Hands-On Review:In the Studio: Line 6 Spider Valve™ MkII Amplifiers

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Tube tone and total flexibility

By Marty Jameson
Line 6 Product Specialist


Line 6 Spider Valve MkII Amplifiers

There are no two ways about it: Line 6 has revolutionized the way  guitar is recorded. Since the dawn of Amp Farm®, Line 6's groundbreaking  (and mind-bending) RTAS® plug-in from a decade ago, Line 6 modeling has  appeared on more records than you can count. And that number skyrockets  when you consider all the generations of POD®!


Now there's a new innovation to add to the mix: Line 6 Spider Valve™ MkII all-tube guitar amplifiers.  Together with tube guru Reinhold Bogner, Line 6 has produced a line of  workhorse amps that delivers essential tools to recording and gigging  professionals.

In the studio

Let's face it, studios are getting smaller and recording your live  tone is no quiet affair. For many players, a software plug-in like Line 6  POD Farm™ 2 is the obvious choice. But those who are married to their  live rigs require other options. This is an area in which Spider Valve MkII amps really excel.


The amps deliver a full spectrum of world-class models and effects  complete with rich tube characteristics at moderate don't-wake-the-baby  levels. Saturated, high-gain tones sound big and burly; clean jazz tones  sparkle and sing.


Need to record at 3 a.m. and be pin-drop quiet? Take advantage of the  XLR out. The only sound you'll hear is your pick against the strings.  Two output modes deliver record-ready direct signals in two flavors:  Performance Mode sends a direct signal that combines amp and effect  modeling with tube interaction; Studio Mode sends amp and effect  modeling only.


Sure, in the studio Spider Valve MkII can play the strong, silent type. But don't miss the opportunity to  crank one of these powerhouses to 11. Plug in and hear the latest Line 6  amp and effect models, Bogner tube preamp and power amp, Celestion®  Vintage 30 speakers, and three-quarter closed-back cabinet work together  like a bucket brigade as they quell your burning thirst for definition,  clarity, and feel at cheek-flapping volumes. Gigging artists of all  genres are glowing with satisfaction.


The line includes 1x12 and 2x12 combos (that claim 40 watts provided by two 6L6 power tubes, and twin  12AX7 preamps running at boutique-approved 300 and 450 volts,  respectively), and a 100-watt head (with two 12AX7s and two 6L6s).

Tone time

With over 20 onboard effects (that can be increased to more than 50  with a free download from Line6.com) and 16 amp models inspired by  immortal modern and vintage gear, you're never without the tones you  need.


Adding an optional FBV Shortboard™ MkII footswitch elevates the Spider Valve MkII experience to a whole other level. With it you can download Spider FX  Infusion (a free amp update that more than fortifies your amp effect  arsenal), download Spider Valve MkII Edit (a computer-based  editor/librarian), engage up to eight simultaneous effects, get  hands-free channel switching, wah/volume/pitch control, and much more.

Get in the game

Spider Valve™ MkII amplifiers are a working pro's dream come true.

Features & Specs

  •   • 16 modern and vintage amp models
  •   • 50+ FX including Smart Harmony, Pitch Glide, and Quick Loop
  •   • Bogner (2) 12AX7 preamp and (2) 6L6 power amp
  •   • Celestion Vintage 30 speakers
  •   • Up to 8 FX at once
  •   • Up to 7 tweakable FX parameters
  •   • 128 user-programmable presets
  •   • Multiple direct-out modes


Order your Spider Valve amp in total confidence. It comes with Musician's Friend's dual guarantees  that ensure your total satisfaction and lowest possible price for up to  45 days after purchase.