Line 6 Spider II 1X12 Combo

75W Combo (1 x 1")

Made by Line 6

Description 12 amp models (channels), 7 effects (up to 3 at once) Tape Echo, Delay, Sweep Echo, Chorus/Flange, Phaser, Tremolo, Reverb 4 programmable channels Built-in Tuner Headphone/Direct Out for practice/recording Celestion speaker
Posted By Don Brozz (271)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 2/6/2005, Randy Evans (6450) posted:
Overall Rating:
Other amps I looked at were Randalls, Peaveys and Fender's. Chose this one according to price and other reviews I saw at other sites...Would not replace this thing if lost! The amp needs a good heavy duty speaker, as the one included cannot handle the tones the amp produces!! The Modeling Tech is okay...But in my amps I want anything but just Okay!! Fave aspect of amp is its price. I did not get taken too hard!! Its sound at times is its worst aspect...Really nasty. Okay for a beginner/novice. Not Pro gear, maybe a practice or goof off amp, but the sounds are not credible enough for gig use...I am going to try some different speakers, but dont think I will have much better results!
Model Year: 2004
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
Features:
Comes with an array of 12 amp models. 7 effects models. Controls consist of Drive, Bass, Mid, Treble, Channel Volume. It also has a Master Reverb and Master Volume. It has 4 channel pushbutton switching. Headphone and Direct Recording out. No effects Loop. Loud enough at times, but sometimes not the most beautiful sounding!! Single 12" mono speaker config. Solid State Amp and Effect Modeling.
Sound Quality:
I am using a Fender Strat Deluxe Plus with a Hot Rails in bridge, Lace Sensors at mid/neck. Versed in many styles I need an amp with a lot of capabilities to cover vintage and classic style/sounds as well as give me the oppurtunity to create more! Truly the "Clean" amp model is superb, very good sound and dynamics, just a hint of sag. As you progressively dial up hotter and hotter amps, the speaker goes thru the floor...It says Celestion, but I really think this one was dropped in shippping or something. It farts and craps out at the slightest hint of bass...The highs are shrill and non-musical. At low volumes, this is not a problem, when played at gigging volumes, with a drummer, these shortcomings are both obvious and profound. I will be testing other speakers with the amp...But am very unimpressed at this time!! High Gain settings have so much noise as to make them unuseable. The distorto is okay at low volumes, but at hi-gain settings...is crappy, loose, and really un-inspiring!
Ease of Use:
Creating patches is a snap. Push the button when you are done tweaking...Hold it, then release. (it goes different colors) Low volumes, pretty easy to dial in a good sound. At full-on volumes...speaker shreds out so bad as to be considered dead!! Built-in Tuner, dial and hear tweaking, make it easy to use....But do you want to use it??
Durability:
I have a few unholy loud hours with this girl so far....It never died, overheated or seemed to suffer from abuse! While not Road-Dog worthy...It could survive a year or two on the road!! Uses Ethernet cable for non-included footpedal (bad!!) Has a dis-connecting power cord. Potentiometers are not the best...A little wobbly in my opinion. Probably wont survive a major shot or drop.
On 12/18/2004, Cyril Duffy (11) posted:
Overall Rating:
I also looked at (another ) Peavey backstage to replace my more than 15 year old one but, when I tried it out, I found little or no difference between the new one and my existing one. Saw very little point in handing over my hard earned to use the same old same old.I had a quick look at a crate 30W but, as I had already looked at the line6, I had really made up my mind by then ia was the amp for me. Overall I've got to say that this is a well presented package offering plenty of scope for the more imaginative among us and, if used with the excellent line6 pod, I should think it would satisfy all but the fussiest among us. Thank you for allowing me to put my opinion on your site, Cy Duffy
Model Year: 2004
Price: $149.00 GBPounds (new)
Where Obtained: Sound control (Scotland)
Features:
12 amp models (channels), 7 effects (up to 3 at once) Tape Echo, Delay, Sweep Echo, Chorus/Flange, Phaser, Tremolo, Reverb 4 programmable channels Built-in Tuner all of which work well either separately or in groups. a blast"
Sound Quality:
Use with an Epiphone Les Paul II and a Zoom 606 FX Pedal lovely bright tones and awesome distortion, good modelling and plenty of grunt( which I only sampled when I was trying it out prior to purchase). I use the amp for small pub venues in Scotland where a crowd of 40 50 is considered very good and I don't ever envision having it flat out at any time as i tend to play quite quietly and only occasionally "have a blast"
Ease of Use:
I dont actually use the amp to its full potential as I use pedals but have tried it on the "test drive" through its full range of models and FX and feel that, with the line 6 pedal (not included) it would be a better amp but without the pedal it is a bit clumsy to fiddle with during a set.
Durability:
It seems to be of reasonably heavy duty construction but I haven't owned it long enough to speak of durability. Maybe I'll comment on that if I still have it at this time next year.
On 12/18/2003, Steve Haberski (11) posted:
Overall Rating:
I initially chose this amp because it seemed versatile and it was LOUD. But after a week of playing on it, it began to seem more like a toy than a piece of equpment. The amp models are all strangely homogenized.

If you're stuck at this budget, look for something used.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
I hate to disagree with the guy above me, but I wasn't that fond of this amp. It has tons of amp models and effects and a s***load of power.
Sound Quality:
The sound quality is good if you like pre-determined "I think this is what a Marshall would sound like if Marshall were a $300 solid state amplifier" type sound. It's hard to explain, but I guess it boils down to that this amp is hard to customize to your sound and the pre-set mods (with the exception of the metal settings) don't sound that authentic.
Ease of Use:
It's not easy to use at all. Once you get to a mod, you can customize from there, but you have to save it as a channel (there are four available). There "secret" controls to better customize the sound, but they're not worth it. The built in tuner isn't very good.
On 11/1/2003, Don Brozz (271) posted:
Overall Rating:
The first series of Spider amps were something of a joke, I think we can all agree on that, but this new Spider II series is not. Line 6 did a great job with these amps. Every tone is there, from crystal clean to a vicious distortion, and everything in between. An amazing value, alot more amp than you would expect for the money. Grab your guitar and head out and try one for yourself, I think you'll be very surprised.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
12 amp models (channels), 7 Smart Control effects (up to 3 at a time) Tape Echo, Delay, Sweep Echo, Chorus/Flange, Phaser, Tremolo, and Reverb. 4 programmable channels, 36 with the optional floorboard Built-in Tuner (works great) Headphone/Direct Out for practice or recording, and a Celestion 12" speaker. The amp is rated at 75 watts, but to be honest, it sounds more like 30.
Sound Quality:
I use a Jackson Fusion HH Pro, modded with a DiMarzio X2N at the bridge, and a stock Strat. My Jackson screams through the hi-gain settings, the tone of this amp rivals ANY amp out there, yes, even the overpriced tube amps, the distortion is truly amazing, and very quiet. Don't get me wrong, I love tube amps, but this amp can run with the big dogs, that's for sure. My Strat sings also, the clean settings are excellent and a country twang or blues tone is in there too. It also has a built in tuner thay works quite well. The tone controls work very well, every small adjustment effects the overall sound, so be patient and tweak it, you'll find something you like. My only complaint is when you push the amp past 4 or 5, the sound really falls apart. If you need more than "bedroom" power, look into the larger 150 watt 2X12 model.
Ease of Use:
Fairly easy to use, a quick glance through thwe manual and I had it sounding the way I wanted in a few minutes.
Durability:
Can't say, I've only had it a couple of weeks.