Review: Line 6 Spider Jam Guitar Amplifier

The Line 6 Spider Jam Guitar Amplifier is a perfect rehearsal tool for artists at any level, who want to polish their jamming skills. With more than 100 endless jams laid down by top Los Angeles and Nashville session players, from country to funk, blues to punk, these backing tracks are perfect inspiration and accompaniment for composing, practicing or simply having fun with your guitar. Besides, it can give you an experience of playing with a pro band.

It has a built-in multitrack Looping recorder that stores up to 28 minutes of sound and a 1/8th Aux input for your iPod and microphone, so you can record your song ideas without ever touching a computer.

It’s an utterly fantastic little 75 Watts amp, filled with 12 amp models and seven Smart sound effects. You can load up any Spider Jam’s 400 presets and rock Line 6-exclusive Endless Jam Engine.

Positive Aspects

Like any other amp in Spider 3 family, Spider Jam has numerous of rock star certified presets, smart control effects, 12 unique amp models, and a built-in tuner. The amp is packed with numerous rock star sounds – an ideal practice tool.

Spider Jam owners get free access to the Spider Online, a one-of-a-kind online resource providing more than 500 guitar lessons, jam tracks, amp tones and much more. You get to watch top artist videos dialing in their signature sound, spark new inspiration with jam tracks, drum loops and drum-and-base recorded by platinum artists, plus hundreds of tones to be downloaded.  The lessons cover all styles and genres and include audio samples, tabs, and tones. Spider Online is free for owners of any Spider amplifier; Spider Valve, Spider Jam, Micro Spider and Spider I-IV.

The tracks aren’t computer generated; you’ll feel your pulse racing as you’re jamming with top players in killer tunes. Your recorded creations push out of a 2” tweeter and a 12” Celestion Custom speakers. With this, you can spend less time tweaking and more time playing with Smart Control FX. Get the effect you need, adjust the knob to desired intensity and you’re set to go.

Negative Aspects

You must use a two-gig or smaller memory card, or it will reboot if you try to save on a bigger SD card. And considering there are very few places to find the small SD cards, it can be quite a challenge.

It’s difficult to use. It records nicely, but it’s hard to figure out how to record the microphone and guitar input at the same time.

You can turn the presets and looper on the fly with the shortboard, but you must set foot pedal in the record mode on, and when FBV is in the recording mode, you have to turn it back to channel mode so as to switch various guitar tones.

Conclusion

Apart from the few things that they could do better, Line 6 Spider Jam Guitar Amplifier is exciting, especially with the looper and presets, and the endless ways you can tweak your tone. It works well and can be a great inspirational source for an upcoming artist.

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