#2
Not so much that it's bad, just that there are far better amps out there for what these cost.
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Douglas WF-150sn w/ GFS "Hot Lead" set

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Bos SD-1 (boost)
AMT DT-2

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#3
the problem isnt that it sucks (which it kinda does), its that it gets marketed as an amp you can gig with. the 15w version isnt bad, it gives lots of options and you can play with a ton of effects. its when people get the bigger ones that UG members facepalm. cause if you buy a spider bigger than that, its a practice amp that plays at performace volumes. a practice amp is fine for practice, but when you play for others the tone just doesnt cut it. thats the problem, and the fact that the build quality isnt all that great.
#4
...and to think the search bar would've yeilded the answers you sought since this question HAS been asked a million times
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#5
Quote by jof1029
the problem isnt that it sucks (which it kinda does), its that it gets marketed as an amp you can gig with. the 15w version isnt bad, it gives lots of options and you can play with a ton of effects. its when people get the bigger ones that UG members facepalm. cause if you buy a spider bigger than that, its a practice amp that plays at performace volumes. a practice amp is fine for practice, but when you play for others the tone just doesnt cut it. thats the problem, and the fact that the build quality isnt all that great.


Nailed it right there. For the price of a large Spider III amp which is gig worthy you can get much better options, both SS and valve.
#6
Basically what other people said. The 15 watt is an ok practice amp. The bigger ones are dumb buys.
To be specific, it sounds rather digital and fabricated.
The cleans are decent but uninspiring.
The crunch channel sounds not too great, really unlike what it is modelled after.
The metal channel is pretty sterile-sounding.
Insane is almost unusable in any band context: it keeps the notes clear but that amount of gain and noise sounds bad.

So basically its OK at best. You can do better for the price
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