Price paid: $ 199.99
Purchased from: musiciansfriend.com
Sound — 10
I'm using it with the Behringer guitar from the V-tone pack, and I don't know the pickup style. it goes really well with the heavy metal that I play. It's not really noisy, only if you have the volume real high with the guitar plugged in it near it, usually on the insane and metal channels. The amp can sound as heavy as metal, but as soft as some classic rock bands. The clean channel is pretty good no matter how high the volume is. The distortion is my favorite thing on the amp. It really fits my style, and my band likes how it sound with our music, it's insane.
Overall Impression — 9
Like I mentioned before, I play heavy metal, and this matches it good, especially the distortion. My frind got me into the Spider series. Playing for 3 years, I own a Behringer guitar with a cable and strap, and thats pretty much all I use. Well I got the feel of this amp from my firend so there wouldn't have been any questions to ask, just the reliability. If I lost this or got it stolen, I would probably get something else but still of the Spider II family, I would just get a bigger model. I love the Insane distortion. The only thing I dont like about it is that if you have the volume up really high on the insane channel it increases the bass, and makes it sound like the amps going to blow. Well I compare it to all the other spiders out there. I chose this one because it was affordable and gave me the sound I like. I wish I had the Spider II HD 75 with cab.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I would most likely depend on it, and I might use it at a gig, but not sure yet because of the size. But I could use it for a gig w/o a backup. No, this amp hasn't broken down, yet at least I hope not.
Features — 9
I don't know the year this was made in. I like this amp verys much and it works the music I play which are heavy metal. It has four channels: clean, crunch, metal, and insane which you can switch while playing with fingers. it has a headphone jack for private listening and to not disturb other people around you. I wish the amp had somthing you can Switch the channels with with something other than ur fingers because u may have to take a pause to switch the channels from clean to Insane. I hardly ever use the phaser and chorus. I use this amp in my band in my friends basement, you can hear it better in wide open areas like outdoors or a bigger room than in tight spaces like the kind I'm in. I'll look forward to getting the HD75 head with cab. Extras include a record out output for recording.