Price paid: $ 200
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
I'm playing an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain-top though my Spider, and I personally think it sounds great. I play all styles of music, and the amp is very versitile. I do get some feedback, but that's just because I need a new cable, and the built-in noise gate feature helps cut that down. The amp, I think, delivers very good tones, from nice cleans to heavy distortion. This amp can reach a crazy level of distortion; some say that the distortion sounds digital, but I don't think so.
Overall Impression — 10
This amp fits me perfectly. I've been playing for about a year now, and this is my second amp, next to a Fender Frontman 15G. Needless to say, this thing blows it away. It's got all that I need for quite awhile, and it fits me perfectly. Many people don't like Spider II's; I say, don't listen to them, and play one yourself. I'm pretty sure you'll be surprised. I love this amp; it's inexpensive, loud, and has a very high distortion. Great value.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is built like a rock. It's a solid 40 pounds, and I'd be pretty sure you could throw a baseball at this thing and you wouldn't be able to tell. My amp has never broken down either. It's a very nice piece of equipment, and I would definatley use it in a gig without a backup.
Features — 9
I'll just say: I absolutley love this amp. You can have your own 4 preset channels, and have them set however you like. There is also 12 different amp models, and seven effects. I like all of the amp models, though the red "insane" model doesn't really fit anything I do. The effects are useful, but obviously aren't as high-quality as pedals. I play just about everything, and this is a very versitile amp. It's also very loud, loud enough for small gigs, but at the same time, retains tone. The amp also has an output jack, which I haven't used yet. Also, it might be noted that the amp has a built in noise-gate and tuner, which both work quite well.