Guitar enthusiasts are probably already familiar with Line6’s Spider series of guitar amplifiers. The Spider series of amps are known for their digital sound modeling capabilities. Each amp comes with an onboard digital audio interface that can emulate sounds from any kind of amp. The Spider V Guitar Amplifier series is the newest model of these digital modeling amps and comes with a pre-selected arsenal of over 200 amps, cabs, and effects. From the bright jazzy tones of Chuck Berry to the slick bleeding solos of Steve Vai, the Line6 Spider V can do all and everything in between.
The arsenal of sound tones included is breath-taking. Their rig presets contain setups from famous recordings, such as Killer Queen or Cherub Rock, and also has artist selection channels which feature tones created by some of the world’s greatest guitarists like Zack Wylde and Tom Morello. You can also dial in your own custom sounds, save them, and call them up with a press of a button. It also has an onboard tuner and a few preset drum tracks for playing with an ensemble.
The Spider V 240 has a full stereo speaker system with that work great with both electric and acoustic guitars, no need for a separate amp for different guitars. All of the presets can be dealt with with the front panel which has dials for trebles, mids, bass, and all the effects like tremolo, phaser, flanger, chorus, delay, and more. Basically, if you can imagine the sound, the Line6 can make it.
The Line6 is a transistor amp, not a tube amp, so it does not capture the characteristic warmth and pop of a high-end tube amp. However, the different channels do a great job of emulating the dynamics of an analog tube amp, even if it does not quite make it all the way there. The upshot is that the lack of glass tubes makes the amp more sturdy and less fragile. Take it from personal experience, replacing a broke tube is a frustrating task, so not worrying about tubes is a nice change of pace. It is also way less expensive than most tube amps. In other words, the Line6 is a perfect practice/travel amp and is good enough to handle pretty much any gig, unless it is a stadium.