#1
Mainly about the Spider III, my friend has one, and I got the chance to play it today. It was a pretty good sounding amp, in my opinion. Although, I do play death metal, not sure how the clean channel sounds. I got a pretty good sound from some of the preset distortions. Almost everyone hates them around here though, and I'd like to know why, because I'm considering buying the half stack for small venues. Is this tone-suicide on my part?
#3
Quote by HunterRiggs10
Mainly about the Spider III, my friend has one, and I got the chance to play it today. It was a pretty good sounding amp, in my opinion. Although, I do play death metal, not sure how the clean channel sounds. I got a pretty good sound from some of the preset distortions. Almost everyone hates them around here though, and I'd like to know why, because I'm considering buying the half stack for small venues. Is this tone-suicide on my part?


a spider halfstack is a waste of money just so you can say you own a halfstack. plus for metal it will sound horrible in a live situation

edit: dont get me wrong, they're actualy quite fun to play when you're jamming alone at home
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#5
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Cause people like to get on band wagons.


Or ya know, because people have preferences and just don't like it
#6
Why is this in the Electric Guitar forum?
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#7
ive played a tele through a spider once at GC and i wouldn't say i hated it. but i guess if hating line 6 floats your boat... so be it...
#8
iuno why ppl HATE it. but when i went to try one out it sounded very digital (it is a digital amp tho) but most people are looking for a pure tone, not one that sounds like it came from a casio keyboard type of deal. i think it would be a fun amp to own just cause of the digitally sounds it does have, but there are much better out there.
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#9
Spider Valves are best for bedroom jamming, they make hybrid amps that are amazing for gigging though, like their HD serise
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#10
spiders sound like **** at high volumes...

i know for a fact if i see a spider at a show im leaving, i don't wanna hear a bunch of rubbish noise.
#11
Line 6 isn't that bad. The Spider 3 is used a lot and was actually recommended to me by a professional when I was first shopping for an amp. However, I pooled my money and got a Bluesbreaker =D

Other Line 6 stuff, like the Flextone, Vetta II, POD, etc. is actually really good.

Line 6 hate is 85% bandwagon. Just because someone tries something, doesn't mean they're clear of this bandwagoning. If you believe that something sounds bad, and you play it with this bias, then you're going to only hear the bad.
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#12
I used to have one too... their great for beginner amps or a little practice amp but after a month having it you realized the tone is just bland.

Not to dis on all solid-states, but you just cant compare a tube amp with solid-state (as far as distortion goes). Just my opinion.
#13
I own one and for a while it sounded pretty good. Then after a month or two of owning it, I could start to hear how bad it was (dont ask me how, but I couldn't get it to sound how I wanted) as soon as I started trying some other stuff (marshall avt, peavey valveking) I could tell I wanted to get something else, nowish. I tried to crank it (to keep up with my bassist friend) and my friend had to turn down because I couldn't hear it, and it just sounded really muddy. Not unbearably, but enough that it made me start looking for its replacement. It sounds slightly better than my friends SP-10 (squier), but only because his sounds really shrill and has the cruddiest sounding overdrive I think I've ever heard. But I guess they're not terrible for the casual player.

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#14
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Or ya know, because people have preferences and just don't like it


That was meant towards the people that haven't even played a Spider before and think that there horrible. The 15 watt ones are OK at best for jamming at home but nothing more than that really. All the rest over 15 watts are a waste.
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Quote by schecter ftw
That was meant towards the people that haven't even played a Spider before and think that there horrible. The 15 watt ones are OK at best for jamming at home but nothing more than that really. All the rest over 15 watts are a waste.


That's fair enough. I haven't looked much into amps, but the spider series seem to be most popular with metalcore players, especially at my school
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That's fair enough. I haven't looked much into amps, but the spider series seem to be most popular with metalcore players, especially at my school


assuming those are gigging musicians, that sucks
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#17
when i first started playing guitar my friend had a line 6 spider III. i thought it was the greatest thing ever. over time though as i learned more about guitar, payed more attention to tone, and especially when i heard and then later even more when i purchased my first tube amp. i realized that the spider III is an alright amp. its not the worse. my behringer v-ampire was the worst. but its not a really great amp either. its ok for a small practice amp. but when it comes to gigging and stuff, no. you can do a lot better in the price range for a gigging sized spider III.
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#18
i thought my spider was kinda cool until i bought a crate v50 (50w all tube power) for $250 and i paid $375 for my 75w spider...

i dont think i have played it for more than 20 mins since i got the crate.
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#19
I played a tube amp at a gig with a friend. He has one of the 150W Spider's. He managed to get a good tone he set to a preset he said he got with "A few days heavy EQing". I couldn't get a good one out of it at all. You can get a good tone out of it, but generally their tones are awful unless you spend a ludicrous amount of time tweaking it, which generally isn't good as they're targeted at beginners, who can't and don't want to spend time tweaking to get the perfect tone. Plus there is better in the price range. If they were a bit cheaper it wouldn't be as big a deal and if it didn't go beyond 30W, it wouldn't be annoying, but because of how it is, they're hated.

Also, the cleans are more sterile than a man who just got nuked.
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#20
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Also, the cleans are more sterile than a man who just got nuked.



hahahaha...... The preset distortions sound so baddddd
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#21
You play metal the one thing the spider does a decent job of. So you didnt notice its every other tone that it does a poor job of. For some it may be a bandwagon thing. I have played on em before and after owning various tube amps spiders are jsut meh. They sound like my little peavey rage, a cheap practice amp. Alot of the hate is the really bad reliability of the spider series.