Spider III 15 review by Line 6

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

Price paid: £ 70

Purchased from: PMT Technology

Sound — 9
I am currently using a Dean ML through this amp, which has 2 open humbuckers, which makes the tone very powerfull. As I have said before, I play mostly rock and metal, and this amp can accomodate them, aswell as other styles such as blues, funk and jazz. This amp isnt very noisy, it has a built in noise gate which can be turned on or off by holding in a button whilst powering up. Supprisingly the clean channel stays quite clean even at high volume, but the distortion fuzzes up, especially on insane.

Overall Impression — 9
My overall impression of this amp is that it seems quite good, I can't think why other users of Ultimate-Guitar dislike them, It sounds okay to me, and it has effects to play around with. The only problem I have encountered is when changing channel, the volume jumps to quite loud, meaning you have to tweak it again. If it were stolen or lost, I think I may save up for an Orange amp, but I do like this amp alot, and I think it's a good peice of equipment for 70. The Chorus and flange on this amp can make a very boring peice on clean sound nicer, and the phaser on the metal channel also works quite well.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I have only had this amp a few says so I can't really comment on the durability of it, it looks pretty solid built to me, with rubber coated corners, I should think it will be able to take a few bashes without any damage to the electrics. I would use this on stage without backup, not that I'm planning to, but time will tell nhow tough this amp is.

Features — 10
I Have no idea what year this Amp was made it, maybe 2006. I mostly play rock and metal like Slipknot, Papa Roach, Black Stone Cherry and Nirvana, and this Amp is pretty decent for what those styles. It has 4 channels, clean, crunch, metal and insane. The crunch is abit thin but the other channels sounds nice. This amp also includes effects, it has 1 dial which has chorus/flange, phaser and tremolo, and another dial with sweep echo, tape echo and reverb, all of which sound pretty decent if set up correctly.

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    i have a Marshall MG15CDR and having played a lot on the 30W version of this i am in second thoughts if i should have bought this one... anyway, the buying occured 2 years ago, now if i am going to buy sth new, it's going to be a Tube. Moooooneyyyyy (it's a crime! )
    Need help... Im meant to be getting a Roland cube 15x which is good but a guy who i know says to get this amp the line 6 spider III i play rock/heavy metal music Need abit of advise???
    LoveIsHell wrote: dextery wrote: Compared to Marshall MG15DFX, which one has a better sound quality? The line 6 blows the marshall equiv out of the water, much better distortion, less break up and a more renouned tone. But thats my opinion. Best thing is to go to your local music shop and ask to try both.
    I doubt it though it isn't much worse and the price is almost half of the Marshall 15dfx which I had which was as good or better though for practice the Line 6 is more practical.