Spider III 15 review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.1 (387 votes)
Line 6: Spider III 15

Price paid: $ 100

Purchased from: musiciansfriend.com

Sound — 8
The Clean setting offers low buzz and great bell-like sound. This setting reduces distortion to none, and all your notes are crisp and clear. The Crunch setting is not an ideal setting as there isn't much point to it. It can have an interesting sound though. The Metal setting is more of a muted insane setting. Not the best setting either, but at least Line 6 gives us variety. The Insane setting is where this amp shines it's brightest. This setting screams bloody murder when set up correctly. The Chorus Flange seems to have no effect on any setting except crunch, which really sucks because the crunch doesnt't sound too good. The Phaser can add some awesome effect to any setting, but sometimes it doesnt't sound too good. At lower settings, the phaser goes slower. The Tremelo does exactly what it needs to, the sound comes in as clicks when it is set all the way up, but each note is still discernible from the rest. At lowere settings, the volume swells and lowers. The Tape Echo captures each not very nicely, but it doesnt't last as long as you would hope. The Echoes seem to fade away to quickly. At lower settings, the Echoes are at a lower volume. The Sweep echo adds some nice sound to any setting, but it's not always desirable. Once again, the Echoes fade away too quickly. At lower settings, the echose are at a lower volume, as is the case with the tape echo. The Reverb is a great effect for anyone that is going to play Live in an auditorioum or the like. This effect gives a perfect echo that will help you get ready for any room. It will let you preview how your guitar will sound with the echo of a closed in area. Overall this amp sounds great, and delivers what you want.

Overall Impression — 9
I play a lot of heavy metal and this amp is just what I need. The insane setting has perfect distortion and scream. The clean setting allows me to play and soft mellow songs like Sanitarium, Nothing Else Matters, and Too Late. I love mostly every aspect of this amp.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This amp can stand up to a lot of abuse. It has fallen 10 feet and it didn't suffer a scratch. I play on it at a very loud volume and it still sounds brand new. None of the knobs or buttons are worn out at all, and each effect and setting still sounds perfect. I wouldn't bring this amp to a gig without a backup as it just doesnt't have all the things you might need, but I wouldn't need a backup because of broken parts or the like.

Features — 10
This amp was made in 2006, and is a great amp. It has four main settings which are clean, crunch, metal, and insane. These settings are chosen with nice rubber buttons with an orange LED light behind each. It also has direct access to bass, drive, channel volume, MIDI, and treble with high quality chrome painted knobs. This amp has 6 effects as well making it even better. These are: phaser, reverb, tape echo, tremelo, chorus flange, and sweep echo. Each effect has a chrome painted knob that lets you specify the amount of each effect. Each Main setting has a programmable feature that keeps all tone setting and effects in it's memory, whenever you restart your amp, or change sttings, it reverts to these. It also has a jack that allows for recording directly from the amp, and a jack that allows you to play a CD through the amp and play along with it.

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    wow, its amazing how some people go on to most of these reviews simply to tell everyone that this or that sucks, i mean seriously get over it. no one cares about all ur opinions.
    nice amp if your simply just using it to practise and record songs at home, i wouldnt play any gigs or band practises with it. And for the price who could go wrong.