Spider III 15 review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 2
  • Overall Impression: 2
  • Reliability & Durability: 2
  • Features: 4
  • Reviewer's score: 2.5 Junky
  • Users' score: 7.1 (387 votes)
Line 6: Spider III 15

Price paid: $ 100

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 2
This is where the amp fails the most. The clean channel is so-so. The distortion channels, on the other hand, are among the worst I've ever heard from an amp. Trust me that I can back this up. I played a 2, 500 hundred dollar Fender Strat on this thing, and then I played my 400 dollar Epi LP. Guess what? They sounded EXACTLY the same. The sound is just so digital, and it makes for a very unpleasant playing experience. You can shift power chords from the top to the bottom of the fretboard, and the sound will barely change at all. It only sounds good if you have never played any other amps before.

Overall Impression — 2
Make sure you play or have the salesman test other amps out for you. That way you won't get a crappy amp. It would appear that a guitar center salesman has tricked me again, bought a Fender frontman the first time (this thing is even worse) My own fault for not reading reviews. The amp is simply lacking in everything except for it's effects which are nothing impressive. I play metal and rock, and I only bought this because it was on sale. Do not waste your money on this little piece of crap. Go with a Microcube instead.

Reliability & Durability — 2
I don't know how long it will last, because I am taking it back. As for gigging, you will never be able to use this thing... ever. It just sucks too badly. It's even bad for a practice amp. Plenty of better options in the price range. Again I say to save your money and get a better amp.

Features — 4
Features are decent IMO. As the title says, the amp is 15 watts. You have four channels, all of which are terrible (imo). They are: Clean, Crunch, Metal, Insane Clean is obvious. Crunch you would use for songs like Smoke on the Water. Metal is obviously for those cool metal riffs. Insane would used in shredding. The distortion is just flat in every channel. It always sounds like a jumbled buzzing sound. One thing that bugs me is when you Switch to the clean channel. For some reason the amp always automatically turns on echo effects. You have to turn them off each time you go clean. This will become very tiresome after awhile. Onto the effects. Some of these are pretty cool, but it still isn't worth buying the amp. You have to effects knobs One has Flanger, Chorus, Phaser, and Tremolo. The other has two echo effects and reverb. You can use up to two effects at once but not from the same knob. Basically you could use Flanger and Reverb together, but not Flanger and Phaser. These effects will fool beginners into buying this amp. Don't be a victim.

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    It's not a horrible amp if you play crazy metal ...but it disguises the character of ur guitar, no matter what my tele and rg sound similar on this amp which is very digital
    AndreaAmott wrote: I have a love-hate relationship. Sounds great, but everytime I turn it on, it's a different sound. Many reviews say this..this ampli allows to save the sound and the settings that the user creates, just holding the channel button for 4-5 seconds..
    i have the 120 watt version, and i swear the sound changes slightly every other time i use it =/ ( i'm not a noob i know how to save my settings on the amp ) i haven't tried the 15 watt, but if it's anything like the 120 watt version, the sounds alright i guess, but you have to tweak around with it a bit, instead of just flickling through all the presets. 400+ presets and they're all mediocre =/. anyone wana buy my spider? LOL
    stop talking about your 120, 60, or 30 watts. this is about the 15 watt. and i dont really like this amp, id go with the peavey vypyr if you want a digital, has way more settings, and sounds a shitload better to me.
    this amp sounds horirbleand is toneless it sounds digital and fake.It's ok for beginners who play nothing more than metal but even for than nothing beats a crnked tube amp and some sort of tube scremer pedal.
    the sound is ssoooo crunchy, but it does nothing else good! all the effect are pretty limited tone wise ( they just don't sound right) youre better off buying a plain small marshall or a vox 50, that wont have all these useless effects but make lots of good noise, and then get a pedal or a pod. this might be a cheap solution for begginers, but as soon as one looks for the smallest amount of tone and alright sounding distort, this amp really isnt good enough. plus, it seems to lack..... base, or nmaybe not base but.... that deep thing that makes Vox and Marshall so much better.
    why in the hell would anybody ever buy 120 watts of solid state... absolutely retarded. 2 of my friends have this amp and i have to say it's quite terrible. Ive messed around for a few hours on this thing and everything sounds sharp like a knife. hurts your ears, and then if u roll down the tone, it sounds like a mud bath. anybody in this review, get a damn tube amp or a regular solid state, not digital shit. U DONT NEED EFFECTS ON A PRACTICE AMP!! why would u buy a junk heap thhat u will grow out of in a year anyways once u realise what a junk box it is.