One of the most popular amps under $300 currently on the market is the Spider V 60 from Line 6 – an American brand best known for its modelling amps and multi-effects pedals. With this newly-updated solid-state combo amp, the brand shows off why it is one of the best in the business, delivering a model that’s loaded with features and versatility, at a price that won’t break the bank. Let’s check it out.
Jumping straight into controls, the Spider V 60 offers an upgraded but streamlined control panel. You get your standard amp controls comprising drive, bass, mid, treble, volume, and master volume, with separate controls for amp modelling, effects, tuner and looping. Pressing the FX button will change these standard controls to color-coded EQ controls for the effects. This system takes a little time to get used to, but after a few hours it’s pretty intuitive. There’s also a very small backlit LCD display, offering information on the various effects and presets.
The new design of Spiders makes the V 60 look a little more sophisticated than its predecessors, with an all-black vinyl covering, matte black control knobs, and black and silver grille with a subtle Line 6 logo in the top right-hand side. Inside the amp sits a single 10” speaker with a separate high-frequency tweeter, offering a full 60 watts of power.
Looks and power aside, it’s the tonal range of this amp that impresses the most. The Spider V 60 delivers more than 200 amps, cabs and effects models, delivering an unbelievable number of sound combinations, with 100 quality presets. This amp also features a handy built-in tuner and metronome, as well as 19 real drum loops. Throw in a USB port for recording and playback, as well as the ability to plug in an iPod/MP3 player for instant jamming, and you have a very solid package for under $300.
Line 6 has designed the presets to emulate the rigs of some iconic guitarists and they do so with good accuracy, although all are easily tweaked to meet the player’s needs. At its heart, stripped from the multitude of effects and models, the Spider V 60 sounds quite natural, with a great dynamic response. Sure, it’s no tube amp in terms of warmth or character, but it sounds pretty good to us when played with both electric and acoustic guitars.
With 60 watts of power, it’s certainly able to cope with the stage, although off-stage this amp really excels. Sporting so many presets and effects, it’s excellent for being creative at home or in the studio – plus, those drum loops come in handy when you can’t find or accommodate a drummer!
Check out the follow video for a good demonstration of what’s on offer with this amp:
For such a reasonable price, it’s hard to find faults with the Spider V 60. For a solid-state combo amp, the power is fantastic, the tonal versatility is astounding, and there are enough effects, drum loops and extras to keep you entertained for a long time. A winner!