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Parents, please save up and give your kids something better.
I remember the days of starting out on guitar, and oh boy, was I ever attracted to one of these amps - all kinds of amp models, distortions and cool effects that you can use on your amp! On paper, this seemed like a decent theory; however, in reality, the truth hurt for years while I owned a 30-watt piece of useless crap.
Like sure, for home practice it was 'passable,' but for live performances, I've ran into issues after issues. Not enough headroom, high-gain tones sound scooped and digital (and that's even when I was running a digital modeller on front of this thing!), and the speaker's low-end just dies, not to mention the fact that it took me a while before I could FINALLY get the four presets to save themselves! Once I got my hands on my very first tube amp (Randall RM50), I wasted no time selling away this horrible excuse of a modelling amp.
Parents, please do your kids a favour, stay away from any and all cheap Line 6 products, 'cause you're only going to end up disappointed. Save up your money and buy your kids tube amps and proper stompbox effect pedals so that they'll ACTUALLY feel motivated to continue playing guitar. Yes, I understand that it's going to be expensive, but this is the ONLY way your kid's ever going to truly feel happy about their instrument. Don't be a cheap bastard - penny up for a proper guitar rig.
If I could give this amp zero stars, I would. Spend your money elsewhere and avoid this petty excuse of an amp like a plague.
Decent begginer amp
In my opinion, this amp was great for me starting to play electric guitar, but once I began getting good I qucikly realised I needed an upgrade. I mainly only ever used the Clean channel as I felt this was the best for tones, but sometimes used the Crunch channel before I had a pedalboard which I felt was okay to practice with. I feel with a pedalboard, the clean channel is actually decent and you can get some good sounds. The Metal and Insane channels are ones I rarely touched, I agree with most reviews here, the tones aren't great from these channels and they just feel like the gain covers that up. The final point I want to make is the EQ, In my personal opinion these were also not great. I constantly had mine set to high treble and low bass, any other varation of EQ always sounded too muddy for me and I wasnt even keen on this too
Gets the job done
People like to crap on line-6 spider amps, however when used correctly, they can sound great! Although being known as an amp for heavier playing (rock, metal), it offers some great clean tones with some adjustments to eq. The amplifier can be real loud without any breakup if employed correctly. Personally, I mostly play jazz, blues, and funk, and getting a good clean-tone is important to me. I don't have a fender deluxe reverb or roland jc, but I can still get a good clean-tone with the spider iv 15w. It's a great practice amp that can handle small venue gigging as well, but there are definitely better options out there. My settings for the clean tone are- [12 o'clock drive, 9 o'clock bass eq, 9 o'clock mid eq, 1 o'clock treble eq, 12 o'clock channel vol, 12 o'clock master vol; guitar - 2015 Fender American Standard Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker]
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It's a quite cheap amp. You can't expect much from it, although you can wrestle some good tones from it. A major downside to it is when you change channels on it, the settings "reset". So you'll have to set your tone from the beginning each time you switch a channel. Has some good built-in effects. Wouldn't use this for anything other than practice though.
Inexpensive, but a piece of crap.
When I first bought this, I was so excited to get it, with its very heavy distortion and variety of effects. But it was a huge disappointment to find out that the only reason there's such heavy distortion is to block out its crap tone. Since then, I've learnt to do your research before investing money into such junk.
Solid practice amp
Decent sound at a very decent price. Sure you wont get record worthy tones from it but it is perfect to have in a house or apartment to get a wide variety of tones and effects, especially when you have an idea in your head and just want to quickly dial it into an amp.
Cheap and Cool
After my terrible small boring fender amp broke after a year I was in need of a new amp. This was the one my school owned and while it was cool I was slightly skeptical considering it exploded in your ears if you put it to close to the guitar. However I figured that was because it was like sixth-hand. When I got it I was amazed by all the settings - Clean, Crunch, Metal and Insane. It also had a great Reverb and Tremolo section and had awesome phaser modes. In fact you could be rubbish but it made you sound amazing. All of that plus it was cheap. If ether's any problems I just probably wouldn't rely on the tuner, but you can get a tuner app for free anyway. In conclusion great beginners amp, definitely recommend it.
Ow! Spider bit me! Hurt, spider bite!
This was my first "real" amp. I sat down with it, knowing nothing about anything, and entertained myself with effects and presets until I began to experiment. This amp has a lot to offer. 9 on board effects, aux jack input, headphone output, and 4 channels ranging from "clean" to "insane". considering you can pick this guy up for $60-$100, it's a good second amp and will do you true till you absolutely need something bigger. Sometimes I'll still opt out of a bigger amp and just mic this one up instead.