#1
I went to a local music store to try out some small 15 watt practice amps to replace my ****ty ass Frontman at my moms (MY VETTA IS AT MY DADS HOUSE) and came across the Spider IV (75 watt mind you 12 more amp models than 15 watt). I decided to try it.

I was blown away. The high gain tones were astounding. Very up to par with my Vetta. I actually believe they are X3 models, but I can't confirm that. Very smooth (Unlike the III, as we all know) VERY heavy tones, and nice and cutting but not too much treble so you go deaf. Tons of gain, without getting too mushy. It is an all around great amp. I didn't try the 15 watt though, for they didn't have one. I ended up getting a 15 watt Vypyr for practive at my mom's house instead. So this is a NAD too. I loved the Vypyr's high gain models as well. Especcially the JSX, XXX and Rec models. 6505 was greatm but had lots of feedback :/

Anyways, there you have it
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Last edited by DiSTuRBeD -26- at Sep 18, 2009,
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I think black doom death metal is just plain stupid. go flame on me but i can't hear nothing but shit on those songs with everything in drop A or below. also it could've been without lyrics as you'd never hear them anyway.
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#4
lol.

I'll believe it when I play it.

Edit: Actually, I don't think my local store even stocks crappy equipment. I've only seen Fender, Peavey, Roland, The Heritage, Jackson, and other quality equipment.
Last edited by Alex Vik at Sep 18, 2009,
#5
Nice! i have yet to try the Spider IV coz they haven't shipped to where i live yet. (secluded corner of the world that i live in.....)

I've heard both good and bad comments about it. as opposed to the Spider III and II series that only had extremely angry people taking the piss.


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did you even bother reading the post, or were you too eager to look smart and try to impress everyone with your reply. yeah sure. you're looking real cool and matured now my friend.
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Try reading his post first next time? Kay?
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Try reading his post first next time? Kay?


i did read his post, but there are a million other threads about the spider 4 where he could discuss this
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I think black doom death metal is just plain stupid. go flame on me but i can't hear nothing but shit on those songs with everything in drop A or below. also it could've been without lyrics as you'd never hear them anyway.
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Quote by DiSTuRBeD -26-
I went to a local music store to try out some small 15 watt practice amps to replace my ****ty ass Frontman at my moms (MY VETTA IS AT MY DADS HOUSE) and came across the Spider IV (75 watt mind you 12 more amp models than 15 watt). I decided to try it.

I was blown away. The high gain tones were astounding. Very up to par with my Vetta. I actually believe they are X3 models, but I can't confirm that. Very smooth (Unlike the III, as we all know) VERY heavy tones, and nice and cutting but not too much treble so you go deaf. Tons of gain, without getting too mushy. It is an all around great amp. I didn't try the 15 watt though, for they didn't have one. I ended up getting a 15 watt Vypyr for practive at my mom's house instead. So this is a NAD too. I loved the Vypyr's high gain models as well. Especcially the JSX, XXX and Rec models. 6505 was greatm but had lots of feedback :/

Anyways, there you have it


i've heard differently about the Spider IV but the Vypyr was a good choice, i own the 75 watt and i use the 6505 model most of the time, and just the noise gate from my multi-effects pedal and it cuts out all the feedback, i sometimes just leave my amp on while im playing piano or something (all my instruments are in my garage) and i'll forget its on, its awesome, but anyways, HNAD!
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#9
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i did read his post, but there are a million other threads about the spider 4 where he could discuss this


not without getting flamed. I am glad he posted this. It is refreshing.
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#10
I've actually read some good things about the Spider IV. I guess it's really subjective.
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Quote by Alex Vik
lol.

I'll believe it when I play it.

Edit: Actually, I don't think my local store even stocks crappy equipment. I've only seen Fender, Peavey, Roland, The Heritage, Jackson, and other quality equipment.


Trust me, I wasn't expecting much either. It really surprised me.
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Quote by DiSTuRBeD -26-
Trust me, I wasn't expecting much either. It really surprised me.

Well, it will have to wait until I need to go to Guitar Center, because I'm 99% sure my local store doesn't stock Spiders. I walked through it the other day, and don't recall seeing one, but there might be one hidden behind all of the halfstacks.
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Quote by chrisg7
i did read his post, but there are a million other threads about the spider 4 where he could discuss this


And mine was the first.

I didn't hear any resemblance to a Vetta either of the two times I tried it. I thought the distortion sounds were worse than a Spider III's. The cleans are where I heard the most improvement.
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Quote by Alex Vik
lol.

I'll believe it when I play it.

Edit: Actually, I don't think my local store even stocks crappy equipment. I've only seen Fender, Peavey, Roland, The Heritage, Jackson, and other quality equipment.


Fender, Peavey, Roland, The Heritage, and Jackson are not quality equipment in and of themselves. and all of those companies have been known to make anywhere from great to "so-so", to pretty crappy equipment.

brand name =/= quality necessarily

and your edit also implies that Line 6 does not make quality equipment, which is wrong.
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Fender, Peavey, Roland, The Heritage, and Jackson are not quality equipment in and of themselves. and all of those companies have been known to make anywhere from great to "so-so", to pretty crappy equipment.

brand name =/= quality necessarily

and your edit also implies that Line 6 does not make quality equipment, which is wrong.


Yea, I've played **** stuff by all of those brands. The last few Heritage guitars I tried are worthy of mention as some of the ****tiest I've ever played. There was one in that group that was just awesome though. I've played something extremely ****ty by the other brands as well.
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Gibson R0 Prototype
EBMM JP13 Rosewood
Fender CS Mary Kaye

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Quote by Bright Light
Fender, Peavey, Roland, The Heritage, and Jackson are not quality equipment in and of themselves. and all of those companies have been known to make anywhere from great to "so-so", to pretty crappy equipment.

brand name =/= quality necessarily

and your edit also implies that Line 6 does not make quality equipment, which is wrong.

No, but I meant that it was quality equipment by those brands that they stock. Well, minus the Peavey Windsor and Fender Frontman halfstacks they have. All of the Heritage guitars they have are custom order, the Roland amps are great, and I think the cheapest Jackson they have is one of those Dinkys.

And my edit implied that Spiders were crap, when did I say Line 6 was crap?
Last edited by Alex Vik at Sep 19, 2009,
#20
Quote by Alex Vik
...Well, minus the Peavey Windsor...




The Windsor is an amazing amp! Can't say the same about the cab (or really any Peavey guitar cab for that matter) but the head is awesome.


TS: Glad you think that the Spider IV is a great amp. I haven't personally tried one but I've heard from several people that they actually sound worse overall than the III's. To each his own though
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The Windsor is an amazing amp! Can't say the same about the cab (or really any Peavey guitar cab for that matter) but the head is awesome.

Eh, I'm not a fan of it. Maybe it's just the cab, but I really don't like the overdrive. The cleans were ok.
#22
Spider IV = Spider III w/ a makeover.

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#23
Quote by Silver-spear94
Spider IV = Spider III w/ a makeover.


First, what does that even mean, and second, how in the F do you even know that? Are you one of the Line 6 engineers who designed the Spider IV?

Trashing an amp that most here have probably never even heard doesn't make you cool....just in case you failed to realize that.
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on thursday there was a live broadcast on ustream with the line 6 guys talking about the spider IV (i should've made a thread with the link). also, i went to guitar center after school yesterday with my bandmates. i tried the spider IV, and thought it was much closer to the POD than the spider III. might just be me, but it was a bit more smooth and naturally suonding, i was able to get some neat tones. the 3/4 closed back cab also helps, adds a bit more punch. if you're gonna use your spider prejudices and dismiss the IV as a III with a makeover, fine, but open your ears and you'll see that it's definetely been improved. the harmonizer also isn't that bad
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#25
Well, guys, the Insane channel does sound worse, but the Metal channel and high-gain channel (only on the 75 watt or above..) sounded effing great
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#26
tried the 15w.

Cleans and the mid- lo gain channels were better than what i expected. the High Gain channels were improved but its still nothing special.
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Quote by DiSTuRBeD -26-
Well, guys, the Insane channel does sound worse, but the Metal channel and high-gain channel (only on the 75 watt or above..) sounded effing great


Glad to hear that you enjoyed it. They call it the "Insane Channel" because you'd have to be insane to like it(Just a joke to flamers who say I am bandwagoning, but I need to tell bad jokes on the weekends because I have no friends over).

I wish any store near me stocked spiders, because I have been wanting to try the spider valve. If I can find one, I will compare the III and IV.

EDIT: And because I cannot believe I just hit the post button...

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#28
I dunno if it's just me, but I never expected to be blown away by a practice amp. I still think it's cool that you can drop a tiny amount of money and walk away with an amp that will let you dabble in many different genres.
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#29
^Well sure. Obviously it doesn't even compare to any high gain tube amp past the $600 mark. I was mainly blown away by the fact that the Spider went from the worst practice amp ever made (debateable...) to one of the best (also debateable...)
My Setup
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Ibanez RG2EX1

Line 6 Vetta
Peavey Vypyr 15 for teh lulz

Check my clips out

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#30
Quote by ch0
I dunno if it's just me, but I never expected to be blown away by a practice amp. I still think it's cool that you can drop a tiny amount of money and walk away with an amp that will let you dabble in many different genres.

Yeah, I honestly think these amps only get a bad rap because when people make threads, they ask whether to get a Spider III 150 or a Single Recto etc. These are fine for practice amps, they aren't loud, sound decent and have alot of effects. And they are petty cheap in the smaller versions, what more can you ask? Now there are some better modelers, but they are a little bit more.