Spider IV 75 review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (239 votes)
Line 6: Spider IV 75
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Price paid: £ 239

Purchased from: music shop in town

Sound — 10
my guitar is an Ibanez RG320 and I use it to play mainly metal. I have the infinity pickups that the guitar came with, and they work very well with this amp. From my own misfortunate experience, I know that this amp gets extremely loud, certainly loud enough to play live at a large gig. It makes a huge variety of noises, as I have mentioned above. I've spent plenty of time getting to know this amp inside out, and I'm yet to find a sound I can't get out of it.

Overall Impression — 10
this amp is incredibly useful for pretty much any style of music. In particular, I find the pitch shifter feature very useful. Basically, it allows to drop tune the guitar without having to adjust all the strings. When combined with the foot controller, it means you can be playing a clean arpeggio in standard tuning, before switching to a crazy, distorted setting in drop Z. I compared this amp to the Peavey Vypyr 75 watt, which in comparison was just fiddly and much less user-friendly. The Spider IV doesn't sound as digital as it's predeccesors. Don't get me wrong, the Vypyr is also a great amp, but some of the features (including the looper) are entirely dependent on you spending at least 50 on the foot controller, and in my opinion, the Spider IV is the better amp for those who just want to get rocking.

Reliability & Durability — 10
this amp is probably extremely tough- I haven't had it long, but my old Line 6 Spider III 15 watt has survived all sorts of accidents and stuff. Neither amp has ever broken down yet... I'm sure it would survive any gig, and a back up would be heavy and unnecessary.

Features — 9
the amp was probably made in 2009 as this was the year in which it was released. I play most kinds of metal and hard rock, and this amp is simply amazing. It can produce brillaint clean sounds and heavily distorted metal tones as well as great lead tones. its probably very good for blues style music as well, as I've had a little go on the "blues" setting, although I'm not really into that sort of music. put simply, this is an extremely versatile amp. the amp has 16 user programmable channels, although 12 of them are already used when you buy the amp. However, these settings can be found elsewhere, in the huge collection of pre-set artist and song tones. Tones from many famous songs such as "master of puppets" to "more than a feeling" and others I've never heard of before can be chosen, and as far as I can tell, they're all pretty accurate. This amp has tons of features - it's like having several amps and effects pedals in one. Effects from "auto-wah" to "sweep echo" can be selected and adjusted to the finest detail by the user. Another of the features I use loads is the looper. This allows you to record upto 14 seconds of playing, then you can have it played back over and over while you jam along to it. You can record a riff, play it back to yourself and then play a solo over it. If using the button to start and stop the looper is a bit fiddly (trust me, it can be), then you can also buy a foot controller device thing which can be programmed to control the amp with your foot. This can also be used to control many other features, such as volume, wah-wah etc. This amp has a headphone socket, cd/mp3 input, and you can connect it to your computer and record from it. The pitch shifter is also very useful (you can retune your guitar by as much as two octaves either up or down, without having to touch a tuning peg), as is the onboard tuner, although this isnt accurate enough for my liking. This amp is very powerful, I have never (intentionally) turned the volume up past 10% at home, and it still feels like a monster. My only slight complaint is that the looper doesn't last very long, and that the computer screen thingy takes a little while to get the hang of. Also... the "set max. volume" feature might seem ideal at first... having the abilty to prevent accidentally moving the master volume knob to ferocious levels seemed great, so I set it to 10% and was playing away happily with the master volume right at the top... however, when I switched channel, the maximum volume level was put back to 100%, and I'm amazed the house is still standing. Otherwise, this is great amp, full of awesome features, all of which are great to use.

38 comments sorted by best / new / date

    ChucklesMginty
    slipknot_420 wrote: These are cool amps but in no way is it as good as all 10s and 9s no way, I owned a spider III 75 for a couple years i just sold it finally, I played the spider IV the other day its pretty much the same amp with a few diff features lol. All in all great amp for the cash but id give it a 6 at the most.
    Agreed, but the problem with practice amp reviews is that they're reviewed by people who've just starting playing and have nothing to compare it to.
    In The Mist
    jc349 wrote: Everyone who wants to buy one- GO TRY A TUBE AMP FIRST!!!!! Its not deserving of a 9.8 rating.
    Wild Elitist appears!
    The^Unforgiven
    ChucklesMginty : slipknot_420 wrote: These are cool amps but in no way is it as good as all 10s and 9s no way, I owned a spider III 75 for a couple years i just sold it finally, I played the spider IV the other day its pretty much the same amp with a few diff features lol. All in all great amp for the cash but id give it a 6 at the most. Agreed, but the problem with practice amp reviews is that they're reviewed by people who've just starting playing and have nothing to compare it to.
    No, the problem with reviewing practice amps is that they should be reviewed as practice amps and not be compared to all-tube stack amps. When reviewing anything, it should always be taken into account for whom it was made and for what it should be used. Probably for home playing at low volumes and for versatile practice in different genres the Spider series is worth 8 or 9.
    Artemis Entreri
    The^Unforgiven : Agreed, but the problem with practice amp reviews is that they're reviewed by people who've just starting playing and have nothing to compare it to. No, the problem with reviewing practice amps is that they should be reviewed as practice amps and not be compared to all-tube stack amps. When reviewing anything, it should always be taken into account for whom it was made and for what it should be used. Probably for home playing at low volumes and for versatile practice in different genres the Spider series is worth 8 or 9. POSTED: 09/08/2009 - 09:10 pm / quote |
    Exactly. If you were comparing this to a dumble or something, I would scoff at the reviewer if it got anything above a two. But reviewed as a PRACTICE amp for bedroom use and maybe a few small, early gigs (because of the 75watts) I think he gave it pretty fair ratings.
    BurningTheLives
    TheBigProjekt wrote: slipknot_420 wrote: These are cool amps but in no way is it as good as all 10s and 9s no way, I owned a spider III 75 for a couple years i just sold it finally, I played the spider IV the other day its pretty much the same amp with a few diff features lol. All in all great amp for the cash but id give it a 6 at the most. This. He probably never played on a tube amp xD
    This amp is good for anyone on a budget. Not everyone can afford a $1000 amp. I sure as hell can't
    TheBigProjekt
    slipknot_420 wrote: These are cool amps but in no way is it as good as all 10s and 9s no way, I owned a spider III 75 for a couple years i just sold it finally, I played the spider IV the other day its pretty much the same amp with a few diff features lol. All in all great amp for the cash but id give it a 6 at the most.
    This. He probably never played on a tube amp xD
    In The Mist
    Also, I think most of you have either never played a spider 4 or your opinions of the spider 3 have really biased your judgment. The spider 4 is a great amp. I think. (I haven't had the chance to see how well it holds up at high volumes)I actually played a spider 4, and it sounded way more authentic than the spider 3.
    HxColin
    Whoever compared this amp to a beastly tube amp should not crit. Know what to compare it to before you murder this dude's review. I'd give it a 7-8, since it's a nice low budget amp with decent sound and a variety of effects. I think this amp is valuable not for the sound, but for the ability to be extremely creative and try new things. Also the line 6 pedal is absolutely required if you buy this amp. So make sure to price it in.
    guitargod1965
    ok...I own a spider IV 150 stereo head with the matching cabinet and it is fantastic. Of course it is not going to sound like a mesa dual recto (head and cab well over $4300 cdn) so why would anyone even feel the need to point that out. I am a very proficient and talented guitarist but that is not how I make my living so how could I possibly justify spending that much money when I have two beautiful small children to care for. Instead, my girls do not have to do without and dad still gets a really decent amp that is very gig worthy, fun and versatile. I also had a III and the spider IV version is much better. It performs in many ways like a tube (touch sensitivity, etc) amp, and has a vast array of tone coloring and shaping effect which are both fun and effective. Common sense should prevail when making a purchase, and there is a reason that Line 6 is the number one amplifier seller in North America. I say let others enjoy there equipment without being judged or criticized and you do the same. Keep Rockin'!!!!
    Dermbet
    I tried it in a guitar shop and it was a laff to play. The tone is not that great but they do sound better when you turn up the volume. What other options are there at this price...there are very few amps at this price on the market!! If anyone can name a tube amp at this price still available please do?
    ultimateshreddr
    here's my 2 cents: The good: this amp is really good as a bedroom/practice amp, where versatility and tons of features takes precedence over the perfect tone. You'd be hard-pressed to find another amp that offers as many tones as the Spider does, and sounds as good. It models many of my favorite band's sounds, and it sounds *decent* at bedroom volumes. What more could anyone want from a bedroom amp? The Bad: If we move beyond the bedroom, the amp's tone sounds very digital compared to tube amps. Not good if you're searching for that perfect tone. Tube amps within this price range sound miles better (enter Blackheart Little Giant). Also, I wouldn't imagine that this amp would be super great for gigging, because of the tone factor. The bottom line: great bedroom amp, not so great for much else. A great buy if you're a beginner to intermediate guitarist and don't have a lot of cash to spend on a high-end amp.
    MrJohnFisherman
    When I bought my 120 watt spider IV I also tested out some of the other "equivalent" amps in the same price range and found that compared to the roland cube 80X the spider IV 75 watt kick its ass in tone and volume. Also for all of those here who think that a solid state amp under $1000 could even come close to any tube amp twice the price your just being plain silly.
    MrM993
    how would these compare to roland cubes??much of a difference??
    feanarosurion
    I've had a Spider III 120 Watt for 18 months now, and it's served me amazingly well thusfar. I'd give it an 8 I'd say, and I'm sure this amp is up there as well. The only thing I've heard perform better is the Spyder Valve, essentially the Spider III on tubes.
    Misconception
    fatjack53 wrote: Just bought the Spider IV 150 watt and it's a monster. The modeling and effects are something I'm still learning. This should last me for years.
    I agree with fatjack53, Owning a Spider IV 150 it really is a monster amp, the sounds you can get from it are brilliant, you can't compare it to a tube amp no, but if you did some research into the amp models on the Spider IV you'd see that they are based on valve amplifiers. And you'd be hard pushed to see the general public be able to tell the difference. The tones it produces from the standard amp models are versitile enough to cover every genre you could want to play, as well as being able to alter evertyhing about the model settings and then save that preset in the user bank. A important thing to remember about this amp is that it is a modelling amp and its key fuction is to imatate other much more expensive amplifiers. I dissagree with the review about only having 16 programable channels, i'm not sure about the 75 but the 150 has 16 banks and 4 channels per bank, thats 64 user preset channels, which is perfect for a gig you can just push a switch and change tone for the next song, rather than having to mess about with several pedals. To get the most from this amp with use at a gig, you really need the FBV MkII shortboard (Highest current compatible foot controller) Changing bank and channel without this is only a little bit more time consuming, but with it, you don't have to move. Using the shortboard you can access everything on the amplifier as well as gaining access to the wah-wah fuction. Quick loop is also best accessed in this way. Some of the amps fuctions appear to be tricky at first, but you can't expect everything on a modelling amp to be simple, not with so many features. Download the manuals for the amp from the line 6 website if you do buy this amp, as to get the most out of it you will have to do a bit of reading. I also suggest registering it at the same time for warrenty purposes. The functionallity and support given by the line 6 website is unlike any I have ever seen. A downside to the amplifier is that you have to have a shortboard or the express to be able to use the auto-update features. But as I have said, to get the most from it, if you plan to use it as a gig amp, its a nessisity. Having used this amp for a couple of gigs i can tell you that you learn the most about how a amp performs when it is being put to the test in front of a audience, trying it in a shop before you buy is a good idea, but come to playing live you may just decide its not quite what you expected. As many of you may know from other exerpiances. A interesting note about this amp is that you can buy the Spider IV 150 HD for roughly the same price, but with the combo you get the same outputs twin 8ohms, not having used a 150 HD i'm unsure of the difference, but i'd rate the combo over just the header as it means you don't have to lug around speaker cabs when you don't need them, such as a small to medium sized pub gig. As the 150 packs enough volume from its twin 12" Celestion Customs. Overall for the price this amp comes in at i'd say its a steal for the fuctions and tones you get, I give it because of the price and having to pay for the foot controller: Features: 10 Sound: 10 Usablity: 8 Realiablity: 10 Impression: 10
    Andrew1068
    well i just brought the 75w. Im pleased with its performance, the build quality is super and the sound it produces is enormous! I must admit that I only play at home but with a decent pair of phones on the sound is great.I brought it coz of the in built looper, i use the footboard too which makes things easier, id buy the 150 head but playing at home you cant really crank it up, i play mostly dropped d to c tunings.
    GMCampey
    Misconception's post: probably more useful than the original review I still want one - I think something that's been missed is that this amp looks amazing for home or even studio recording: the amount that you get with it kind of rules out the need for so much other hardware. As a Music Tech student, and gigging guitarist, to me it looks ideal until (if it ever even happens) I'm at the stage where I want to move to tubes.
    fatjack53
    Just bought the Spider IV 150 watt and it's a monster. The modeling and effects are something I'm still learning. This should last me for years.
    JoePerry4life
    Solid review? He gave it like all 10s. All tens would be like a plexior a vetta, this this crap. The 15 watt versions are fine, but anything above 30 is a waste.
    jc349
    Everyone who wants to buy one- GO TRY A TUBE AMP FIRST!!!!! Its not deserving of a 9.8 rating.
    WhiteTempest
    I have not tried the 75w amp but for the price they are good amps.. You can't compare this to a tube amp.. Price range is way different
    LouieTM
    richard_edwards wrote: not very critical. not at all.
    Could have been worse, i.e. a perfect 10 score. It might deserve an indulgent 9 in "features", but I disagree with the 10 in "sound". I've played much better-sounding amps than this, both valve and solid state. Even though this is better than its predecessor, the Spider III 75, it's still far from a 9.8 overall.
    themelodicdeathshow
    These are cool amps but in no way is it as good as all 10s and 9s no way, I owned a spider III 75 for a couple years i just sold it finally, I played the spider IV the other day its pretty much the same amp with a few diff features lol. All in all great amp for the cash but id give it a 6 at the most.
    Pat_s1t
    Wasn't a very good review, I doubt he knows what really goes into making a good amp that produces good tone.
    Scarface88
    I had a Spider II 75 watt combo, and it was a fantastic amp in terms of versatility, reliability and general build quality. But emulate a Marshall or Mesa Boogie on it, and then play the real thing(s), and the difference is huge. Good for practice, because of its versatility, but if you want a high quality amp combo in that price range, go for Fender or Marshall.
    mmm_watcha_say
    the spider series seems great to a players who have no tube experience. once I played my spider alongside my guitarist's peavey xxx though, i could DEFINITELY tell the difference.
    Amuro Jay
    barden1069 wrote: but does it have CRUSHING OVERDRIVE?!?!?!
    olololol I think this amp deserves a 7 at most. 7.5 maybe, and that's for a solid state amp. It's got a crapload of features, and the harmony thing seems pretty damn cool. I also hear that they use a different tone processor (or something?) in this amp than the III, so it's supposed to sound better? I know it'll be versatile, but I'll have to test one out to be able to pass full judgement.
    firebird103
    The spider IV is just more of the same with only slight improvements on the spider iii. I've played both before and at best this deserves a 6, especially when you compare it to the cheap practice amps out there (roland cube, new peavy vypyr,vox amps etc...)
    Axis Of Evil
    Based on the sound clips from this amp on the site alone, I don't think this amp with be worth the money at all. I'd rather own a Spider III.
    SeanX3187
    i can see why younger kids/ newcomers to guitar would say this is a good amp. it has a lot of features, and is relatively cheap. but personally, i don't think the tone is the best, or even good. there are plenty of solid state amps (not just tube amps, i'm not acting like a rich bastard) that cost less and sound better. they may not have the effects, but if you get a cheap multi-effects pedal like the digitech RP pedals, you have all the effects a line 6 could do, but with the better tone of a different amp. i'd probably give the new spider IV 75w a 5 or 6
    damo13
    tbh i think the sound is awesome for what your paying. i own a spider 3 150watt, and yea i have played better sounding amps, but for such a cheap price the sound is amazing! i tried a spider 4 120 watt the other day through a jackson rr24 and it was beasty, and sounded even better than my spider 3!!
    celticstorm84
    Nothing wrong with Line 6, if it wasn't for their amps I wouldn't be playing still. They do the job and do it well. Considering you get what you pay for, I think the review was solid.
    guitargod1965
    Pat_s1t wrote: Wasn't a very good review, I doubt he knows what really goes into making a good amp that produces good tone.
    what the hell is your comment even supposed to mean. Unless you are an electrical engineer or in some other way invested in the actual manufacturing of amplifiers, who gives a sweet flying **** what goes into making an amp. Get a ****ing education you dumbass hick.