Sound — 8
Since the Spider is a modelling amp, it is perfect for a person that is exploring different genres of music and playing styles. But none of the modelled amps or effects compete with what they are trying to replicate. The clean and twang are very similar; they are clean sounding when the drive is turned down but when the drive is turned up the sound becomes slightly muddy. The three distortion models (recto, crunch, and insane) are powerful and with the adjustment of the drive knob a large assortment of different tones can be created. The insane model can be insane. The distorion has a dirty metal vibe but can sometimes sound to dirty and a bit corny. Despite that when the amp is cranked the insane model has very powerful sustain. I personally find the blues model the weakest. It has a light distortion sound but has little sustain or bite. All of the effects sound good and are great to experiment with, but they do not have the pressence of the effects that they sound like. The wah pedal on the floorboard is again great to experiment with, but lacks tonal variety. This amp is perfect for a intermediate player looking to experiment and to play around with their sound, but probably would not suit a player with a set sound and playing style.
Overall Impression — 8
This amp is the perfect amp to experiment with. Even though you cannot have both the flange and chorus on at the same time, or the tremolo and flange on at the same time it is still ridiculously versatile. The floorboard comes in handy a lot, and the wah pedal is a lot of fun. At times the effects can appear shallow because you do not have the ability to mold the sound such as using a pedal but they certanly sound good. This is a great amp that is very durable and is perfect for playing at home or with a band (and is loud enough to compete with a drummer).