Line 6 Spider V MKII 30 review

We find out how the practice amp veteran compares to the modern competition

Line 6 Spider 30 next to a Les Paul style guitar
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Guitar World Verdict

The Line 6 Spider V MKII offers a vast amount of high-quality sounds and the ability to craft your own unique tones without much effort. It's simple, easy to use, and after 20 years, is still one of the greatest practice amps on the market today.


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    Sleek design

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    All the functionality you’ll need for home practice

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    Insane mode is still there…


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    Can be fiddly to program using the small screen

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    Some of the higher gain models can be fizzy through the smaller speakers

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Pretty much anyone who has attempted to learn the guitar over the last 20+ years will be familiar with the Line 6 Spider. Since the launch of the first Spider in 1999, these compact, inexpensive modeling amps have become the byword in do-it-all practice machines, thanks largely to the sheer number of sounds you can get from a relatively small unit. Sure, seasoned players might look down on the kitchen sink approach to sound selection, but for the beginner, these things unlocked the ability to easily create approximations of pretty much any sound you could think of. Happy days!

Today, however, the beginners' amp market is flooded with budget modeling amps. You can credit Line 6 and the Spider range with modeling's popularity, yet it does mean that it's not the only show in town anymore. Boss, Yamaha, and Positive Grid now all offer products which give players the same box of toys, so the modern-day Spider needs to have something special to keep its place at the top table. 

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Chris Corfield

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware.