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Line 6 Spider V Mk II Series Guitar Amp Review

Line 6 Spider V Mk II Series Guitar Amps are among the best digital modeling amps in the world today.

Line 6 Spider V Mk II Series Guitar Amps are among the best digital modeling amps in the world today.

Line 6 Guitar Amps

Line 6 is an innovator in the digital modeling guitar amp world, and the Spider V is the flagship of their lineup. These are flexible, powerful, great-sounding guitar amplifiers capable of capturing tones from just about any genre of music you can imagine.

There is a good reason the Line 6 Spider V has become the go-to amp for working musicians in cover bands and hobby players looking to cop a wide array of sounds.

If you've been around the block a bit like I have, you might remember the dawn of the Line 6 brand. You also might remember not being entirely enamored with digital modeling technology back in the day, especially when it came to emulating tube distortion and overdrive.

That didn't last long. Line 6 knocked it out of the park with its ground-breaking Pod digital amp modeler in the late 1990s and put to rest any concerns many veteran musicians had over the viability of digital technology.

When it came to practice, recording, and even live performance, the Line 6 Pod opened up new territory for guitarists looking for fresh sounds.

Today, Line 6 has carved its name among the best guitar amp brands in the world. The Spider V, capitalizing on the legacy of Line 6 advancements that came before it, is the ultimate weapon in the digital modeling world.

Spider Series Features

It goes without saying that you should expect great sounds from a Spider V guitar amp. I've been really impressed with them over the past several years and, as someone who was initially resistant to digital modeling technology, I can say I finally get it.

But the Line 6 experience is about more than just amazing sounds. These amps are packed with features, many of which you won't find in other brands. It's like having a powerful digital multi-effects processor combined with a great guitar amp, all in one unit.

Here are a few highlights of the Spider lineup:

  • Legendary Amp Models: Spider V amps come packed with different amp models to help you grab your favorite sounds. These are models of well-known amps you've heard of, and Line 6 does a great job of emulating some classics.
  • An Array of Effects: Up to 200 effects models.
  • Amazing Presets: Line 6 Spider amps come with up to onlin128 presents, as well as artist-created presets. If you still can't find something you like, you can program your own.
  • Foot Controller Compatible: Line 6 features several different foot controllers that are compatible with their Spider V amps. You know, so you don't have to stand there onstage twisting knobs and punching buttons during a song.
  • Compatibility with Acoustic Guitars: This upgrade puts the Spider V Series in serious contention with the Peavey Vypyr Series when it comes to instrument versatility.
  • Classic Speaker Mode: New to the Mk II design, classic feature mode offers a more organic sound and feel.

Here's a look at the individual amps:

Spider V 20 Mk II

The Line 6 Spider 20 Mk II is a great little amp for practice or jamming at home, and it's a very good choice for beginners. It has limited features compared to its big brothers, but certainly enough going on to serve in these situations. If you are a veteran Line 6 player you may want to grab the Spider V 20 for practice and low-level jamming. If you're a newbie, this is a great place to start.

  • 20 Watts
  • 8-inch Speaker
  • 16 Presets
  • Built-in Tuner
  • USB Interface

Best For: Newbies, or experienced players looking for a solid practice amp.

The Line 6 Spider V MK II Series

Spider V 30 Mk II

Even though this 30-watt combo only has a few more features than the 20-watt version, moving up is a big deal. For many young guitarists, the Spider V 30 may be their first "real" amp. It doesn't quite have the power for jamming with a full band, but it would make an outstanding small amp for home use.

  • 30 Watts
  • 8-inch Speaker and Tweeter
  • 200+ Effects Models
  • Built-in Tuner, Metronome, and Drum Looper
  • Optional Foot Controller

Best For: Guitarists looking to upgrade from a beginner's amp to their first real amplifier. Hobbyists looking for a minimalistic amp, while still keeping some of that Spider vibe.

Spider V 60 Mk II

Depending on what kind of band you're in, this amp may have enough power for rehearsals and gigs. However, if you jam with a heavy-handed drummer or another guitarist with a 100-watt tube stack, you might find yourself struggling to be heard.

One the other hand, if you know you're going to mic your amp, the V 60 certainly has the features to perform in any live situation. With the full range of effects and amp models, you won't be lacking for tones. It would be a lot easier to carry than a larger amp, too!

  • 60 Watts
  • 10-inch Speaker and Tweeter
  • 200+ Presets
  • 100+ Effects Models
  • Optional Foot Controller
  • Built-in Wireless Receiver

Best For: Gigging musicians who mic their rigs, and/or won't be drowned out by unruly drummers and big amps. Hobby players who want all the Line 6 features but don't need all the power.

Spider V 120 Mk II

Pushing 120 watts of power, you're certainly going to have the muscle needed to be heard in a band situation. And, you'll have the full array of Line 6 amp models and effects. The older model had a pair of 10-inch speakers, but the V Series model features a single twelve plus a tweeter.

Ten-inch speakers tend to be a little punchier than 12-inch, and I've known some guitarists who have preferred 4x10 cabinets over the traditional 4x12. In this context, guitarists who are really tuned in may notice a difference, but honestly, it's nothing I'd lose sleep over. Line 6 wouldn't have re-designed this thing they didn't think it sounded good.

  • 120 Watts
  • 12-inch Speaker + Tweeter
  • Over 100 Effects Models
  • Optional Foot Controller
  • Built-in Wireless Receiver
  • XLR Out

Best For: Gigging musicians. Veteran guitarists. Basement and hobby players.

Dialing In the Spider V Mk II

Spider V 240 Mk II

This amp has all the positive points of the 120-watt version, bumped up to 240 watts and with a pair of 12-inch speakers. It's a serious weapon for gigging guitar players who need to nail a wide range of different sounds in the same set. Cover band guitarists will love this thing, especially paired with one of the Line 6 foot controllers.

Aside from your guitars and a few accessories, this is all you need to bring to a gig!

  • 240 Watts
  • 2 x 12-inch Speakers, 2x Tweeter
  • 200+ Presets
  • Optional Foot Controller
  • Built-in Wireless Receiver
  • XLR Out

Best For: Working guitarists. Guitarists who need (or want) a lot of power, and a wide range of different sounds.

Spider V 240 HC Mk II

Some gigging musicians like the idea of simplifying their rig as much as possible. As you've seen above, Line 6 has several combo amps in their Spider V Series that make that possible.

On the other hand, some of us never really outgrow that need to reach out at chest-level and twist knobs. If that's you, you might just need a half stack! Hey, I can relate.

Well, you can do both with this head. It's a head that doubles as a combo, with a pair of 4-inch speaker onboard. Use it on its own for practice, or the the HD150 head pairs perfectly with a Spider 412 cabinet for the ultimate in power, projection and flexibility.

  • 240 Watts
  • 2 x 4-inch Speaker
  • Optional Foot Controller
  • Built-in Wireless Receiver
  • XLR Out

Best For: Guitarists who can't live without a half stack!

Which Line 6 Is For You?

It should be fairly obvious which amps are best for which situations, but remember that you need to play what inspires you.

If a half stack inspires you, or if you're a newbie who has the means to start out with a more advanced model, go for it!

Guitar playing is supposed to be fun, and Line 6 amps sure deliver in that regard. With so many models, effects, and presets to explore, it's hard to imagine you'd ever get bored.

Good luck picking out your Line 6 Spider V Mk II Guitar Amp!

Choose your Spider!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.