Spider III 75 review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (325 votes)
Line 6: Spider III 75

Price paid: $ 285

Purchased from: guitar center

Sound — 10
I use an ESP LTD MH-50 with no modifications, I have an effect pedal but I do not use it, because the distortion is included in the amp. It fits the style of rock well. For the mony this is a 10 in sound, but it's not a tube amp. (You wont find a tube amp for anywhere near this money). The distortion has a great sound and has no feedback, which is great, my DigiTech Death Metal distortion pedal made my Fender Frontman 15G have some feedback. To be honest I haven't taken this thing too loud because I currently play in my room, so I don't know if it sounds good loud or not, sorry. The variety os sounds the amp can make are great. It says on the amp humbuckers are reccomended, but there's certain equalizer steeings (which say so right on the amp) for people Who have single coil instruments. That's really not a problem.

Overall Impression — 10
This is a great match for metal and hard rock. there's a Vox in a similar price range which supposedly has a better sound because of a tube preamp. However this one has much better effects and controls, and controls the effects much better. They are both aroundd the same size. There's a Marshall also around the same price range, and it's very clean sounding, and would work well with a distortion pedal, for what I like to play. Overall the Marshall is the worst of the three, (not a slam to Marshall, but of the three that's what it is).

Reliability & Durability — 9
I haven't had it long enough to need service on it. The only problem is that the speaker in the back is exposed, so if you're not careful you can kick it out. Most Line 6 are like that so just cover it if you don't like it. I can; t give this a 10 because I've had this only like a month and I con't give Line 6 credit for good service (which I'm sure they have), but since I've never needeed it, I credit them to it.

Features — 10
This amplifier is a 75 watt, solid state, combo amp, made by Line 6 with 12 kinds of distortion, (ranging from clean to insane, and a green and a red setting for each, so there's 6 types of distortion, but 2 variations on each.) It's equipped with a Drive control, a reverb control, control knob 1-chorus flange, phaser, and tremolo effects. on the second control there is a delay, a sweep echo, and a tape echo. These can all be turned up or down. This amp has tons of featues for the money, the most features for an amp like this on the market. There is 36 channels that you can customize and save, and comes equipped with over 400 preset channels, the preset channels can not be saved as your own channel, but it's not too hard to recreate. This amp continually gets loud, not like my old Fender that was loud at three or four, but didn't get much laouder after 6 or 7. It does not come with a chanel switcher, but that's only like 30 bucks.

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    last_biscuit wrote: lol i love the way how half the people on here consider line 6 to be crap purely because they are modeling amps, when half of the people on here don't own the equipment they talk about kicking ass, and themselves only have crappy little amps. also for a beginner to intermediate guitarist, or someone who isnt rich enough to have it bought for them by mommy n daddy or their wages from work...these amps are great value for money...i've had a Spider II for about 3 years, and i've been playing for 10...it's only in the coming few weeks when i get a Hughes & Kettner Switchblade stack that i am putting the Spider aside as a mere practise amp. And if you know what you're doing, you can make a Spider sound great when recording, not just what i've found but also the words of a studio engineer at a well-known recording studios in Birmingham...the place has had many famous bands rehearse there and record sessions for Kerrang Radio in Birmingham, including artists like Robert Plant, Megadeth, Hammerfall etc
    +1 i liked the way you mentioned that. but i like the amp more.
    i'm thinking of getting this amp or a 2X12 120W Crate with 7 DSP effects,which one should I get?
    alright i got this amp about 4 months ago, ive played 9 shows with is (gigs wtf/e) and for 75w? it's amazing, to hear me over the drums, vocals, and the crowd i had to turn it up to like 6 (of 10 on volume) and it was perfect, the tone will give out if you go too ten sure but if you need to go that loud, why the hell didnt you get the 150w? think about it people, but anyways along with my ltd ec-1000 deluxe this amp rules, and yes, its good for rock, blues, and especially metal, so all you people comparing it to a vox? suck it, yes i have played a vox, and the SIII rapes it in blues sound (but the blues amp model sucks so make the sound yourselves) im 17, and i love this amp, so its not a thing about age, its a thing about being a poser, or opinion, oh and if you cant find the sound you want from the pressets THATS WHY YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN AND SAVE THEM IDIOT. hands down, the SIII 75w is AMAZING 11 out of 10 definetly, and the hd75 is an amazing head check it out. last note, theres absolutely nothing wrong with having a digital sound, stop being afraid of change it sounds the same, your just being a pussy and dont wanna admit that its badass. (when i say "your" i mean everyone bashing the electronics)
    Crazy Redd
    really good amp for people who has a low budget, and wants a good sounding amp
    Just got this amp its great I Can't pay 1,000 dollars for an amp so this was perfect Its way more versatile then what people say ANd the effects are first rate
    Give_em Hell
    badluck39 wrote: this amp is awsome, any sound your looking for and a lot you arnt, it has
    any sound? please! seriously amps that have effects usually the effects sound like shit id rather buy a boss delay an ibanez tube screamer, boss flanger or electro harmonix something worth it