Amp's, Good and bad, and the all powerful tube....
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I just left a thread on the forums here about someones equipment and he had a Line6 Spider III amp, and HOOOOO BOY!!! Did every body on there rip him for having one. Even he said he didn't know any better when he got it.
I have seen a lot of angst around the Line6 Spider amps here on UG.
Well, I have a Spider II 212. I record my songs with a Tone Port(the old, red one) And I love line6.
Ever since I started playing guitar when I was 12, I have been on the eternal quest for the perfect tone, as we all are. I have been through some really crappy amps, some really good amps, I have played on tube, and solid state amps. I like the Spider because I get the tone I have been searching for practically all my life. I used to buy pedals like crazy trying to find the magic combo to get the metal tone I so lusted for, but I never quite got it. I came close with a Korg G4(remember those), but I got major feedback with that and it didnt quite have the tone I was looking for. So, one day I tried a Spider II out and I have been in love ever since. It has the tone versatility I need, and the pure metal crunch I have so lusted for ever since I heard my first favorite metal band(Metallica)
One of the things I see a lot here is everybody hates them because it's digital.
Now, I regularly check out UG's post pics of your gear thread, simply because I am a gear whore and love checking out different people's rigs. And I see a lot of tube amps hooked up to DIGITAL EFFECTS!!!! So, your making an argument over digital verses tube tone and what are you doin'? Your hooking up digital effects to your tube amp to get the tones I get with just my amp alone!! Correct me if I am wrong here. Isnt that a contradiction?
Now, mind you, if I had the money, sure. I'd get a badass tube amp. But then I'd need effect pedals to get my tone. Unless I get a Line6 tube stack, which I just might one day. Until then I am perfectly happy with my Spider II. I guess it's all a matter of preference, but dont slam somebody just because he or she has a Spider amp. They are good amps, sure there are better, but you'll never find any more versatle without add ons. I know there are similar amps out there that model different tones, just like Line6, but I think Line6 really has cornered that market.
Anyway, my 2 cents.
Top blog Buddy and I totaly agree, line 6 are the foremost Studio guys when it comes to tone and flexibility, I have been on the same quest as you to get "that sound"...It's a shame that some people with megamoney or rich parents think buying the best amp also makes their sound the best which as we know is bullshit,,I'm sure that if someone like yourself played through a 2 watt amp it would sound awesome...shit I have had some amps in my life that many would laugh at, but hey we all have ingredients in our kitchens but only some can actully make them taste good...respect my friend.
I'm perfectly happy with my Line 6 Spider III--it gives me the sound I want, when I want it. I'm still learning how the thing works, but it's nice to be able to dial in settings and just go. I don't have the time or patience to fool with a tube amp. I just wish I had the multi-pod pedal, too.
Your point about recording is well-taken. Good post!