Price paid: C$ 450
Purchased from: Central Music
Sound — 7
I have a Fender Stratocaster, with Kinman pickups, and they are not noisy and have a pretty appropriate tone for a blues or jazz type style. The Twang setting on the amp suits my blues style quite well, because it has a "raw" rock and roll sound, while staying away from a distortion sound. The "noise" level on the amp is quite low, even on the Insane setting (which is ment for shredding). The clean channel is perfect, although the amps master volume needs to be turned up quite a bit to hear it. The distortion is quite "clean", although there is many other effects and tones to adjust the level of distortion. If you turn your MID down on your amp with the 'Insane' setting on and set your toggle switch to "lead" on your guitar, it has a nice crisp distortion sound.
Overall Impression — 9
I play a wide variety of music, including blues, rock, neoclassical, some ambient and metal. The amp has settings and effects to perfectly match any genre I choose to play, and there is no restrictions with this amp what so ever. I personally found that the preset called "Steak Face", located in the "THD" bank, with the mid turned down to zero is an amazing combination for neoclassical metal or any progressive rock/metal you would like to play. I have been playing guitar for about 2 years and all self taught. This is the only amp I own, along with Fender Strat guitar. This is a perfect amp, and you really get your moneys worth with this product. If my amp were stolen or lost, I would buy the same one or even a more powerful one (125W) because this is my favourite amp and I cannot find a more versatile one.
Reliability & Durability — 7
It is very reliable and I would indeed use it at a gig without a backup, because it has an incredibly wide selection of settings and tones, perfect for any genre of music. Also the Line 6 pedals (sold separately) are great and make it super easy to Switch effects. The amp has never broken down or "burnt out" in my time of use. I have used it many times at almost maximum volume and it has always been perfect. I have never neglected it of regular services, but the past two years it has been in perfect condition.
Features — 10
The Spider III 75W has amazing tone for any type of music style. There are 6 tones: clean, blues, twang, crunch, metal and insane. Each of the 6 tones have 2 setting represented by a green and red LED when you turn the nob. The green is the clearer sounding tone, more for lead, while the red is more for rhythm, because it has a more bass less treble sound. It has 4 channels on the amp, but you cannot preset them without the pedal, which you must purchase from Line 6. No other brand of pedal fits in the amp, unfortunately. There is a nob for your drive, bass, mid, treble and channel volume, and also the main volume. The difference between the Channel Volume and main volume is that the channel volume controls the volume of the effects. The effect on the amp are used by turning a nob to the right or left, which adjusts the strength of that effect. The effects include chorus flange, phaser, tremolo, delay, tape echo and sweep echo. The reverb nob is by itself. For those how don't understand reverb, it's made to sound like an echo, like it is bouncing off walls, to give a concert hall feel. Some cons about the amp are that the pedal is sold separately, and therefore you cannot add your own presets without it. This 75W amp is very powerful on the metal and insane, and half volume is all you need on it to overpower the sound of the drums if you are jamming with a band. The other four settings on the amp (clean, blues, twang and crunch), while very nice in tone, are a little on the lower side, volume wise. I recommend the 125W Line 6 amp if you want to play large shows or even on a stage.