap Crates, Ibanez, Kustom, along with many other brands, that sound far worse. Any cheap solid state amp is going to sound like crap, it's not limited to just these.
#36
i think it's just because they're so popular, and advertised like all get-out in the guitar mags. it's the inevitable backlash...
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#37
if i walked into a studio and someone said i had to record, and i could use only 1 of these amps, i'd take the MG first, spider second, frontman third.
i use my old mg50 as practice amp ALL the time. and record through the lineout for demo-ey stuff sometimes. its all about the line-out. i can get good(yes.good, thought not "nice") tone from it. and leave the tube simulator button off.it sucks IMO. its cleans are decent, the kill the god awful spider cleans..though, frontman has best cleans.
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#39
I didn't mind the MG too much, it's a decent practice amp. There's just better and it's overpriced. The Frontman has pretty good cleans IMO, although the distortion is horrible. The Spider was just terrible in every way.

So, MG>Frontman>Spider
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#40
MG.

Even though I don't like MG's anymore, I can get a SOMEWHAT decent sound out of it, but still not great.

The Spider III sounded like ****, and so did the frontman.
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