Line 6 spider ii combo

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magicninja

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The Line 6 Spider II combo is a very versatile practice amp for those who are starting out or veterans who don't want to turn on thier entire rig for an hour of practice. I've had mine for about two months and love the little bugger.

Cost mine for $149.99

Pros:

Easy effects set up
includes chorus, flange, tremelo, phaser, tape delay, sweep delay, and reverb.
the effects sound great and two can be linked at once.

4 distinct sounding channels Clean, Crunch, Metal, and Insane.

With these channels acquiring sound close to yesterday and todays artists is more than possible. In fact Line 6's website offers settings for songs.

Portability- you dont need a u haul.

Tap tempo delay to find the right frequency.

It looks good as you can see.

Direct to PC or Recording device connectivity.

Cons- Effects can be touchy if you don't know how to blend them.

Reverb could be better.

Overall a great little amp. Anyone who owns any in the line should add anything I forgot.
Magicninja
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#1

The Line 6 Spider II combo is a very versatile practice amp for those who are starting out or veterans who don't want to turn on thier entire rig for an hour of practice. I've had mine for about two months and love the little bugger.

Cost mine for $149.99

Pros:

Easy effects set up
includes chorus, flange, tremelo, phaser, tape delay, sweep delay, and reverb.
the effects sound great and two can be linked at once.

4 distinct sounding channels Clean, Crunch, Metal, and Insane.

With these channels acquiring sound close to yesterday and todays artists is more than possible. In fact Line 6's website offers settings for songs.

Portability- you dont need a u haul.

Tap tempo delay to find the right frequency.

It looks good as you can see.

Direct to PC or Recording device connectivity.

Cons- Effects can be touchy if you don't know how to blend them.

Reverb could be better.

Overall a great little amp. Anyone who owns any in the line should add anything I forgot.
Magicninja
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"If it feels right, play it. If it feels wrong, play it faster” - Magicninja
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CW14

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Joined: 10/01/04

Posts: 1937

I agree. Great little amp for the dosh
BOL

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I agree. Great little amp for the dosh
BOL

6strngs_2hmbkrs

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Joined: 08/14/04

Posts: 3837

yes, it is a very good amp for the money, however, my own pros and cons list, starting with the cons

CONS
1. the metal channel sounds nothing like the mesa dual recto it is attempting to recreate (read the manual, it says this) and sounds god-aweful. I cannot stand the metal channel

2. the insane channel is kinda muddy, but it makes for awesome lead tones

3. the tape echo isn't all that great, I can't get good sounds with it anyway

4. the footswitch uses some wierd cable, it's not a 1/4" like usual, it's some thing that you can only get at computer stores, and the cable that comes with the footswitch is like 40 feet long, which is a hassle when you only need 10 feet...

PROS
1. the clean channel is great

2. the crunch channel can put out a good sound, and even a nice hard rock tone if you crank the gain.

3. nice and small to carry, even my 30W version


and there is my short review... overall, for the $200 that I spent on it, it is definately worth every penny, but it just doesn't compare to high end tube amps, but for being less then 1/5th of the price, it definately is worth it.

btw, if you get a boss OD-20 and run it through this thing, the tones are amazing!!! possibly better then some high end tube amps
If you like cars see mine here
my spyspace

#3

yes, it is a very good amp for the money, however, my own pros and cons list, starting with the cons

CONS
1. the metal channel sounds nothing like the mesa dual recto it is attempting to recreate (read the manual, it says this) and sounds god-aweful. I cannot stand the metal channel

2. the insane channel is kinda muddy, but it makes for awesome lead tones

3. the tape echo isn't all that great, I can't get good sounds with it anyway

4. the footswitch uses some wierd cable, it's not a 1/4" like usual, it's some thing that you can only get at computer stores, and the cable that comes with the footswitch is like 40 feet long, which is a hassle when you only need 10 feet...

PROS
1. the clean channel is great

2. the crunch channel can put out a good sound, and even a nice hard rock tone if you crank the gain.

3. nice and small to carry, even my 30W version


and there is my short review... overall, for the $200 that I spent on it, it is definately worth every penny, but it just doesn't compare to high end tube amps, but for being less then 1/5th of the price, it definately is worth it.

btw, if you get a boss OD-20 and run it through this thing, the tones are amazing!!! possibly better then some high end tube amps
If you like cars see mine here
my spyspace

Letchworth40

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Joined: 12/20/03

Posts: 29

one of my bandmates has one at his house. I sit at his computer and jam with it a bunch. Definitely a great practice amp for the money.

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one of my bandmates has one at his house. I sit at his computer and jam with it a bunch. Definitely a great practice amp for the money.

JonnyPrice

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Joined: 04/05/05

Posts: 1

An all round great, versatile piece of kit!

I have been a keen guitarist for roughly 4 years now, and have been in a battle/thrash metal band (The Spoons - http://www.thespoons.net) for a good three years.

In the past I have had the priviledge of playing a fair line of AMPage (Including, Marshall: Mode 4, a couple of TSL 100-JCM 2000 triple lead's, JCM 900, JCM 800, MG100DFX; Line 6: the old red model and the spider II 212; Mesa Boogie: Dual Rectifier), to name a few.

...BUT the amp out of that whole list which really does it for me, is the Line 6 spider II!
It is truly a great amp, with great versatility and fabulous tone. It is also the only amp mentioned which happens to be solid state, opposed to valve, and works purely digitally. This amp offers so much at such an affordable price!

The Line 6 Spider II range, have gone where other amps daren't not go! They have acheived great tone in all respects, all the way from a light blissful clean - TO - a raging neighbour scaring InSaNe!

However, you may argue, "so what, I've tried out a few different branded amps which give me the same impression."
...but it doesn't stop there. There are four main things, which stand out to me as a guitarist, making this amp truly original, which other amps just do not possess:

1. NOISE GATE - this allows you to cut out all hissing and buzzing you may gain from the guitar or lead etc. giving you a beautiful crisp sound, intensifying the incredible tone, all at the click of a button.

2. DRIVE BOOSTER - this simply gives you even more control over your sound, allowing you to achieve the perfect tone.

3. RECORDED SETTINGS - being that the amp is digital you can store your perfect tones by saving them, so in the event of a gig you can switch between your previously perfected and recorded settings via the footswitch.

4. USB + MP3/CD PORTS - the USB port allows you to connect the amp up to your computer or mixing desk (in the event of recording), and record directly.
The Mp3 & Cd port enables you to plug your Mp3 or Cd player into the amp, further allowing you to be able to play along with your desired selection.

In addition to what I have said, the Spider II range has won multiple awards, the one most notible to myself is 'the best amp of 2004 (under £500)' - Total Guitar.

Need I say anymore. :rolleyes:

#5

An all round great, versatile piece of kit!

I have been a keen guitarist for roughly 4 years now, and have been in a battle/thrash metal band (The Spoons - http://www.thespoons.net) for a good three years.

In the past I have had the priviledge of playing a fair line of AMPage (Including, Marshall: Mode 4, a couple of TSL 100-JCM 2000 triple lead's, JCM 900, JCM 800, MG100DFX; Line 6: the old red model and the spider II 212; Mesa Boogie: Dual Rectifier), to name a few.

...BUT the amp out of that whole list which really does it for me, is the Line 6 spider II!
It is truly a great amp, with great versatility and fabulous tone. It is also the only amp mentioned which happens to be solid state, opposed to valve, and works purely digitally. This amp offers so much at such an affordable price!

The Line 6 Spider II range, have gone where other amps daren't not go! They have acheived great tone in all respects, all the way from a light blissful clean - TO - a raging neighbour scaring InSaNe!

However, you may argue, "so what, I've tried out a few different branded amps which give me the same impression."
...but it doesn't stop there. There are four main things, which stand out to me as a guitarist, making this amp truly original, which other amps just do not possess:

1. NOISE GATE - this allows you to cut out all hissing and buzzing you may gain from the guitar or lead etc. giving you a beautiful crisp sound, intensifying the incredible tone, all at the click of a button.

2. DRIVE BOOSTER - this simply gives you even more control over your sound, allowing you to achieve the perfect tone.

3. RECORDED SETTINGS - being that the amp is digital you can store your perfect tones by saving them, so in the event of a gig you can switch between your previously perfected and recorded settings via the footswitch.

4. USB + MP3/CD PORTS - the USB port allows you to connect the amp up to your computer or mixing desk (in the event of recording), and record directly.
The Mp3 & Cd port enables you to plug your Mp3 or Cd player into the amp, further allowing you to be able to play along with your desired selection.

In addition to what I have said, the Spider II range has won multiple awards, the one most notible to myself is 'the best amp of 2004 (under £500)' - Total Guitar.

Need I say anymore. :rolleyes:

6strngs_2hmbkrs

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Joined: 08/14/04

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Originally Posted by: JonnyPrice
The Line 6 Spider II range, have gone where other amps daren't not go!

double negative and a word that doesn't exist, in the same sentance!?! nice
If you like cars see mine here
my spyspace

#6

Originally Posted by: JonnyPrice
The Line 6 Spider II range, have gone where other amps daren't not go!

double negative and a word that doesn't exist, in the same sentance!?! nice
If you like cars see mine here
my spyspace

Letchworth40

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Joined: 12/20/03

Posts: 29

i've played all of those amps he has mentioned other than the mode four. I think i'd take the JCM's and mesa's. Whole different league. But for a practice amp and what it is made for, this line6 is great.

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i've played all of those amps he has mentioned other than the mode four. I think i'd take the JCM's and mesa's. Whole different league. But for a practice amp and what it is made for, this line6 is great.

6strngs_2hmbkrs

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Originally Posted by: Letchworth40
i've played all of those amps he has mentioned other than the mode four. I think i'd take the JCM's and mesa's. Whole different league. But for a practice amp and what it is made for, this line6 is great.

agreed, I've played a TSL100, and a mesa triple recto, they are better then this thing, but for like 8 times the price, just for the head! if you can afford an amp like that, then go for it, if not then a line 6 spider II is not a bad choice.
If you like cars see mine here
my spyspace

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Originally Posted by: Letchworth40
i've played all of those amps he has mentioned other than the mode four. I think i'd take the JCM's and mesa's. Whole different league. But for a practice amp and what it is made for, this line6 is great.

agreed, I've played a TSL100, and a mesa triple recto, they are better then this thing, but for like 8 times the price, just for the head! if you can afford an amp like that, then go for it, if not then a line 6 spider II is not a bad choice.
If you like cars see mine here
my spyspace

magicninja

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I aint argueing Maybe the Spider II head could be top ten but I would'nt know.
This little guy is good for practice. Maybe even recording. but onstage give me a marshall. Anyday.
Magicninja
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#9

I aint argueing Maybe the Spider II head could be top ten but I would'nt know.
This little guy is good for practice. Maybe even recording. but onstage give me a marshall. Anyday.
Magicninja
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Originally Posted by: 6strngs_2hmbkrs
double negative and a word that doesn't exist, in the same sentance!?! nice

That's no way to treat someones first post. If you were just jokeing, let someone know with a smiley or something. Posts like that scare people off.
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#10

Originally Posted by: 6strngs_2hmbkrs
double negative and a word that doesn't exist, in the same sentance!?! nice

That's no way to treat someones first post. If you were just jokeing, let someone know with a smiley or something. Posts like that scare people off.
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>HERE'S WHERE I AM NOW