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Blues settings for Line 6 Spider III amp

PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:17 pm
by hollywoodmark
i just came into possession of a Line 6 Spider III 30-watt amp. Not the best amp for blues, I know, but I got it for virtually nothing. Unlike some of the bigger Line 6 Spiders, it doesn't have a "blues" model setting, so I'll have to come up with my own. I realize that it's dependent largely on the guitar I'm using, but it'd be great to have a starting point.

Anyone out there playing the blues on this amp and who'd care to share?

Thanks!

Re: Blues settings for Line 6 Spider III amp

PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:18 pm
by TheFanHead
A good way to start is to use the crunch channel and turn the gain down. Then mess with the eq until you find what works for you. Or even using the clean channel. For distortion turn up the channel vloume and gain full whack. Hope this helps :mrgreen:

Re: Blues settings for Line 6 Spider III amp

PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:53 pm
by hollywoodmark
Thanks, FH. I'll start messing around with these options and see where it goes! Really appreciate it.

Do you use trem or reverb at all? I see some of the other guys like to incorporate these.

Re: Blues settings for Line 6 Spider III amp

PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:30 pm
by TheFanHead
I use the reverb thats built in and the trem sometimes.....i prefer my boss tr-2 for tremolo.

Re: Blues settings for Line 6 Spider III amp

PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:53 pm
by hollywoodmark
I was re-reading your post, FH. Do I understand correctly that for the clean channel you're suggesting setting the gain and channel volume at max? Thanks.

Re: Blues settings for Line 6 Spider III amp

PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:58 pm
by leftyguitarman
I recently did some recordings with a Line 6 Spider III. For almost all of the recordings I did, I set the gain and channel volume at max.

Re: Blues settings for Line 6 Spider III amp

PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:05 pm
by hollywoodmark
Using the "clean" channel, right, Lefty?

Glad to hear it's a good enough amp for recording. I was beginning to question my decision to rescue it from pawn-land.

Re: Blues settings for Line 6 Spider III amp

PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:42 pm
by leftyguitarman
Yeah, on the clean channel.

IMO, those amps are kind of stale sounding when you play them through the speaker. But if you use the line out and record into a mixing bored, the amp provides a really nice clean tone that you can use as a base to build up your tone on.

Re: Blues settings for Line 6 Spider III amp

PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:59 pm
by hollywoodmark
OK, bro, thanks for the tip.

Re: Blues settings for Line 6 Spider III amp

PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:34 pm
by jaybee
definitely clean channel, if you want OD, use your pedal of choice... if I've said it once I said it a 1000 times: I DON'T NEED CHANNEL SWITCHING - all I need is a good clean sound, the rest I'll do with my SD-1 if needed. This way, I can play anything anywhere and still sound (almost) the same: I bring a guitar and pedal, plug into any amp... no big deal