They all have built in effects, and I've watched all the online video demos of each amp, and they all have a decent pallet of tones. The Spyder has a built in tuner that's accessible through the foot switch, but other than that, I'm not partial to any of them more than the other.
Anyone have any experience with any of these?
Anyone have any other recommendations? I'm looking at a budget of around $400-500, optional expression pedals included.
I have teh Spider III, it can actually sound pretty decent if you crank the volume up to almost half. Has a good delay built in. Sounds pretty digital at low volumes.
VOX = many, many reports of breakdowns and failures.
I much prefer the tone of my Roland Cube, and I think they make that in a 60 watt version as well. Crisp, barking distortion, delay is not as pronounced as the Line 6, but the clean channel is so beautiful it will make you call your Mother and thank her for birthing you. Less tonal options, but the few that are useable smoke the Line 6, IMO.
Post by nickwellings on Jan 30, 2010 8:19:18 GMT -5
The only problem with those Onboard DSP/onboard efx amps is that once one effect goes screwy, the whole amp shuts down and dies. Happens on Voxs as Jim said, and on Line6s A LOT. I was chatting with an amp tech and he told me to stay away from them, as they break down so much, and when they do your amp is toast.
I'm with Nick, the on board amps are cool (I have a small practice one), but if your going to play out and you want something reliable, keep the effects out of the amp. You are better off running pedals and/or guitar effects systems separate from the amp and you'll find everything more reliable. More than likely the "all in one" amps electronics are made in China, Taiwan, Korea, etc... and they don't last forever because of the cheap materials they are made of and the speed with which they are produced. Quantity does not equal quality in this case.
Tube amps such as Marshall, Mesa, Fender, Peavey are all good choices depending on the style of music you want to play. I'm sure you already know that the style(s) of music you like should also be a factor in your purchase of an amp.
I currently have a Marshall reissue 1959 Splawn Mod (VH sound) & a Randall RG100es (Dokken & Pantera) for amplification. I tweak these amps & my effects to get a modified sound from the signature guitar sounds I prefer.
I used to have a digital effects system and sold it to go back to analog/digital pedals. I am much happier with this setup for now.