#1
Ok i have had this for a month or two and i was wondering is the setting metal a normal distortion setting or is it a "special" setting for just the amp or brand cuz im getting a seymour duncan invader and they are best with distortion but if the metal setting isnt distortion am i going to have to get a distortion pedal?
#2
the "metal" setting is just a type of distortion. "Distortion" just means anything that's not clean. i.e., your amp has a "clean" channel and a "distortion" channel, and on that distortion channel there are different kinds of distortion, one of which would be "metal"

did i oversimplify that?

the seymours will work fine in other words, or at least fine for the crappy amp.
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#3
Too much crap being rammed into our brains.

Can you please put it into english?

Also sell the Spider and DON'T buy pickups, especially an Invader.

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#4
Seriously, don't listen to all the people who say Spiders suck. It's really ridiculous that an amp with so many tonal capabilities gets bashed so much. Stick with the Spider- get the footswitch and it's a great live amp.
Anyways, to your question, the metal and insane settings are both hi-gain distortion settings. So, no you do not need a pedal, unless you don't like the sound you're getting. If you dont, I recommend that you keep experimenting with the amp until you've exausted your tonal capabilities- you'll most likely find something that suits you before you ditch it.
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#5
Quote by cgolden
Seriously, don't listen to all the people who say Spiders suck. It's really ridiculous that an amp with so many tonal capabilities gets bashed so much. Stick with the Spider- get the footswitch and it's a great live amp.
Anyways, to your question, the metal and insane settings are both hi-gain distortion settings. So, no you do not need a pedal, unless you don't like the sound you're getting. If you dont, I recommend that you keep experimenting with the amp until you've exausted your tonal capabilities- you'll most likely find something that suits you before you ditch it.

Because an amp has so many "tonal capabilities" does not make it a good amp. especially when all those "tonal capabilities" are terrible sounding to begin with.

Do not buy a new pickup. It will barely make a difference to your tone. wait and save money, sell the amp then buy something that suits your tastes. but for now, play with the EQ.
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#6
The spider does suck. But regardless it has enough distortion on it's high gain amp models. So I don't see what you are saying. If you aren't getting enough then something is wrong with your guitar. No you don't want to run a distortion pedal through it. That is pointless it already has plenty of high gain models.
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Quote by sg622
Because an amp has so many "tonal capabilities" does not make it a good amp. especially when all those "tonal capabilities" are terrible sounding to begin with.

Do not buy a new pickup. It will barely make a difference to your tone. wait and save money, sell the amp then buy something that suits your tastes. but for now, play with the EQ.


Well he might actually need a new pickup if he's getting no distortion out of those amp models. Because he should have plenty unless he's got some really low gain pickup.
#9
Quote by hcsn2008
Well he might actually need a new pickup if he's getting no distortion out of those amp models. Because he should have plenty unless he's got some really low gain pickup.

the pickup is the last thing he needs right now.
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#10
Alright, without straight out flaming the Spider III, your sound would be -much- better if you were to sell it and invest in a new amp before new pickups. I'd suggest something like a B-52 AT 112 if you're interested in playing some metal distortion types, with a decent clean channel. They're pretty affordable too.
#11
If you already have the amp there is no point trying to sell it to "upgrade". You wouldn't make any money off buying an amp and selling it a month later.

I wouldn't recommend the Invader. Depending on the guitar you have, it's probably not worth a pickup change anyway.
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#12
The pickup isnt going to make any difference. Its a modelling amp so its designed to make anything played thru it sound the same. Put your pickup money in a fund for a better amp down the road. And a pedal isnt going to do you much good either. Deal with it as is give it a little time and it will develop 1 of its little electric gremlins and you will be looking for a better amp.