View Full Version : Any love for the Line6 Spider I amps?
04-16-2007, 09:13 PM
Why does no one seem to like or say good things about the Spider I amps anymore? I remember when they first came out with their modeling amps and they were quite popular. Of course, that was 4 or more years ago, at least I've had mine since about 3-4 years ago, and now it seems like no one will touch them with a 10 foot pole!
I guess it's cos a lot of other amp manufacturers have come out with better-sounding amps for competitive prices, and the Line 6's have fallen out of favor.
I've got one of the original Spiders 112 50 watts (the ones that were maroon and black, pre-silver model) and I really like it. I think it's a nice comparison to the Deluxe Reverb. I have tones I can get on the Line6 that I can't replicate on the Fender using any number of pedal combinations (and I have 10 pedals, incl. several different distortion ones)...go figure!
I'm just wondering why they've gotten such a bad rap lately. I remember when all the big music stores carried them, now at least Sam Ash has hardly any Line6 amps. At least that's the case with my local SA.
So what's up with the hatred of Line6's? Where's the love?
04-16-2007, 09:22 PM
sorry, not from me, i will explain myself.
This dude once had one and came to my house, yes, he ahd the balls to do that, with his line 6 amp and told me that "That was the amp to produce violin like lead tones"
He fired up his coffee maker and started playing , to the right side of his amp was my VoodooModded Tverb and i just fired it for close t 2 minutes.
He turned his Robocop off and went home, leaving the thing at my house for a week and a half.
At least i had great coffee for a week and a half
04-16-2007, 09:36 PM
I have a spider 112 combo with the footswitch too. I like using it for writing sessions because it's so easy to pull up quick pleasing sounds. Good twang, crunch, and lead tones -at low volumes.
Where I find my spider falls short is when I crank it up to stage volume the tones get a harshness that I can't seem to dial out with the treb/mid/bass controls.
Bottom line, love it for what it is.. Don't hate it for what it isn't..
04-16-2007, 09:48 PM
I don't have a footswitch with mine but I don't play live with it. It's a indoor/bedroom amp for me.
04-16-2007, 10:01 PM
In that situation it's a great amp!
I see so many posts on here looking for a bedroom tube amp or asking why their 30 watt amp doesnt sound good at bedroom/indoor levels when realisticly they would probably be happy with a good solid state amp modeler -like the line six.
That being said i do have quite a few tube amps.. :Spank :D
I know a few stage players that use the line six pod xt live with a small tube amp to get their live tones. These guys are touring and making fat cash using line six.. Then again they thought my pedal board was pretty drool worthy..
04-16-2007, 10:05 PM
Nope. I had one. It sucked. I gave it away.
04-16-2007, 10:20 PM
I have a Spider II 75 watter as a practice amp at home. Got the 75 watt not for the volume, but had more features. For me it's like most others said, if I try to crank it up to band volumes, it just sounds really fake and harsh. But conversely, trying to play my Bogner Shiva barely on 2 at home doesn't bring out what that amp is supposed to do.
I love the tones of George Lynch and Eddie Van Halen, but my band situation won't allow me a single channel plexi clone head - need much more versatilitly.
But that Line 6 Crunch green channel, with the mids pushed, just puts a smile on my face at bedroom levels - nothing I've heard in a pedal or a smaller useable volume home amp can touch it for near dead on early Lynch and Van Halen tones.
04-16-2007, 11:15 PM
I used one for a couple of years. I had all cabs and heads and needed a cheap,light,versitile amp.
I gigged with it and it held up fine. It sounded decent. I could get some pretty good tones out of it. The main problem for me was the feel. I have used Tubes for so long that the dynamics were a little weird to me.
I think they are a good value.
04-16-2007, 11:22 PM
Line 6 amps have their place, but I've found they don't truly nail the tones of the great tube amps they model. They also seem to lack the "feel" and responsiveness that a good tube amp offers. I do like their stuff for practicing at home (I currently use a guitar port), but I've never heard anyone use them live and dug the tone they got. Not saying it's not possible, I just have yet to hear it. I think the kids who are growing up now and learning to play guitar will use them more than guys who grew up playing tubes.
04-16-2007, 11:36 PM
None from me.
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