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Line 6 Spider Valve 212 MKII 40W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp  

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  • 16 of the most advanced Line 6 amp models inspired by beloved American, British and European combos and heads
  • Mid-range tones that live on the very edge of breakup, sparkling cleans, high-gain distortions and more
  • EQ section inspired by the EQ controls of the original modeled amplifiers
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Modeling flexibility fused with tube amp technology and performance.

Line 6's Spider Valve 212 combo is the result of a groundbreaking collaborative effort between living-legend amp designer Reinhold Bogner and renowned amp-modeling upstarts Line 6. The Spider Valve MkII 212 40W combo amp offers the best of both worlds: brawny, boutique-style tube tone, and the latest, most advanced Line 6 amp modeling with complete flexibility and deep editing.

Spider Valve MkII 212 offers more amplifier models, effects and sophisticated features than its predecessor, the original Spider Valve 212 combo, but its all-tube design and boutique-style integrity keep it firmly rooted in the Spider Valve amp family.

Acclaimed amp tones
Spider Valve MkII 212 has the tools and tones you need to build your sound from the ground up. It features 16 of the most advanced Line 6 amp models, which were inspired by the most revered American, British and European heads and combos. Each one was custom-tuned for Line 6 Spider Valve MkII amps.

Get in front of sparkling clean tones inspired by a Hiwatt Custom 100, syrupy smooth drive tones inspired by a mix of a '65 Marshall JTM-45, a '58 Fender Bassman and a '63 Fender Vibroverb, British pop/rock tones inspired by a Vox AC-30 Top Boost, high-gain onslaughts inspired by a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier and a Diezel Herbert, Class A crunch inspired by a Divided by 13 9/15, classic Class A breakup inspired by an Orange AD-30, and more! Store tones from every gig with the Line 6 Spider Valve's 128 user-programmable presets.

Need to shape your tone? Tweak the Bass, Mid and Treble knobs just like you would on original vintage amps. When you choose an amp model, the EQ section behaves just like the EQ section of the modeled amplifier. Spider Valve MkII 212 amplifier gives you a complete, organic and fully authentic representation of its 16 vintage and modern amplifiers.

An instant collection of essential FX
Start smart and dive deep with the unprecedented control of Line 6 Smart FX. It features 20 brilliant effects, delivering unprecedented color, adjustability and routing options. You can tweak up to 6 parameters of any effect—including the intelligent Smart Harmony and Pitch Glide, and easy-to-use 14-second Quick Loop—and route it pre or post for an extraordinary collection of tone-shaping tools. Plus, you get every guitarist's required palette of colors including beautiful Delays, tangy Mods, lush Reverbs and more. Up to 4 effects can be used simultaneously.

Fully editable, deeply sophisticated
Line 6 Spider Valve MkII 212 is poised to become a workhorse amp for all kinds of pro players. Its seamless integration into MIDI rigs allows for quick changes to all front-panel controls, easy synching of your time-based effects (to themselves and to your drummer's click-track), as well as other time- and energy-saving features.

Plus, two output modes deliver easy and effective solutions for direct-recording and gigging. Performance Mode lets you send a signal, which provides tube and modeling interaction, via the XLR out to the front-of-house engineer. Studio Mode bypasses the tubes to send the platinum-album Line 6 modeling only.

Brawny tube tone
Many so-called tube amps employ low-voltage "marketing" tubes to add authenticity to their "tube amp" claim. Spider Valve MkII 212 boasts bona fide Bogner-designed preamp and power amp sections that run at lethal voltages (about 300 volts and 450 volts, respectively) to produce exceptional depth, tonal coloration and richness.

The signal from the Line 6 front-end flows into the pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes to produce creamy, cascading distortions and enriched tube harmonics. The perfectly matched pair of 6L6 power tubes then drives the two Celestion Vintage 30 speakers to provide unprecedented sonic impact.

Exceptional feel
After being poured from the pair of 12-inch Celestion Vintage 30 speakers, your tone soaks up the spanky thump of the tuned three-quarter closed-back cabinet. The result is a tight low-end punch for a truly exceptional feel.

Hands-free control and more
Optional Line 6 FBV foot controllers deliver out-of-the-box volume/wah, pitch control, preset control and more. FBV Shortboard MkII pairs perfectly with Spider Valve MkII 212 to offer complete, hands-free control of the on-board Spider Valve MkII effects including Quick Loop, Smart Harmony and more. The bright and backlit oversized LCD makes it easy to see preset names and the chromatic tuner.

Features
  • 16 of the most advanced Line 6 amp models inspired by beloved American, British and European combos and heads
  • Mid-range tones that live on the very edge of breakup, sparkling cleans, high-gain distortions and more
  • EQ section inspired by the EQ controls of the original modeled amplifiers
  • 128 user-programmable presets
  • 20 Smart FX including Smart Harmony, Pitch Glide, Quick Loop & more
  • Tweak up to 6 parameters of any effect and route it pre or post
  • Up to 4 effects at once
  • Seamless MIDI integration
  • Performance Mode provides a direct signal that captures interaction between tubes and modeling
  • Bass, Mid and Treble knob response inspired by the EQ controls of each modeled amp; Drive knob; Presence knob; Channel volume; Master volume
  • Studio Mode provides a direct signal that captures the modeling only
  • Line 6 tonal flexibility, deep editing and world-class modeling
  • Bogner-designed preamp and power amp sections
  • Pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes; matched pair of 6L6 power tubes
  • Two 12-inch Celestion Vintage 30 speakers
  • Tuned three-quarter closed-back cabinet
  • Tight low-end punch and exceptional feel
  • Out-of-the-box connectivity
  • Control Spider Valve MkII effects including Quick Loop, Smart Harmony and more
  • Oversized LCD is easy to read
  • 1/4" guitar input; XLR out; RJ-45 FBV foot controller input; MIDI in/out; 1/4" pre amp input; 1/4" power amp output; XLR output; 1/4" speaker outputs
  • Built-in chromatic Tuner; manual mode

Let your music out in all its screaming glory.

 

Spider Valve 212 MKII 40W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • 40W Class AB tube amp through (2) 12AX7 preamp tubes and (2) 6L6 power tubes
  • 2X12" configuration featuring a pair of Premium Celestion 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 FX (up to 3 simultaneous) including Tape Echo, Sweep Echo, Standard Delay (all with Tap Tempo) Chorus/Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, and Reverb
  • Built-in front panel tuner
  • 36 user programmable channels
  • 300+ presets covering the greatest guitar tones of all time
  • POD XLR direct out for studio direct tone
  • Compatible with FBV2, FBV Express and FBV Shortboard foot controllers
  • Single and dual 1/4" speaker output jacks for connection to auxiliary speaker cabs
  • 1/4" power amp input jack for POD amp and effect modelers
  • Weight: 60 lb.
  • Dimensions: 30" L x 25" H x 15" D
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Line 6Spider Valve 212 MKII 40W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Home studio (3)
    • Performances (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Never need another amp again

    This amplifier is excellent! The wheels included are a great addition considering it is 90 pounds. If your are looking for a practice amp this may not be for you though. This thing...Read complete review

    This amplifier is excellent! The wheels included are a great addition considering it is 90 pounds. If your are looking for a practice amp this may not be for you though. This thing is extremely loud but sounds great quiet too. I bought mine used and it was a great deal because I made it like new with some gorilla glue.

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    DO NOT BUY THIS AMP!!

    This is the first review I have ever written for any piece of gear. I have owned and used many different amps, guitars, and effects, and probably have read over 1500 of other...Read complete review

    This is the first review I have ever written for any piece of gear. I have owned and used many different amps, guitars, and effects, and probably have read over 1500 of other peoples reviews on other equipment. However, I feel compelled to share my experience with this amp.First off, Line 6 is a reputable company and do offer some great products in general. Especially the new relay wireless units. I have owned the AX2 212, POD XT live, X3 live, and Pocket pod. This amp is a gimmick! It does have some good sounds, but it is plagued with way too many problems. The first one they sent, blew one of the power tubes after only about 2 hours of use. The second one they sent was fine, but sounded very thin, and brittle sounding. Took out the chassis, and the preamp tubes said "12AX7 CHINA" Nice! Put in JJ's and that helped a lot.Main problem: Master volume is unusable! You have to have the preset volumes set to at least 50%, otherwise the amp makes crazy popping sounds when switching between presets. Talked to people on the L6 forum and they told me to adjust my volumes, and then try it. Voila! No more popping. However, the master volume pot is way too sensitive with the channels up that high. You can pretty much tap it with your finger and the volume jumps all over the place.Second problem: The amp is advertised as having Celestion Vintage 30's. Well, the speakers do say exactly that, but what they don't tell you, is that these are Chinese made Celestions. They are not true Vintage 30's!! There is a tiny little sticker on the speakers that say "Made in China"!!The construction seems okay, but definitely not even close to Marshalls or Mesa's. Acceptable though. The amp is fairly light (60lbs) for being a tube amp. But there are only two small transformers, and all the preamp is digital circuit boards, so that shaves a lot of weight.The amp has some very nice sounds, despite the problems. Throw an eq through the loop, and you have a giggable amp. But good luck with the menu on the amp, you have to use the computer software to really navigate through and find your sound. I am a turn knob kind of guy, so I probably shouldn't have bought it, but I wanted best bang for the buck. Good luck, if you end up with this amp.

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    4.0

    Great modeling and Tube Power.

    By yjmalmsteen

    from Midwest

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Plastic Like

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Jammin'
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Line 6 Spider Valve 212 MKII 40W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    Great modeling tone with tube power. PC interface is nice to have for mass/quick edits. But the cons are that I've been through 2 FBV shortboards and the knobs are a bit cheesy and plastic. Hard for it to withstand the rigors of playing out. But nice to not have to carry a fridge o' effects and 4X12's.

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    2.0

    Not Reliable!.......At all!

    By Ry

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Not Reliable For Gigging

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Line 6 Spider Valve 212 MKII 40W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have owned this amp for about two years. I have played maybe twenty gigs with it. Most of my other gigs in that time period I have had to use my back-up amp because this one always has a problem.(Now the good) Once you truly learn how to work this amp the sound rivals ANY amp that I have ever heard! I don't care what those amp snobs say about Line 6 hearing is believing. In 20 years they will be tracking these down at guitar shows for a premium price. To sum this up if you are keeping this amp stationary for recording purposes it should be great. But forget taking it on the road. It will screw you at the worst possible moment.(Note: I treat this amp with extreme care) This thing is like an old sports car. It's in the shop more than it's on the road. Thanks for reading, good luck.

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    5.0

    Great Amp

    By Allan

    from Troy, AL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Line 6 Spider Valve 212 MKII 40W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Does everything it says it will... Tone for days.. Very pleased with Line 6 and Musician's Friend.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Never need another amp again

          By HossBoss29

          from Cumberland, MD

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Great Value
          • Loud
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Foot Switch Is A Must

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Line 6 Spider Valve 212 MKII 40W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          This amplifier is excellent! The wheels included are a great addition considering it is 90 pounds. If your are looking for a practice amp this may not be for you though. This thing is extremely loud but sounds great quiet too. I bought mine used and it was a great deal because I made it like new with some gorilla glue.

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          4.0

          What more could you really need?

          By Black Heart Epidemic

          from Western Mass

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Cheaply Built Knobs
          • Over-sensitive Volumes

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Line 6 Spider Valve 212 MKII 40W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          After a three year hiatus from the local metal scene during which I sold almost all of my gear, the music in me can no longer wait. I used to play thru the HD100 setup (head and cab) which was great all around. My band played 1000+ capacity venues and fans loved our sound. (My lead player used the same rig, too.) I just purchased this 212 combo and it has even more features than my old HD setup, including the pitch shift/smart harmony and the 14 second looper. Still, it's just as easy to use and the tone quality is fantastic. People who whine about hybrids and tone either haven't heard these, or they are capable of hearing things 99.9% of the rest of us can't! To me, having everything built in and easy to access with the FBV shortboard is vastly more efficient than buying a big pile of pedals, and it's way way less expensive. I do have a few issues with it, which are: 1) the volumes are very sensitive. Playing at a discreet volume is basically impossible... 2) The knobs are pretty cheap feeling compared to the ones on my HD head, and the channel volume actually seems like it might be loose behind the faceplate...I have used Line 6 products for a long time - I had the Spider solid state half stack before the Bogner designed tube rig, and neither had a single issue while I owned them. I am concerned about the Line 6 service as I've heard they are slow in getting things done, so I hope the channel volume knob doesn't really need to be fixed...
          Other than that, I'd recommend this amp to anyone who plays guitar, live or anywhere else. Tones are beautiful, from smooth cleans to giant metal chugging, and everything in between...The FBV shortboard will definitely be my next purchase, so I can really utilize the features while I'm playing...

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          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Unusable at Low Volume

          By Jeffrey Hester

          from Oklahoma

          Comments about Line 6 Spider Valve 212 MKII 40W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          This amp has a known issue with volume and popping when switching from channel to channel. This amp is unusable at low volume. Line6 knows about the issue. Don't look for them to fix it because they won't. I called their tech support and they told me there was a known issue and to take it to a repair place. I did... drove 90 miles t the nearest authorized repair fascility. These people call Line6 and what do they say... There is no issue, it's just how the amp is. So the situation is... Line6 designed an amp that is unusable at low volume after their firmware upgrade. Line6 said that most 40 watt tube amps are very loud at one or two. I have a Mesa Dual Rectifier 100 watt head that is still usable and sounds great at low volume.
          Amazing features. Good sound. This amp is probably the type of technology most amps should head toward.
          Well built.
          It's great for live playing. Not good for low volume practicing.

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          5.0

          Outstanding amp

          By Steve Miller

          from Bend Oregon

          Comments about Line 6 Spider Valve 212 MKII 40W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          I have owned 3 different Line6 amps: My first one was the Spider 2 150, and I've been a huge fan since then. I played that one for 5 years, and was really impressed with its durability. It's been dropped more than once, and had a lot of whiskey spilled on it... played tons of shows and still works like it's brand new (looks a little like heck now, though). I bought the Spider Valve in October of '09 and it was has been such a good amp! There is a major difference in tone between this and the original Spider 2 that I bought. I am still using the same FBV express pedal, though I've had to replace the cat 5 cable more than once. Basically I will keep this amp and, ideally buy a 40 watt Spider Valve MKII combo....I'm getting too old to lug my two Marshall MF280s and the Spider Valve 100W head around to 2 shows a week and practice, etc. PLUS, 100W is way too much to play smaller venues.
          I really don't use half of the features available. It is very versatile and I'm in love with the simplicity: I plug in my one pedal board (FBV express) and it's all ready. I even ocasionally run the POD 2.0 so that I can run a loop station without the effects changing as I switch channels.
          The vinyl is pealing from inside the amp..makes it look a little cheap.
          SO much power, so much clarity. The tube tone is phenomenal. I really want to get the 40 Combo version, because I have never had my 100W Spider Valve above 3! I think the tubes will really go crazy it cranked a little!

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          5.0

          best amp for the money.

          By Briyanson Porter

          from Orem, Ut

          Comments about Line 6 Spider Valve 212 MKII 40W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          If anything ever happened to this thing I would get another one in a heart beat.
          I was really suprised with the quality of effects on this amp. A lot of the Line 6 amps have bad reviews because they sound digital ... or maybe they are just the cool thing to rip on. I however disagree. The tone that this amp produces is very full sounding with the right ajustments of the presence knob. I love going from David Gilmore to Coheed and Cambria and then to All that Remains. Truley an all around amp.
          The quality of the amp is out standing mine was damagedand the delay knob didn't work. I contacted line 6 they sent me to a repair shop in the area paid for the repair and I've never had another problem. I have the the first model of this amp so its a couple years old and is still going gig after gig.
          I give it a 10 out of 10 in value because there isn't another amp out there that is this versitile and this good sounding. If you want half the sounds and effects this amp has you will spend a lot more on effect pedals then this.

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          5.0

          Great Amp

          By MegaMan17-ygCR1

          from Colorado

          Comments about Line 6 Spider Valve 212 MKII 40W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          This amp is a great amp. I play in a band, and they like to play LOUD. I don't even put the volume on this amp halfway up because that would be too loud. I usually put it on around "3", which is plenty loud to create a good mix. You'll easily overpower everyone if you crank it up all the way.As for features, this has quite a lot. You can craft your own tones directly from the amp (seriously, it goes way deeper then just "Mid, Bass, Treble", "Clean, Insane", etc.). I did own a pedal (1) before this amp. Now there isn't a need for one. Just get the pedal for this amp and save your 100+ sounds in it.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          An amp to grow with

          By nd_mustang

          from North Dakota

          Comments about Line 6 Spider Valve 212 MKII 40W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          I have read a lot of reviews about this amp, both positive and negative. The fact is this - if you aren't an experimenter and someone that likes to "play" with your amp, and if you have a lot invested in pedalboards, this is NOT your amp. If you're like me - fairly new to playing, few or no pedals, and you want the sounds of a 50-piece pedalboard and 30 different amps, than this is your baby. First I used just the factory settings, but if you're a nerd like me, use the software to edit all of the settings and this becomes a MONSTER amp. Now everyone comments on my "sound" even though I only have about 14 months of playing under my belt. I will make a few suggestions - get the Shortboard!!! It should just come with the amp in my opinion. Finally, replace the 4 tubes. I went with JJ Golds for the 12AX7's and Black Sable 6L6's for the power tubes and WOW! you could HEAR the difference! I am impressed with this amp, with the software, and with the tones I seem to be able to get out of it. It can be a bit "picky" at times and takes some tweaking, but ohhh, the sweet sounds!

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