This amp is good for a beginner/intermediate guitarist. For anyone that takes their music and guitar playing seriously, I wouldn't recommend this at all, not by a long shot. However, for a bedroom amp it's alright I supposed, but still... ahh the sound is pretty bad.
Price: $899.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Music Stop
Lots of features... lots of knobs to turn, but the sounds produced aren't the best.
The sound quality isn't great at all... It's very hard to get a warm jazz sound, and it's very hard to get a nice warm distortion, even with various pedals. The eq on the amp is horrible, and the mids hardly make a difference. This amp sounds very digital... nothing like a tube sound at all - which they claim.
This amp is programmable, it has 4 presets you can save on. There are alot of buttons, but it is easy to figure out what they do. However, it'll take sometime to get a good sound that your looking for.
Very durable, haven't had a problem yet.
Marshals the only amp that beats it, and im not rich, so ya. I would buy the same amp. The only way this amp could be better is to be even lopuder and just to have a full floar board but then again im not rich. My fav. aspect is that the chalens are programable. No drawbacks for me.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Rythm and notes
Good tone and it does have challen swiching. It is plenty powerful, it is stereo and it is solid state electronics.
I use a gibson standard, with a boss Ds1 distoryion pedal, and a boss susstains pedal. I play any thing from lighter metal to classic rock to blues on it, and it is super clean at high volumes and the distorsion is good i just like the Boss distortion.
This amp is one of the most prgramable amps ive ever seen and very easy to set the channels. It would take alot of "fiddeling" but once you get its set adn you learn the amp its easy.It simply s---s on the other amps ive used.
Very reliable for any kinda of playing,ive had it for a good year and have had no problems, and it is highly durable.
I can't believe I bought this thing to begin with. I guess I just thought that I needed take it home and spend the afternoon dialing it in. I was wrong. I played it for a few minutes in the store and decided to hurry up and buy it. (because there were a couple of kids next to me demonstrating their lack of ability with an out of tune guitar and their obnoxiously loud "originals").
THE MORAL: Don't get rushed into buying this thing. Play it. Go through the different channels while you are in the store. Then unplug the guitar... walk away... and never look back.
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Bill Hardin Music (Warner Robins, GA)
Six amp models, EQ, six effects: chorus, flange, delay, echo, ping pong, tremolo. Separate reverb. NO LINE OUT!!!
HORRIBLE!!!! This is a TOY!!!! (I must have been temporarily insane to have bought this thing). I guess it is O.K. for a not so serious player, but anyone who wants a "real" sound should avoid this amp. It sounds like "cardboard" (i.e. fake). DON'T CONFUSE THIS WITH THE HIGHER END LINE 6 AMPS. This is there intro amp, and it shows! It is tinny and has no sustain. You can't hear your guitar; only a HORRIBLE digital sound re-creation. It will butcher the inherent tone of a guitar and replace with a nerve grating and disgusting fake sound.
Easy enough to use it and find out that this is the fakest sounding amp I ever bought. (And returned the next day for another brand)
I really don't know. I returned within 24 hours.
As for an overall rating, I would have to say that I am very pleased with this amp. I has the features, good looks, and quality that I want in my equipment.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
I really like this amp. I has many of the feature built into it that you can put a stack system yet, for a lot less money. The optional floorboard allows me to preset the effects that I want (although I usually only use it to play progressions or for blues riffs). Effects include clean, twang, blues, crunch, recto, and insane modes. I have a small studio room in my house and it provides all the power that I want and need. It is solid state which I prefer over tube amps.
I think that the sound is excellent. I play with an Epiphone Casino and a Gibson ES335. For blues or jazz, the sound is perfect. Even though there are features on this amp that I will probabally never use, it does have a very desirable sound quality to it. From the moment that I heard it in the store, I loved it! What amazes me most is the power that the driver produces for it just being a 50 watt amp.
This thing is so easy to use your four year old could program it just like he does your VCR. It took the sales person about 2 minutes to explain how it worked and it took me about the same amount of time at home to set it up.
I must be honest and tell you that I got mine just before Christmas but, it appears to be of top quality construction and seems very durable.
I looked at a marshall practice amp. but I opted for the line6 becuase I knew it had the quality that I wanted. And after I plugged it in, it made the marshall look like a kid's toy. I would buy this amp again in a heartbeat if it was lost or stolen, but I would buy the AX212 or the flextone 2 if I had my druthers. This amp could be better if they included a 1/4 inch output jack for a poweramp and/or PA system. That is my only complaint. But then again you could mike this amp and it would sound like an overdriven half stack.
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
Great Amp. Little amp with big amp sound. Amp sounded amazing for a 2 10 cabinet. People can say what they like, but this amp takes the cake for practice and small gigs.And I can take it in to the studio to work with also. The knobs made sense to me. But I work on computers and electronics all day.
I am using an Ibanez Universe 7 string Planning on getting the floorboard so I can eliminate a digitech rp100 that I bought on a whim, planning on having only one stompbox. And that will be a Sovtek Big Muff Pi.
The Harmonics and sustain are excellent. They perform every bit like a half stack. The insane distortion has too much midrange, but the big muff makes up for it.
I also use an Ibanex RG450 Deluxe for the blues. The blues setting does not have enough fuzz, But again the big muff gives that little bit of extra fuzz.
If you can program presets in a car stereo, you can program effects channels on this amp.
Mine had a crack at the bottom of the cabinet. So I think that would affect the durability in some instances.
But I think it is built well. and the knobs are slanted and don't stick out, so there is less chance of breaking them off. Solid-state is the only way to go. Some people will argue that to the grave. But I like the clean, full sound.
I bought this amp cause i thought it had it all. turns out it had nothing that i wanted to hear. i ended up selling it for more than i payed for it (lucky). i know own a used ($325)all tube peavey classic 50 410 and love it!
the spider amp just was not for me. maybe a metal head would enjoy the thing. especially the useless insane mode on it!
Price: $475.00 (new)
Where Obtained: south carolina
This was my first try at the digital amps. I loved this amp in the store. Has many knobs and buttons to tweak all in one compact little stereo package. the optional floor board is half as much as the amp. i did not opt for it. i did borrow a floor board from a used store. the thing has wah-wah and volume pedal and offers more storage for programming pre selected levels. the delay is cool. although most of the effects leave you wanting more control over them.
I use a gibson classic les paul. i did get some good tones out of this amp. the more time i spent with this spider the more it seemed to all sound the same. just more or less distortion. i borrowed a peavey tube amp (classic 30). the peavey smoked this amp ! the spyder sounded dead compared to the raw warm tones of the tube amp. i can buy used pedals for effects that have more control and options than the limmiting effects of the spider. i mostly play classic rock and blues. this amp was suppose to have vintage tube sounds in it i could not find them in this amp.
One very annoying thing about this amp was if you were not using the 4 channels you pre set and just switchin the amp mode knob you would loose all of the eq, effects and volume settings.
Dont know about the durability factor. i do know that if this amp had a problem no body but the manufacture would have a clue on how to fix it. most people with basic electronics schooling can repair a tube amp and most towns with a music scene have somebody as their amp guru.
one good thing about this amp is that it is very light