Line 6 Spider V 20 MkII 1x8" 20-watt Guitar Combo Modeling Amp
The Line 6 Spider series continues to be a big contender in the entry level guitar amp market, and Spider V 20 MkII is their current representative in the sub $200 price range.
As expected at this price, this compact amp is mostly meant for practice, and has a somewhat streamlined feature set.
Still, streamlined for Line 6 is more than plenty compared with what others in this price range offer.
It lets you mix and match 78 amps, 24 x cabs and 4 x Mics, which should be more than enough even for heavy tweakers.
If that's not enough, it also has over 100 effects models built-in. There are also 200 presets to play with, many of which are artist created, while others are set to emulate guitar tones from famous songs.
The main limitation is its quieter 20-Watt 1x8" combo configuration and the lack of DI output, but it does have USB out for connecting with your computer.
New with their MKII line is the ability to turn off amp and mic simulation, for a more classic amp like behavior.
- Power Rating: 20 Watts
- Speaker: 1 x 8" Woofer
- Amp Models: 78 amps, 24 x cabs and 4 x Mics
- Effects: 100+
- Controls: Preset, Drive, Tone, Volume, Reverb, Effects, Master, Tap Tempo
- Input: 1 x 1/4"
- Output: USB
- Extras: Built-in tuner
- Weight: 11 lbs.
With its ability to accommodate tones from so many musical styles, the Spider V 2- MkII makes for a great beginner amp - not only for practice but also for expanding a student's sonic palette. And this is reflected in many reviews from students themselves, from their parents and from teachers who recommend the amp. There are even some who get this amp as a grab and go couch amp for when they want to just play without having to setup their main rig. The MkII update allows users to turn off mic and cabinet emulation, a feature that is getting a lot of thumbs up by those who want the amp to sound and feel like a conventional amp.
This amp is not exempted from the flak that older Spider series amps get from some critics and experienced players who are not too impressed with some of its presets and amp models, however this varies depending on the taste reviewers. It also lacks versatility in terms of output and input options, so keep that in mind if you're looking for a compact amp with DI out.
If all you're looking for is an affordable practice amp with sonic versatility, then check out the Spider V MkII, a good all-around amp that'll easily meet the demands of most entry to intermediate level players.
Although this used to be on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated amps available which you can see in our guide to The Best Modeling Amps.