Spider III 75 review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (325 votes)
Line 6: Spider III 75
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Price paid: $ 300

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 9
This amp is good for just about any genre of music that you can think of. Whether it be jazz, rock, metal, neoclassical, or whatever, the tones can pretty much be reached with this amp. As far as noise goes, the clean channel stays very clean, even at high levels and the distortion stays distorted even at the lowest levels. There are about 6 types of distortion built into the amp and all are fun to mess around with and create the perfect tones. There's the basic bass, mid, treble, and Gain knobs for you to work with. There is also a hidden feature in the "Green Metal" setting where if you turn the mid knob to 0 you get a pi distortion sound, but if you turn the mid to 11 you get more of a complete fuzz distortion. I have found the distortions to be very harmonic capable and totally shreddable.

Overall Impression — 9
This amp is probably more suited for the hard rock, metal type genres just because of it's multiple "insane" distortions. Overall, it's a great amp for a beginner to intermediate player, or just someone who plays guitar as a hobby. And I would definitely replace this amp if it were stolen, but Line 6 just released a tube version which is designed by Bogner so that would also be on the list of possible replacements.

Reliability & Durability — 10
If I was performing at a gig, I would use this amp without a backup for sure. It has not yet failed me or broken down in the 4 months I've had it. It has always been ready jam, no matter what.

Features — 9
This amp is definitely a monster when it comes down to effects. It has 12 different amp settings, a chorus/flange, phaser, 3 different delays and reverb as well. For a combo amp, the distortions are not bad in my opinion, but they are no match for a tube amp and a classic distortion pedal. This amp has a very wide variety of sounds already built into as well. There are a lot of classic song amp tones built into the console which are easy to scroll through. There are four main channels which the tones can be saved on or selected from and there are a couple different footswitches which work with this amp.

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