Spider II 30 review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (149 votes)
Line 6: Spider II 30
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Price paid: $ 237.9

Sound — 7
I use single coil and humbucker equiped guitars on this amp. The sounds you can get from the amp are pretty nice, but the clean channel can seem lifeless, as others have mentioned. It has a built in noise gate which is very useful if your using something like a strat on the insane channel which gives you some of the thickest distortion available. The effects are OK but nowhere near the quality or variety of a digitech or boss pedal, obviously. Tries pluggin an electroacoustic into it once. Sounded pretty shit but then again it ain't an acoustic amp now is it?

Overall Impression — 8
I play different styles of music and this amp can handle most of the stuff perfectly, although it is ideally a metal head's amp. If you want a clean amp you might aswel buy a Flexitone or something else because this amps clean channel doesn't shine, but the distortion is orgasmic on the crunch and insane channel. I recommend buying the footswitch/expression pedal for this amp. If it was lost I would probably buy a Vendetta instead, they are just brilliant.

Reliability & Durability — 9
It is up to gigging as I have used it live and it done a great job. You might want to buy an FBV pedal for it if you are wishing to do so though because a footswitch is not supplied. I've had no problems with mine so far, and I've had it around 6 months.

Features — 8
Quite a versatile amp to play on. It has four channels: clean, crunch, metal, insane, each with their own memory banks. The crunch channel gives you a creamy Marshall type distortion. The insane lets you play Pantera and all that other metal which requires extreme distortion that you could normally only get from a stack. Tonnes of effects, a line out and an mp3/CD input. Could do with more controls for the effects but it's pretty impressive that they fitted in 7 effect loops into a 30w combo. It's a great amp for at home practise or playing at small venues since its pretty loud for its wattage.

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