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Line 6 Spider IV 15 15-watt 1x8 Modeling Guitar Amplifier by Review Summary ,  Sep 12, 2015

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Line 6 Spider IV 15 15-watt 1x8 Modeling Guitar Amplifier
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 218 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 3.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.8   above average
Loud4.7   above average
Quality4.7   above average
Volume4.6   above average
Size4.4   above average
Guitar4.3   average
Pedal4.2   above average
Tone4.2   below average
Sound4.0   below average
Metal3.9   average
Setting3.6   below average
Distortion3.0   below average


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Distortion

Distortion:
"Honestly to add to what a few other reviewers said here about the combo amp, the distortion settings on this just dont sound that good."
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"You can get some good clean sound but in my opinion, compared to my ART SGX 2000 express (which is olddddd), the distortion sounds horrible."
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"One major complaint I have with the amp is that a very low volume it does not sound too good and with headphones plugged in the sound is awful, it sounds way too digital and anything past 1 4 Master volume distorts the sound to the point where it sounds absolutely terrible."
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"Only real complaint with the higher distortion models is while they sound good, they sound too digital at times."
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"I can't say it enough, the distortion's so crappy that i felt disappointed the first time i tried it."
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"My first complaint is that the gain on the distorted settings is waaaay to high, so you can hear yourself pick through the amp on the higher strings."
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"Has very good distortion the effects are decent."
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"This seems like a great amp for metal, distortion, or rock - not ideal for smoother, more clear tones like Jazz or use with the Line 6 JTV-59 alternative models."
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"if you like distortion you might enjoy."
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"Insane: Higher distortion than metal but easier to make out notes, can change a lot with the tone and sounds good at varying levels of drive."
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"Only real complaint with the higher distortion models is while they sound good, they sound too digital at times."
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Guitar

Guitar:
"The guitar isn't very clear."
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"This amp makes even my crappy learner guitar sound good, and I suck horribly!"
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"I don't have the greatest guitar ever but the sounds from the amp are clean and crisp."
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"To give the devil its due: if what you want is over-the-top distortion, distortion so thick that it's hard to tell how many guitar strings you're playing, or whether you're a fret off in your fingering, this is the amp for you."
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"My daughter recently started playing the guitar and her instructor highly recommended this amp and it was an excellent choice."
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"This amp makes even my crappy learner guitar sound good, and I suck horribly!"
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"If you're looking to get into playing guitar I would recommend starting with this amp and nothing less."
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"Anyone reading this, i recommend this for any guitar player who seems interested"
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"I was looking for an amp to give my adult son as a Christmas gift and came across this one; I know nothing about guitars or amps so after reading the good reviews on this amp I sent a link for it to my son-in-law so he could give me his opinion on whether or not it seemed to be worth the money; he is a guitar player as well as a sound technician and has a recording studio in his home so I knew I could trust his judgment on this."
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Knob

Knob:
"The problem is that it's REALLY important for you to see where the knob is pointing, and the knobs have chrome domes on them with a tiny black dot."
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"It has lots of shiny twisty knobs and it makes way loud but dirty noise on all channels."
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"For instance, the knobs were hard to deal with."
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"The amp looks nice with the chrome knobs and is very simple to use."
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"The built in presets make it easy for someone who doesn't quite understand how all of the knobs work."
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"If you're a beginner guitar player, it's a must have, but remember all those future rockstars, this amp has settings so it can be user friendly but part of learning is finding out how the knobs andthe effects work to make the amp sound good, what style fits you, sure you might set it to sound like metallica, deep purple, etc."
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"It's user friendly, you can look up settings on the web or play with the knobs(personally i try to find things by accident)."
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"Switching to playing a solo works fine, since most of the settings on this amp are loud and over-the-top sounding, but to get a nice rhythm sound I have to fiddle with all the knobs each time so it won't use the preset 'clean' sound, which is setup with an echo and flange for some reason."
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Loud

Loud:
"It has lots of shiny twisty knobs and it makes way loud but dirty noise on all channels."
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"Loud enough for a reasonable band practice."
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"The Amp sounds amazing and is surprisingly loud for a 15 watt."
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"Its loud, heavy sounding, cheap and makes me very happy."
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"Although this doesn't make up for the money I wasted on porly made Line 6 products, this amp is great for practice and even loud enough for band practice as well."
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"it's pretty loud......I said IT IS PRETTY LOUD! "
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Metal

Metal:
")-Crunch Setting (Best used for Wanted Dead or Alive, light rock)-Metal Setting (Best used for Rock and Roll and, yeah, METAL)-Insane Setting (I cannot express how amazing this setting is..."
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"The sound is pretty clear, although the modulation of the lows is a bit harder than other models, is like the range is shorter and it's hard to get deep sounds, specially for metal."
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"If you want the metal sound for practice, then it is hard to get a better amp for one bill."
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"Metal channel has it's moments and can be quite nice for more aggressive styles once you dial it in but even this channel suffers from tone-muddiness if not careful."
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"I play anything from metallica to death metal cannibal corpse and it works amazing for my type of music."
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"This seems like a great amp for metal, distortion, or rock - not ideal for smoother, more clear tones like Jazz or use with the Line 6 JTV-59 alternative models."
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"The settings are pretty awesome too; metal is my favorite so far."
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"It's really easy to achieve tones if you're playing a lot of metal."
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Pedal

Pedal:
"My second complaint is that you cant use pedals with this amp."
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"Reading other posts and topics, ive learned that other pedals dont work well either."
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"Louder than I need it to be, I keep the volume below 1 so....Cool effects, the 4 switch foot pedal is nice too."
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"Sounds great, has many effects ready for pedals recording and it can get LOUD AND CLEAN."
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"Having the ability to quickly switch between the clean channel and the others - especially the crunch, and metal - and to add a little overdrive and reverb etc., without having a half-dozen pedals to run through is so much fun."
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"Good pedals seem to help normalize the presets, but not by much."
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"The distortion pedal is a great pedal, but with Spider, even if you are on the clean setting on the amp, the pedal is a muffled crunch that is to quiet to play with."
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Price

Price:
"horrible waste of money."
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"Beware buying this amp as a cheap gift for anyone living in the same house unless you lay down some strict rules about using headphones."
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"Great for price"
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"It has several amp models and effects and a great tone, all at a great price! "
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"For the price it is an outstanding amp!"
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"Everything I wanted in an amp for a great price."
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"All in all, it's a good amp for a good price."
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Quality

Quality:
"The pros:-light weight and portable-lots of gizmos for the distortion sound set- better sound when headphones are usedcons:- the sounds, both clean and fx are not very good quality- has problems with stomp box when mp3 player is played through stompbox into the amp - the amp distorts the player and cannot be used."
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"I am thoroughly impressed with the sound and quality."
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"This amp is great in quality, sound, and features that you would have to buy an amp, effects processing equipment etc to get."
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"Very powerful very good quality."
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"Quality product support excellent"
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"The build quality is very good."
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Setting

Setting:
"There is something wrong with the electronic settings."
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"Honestly to add to what a few other reviewers said here about the combo amp, the distortion settings on this just dont sound that good."
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"It is louder than you think, and settings are hard to get used to, but it's pretty easy to get some great sounds for messing around, jamming, and even recording with."
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"My first complaint is that the gain on the distorted settings is waaaay to high, so you can hear yourself pick through the amp on the higher strings."
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"When i unboxed this amp and started playing, i was worried because the clean setting had a lot of echo in it, after googling a fix, i found one and my spider IV 15 is now perfect, this amp is an amazing practice amp that is really freaking loud."
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")-Crunch Setting (Best used for Wanted Dead or Alive, light rock)-Metal Setting (Best used for Rock and Roll and, yeah, METAL)-Insane Setting (I cannot express how amazing this setting is..."
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"The settings are pretty awesome too; metal is my favorite so far."
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"It is louder than you think, and settings are hard to get used to, but it's pretty easy to get some great sounds for messing around, jamming, and even recording with."
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"This is a great little practice amp and the many settings available make it loads of fun"
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"Lower notes can sound muddied, chords and higher notes sound greatMetal: Probably my least used setting, only really sounds good with drive all the way up, hard to find the right tone."
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"The phaser settings esecially are good, they could use a little more room to tweak though (but like I said, at this price, NO complaints."
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Size

Size:
"For the price this amp cannot be beat, and it generates some serious big sound for its size, This amps sound is rock orientated but is flexible, the only annoying trait it has and its a small one is when you turn it on or switch channels the tap for effects comes on and you have to turn the reverb knob on and off to make it stop."
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"Now after a couple of months I want to say... this is great product in terms of sound, not so great in terms of small building detailsGreat for Blues style, just use it with clean and good reverb or crunch and you will get amazing blues sounds."
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"Decent enough for small room solo practice."
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"Great practice or small gig sound."
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"The FX are handy: especially for a first time amp, or even like someone like me that needs something that sounds pretty darn good for a small price."
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"The clean settings are loud and clear enough to place a small venue."
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"Remember, this isn't a marshall amp or anything, but if you just play in your garage or at small gigs, this is a really good amp."
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Sound

Sound:
"The only thing I hate on this amp is when trying to play clean it sounds as if the echo is always on."
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"sound is not that great."
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"Like I said, I hardly know what I'm doing but I know that there are purists who don't like modeling amps because they're digitally reproducing the sound...but all but the most finicky sticklers would not be able to tell the difference between an old school fuse amp and this one recreating the same style."
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"This amp makes even my crappy learner guitar sound good, and I suck horribly!"
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"Honestly to add to what a few other reviewers said here about the combo amp, the distortion settings on this just dont sound that good."
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"Overall, the sound is terrible."
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"Insane is all about the lead and it sounds quite nice actually if you're into playing long sustaining dramatic notes, taps sweeps and arpeggios all come out well in this channel."
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"It's less muddy than some tube amps in this channel but it doesn't quiet sparkle on the highs but the chords are pretty much THE sound."
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"At least that is what things used to cost to sound like this, and it's nice and portable to."
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"Great sound from such a compact amp."
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"If you want something with a good sound to it, keep looking."
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Tone

Tone:
"This is actually really cool, but can get a bit frustrating if you're playing a song with tone changes and are relying solely on the amp instead of pedals."
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"AMP MODELS:Clean: The clean tone is good but leaves a little to be desired, I found it hard to dial in on the exact tone I was looking forCrunch: Pretty good."
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"Lower notes can sound muddied, chords and higher notes sound greatMetal: Probably my least used setting, only really sounds good with drive all the way up, hard to find the right tone."
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"Finding the right tone took a long time, and wasn't easily repeatable."
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"It has several amp models and effects and a great tone, all at a great price! "
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"This seems like a great amp for metal, distortion, or rock - not ideal for smoother, more clear tones like Jazz or use with the Line 6 JTV-59 alternative models."
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"It's really easy to achieve tones if you're playing a lot of metal."
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"Or at least it does with my setup: (Epiphone Les Paul Solid Body, Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Nickel Strings).Either way I wasnt going to waste time spending entire practice sessions trying to get a good tone out of it, so I took it back."
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"this amp really shines in the distortion modes, I don;t really care for the clean sounds but the metal tones are as good as I've ever heard out of a low cost amp."
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Volume

Volume:
"One major complaint I have with the amp is that a very low volume it does not sound too good and with headphones plugged in the sound is awful, it sounds way too digital and anything past 1 4 Master volume distorts the sound to the point where it sounds absolutely terrible."
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"It gets drowned out by the half-stacks, but we were able to run it through the PA system and give it a volume boost that way."
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"Changing between presets requires a drastic volume readjustment as well."
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"Love the sound and effects as well as the volume of this little amp."
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"Good practice amp, has tons of volume to it."
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"I've heard tons of smaller amps, but I really think this size is ideal for practicing on (just the dispersion alone seems better than a smaller amp, even though I play with the amp pretty low on the volume scale)."
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