Spider III 75 review by Line 6

logo Ultimate Guitar
  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (325 votes)
Line 6: Spider III 75

Price paid: $ 300

Purchased from: Sam Ash

Sound — 8
Line 6 is not known for representing a sound (like Mesa is to metal distortion, or Fender is to clean, bluesy, twang). The amp models are all based on real amps like the Dual Rectifier, or the Fender Princton. The Spider is a solid-state amp, but a good one at that. It has a big enough bottom to blast a small gig, while having a glassy enough top, so your lead can pierce your audiences hearts (or brains, if you're using a metal or Insane. The amp has a typical 3-band EQ, so you can customize your sound how you like it. The distortion/gain is different for each amp. Put on medium gain on the twang setting, and you're ready for some country chick'n pick'n. If you lower the distortion on the crunch setting, it sounds like Eric Clapton's blues rock style. If you use high distortion and a scooped middle with an Insane amp model, you better be wearing a welder's mask, 'cause your face is about to be melted! However, since it's not a tube amp, the harmonics will sing through the mix, but it won't be as powerful (use a compressor to fix this problem). For the best sounds, use a passive humbucker. The clean will stay clean, and the metal will kill 'em all. Oh yes, and the reverb is amazing.

Overall Impression — 10
I don't have a style of music. I mostly play metal, but sometimes I just freestyle the blues. I like the fact that the clean is very customizable - there's Metallica clean, Pink Floyd clean, Doors Down clean. I have different distorted settings - 80's metal, grunge, Insane lead, thrash rythm, speed (with almost 100% mid scoop), and others. If you have a power metal band, get a Peavey or Mesa with a stack. If you play jazz, get a Fender Reverb. If you have a wide taste, or you play as a hobby, buy this amp. It's well worth the price.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I only used it for one gig so far, but I'd use it again. I set up four channels to my specifications, and switched between them with the ease of pushing a button (I now have a footswitch for that) so there's no worries about messing up your settings while on stage. I only had it for a few months, but I expect it to last for years. Just in case, I got the company warranty, which is around $30. The outside casing seems tough, and could probably handle a little roughousing (touring, gigging, getting drunk and smashing it with a sledgehammer - kidding), but honestly, Ihaven't tested that out yet.

Features — 10
This versatile machine has over 300 artist/song presets. That means your guitar can sound like Tim Pierce, John5, Meshuggah, Master of Puppets, Hotel California, or Atomic Punk. It has 12 amp models to choose from (2 of each - Clean, Twang, Blues, Crunch, Metal, or Insane). It has three effect dials (Chorus Flanger, Phaser, or Tremolo; Delay, Tape Echo, or Sweep Echo - all of these have a tap tempo; Reverb). The different delay effects are great, but I wish the flanger, phaser, and tremolo had a tap tempo also - all you have are the presets, which aren't bad, considering that it's built into the amp. My favorite part is that there are 9 banks of four channels each to save your settings to. You can start off with a preset, tweak it how like, then save it! There's a comparison mode, so you can see exactly what the preset settings are before you change it. There are different footpedals (sold seperately) that can Switch between the channels. There is a built in chromatic tuner, a noise canceler (awesome), and a gain boost which I find is only mediocre. If you want a good boost, just use an overdrive pedal.

2 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Glenn Guitar
    Yegor95 wrote: should i get this or a marshall 50 watt
    Thats kinda useless if we dont know what amp division it is. By the way, these amps arent as shit as they sound out. Sure, they aint made for your classic tones. Its modern, its new, its fresh and its a nice amp to play. I only have a 15 watt, ive had it for a while and i can tell my tone is 'lacking' something. I want to try to move onto peavey, or vox/kustom. Ive never been a marshall fan, because i'd have to rob a bank to get a decentone. At the end of the day, the line 6 amps are good if you have a shit 5w practice amp which when you press the overdrive button it farts when you hit a note. Everyones been there, you all didnt start out on flaming marshall JVM stacks. This is good for practice or the youtube kid. Saves time for making videos, all i have is a webcam, my ipod and a connector to my amp. Would you seriously ho somewhere nuts like download tour with this? Also these amps have good recording quality into the higher end ones, this 75W with tape echo i could get a nice steve vai sound on the insane red channel. Im still interested in getting a 75W one, for 200 and great quality, also these things come pumped with celestions as i remember... But try before you buy.