Hands-On Review:Line 6 Spider III 75


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By Darrin Fox
Contributor, Guitar Player magazine

Line 6 Spider III 75

Power, glory, and versatility!

It’s hard to believe that it has been well over a decade since Line 6 took the world by storm with the world’s first digital modeling amplifier, the AxSys 212. And that was just the beginning, as the Southern California company changed the game again a few years later with the introduction of the POD® product line. Before you knew it, Line 6 amps were gracing stadium stages and POD was all over hit records. The Spider III line of amps continues the company’s commitment to excellence, with nine amps that range from the tiny Micro Spider to the fire-breathing HD150 head. (See the sidebar for other Spider III products.) The Spider III 75 featured here, with its high power rating and single 12" Celestion® speaker, perfectly illustrates the versatility of the line as it sports a cornucopia of quality sounds that are equally essential at home in quiet practice situations or in the loud, feral roar of the live stage.

 

The Spider III 75 offers 12 amp models, seven effect models, and a POD-style output for direct recording. Among the amp’s 400-plus presets  are over 200 handcrafted patches created by a roster of amazing players, including twang legend Albert Lee, Slipknot’s Mick Thomson, studio legend Tim Pierce, as well as Maroon 5’s James Valentine among a slew of others, allowing you the ability to delve into the pro’s sonic recipes. Not only that, you get over 150 “Top Song” presets from classic tracks such as “Brown Sugar,” “Cinnamon Girl,” and “Hey Joe” to more modern tunes such as “Enter Sandman,” “Bark at the Moon,” and “Stinkfist.”

 

Line 6 Spider III 75, Spider III 120 and Micro Spider
Line 6 Spider III 75, Spider III 120 and Micro Spider

Even for an amplifier absolutely packed with features, the Spider III 75 is a no-brainer to dial in. Whether you’re using humbucking or single-coil pickups, the Clean amp models deliver sparkle and chime with a resounding top-end slice, while the Twang models offer a more burnished, vintage flare, aping the classic amps of the ’60s. The Blues models yield singing, midrange-rich lead tones and ultracool rhythm sounds by combining classic amp models into a formidable and original-sounding blues machine with a compelling sonic twist. The Crunch, Metal, and Insane settings are equally impressive, delivering the goods from subtle grind to over-the-top heavy mayhem at potent, gig-able volumes.

 

And when you combine that vast palette of amp tones with the Spider III 75’s effects lineup, you’re struttin’ with some serious barbeque. They include Line 6’s famous Tape Delay and Sweep Echo settings (famous for their ultrarealistic haze and warmth), as well as some lovely Phase effects, chewy Chorus/Flange settings, and vibey Reverb and Tremolo settings. The endless combinations of effects allow you to roam the range between subtle sonic washes or whacked-out, spitty warbles. Take the time to get creative, and you’ll surprise yourself for sure. Whether your mission is to hit the stage, record tracks, or simply practice in your bedroom, the Spider III 75 is more than ready, and reporting for duty, sir.

Features & Specs


Micro Spider:

  • 5 amp models; 6 Smart Control FX
  • Integrated chromatic tuner with:
    • Note-name display
    • 6.5" speaker
    • 6 watts powered by 6 C batteries or AC adapter
    • 1/4" headphone output/POD® 2.0-style direct output
    • 1/4" instrument input; 1/4" microphone input with dedicated trim knob; MP3/CD input

Spider III 15:

  • 4 Essential Amp Models, 6 Effects (2 simultaneous) including Phaser, Chorus/Flanger, Tremolo, Sweep Echo, Tape Echo, and Reverb; 4 user-programmable channels
  • CD/MP3 jack, headphone/direct out for practice or recording
  • 8" speaker 
  • 15W

Spider III 30:

  • 4 Essential Amp Models; 6 Effects (2 simultaneous) including Phaser, Chorus/Flanger, Tremolo, Sweep Echo, Tape Echo, and Reverb; 4 user-programmable channels
  • CD/MP3 jack, headphone/direct out for practice or recording
  • Custom Celestion® 12" speaker      
  • 30W

Spider III 75:

  • 12 Essential Amp Models; 6 Effects (2 simultaneous) including Phaser, Chorus/Flanger, Tremolo, Sweep Echo, Tape Echo, and Reverb; 4 user-programmable channels
  • 400+ created and song-based presets
  • CD/MP3 jack, headphone/direct out for practice or recording
  • Custom Celestion® 12" speaker      
  • 75W

Spider III 120:

  • 12 Custom Amp Models from Clean to Insane
  • 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
  • 250 artist-created presets
  • 150 song-based presets
  • 36 user-programmable presets
  • Built-in front-panel tuner
  • 2 - 10" Custom Celestion  Speakers
  • 120W stereo (2x60W)

Spider III 150:

  • 12 Custom Amp Models from Clean to Insane; 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
  • 250 artist-created presets 
  • 150 song-based presets
  • Built-in front-panel tuner 
  • 150W stereo (2x75W)