#1
I'm using an Epiphone Les Paul Junior in combination with a Line 6 Spider IV 15w, and no matter what i do, I just can't seem to get a good, heavy tone. Like an early Metallica tone. It sounds to me like the Metal and Insane settings on the amp just overlap a clean tone with some heavy static. Yes, I know that the guitar I'm using isn't generally used to play metal, but it's what I have for now. I'm pretty sure it's not the amp that keeps the tone so clean, but I could be wrong. Any suggestions?
#2
You're using a Line 6 Spider, what were you honestly expecting?

I hate to sound like an ass, but Line 6 Spiders are notorious for sounding like crap.
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#3
Get a better amp.

Sorry that's like, really impractical to say, but the solid state Spiders like yours are not known for their tone. If you want a hold off and can't afford a new amp, get a distortion pedal like a Marshall Jackhammer and use that on your amps clean channel. It;s not the right way to do it at all, but it will get you by for under 50 bucks.
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#4
You want an amp with a 12" speaker like a Peavey Vypyr 30, used they run $100 or less.

Your guitar is not ideal either, especially if it has P-90's like I think it does
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#5
When I had a Spider IV 15 the only way I could get a heavy tone on it was diming the gain on the crunch channel, as well as diming the bass and mids and setting the treble to taste.
#6
I am in fact planning on replacing either the guitar or the amp soon. I suppose a better question would be which do i replace first to get the desired tone, amp or guitar? So far, it looks like the amp is my main issue?
#7
Get an amp first. Your guitar is not idea, but it will work. The amp is your biggest culprit
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#8
Get a new amp first. If possible, get a tube amp. But just about anything will be better than what you have. Like Robbgnarly said, the Vypyr 30 seems to be popular and cheap. For a little more cash you can get the Vypyr 60 which has a proper 12" speaker and is tube.
Gibson RD Silverburst w/ Lace Dissonant Aggressors (SOLD)
Electra Omega Prime Ceruse
Fender Franken-Jag Bass

Amps and the like:
Laney VH100R
Seismic Luke 2x12
Dunlop 105Q Wah
Gojira FX 808
Line 6 M9