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Line 6 Spider III 30 30W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp   

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The Line 6 Spider III 30 delivers 4 amp models”clean, crunch, metal, and insane”that cover a broad range of essential rock sounds. These basic sounds...Click To Read More About This Product

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Line 6 technology in a easy-to-use and affordable format.

The Line 6 Spider III 30 delivers 4 amp models”clean, crunch, metal, and insane”that cover a broad range of essential rock sounds. These basic sounds can then be modified with a selection of effects. Now you can rule the stage with the Insane model with its truly massive gain or explore your sensitive side in the studio with the Clean model. The Spider III will give you the dialed-in tone you want in an instant. Less tweaking. More playing.

Amp Models:
Clean: Red LED - Select this amp model and adjust the tone controls to get crisp, amazing clean tones, great warm jazz tones, and all the high-end shimmer you'll need with a generous amount of bottom end.

Crunch: Red LED - This sound was crafted during Line 6's studies* of the '68 Marshall Plexi 50 Watt. This type of Marshall amp was used by a number of early metal bands. Crunch provides a wider range of tone control settings than the original Marshall amp had.

Metal: Red LED - This Amp Model is based on* the Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier. Use this Amp Model to get a tight and punchy, high gain Metal sound.

Insane: Red LED - This model is Line 6's "dialed in for shredding" version based on* the Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier red channel. It combines the intensity and impact of Metal Red, but delivers more midrange and teeth for that bone-crushing, brain piercing insane grind.

Effects:
A great amp isn't the only part of a great guitar sound. With Smart Control FX, an exclusive Line 6 feature that automatically dials in different effect parameters, you spend more time playing and less time tweaking. Simply find the effect that you want, turn the knob to your desired intensity, and you're done. You can even use multiple effects at the same if you wanna get really crazy.

Effects Models (Up to 2 effects simultaneous)
Phaser
Chorus/Flanger
Tremolo
Sweep Echo
Tape Echo
Reverb

Ins & Outs
When you're playing with your band on stage just drag the Spider III on stage and crank it up. When it comes time to record, use the headphone/direct out and plug it straight into the mixing board for world-class POD 2.0 direct tone used in pro studios and stages everywhere! You can also use the same out with headphones for practicing in your bedroom. Want to play along with your favorite songs? Plug into the CD/MP3 input and you're good to go.
It also includes a footswitch jack that's compatible with the FBV2, FBV Express, and FBV Shortboard foot controllers.

*All product names used in this webpage are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6's sound model development.

FEATURES
  • 4 Essential Amp Models
  • 6 Effects (2 simultaneous) including phaser, Chorus/Flanger, Tremolo, Sweep Echo, Tape Echo, and Reverb
  • 4 User-programmable channels
  • Footswitch jack that's compatible with the FBV2, FBV Express, and FBV Shortboard foot controllers.
  • CD/MP3 jack
  • Headphone/Direct Out for practice or recording
  • Custom Celestion 12" speaker
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4.5

(based on 81 reviews)

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Great deal!

I bought one of these used recently as a sort of upgrade from my Behringer 15W. Absolutely love it. The sound on the clean channel is so crisp and sharp and I have been...Read complete review

I bought one of these used recently as a sort of upgrade from my Behringer 15W. Absolutely love it. The sound on the clean channel is so crisp and sharp and I have been hooked on this thing ever since. The crunch channel ranges (you have to tweak the drive knob every time you switch channels as it reverts to default) from fairly clean right to almost metal if you tweak the knobs enough, and the metal and insane channels are icing on the cake.The extra effects are really nice, too. Took me a minute to figure out the echo tap button; bought this one used without a manual. All you have to do is tap it twice at the speed you want it to echo, set the echo volume with the knob and between that and reverb you can make it sound like you're in an auditorium or a tunnel. Quite neat. Chorus and phaser effects sound great and the tremolo effect works wonders for playing Crimson and Clover.The design of the amp seems fairly solid; I bought this out of a used guitar shop where the guys were always making it scream and knocking it over, and it doesn't seem any the worse for wear (I tested a brand new one for comparison; no difference). Also to mention, my guitar is a cheap Strat knockoff (Barracuda) and it still sounded awesome on this amp. Definitely a good buy if you want a killer practice amp.

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Not impressing at all!

Well I bought this amp awhile ago, and at first I thought it was really good untill I started playing other amps. This amp really doesn't have good tone at all. You can...Read complete review

Well I bought this amp awhile ago, and at first I thought it was really good untill I started playing other amps. This amp really doesn't have good tone at all. You can only get the highs and lows at of it, nothing in between. The distortion is alright, the only problem is it gets 10 times louder when you switch it to metal or insane. There is also a problem with the quality of this amp. I have had for about 4 months now, no problems until about a week ago, If i have any bass on past 3 on the knob there is a loud rattling noise that will not go away. Everything on this amp just feels really cheap. If your a hardcore metal fan, then maybe you would like this because of the distortion. But if your not, STAY AWAY FROM THIS AMP. Just because it has a lot effects doesn't mean its good.

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5.0

Overall, a good amp. Good price.

By Defective Infant

from Chesapeake, Va

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I think this is the best amp you can buy for the price. It's inferior to a nice tube amp, of course. The clean sounds great, but it distorts noticably at higher volumes. The crunch is good for low to medium gain, blues or rock. The distortion sounds dirty but clear. The metal is obviously for high gain, and was modeled after the Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier. It does a relatively good job at it, but there's a limit for a digital amp to reproduce a tube amp's sound (which actually applies to all the settings). All three are usable, and for cruch and metal, it actually sounds much better than using distorion pedals on the clean channel.The digital effects are nice, although many users have no need for them.The flaw is the insane channel. It's too high gain, to the point where it's almost unusable. It's muddy and overly fuzzy. This is the reason I gave 6 stars to an otherwise exceptional amp (for the price). In it's place could be a much better channel, such as another low gain channel or a variation of the clean channel.If you want a nice amp but only have a little cash, I wouldn't recommend anything else.By the way, for 30 watts, this amp is surprisingly loud.

 
5.0

Pretty Good

By Psycocrazyman

from APO, AE

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I bought this amp a couple days ago from a local music store. This amp is very good for its price. The clean is good except that whenever you switch to clean some of the effects are already on and you have to switch them off again. The Crunch setting is good for songs with little distortion. The metal setting is good for punk songs, I wouldnt call it metal since it doesnt have screeching distrotion like most metal song have. The Insane setting is good but it doesnt have the amount of distortion the amp advertises. Over all I'd say it was a good buy.

 
2.0

Worst Sounding Amp for non Beginner

By Russ-Dp00n

from east northport, ny

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I purchased this amp over two years ago, obviously the spider 2, but I bought it because at the time I had broken my fender tube and this seemed like the volatile choice to go with. It had good saturated distortion and many effects to choose from, but little did I know that when you turn it up all the way to 10 or 11, the amp sounds like crap the sound gets all distorted and hard to hear. This has turned me off from line 6 completely, especially since there are so many good reviews for this.

 
3.0

Good for intermediate/beginner

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I only reccomend this amp as an upgrade from your first amp you got in your fist guitar pack or as youre first amp. It has a variety of effects that sound pretty good. Crunch is great for calssic rock. I would change the insane setting as it sounds terrible for everything but a solo. It can also get pretty loud. I'm the only guitarist in my band and I only have to turn it up about half way to be loud and easily hear myself over the drums. My problem with it is mine broke after a few months. I was playing and it switched from metal to clean without me pressing anything. Now the light glows very dimly and flashes and I cannot use any channel but clean. I still reccomend it, I havn't known anyone with the same problem.

 
5.0

THIS AMP IS GREAT!

By emglespaul

from FL

I finally stepped up from a little fender 15w. This was all I could afford. THIS AMP HAS VERY GOOD SOUND QUALITY!. It is amazing how loud this thing getts. Absolutly loud enough for gig. The thing is even when you have this amp very very loud the sound doesn't get fuzzy like most amps. It stays crystal clear. Also the effects have awsome quality and have the perfect amount of disortion per channel. The distortion is better than a metal effects petal. Also the flange and the chorus effects are just like a 100$ petals I've heard. And no this doesn't sound good because I've never heard anything better. I'm around people at school with marshal stacks and even they agree this amp rocks for its price and size. Looking for a low buget amp with expensive quality? GET THIS AMP AND YOULL NEVER REGRET IT!!

 
3.0

Dont buy into the hype

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This amps fine for messing around and the built in effects are nice but the clean sound is HORRIBLE. Just buy yourself a good cheap amp do some research on distortion pedals find one you like that way the sound can be more personal instead of the built in distortion which is either okay *crunch or way over the top *insane.Theres much better out there

 
5.0

Impressive Features

By Erock-IRNP0

from Chicago 'burbs

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I bought this model at a local guitar center after I saved up some money for a new amp. My old one finally kicked the bucket and I needed a new amp fast with decent features and sound quality. Well, first thing was I needed to return the amp because the Drive (their way of saying Gain) knob was cleanly broken off and unusable. Good thing I purchased a warranty and got it switched up no problem.Anyway, the amp is really quite a deal. The Sound Quality you get for a solid-state is impressive. 30 watts may sound weak to some, but if you crank it up, it will scream as loud as you will need it to, unless you're playing in Madison Square Garden. The features are nice, although I don't like being limited to only two effects at once as they place three to share a knob. And I also don't like so much the "Chorus/Flange" effects being combined as one, so you can't just turn on choruse or flange alone, they are mixed. I like having four distinct channels, each have their own styles for practically whatever you need, a crisp clean or a overdriven squeal. Besides the limitation of the effects, this amp is a steal.

 
4.0

Nice for Practice

By ToneFreakOut

from Houston, TX

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This amp is great for practice, but is made just for that. Don't expect a gig worthy amp. It has nice features & with tweaking...a good sound. Unlike previous reviews suggest, you CAN make the volume levels even on all channels. That is what the channel volume & drive knobs are for. Use them, save your patch & get a footswitch. For the price I think at least an FBV2 should be included. Anyway, for home practice...a cool little amp.

 
3.0

Not worth the cash.

By Bernerhathy

from Cicero, IN

I got this amp about a week ago and it is not as good as i hoped. I thought this amp was going to be good because of all the cool setings, but its not. the chanals are very strict on how much you can change them, so thers not very much custimizing you can do to them. Also the crunch chanal dose not have the enough crunch to it and the metal and insane chanals have to much crunch. I played my cousins peavey rage 15w and it kicks the crape out of this amp. This amp realy is not worth the money. I suggest that anyony looking to get this amp should look at a marshal or a peavey amp of the same price befor bying it.

 
5.0

Simply Amazing

By Angus Young Jr.-2Uyna

from Tampa, Florida

I love this amp. It's style and quality is outstanding along with the low price. With a good guitar (I use an Gibson SG, Strat, and an ESP LTD AX-50. they all sound great!) and a Monster cable you can't go wrong with this amp. I also love the way you can customize your own sound. Great for people writing their own songs.

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