[DISCONTINUED] Line 6 Spider IV 15 15-watt 1x8 Modeling Guitar Amplifier
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- 15 watts; 1x8" custom speaker; three-quarter closed-back cabinet adds a tight, snappy response
- 4 dialed in amp models: Create and save 4 complete amp settings with amp model, EQ, gain and effect settings, and recall them with the push of a button
- 6 Smart FX based on celebrated stompbox and studio effects; tangy Chorus/Flange, swirly Phaser, expressive Tremolo, beautiful Tape and Sweep Echoes, and syrupy Reverb; 2 FX at once
- Bass, Mid, Treble, Drive, Channel volume; Master volume; FBV foot controllers can add everything from wah-wah and volume control to tap tempo, a chromatic tuner display and simple channel switching
- Built-in tuner; 1/4-inch input; 1/4-inch headphone/direct output; 1/8-inch CD/MP3 input; FBV foot controller jack
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Guitarists, you know you just want an amp that sounds good and is easy to use. And it'd be awesome if it had multiple tones, you know the classic sounds we've all heard on records forever. And effects! Well, the Line 6 Spider IV 15 is that amp — and better yet, it's crazy affordable! With 15 watts and powered by presets crafted by todays premium tonemeisters, the Spider IV 15 is your tone solution for late night jams, low volume practices, and more. Looking to record? use the direct out to pipe your favorite tones straight into the mixing board or interface. The Spider IV 15 might be small, but it's loaded with the stuff that makes guitarists salivate!
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My first bit of advice is to go to the Line 6 folks ONLINE website and READ the expanded info they have available on this amp AND you may wish to check out various forums of Line 6 Spider IV users which can answer many questions and save you much grief. Let me just give you one 'fer instance' -- on one forum dealing with this specific amp, a user, and apparently quite new to both guitars and amps, was ready to send the amp back believing it was defective! Why? He wrote, "I have no idea what ails this thing ... the CLEAN channel is 'not' clean ... I'm getting all sorts of reverb and echo in the sound yet I have both of the two effects knobs turned to the OFF position! I mean I pressed various buttons here and there [! -- remember that one!] but the next day, I turn on the amp and I can't get any 'clean' sound in the clean channel and I can 'hear' reverb and echo in there [the clean channel] but, as I say, I have the effects knobs both turned to off! What gives? This can't be normal!" What 'gives' is that the user's "pressing various buttons here and there" [but not knowing what he was doing!] no doubt SAVED his knob and button tinkering and which the amp duly remembered and duly reproduced the next time he went to use the amp! The cure: Turn the amp on in the CLEAN position, then rotate BOTH effects knobs from OFF to the max the knob will turn and then turn it back again to OFF. That's BOTH effects knobs. Then go to the CLEAN button and hold it down for 3 to 5 seconds at which time you'll see ALL the amp button LEDs flash about 3 times and you've RESET the amp and that action will get back your clean sound without any effects -- at least until you turn the effects knobs but AVOID pressing any buttons when you use those effects knobs until you know exactly what you're doing and READ how to save or alter or make your own presets. That's the word to the wise I was talking about. There is a decided learning curve with this amp [and the Spider IV series of amps] and all the Spider IV amp series but once you know what does what and how to do it, it gets easier versus user frustrations a la mode!
Other than that, it's a great amp! It essentially has '3' tone controls [BASS/MID/TREBLE], drive [used for adding distortion or as they say, 'dirt' into the musical mix] and channel volume [this can be tricky! Use the MASTER VOLUME until you read about the "channel volume" knob and how it functions because it has the bad habit of cutting out the sound IF used improperly!] followed by the master volume knob, phones AND combo recording slot in the same jack, a foot pedal jack, a jack for popping in a CD or MP3 player or tunes IPOD to jam along with the recorded tunes you have in your various players laying around the house and finally a guitar tuner [hold the TAP key down to activate the guitar tuner although I must say, I personally think it's much easier and decidedly faster to go online and use an online tuner and let your EAR be the judge versus a series of LED lights but that's just my own opinion] but on that TAP key and its 'various' uses, you should really read about it before fiddling with it or the old classic, "I pressed those buttons [whatever buttons and on 'any' electric or electronic gizmo] just to see what happens" thing. If you don't know what pressing a button or turning a knob on the amp will exactly do, find out first! Saves you much grief! And yes, I've made that mistake many times on various gizmos and then I stare at the thing when it stops working or seemingly goes bananas due to my uninformed fiddling around and tinkering. Some folks also make the error of continually pressing the amp buttons thinking it's a sort of electronic MULTI-effects guitar processor, you know, the old foot or finger activated thing and up pops a brand new 'sound' each time -- it doesn't work that way. As I say, and unless you've had the previous Spider III amp, read about the Spider IV [especially the forums!] and what it can do and can not do and what buttons or knobs do what when you start, shall we say, experimenting with them.
You can't beat the price [as I write this, $109.99] together with free Amazon Prime shipping. Good "eye candy" too in black and chrome. The 15 watter amp makes an excellent practice and/or 'playing for personal pleasure' at home folks and has ample volume for a good size room or basement area. For gigs and much bigger areas, the Spider IV has larger amps [and bigger wattage output] in the entire Spider IV amp series. It's also good because the beginning player can save $$$ on not having to separately purchase various "guitar effects" boxes or electronic versions therein since even in the small but hearty Spider IV 15 watter amp has various guitar effects and presets already built-in to the amp! A real plus right there! You can even find a mixed bag "effect" that you really like and create and then save it and recall it [or modify it further or delete it] for use! Enjoy and wail on!
PS -- Strictly for newbies to both the guitar and guitar amps! DO NOT confuse your laying around the house 'stereo' patch cord [with the TWO black rings on the metal jack part] that you use for your stereo audio equipment with what most guitars amps actually require in order to work -- a MONO [one black ring] patch cord!
Now that I've become accustom to it I like it because the sound is the best part of it. It gets the job done, from the hardest rock to...yes, Jazz. The tones I get from my strat are wonderful, considering it's advertised (for the most part) for rock/blues/metal, whatever; it is very versatile for a 100 buck amp. I'm happy with the purchase. Another good thing is that it's light and easily moved around the house. As far as a starter amp, I think it would be prefect because it would suite wannabe players and serious wannabe players, alike.
Anyway, great little amp, I can't say anything that hasn't already been said here, all I can do is agree. The "Metal" setting is reminiscient of old George Lynch (to me at least), and the "Insane" setting reminds me of Metallica a la Master of Puppets. IMHO. The phaser settings esecially are good, they could use a little more room to tweak though (but like I said, at this price, NO complaints. None). The clean settings are loud and clear enough to place a small venue. It has a built-in noise-gate also that works well-- doesn't sound choppy.