Price paid: $ 499
Purchased from: Vince's Music
Sound — 9
I am currently using an Epi Les Paul Classic and a Fender 12-string Strat and both the single coils and the 'buckers sound great through it. I play a lot of metal and hard rock but with a little acoustic and I am well pleased with it. Not too much static with the aforementioned noise gate on so good on that. The clean is like crystal no matter what setting and the insane level with just about massacre you (in a good way) but does leave a little to be desired for Randy Rhoads things, early Metallica, and Slayer-type things.
Overall Impression — 10
No matter what you're into, the Spider III has the sound (and probably the preset) for you. However some of the presets for the classic songs are a little inaccurate, you can make your own on one of the 40 user presets. If it was stolen or lost I would definately buy another, even if I lost that one. Before buying this I had a Vox Valvetronix (one of the cheap ones, not a NeoDog) and where the Vox has better overall effects, it simply can't hold up to the sound quality and versatility of the Spider III.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I haven't had this amp for that much time but so far it's taken some beatings (dropped it, spilled a little water on it) but it's held up just fine as to now. It seems fairly rugged to me, and it's not a tube amp so tubes aren't an issue. So far, I haven't had any problems with it yet!
Features — 10
This amp is a fairly new model so I'm pretty sure it was made in 2006. It can produce a huge range of sound. The clean is beautiful, whereas the red Insane is full of gain and best for tapping solos. You can get pretty much whatever sound you want from just about any musical era with this bad boy. it's got a headphone jack, mp3/cd input, and a footswitch jack (however like all line6 amps they only work with Line 6 footswitches because of the kind of jack). the effects are pretty cool (especially the sweep echo) but my only real complaint is that if you want chorus, it's only comes with flange not separately so I'm kinda s.o.l. on that respect. I have the 150 not the 120 (the 150 wasn't on the drop-down menu) and it has 2-12" Celestions and they are plenty, plenty loud. I can't get it past about 5 without fear of knocking things over. Also, it has a built in noise gate and distortion boost (however, you're going to have to read the "Special Hidden Functions" section of the manual to understand how to turn them on). Oh, and the 400+ presets aren't bad either.