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Ultimate tonal flexibility and luscious tube response!

The Spider Valve 212 from Line 6 features a Spider III engine mated in perfect harmony to a genuine tube amplifier. Designed by famed amp man Reinhold Bogner for unmatched performance and responsiveness. The amp is built around 2 - 12AX7 preamp tubes and 2 - 6L6 power tubes. You can choose from 12 amp models and 7 Smart Control Effects. 36 user-programmable channels save your settings, or you can play through over 300 artist-created presets. All the tones are voiced by the legendary Celestion Vintage 30. Finally you can have the unrivaled versatility of Line 6 amp and effects modeling with the performance and feel of a world-class tube amplifier.

FEATURES
  • 40W Class AB tube amp through (2) 12AX7 preamp tubes and (2) 6L6 power tubes
  • 2X12" configuration featuring Premium CelestionĀ® Vintage 30 speakers
  • 12 dialed in amp models (channel voices) that deliver a complete tonal range from shimmering clean to insane grind.
  • 7 Smart Control Effects including Tape Echo, Multi-Tap, Sweep Echo, Flanger/Chorus, Phaser, Tremolo and Reverb.
  • 36 user programmable channels
  • 300+ artist created presets covering the greatest guitar tones of all time
  • PODĀ® 2.0 XLR direct out for studio direct tone.
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4.8

(based on 47 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tubes, tone, and technology.

I am not an amp snob, tone is tone and that's all I care about. I have owned Boogies, Marshalls, Fenders, and all sorts of amps over the past 10 years. I...Read complete review

I am not an amp snob, tone is tone and that's all I care about. I have owned Boogies, Marshalls, Fenders, and all sorts of amps over the past 10 years. I like being able to stand 10 ft away from the amp and feel the mids and lows from palm muted power chords. I can do this with this amp, plus have 3 other channels to choose from in the midst of a song. I played this amp a few months ago at a local guitar store and fell in love on the spot. I ordered this amp because it was on sale, and I am heading into the studio in two weeks. I play metal like Superjoint Ritual, Pantera,and HateBreed etc. I gig around 6-8 times a month and record demos with the band every couple of months. I have been hauling around a head, cab, pedal board, rack case, and my guitars. For the last 6 months I had been playing through a Peavey Valveking & a Mesa 50 cal into a Marshall 1960a slant with celestions. I use the emg 81/85 pickup combo and tune anywhere from c standard to e standard. I am amazed at the sound coming from this little amp. The effects are ok, but you cant really control them to your liking. The clean and crunch is impressive. I really like the amber and blues modes. The amp has a noise gate and a distortion boost that work pretty well. Very convincing Marshall, Fender, and Mesa tones. If you really want those sounds, then you should buy those amps themselves. The thing seems built sturdy, and the speakers don't really sound woofy or muddy with the open back. It's loud and very responsive to touch, pinchs and trills sound great. A little eq and a seperate noisegate and I'm in Heaven. I can get all the lows, gain, or tone that I could want in such a small amp. It's pretty quiet and the amp came with casters that you can remove at will. The only gripe I have is the plastic knobs, the effects mix, and the fact that I had to buy a footswitch to be able to access everything from the stage. This thing is a time saver, and for it's price, you really can't beat it.

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Ehhhh

Well, I was really excited about this because I've owned lots of Line 6 stuff over the years and still have pedals on my pedalboard, but I have to say no to this...Read complete review

Well, I was really excited about this because I've owned lots of Line 6 stuff over the years and still have pedals on my pedalboard, but I have to say no to this one. It just seems to me that Line 6 is caught in this cycle of using the same stuff in different packages instead of coming out with truly new stuff. The sounds are OK, but not great and the bottom line to me is that there aren't any stage ready tones in this amp. Everything just seems compressed and hollow and doesn't cut in the mix. I'll be selling mine.

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5.0

I love it

By Leftyshredder666

from Canada

I just love this amp.I was looking at getting a half stack but I didn't have enough space for it, I wanted a all tube amp and Marshalls were way to expensive. Then I stumbled across the 112 at a guitar store, I plugged it in and I loved it. I got the 212 cause it was bigger and I love all settings on it, it would be perfect for any band who wanted to do some covering songs.

 
5.0

can't beat it for the price

By steelplayer

from St. Louis

was tired of carrying my pedal board to gigs and my Fender Vibrolux wasn't cutting it for the high gain distortion. This amp will give you some great marshall and mesa sounds. I can get some good cleans out of it too, but the twang setting leaves a lot to be desired. Overall, this is a perfect gig rig amp because you won't get more sounds roled into one. It isn't perfect, but it comes closer to perfection of an overall sound than any mesa, marshall, or fender will give you.

 
5.0

sd1113

By sd1113

from ohio

This amp is truly amazing. As far as different sounds or tones, if this amp aint got it you dont need it. Great cleans and any crunch you want. I always liked the Ozzy Randy sound, good distortion and sustain but not over the top and you can dial right into it. And super loud!! This amp on 2 will do any jam session and below half any gig. Its lower priced than most amps in its league but by means is buyin this settling. Removable casters just ices the cake. I highly recommend this amp.

 
5.0

Excellent value and excellent sound

By NorthCoast

from Central Ohio

If you are looking for an amp that begins to do it all then you need to play through this guitar amp. While I have not found a "perfect" amp in over 25 years of playing this amp is a very fine execution of thoughtful design. It brings a lot of useful features together in one package. The people at Line 6 were listening to someone when they decided to move forward with this product. There are enough amp models and effects to cover a wide range of styles and songs without being overly complicated. I appreciate that the Spider Valve is more than just full tube amp merged with a POD.Likes: Tube sound and response, tone controls, choice of effects, dedicated reverb control, all parameters saved with user programmable channels(helps keep more consistant levels of playing), works well with optional Line 6 FBV?, it gets plenty loud!Dislikes: Would have liked less factory presets and more than 36 user programmable channels, no effect level volume/mix for more subtle effects, no MIDI interface Summary: If you are looking to simplify this amp could be your ticket. If you are wanting to get that smooth tonal response from tubes without getting multiple amps the SV should be on your short list to try. At this price the Line 6 SV is an exceptional value that compromises next to nothing in quality and sound.

 
5.0

Line 6 212 Spider Valve = A+ Tone

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I had no idea Line 6 had come so far in the last few years. I've played the pods and the 1 x 12 amps in the past and they were mediocre. I'd narrowed down my dream amp choice to the Spider valve 212 or the Lynch Box Combo after playing both in stores.(Both blow everything away IMO) My budget was the factor in choosing the Line 6. I'm glad I went with the Spider Valve. I've just plugged it into a Peavey Sheffield 412 Cab and felt like I was in an arena playing Van Halen. The best preset tone hands down is the JOHN 5 2 setting. The other 3 tones I like are Crazy Train, Satch Boogie, & Bed of Roses (Lynch sound). This IS a Heavy Metal amp. Only the pickiest amp gurus would gripe about this tone. The mids are nowhere to be found, but the Bogner Tube Power amp coupled with the Line 6 pre section creates a glassy clipped sonic wall which will inspire your inner most creativity and make you sound better than you are. The celestions sound crisp and bring out more harmonics and are a top end speaker. In live applications, this amp will carry over any venue loud and clear,and then some, or just drive your neighbors crazy. Most amazing amp ever for the money.Sure the effects are somewhat limiting, but if your that demanding go buy an Eventide H8000FW for 5 grand. I'd love to hear those 2 together!

 
5.0

Review

By ToneScreamer790

from Texas

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After trying this amp out at a music store I bought it the following week. From bone shattering crunch to pig squelling pinch harmonics, this amp is one bad boy. The clean channel rings sparkles. With the amps presets you turn it to master of puppets, and presto-sounds just like metallica with scoped out mids and that thrash crunch. My only complaints are: The factory chorus/flanger is to overpowering even at low levels; I also wish it had more presets and amp models. Maybe with pod xt settings

 
4.0

not a bad investment

By steenmobile

from D.C.

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Its very "meh" for a tube amp. Tons of features, yay for covering a lot of territory but the distortion isn't as rich as it should be, sounds only slightly better than the Solid State spiders, credit for being loud as hell and having nice reverb and decent presets. Then again...maybe a couple hundred more dollars could get you a peavey 6505 combo with wonderful distortion and overall better tone if distortion is your thing.

 
5.0

worth every penny

By N8tiv-Disciple88

from Winnipeg, MB

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This is the best combo amp ive played and owned. Ive played other amps and got tired of spending an hour trying to get a good sound and spending another hour trying to get another clean sound. with a touch of a button you can get all the sounds and tone you can get just like that. I gave the value 45 cuz I can't get the head variant, other than that its a great amp.

 
5.0

Tubes, tone, and technology.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I am not an amp snob, tone is tone and that's all I care about. I have owned Boogies, Marshalls, Fenders, and all sorts of amps over the past 10 years. I like being able to stand 10 ft away from the amp and feel the mids and lows from palm muted power chords. I can do this with this amp, plus have 3 other channels to choose from in the midst of a song. I played this amp a few months ago at a local guitar store and fell in love on the spot. I ordered this amp because it was on sale, and I am heading into the studio in two weeks. I play metal like Superjoint Ritual, Pantera,and HateBreed etc. I gig around 6-8 times a month and record demos with the band every couple of months. I have been hauling around a head, cab, pedal board, rack case, and my guitars. For the last 6 months I had been playing through a Peavey Valveking & a Mesa 50 cal into a Marshall 1960a slant with celestions. I use the emg 81/85 pickup combo and tune anywhere from c standard to e standard. I am amazed at the sound coming from this little amp. The effects are ok, but you cant really control them to your liking. The clean and crunch is impressive. I really like the amber and blues modes. The amp has a noise gate and a distortion boost that work pretty well. Very convincing Marshall, Fender, and Mesa tones. If you really want those sounds, then you should buy those amps themselves. The thing seems built sturdy, and the speakers don't really sound woofy or muddy with the open back. It's loud and very responsive to touch, pinchs and trills sound great. A little eq and a seperate noisegate and I'm in Heaven. I can get all the lows, gain, or tone that I could want in such a small amp. It's pretty quiet and the amp came with casters that you can remove at will. The only gripe I have is the plastic knobs, the effects mix, and the fact that I had to buy a footswitch to be able to access everything from the stage. This thing is a time saver, and for it's price, you really can't beat it.

 
5.0

BUY ONE

By Evil Lincoln-fipd4

from Indiana

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I have owned this amp for about 6 months now. I have owned many others in the past, more than I can count. This one will be a keeper! The only real dislike I have with this amp are the effects adjustments...you can't tweak and shape all the effects nearly as much as you can with pedals or multi-effects processors. The effects do sound really good for what you get, though. I consider that a trade-off for all the other features this amp has. It is louder than sin, and it has great tone. It's nice to be able to store your own presets, and the different amp models sound killer. The cleans are stupid clean, and the distortions are fantastic. Crap, even the built-in tuner is above-average and simple to use. Yeah, some of the presets are cheese, but many of them are downright awesome. This amp lets you experiment wiht different sounds and yet recall your favorite sounds at the touch of a button! Once you get a sound dialed in, save it forever! AND, you can play this at bedroom levels...don't believe anyone who says you can't!! It sounds killer at low volume, and killer at high volume. I am more of a metal head, and if metal is what you want, this amp delivers. It also has a decent twang sound and like I said, excellent cleans. GET THIS AMP.

 
5.0

I can't believe this amp is getting 1 1/2 stars!

By JSShredder.

from Undisclosed

This amp rocks! I love the range of tonalities that can be achieved. This is NOT a hybrid amp like many others, which use tubes to warm up an already solid-state signal, so the tone gets warmer, but still remains sterile. The only digital piece in this amp is the front panel. Unlike hybrids, the digital panel sends amp settings into the 12AX7 tubes, and then the tubes PRODUCE the sounds according to those presets. The 6L6 power section is superb, with all the qualities that resemble, if not exceed, those of higher-priced tube amps. The digital effects are Line 6 POD quality; it screams excellence. I've tried many high-end tube amps, but the Spider Valve offers the same tones and features of those, for an affordable price. CHEAP CAN BE GOOD, AND THIS IS PROOF OF THAT!!!THIS IS A TRUE TUBE AMP, not a mock-up. Think about it, lots of tube amp users often use external solid-state overdrive pedals, to drive the tubes a bit further, so the marriage of Line 6 and Bogner just shows that no external overdrive pedals are needed to drive the tone further; there's enough gain on this amp for every style. As Reinhold Bogner himself states: tube technology has already reached its peak. All it is now is a bunch of companies tinkering with alternative methods and a few additions to make the same old tube technology work. It was about time that Line 6 launched a high quality, high-gain tube amp with the extra features of digital technology.

 
5.0

holy crap!

By dbmlead

from Atlanta, GA

This amp is amazing thats all there is to it. With the Bogner tubes this amp is a beast! It has all your favorite Line 6 modeling effects as well like delay, chorus, flange, and tremolo. Also the artist made presets are fantastic you can use your favorite artist preset as a base for your tone then mess with the EQ's and effects until you get the sound you desire. This amp is loud for not being a stack. Its so loud that it could easily blow many stacks out of the water! Overall the Line 6 Valve 212 is a great amp. Buy it, you wont regret it.

 
5.0

Best amp in its price range

By jws1982

from Nashville, TN

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I just picked up this amp recently after trying out a handful of modeling amps such as the Fender Cyber Twin and Vox Valvetronix. Thanks in part to both the tube pre-amp and tube power amp, the Line 6 was consitently better across the board. Bogner-designed power amp, Celestion Vintage 30's, dual 12AX7's pre-amp. How can you go wrong? Each of the presets for the amp models sound fantastic, and tweaking your sounds is a breeze. It also retains it's sonic characteristics when really cranked, unlike some earlier Line 6 and other brand modeling amps. My only complaint with the sound is the combo chorus/flange effect. It comes on much too strong, and is pretty useless when turned up above 50%. I prefer the old effects setup of separate chorus and flange versus the new chorus/flange and phaser. Also, both 212 models I tested had a slight rattle from the plastic logo plate that runs across the amp just below the knobs. However, sliding something small and flat (like a guitar pick) between the plate and cloth easily took care of it. The 112 version did not have this issue. Other than these two things, the amp is as good as it can get without significantly raising the price. For someone needing to play many types of music or have different sounds, this amp is a no-brainer.

 
5.0

best for the money on the markey

By Musician4Life

from Indiana

I do not own this amp but have played on it several times at the guitar store. I am completely blown away by the sound it has and the versatility. It has the classic and amazing sound of a Bogner with the versatility of the Line6. It is simple to use and has any sound you would ever need. I would recommend it for anybody short of a pro.

 
4.0

I'm happy

By bmaster

from Maine

I purchased the spider valve 212 the day it was put on the shelve. I owned a spider2 30w and was certain that I was not going to buy another line6 product. Boy was I wrong. The settings on this amp do take time to get just the sound you want. The clean channel is very rich sounding and the metal channel is pretty good. The tuner is very accurate. Tons of presets that you can tweak. I did have my guitar teacher test it out and he liked it although in the past he wasn't a big line 6 fan.

 
5.0

BAD A**!!!

By The Hatter

from Indiana

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I finally tried this amp today at a local shop. and dammit, i was impressed!!! ive been reading about it like everyday for a while now. finally had one hooked up there. this amp is LOUD!!! i had it turned up around "8 o'clock", around 1 or so. and it was plenty loud. deffinately gonna get this when i get the money. i would very strongly suggest this amp to anyone who want a good amp with a lot of options and dynamics, wighout paying the price of a mesa or diezel ect... try it out and see what you think. i loved the "stinkfist" setting, i also love Tool. so there you have it. good amp, good buy. totally worth it!!!

 
5.0

It kicked The recto-verb's behind!

By Andrew Zegel

from Chicago.

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We had our hearts set on mesa singles with 2x12 cabs. We also had no intention of ever considering line six seriously, because we both were running the spider 2 heads. They're great as well but yeah . . . we were gettting serious. So we went in and went though almost ever mesa I MEAN EVERY! ONE! We nearly spent 4 hours there. There's only one catch to this. The line will blow you head off! They sound warmer than mesa's while still sounding aggressive and punchy. Mesa's actually sound rather "gritty" when not at extremely high volume. The line six spider valve also has those 12 different amp models, which are so very functional. Bottom line . . . I willingly took this over a recto-very and even the single recto, for 4 reasons. I would for sure have money left over (my total was 1010 with the 2 year warranty), I sounded tighter, it was louder, and it has much better articulation when I played triads and other complex chords. Buy this amp for your child and yourself. FANTASTIC!!! I also play to buy two of the spider valve cabs, which sound equally amazing.

 
5.0

as loud as you can get

By moderneagle92

from south united states

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Man, I plugged this amp in at my local music store and was blown away! This is the loudest amp I've ever heard. This thing kicks! Almost too loud to even handle. We had the nob on two and it was blaring the whole store so loud you couldnt even hold a conversation! I usually dont go for tube amps but this one is great, my only problem is the price. Nice if you need this amp, but I just play a spider 75 watt solid state, its all I need.But if you are a serious musician looking for an amp, look no further.

 
5.0

Review

By ToneScreamer790

from Texas

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From bone shattering crunch to pig squelling pinch harmonics, this amp is one bad boy. The clean channel rings sparkles. With the amps presets you turn it to master of puppets, and presto-sounds just like metallica with scoped out mids and that thrash crunch. My only complaints are: The factory chorus/flanger is to overpowering even at low levels; I also wish it had more presets and amp models. Maybe with pod xt settings

 
5.0

Wow

By HeRkMaN

from Niceville, FL

All I can say is Wow! I've owned plenty of tube and solid state amps in the past, but Line 6 has done the digital sound justice through the magic of Bogner. The bottom line is if you like to have instant tone witout fuss, buy this and the Shortboard to command anything from Pink floyd to Slipknot with the push of a button. Brilliant

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