Spider II 212 review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 6.5 Neat
  • Users' score: 7.5 (117 votes)
Line 6: Spider II 212
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Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 6
I play this amp with a Strat equipped with Dimarzio Evo's, and it sounds pretty good after I spent an hour tweaking the EQ so I got the distortion sound I wanted. the clean is very weak compared to a tube or higher quality solid state amp (especially tube). Twang is annoying, blues is too muddy, and crunch is a damn joke. Quite frankly, the metal setting is crunchier than the crunch setting. Metal is good if you mess with the eq enough, but its never as brutal as a high gain tube amp. Insane is retarded. Sorry to all the nu-metal fans, but it sounds like a howler monkey going through a trash compactor, and has little or no musical application. If it does, we're all screwed.

Overall Impression — 6
Overall, this amp is good a first and mediocre at the end. If you enjoy metal or nu-metal and are looking for something powerful and decent for that style, go for it. But if your progressing in your guitar career, save your money for something else. I've been playing for almost 5 years, and I've progressed beyond intermediate, so I plan on selling this guy on eBay and buying a Peavey XXX or a Marshall or something in that category. If you play any style other than metal or hard rock, I strongly recommend you look elsewhere to amps suited to your style. This amplifier attempts to cover too broad a spectrum, and ends up falling short in many departments.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I can say my amp is reliable, and I don't gig often, so I would probably use it without a backup. I have heard reports of knobs or effects breaking, but not too often. Mine has never had a problem, although its deceivingly heavy.

Features — 6
As a previous review stated, this amp is good for intermediate players and people looking to upgrade from a practice amp, although there are better alternatives. I bought this amp about a year ago, and was fairly excited about it at the time, but as time wore on I was unable to get the sound I was really looking for. I play mostly metal and classic rock, but I like to cover the musical spectrum with everything from blues to classical, so this amp really doesn't help. It has four channels, which are alright, except if you gig you hafta buy a footswitch so you don't have to stop playing. The effects are not particularly pleasing. The ability to adjust the set the effects is very poor, and things like chorus go from barely anything to full on vibrato-space alien with 2 degrees of knob rotation. same with the flange. the delay isn't too bad, neither is the reverb, but I havent played a better amp with reverb. its got more than enough power, but as mentioned elsewhere, bad tone at loud volumes is still bad tone. I've also heard that it does not like to cooperate with pedals much. I've only used a boss super chorus through it, and it was alright on the clean channel.

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