Poll: Who hears has owned or owns a spider amp?
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View poll results: Who hears has owned or owns a spider amp?
I have one and love it
7 15%
I have one and don't like it
1 2%
I had one and didn't like it
9 19%
I don't want one
25 52%
I am planning to buy one
1 2%
I threw mine out the window
5 10%
Voters: 48.
#1
It seems to be a pretty popular little amp, so I was just curious who hear owns or has owned one and what you think/thought about it.
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Last edited by kutless999 at Dec 12, 2011,
#2
Hmm......this reminds me of another thread I read quite a while ago......something to do with MGs

I owned a spider iv 15w. Is that all you need to know?

EDIT: Your poll doesn't have a "I had one and liked it" option. I was quite an amp noob back then so I liked it. Didn't know better but it was a nice, easy to use amp. Much easier and straightforward than the other modelers out there.
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#3
cleans on the 30 were great.
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#4
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cleans on the 30 were great.
that's good to know.
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#5
I have a 15 watt one. I love the damn thing.

Loud enough, cheap as fuck, and surprisingly not shit. Good enough for me, as a practice, take anywhere and not give a shit what happens to it, amp.

Other than that, not a fan of them.
#6
Thought it was cool when a friend got a Spider III 30W like 5 years ago. The cleans and the light overdrive sounded decent.
The verb was ok too.

The INSANE!!!!!! channel sounded like ass though.

I've never owned one myself.
#8
its a good practise amp. i have the 75W spider 2 and its great. but i wouldnt gig with it
#10
i have a vypyr and my friend has a spider III. they are pretty much the same but i like my vypyr more because it has more effect and the heavy gain doesnt sound as digital. if you can get a tube hybrid vypyr, go for that. nothing gets better than a tube modeling amp lol
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#11

But yeah I had a spider. It was okay
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#12
I have the 30 watt Spider III. I'll tell you what, for all the hate they get, I rather like mine. When you compare it too good amps, of course it isn't the best. But when you take it for what it is, a versatile practice amp, it excels. I get damn good distortion out of it, the cleans are great of a SS amp, and the thing pumps out a good sound for what it is. Plus, the built in effects are great for anyone practicing, covering songs, or just messing about. The crunch channel is disappointing and the metal channel is underwhelming in my opinion as well, but the clean channel pulls off some great tones in my opinion, and dialing in the insane channel to a non-noobish amount of gain and without scooping the mids (admit it, we've all done it hahaha), I've gotten great metal tones out of it, especially when considering the fact that it sounds great a bedroom practice levels and, at the end of the day, that's what it's for. That said, I don't condone the Spider half-stacks (other than the exception that is the current Bogner MKII head which is excellent for what it is) because it's pretty much a giant practice amp and defeats the purpose, but hey, to each his own. For what it's worth, I love the smaller Spiders and I probably wouldn't buy a different small practice amp (other than something from Roland's Cube series) besides a Spider.
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#13
My friend had one, I'd certainly take a Spider over an MG.
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#14
i hadnt used mine for a year, then joined UG and was like "i dont remember it being THAT bad" so i plugged it back in

it was that bad
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#15
I had one for 6 month to a year. When I bought it I thought it was the greatest thing ever made. Later... not so much. I mean it's not a bad practice amp, and it has a good amount of decent effects for new players to try out, and tweak. Mine was the 75W spider III. It was loud enough to keep up with a drummer. You really need the shortboard controller with it, otherwise you're trying to turn knobs and push buttons on the front panel while playing to change anything. Plus the shotboard has a volume pedal.... which doesn't act like a volume pedal through a tube amp. Instead of acting like your guitars' volume knob, it acts like your amp's volume knob. In fact, when I got my first tube amp I bought a volume pedal thinking it would have the same effect. I was actually kinda disappointed. I was under the impression I could use it like an attenuator

The spiders get a lot of hate on here, but it's mainly because the other options in the price range are better. They aren't THAT bad if you go into it knowing it's not pro level gear. My first amp ever was some generic 10 or 15W peavey practice amp that came with my guitar... Now THAT amp sucked ass.
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#16
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I had one for 6 month to a year. When I bought it I thought it was the greatest thing ever made. Later... not so much. I mean it's not a bad practice amp, and it has a good amount of decent effects for new players to try out, and tweak. Mine was the 75W spider III. It was loud enough to keep up with a drummer. You really need the shortboard controller with it, otherwise you're trying to turn knobs and push buttons on the front panel while playing to change anything. Plus the shotboard has a volume pedal.... which doesn't act like a volume pedal through a tube amp. Instead of acting like your guitars' volume knob, it acts like your amp's volume knob. In fact, when I got my first tube amp I bought a volume pedal thinking it would have the same effect. I was actually kinda disappointed. I was under the impression I could use it like an attenuator

The spiders get a lot of hate on here, but it's mainly because the other options in the price range are better. They aren't THAT bad if you go into it knowing it's not pro level gear. My first amp ever was some generic 10 or 15W peavey practice amp that came with my guitar... Now THAT amp sucked ass.


I think you are using the volume pedal wrong...
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#17
Solid state spiders are nice for what they are, lightweight bedroom-practice amps with effects. I owned a 30 watt one and it served it's purpose.

I also had a Spider Valve combo which sounded much better. I actually think I may get another one (or a Vetta combo) so I don't need to carry my entire rig to band practice.
#18
Thanks for being honest guys.
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#19
the high wattage spiders are pointless, impractical and overpriced. but for bedroom practice the smaller ones do the job just fine.
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#20
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I think you are using the volume pedal wrong...


Not sure what you mean
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#21
You can use a volume pedal in two ways:

1.) Between the guitar and the amp to reduce the input signal before it hits the amp.

2.) In the amp's effects loop to control the signal (volume) between preamp and power amp. More or less just another volume control on your amp.

Yes, they attenuate your signal down but should not be confused with an actual guitar amplifier attenuator that is resister based or load based. Those have specific purposes that a volume pedal cannot accomplish.


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#22
I threw mine out the window and set it on fire
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#23
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Solid state spiders are nice for what they are, lightweight bedroom-practice amps with effects. I owned a 30 watt one and it served it's purpose.

I also had a Spider Valve combo which sounded much better. I actually think I may get another one (or a Vetta combo) so I don't need to carry my entire rig to band practice.


nice little practice amp! not for gigs or recording. i just used my POD for that, but if you dont wanna pay out the ass and bother people, the 30 w is more than enough
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#24
had a spidervalve hd100 for a bit, wasnt a bad amp for the price (bought it used, head, cab and floorboard for under $1000) buying it new is kind of a waste, for 1500 you can do better....but i always liked line 6's versatility and ease of use back then. kinda moved on from modeling amps in favor of what ive found to be my favorite type of tone. ive also got a little 15w practice amp. tough as nails and surprisingly doesnt sound terrible.....except for the insane channel, which as mentioned above sounds like garbage.
#25
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