Line 6 Spider V 20 MkII 1x8" 20-watt Guitar Combo Modeling Amp
At time of publication this amp was on our recommended list in our guide to The Best Modeling Amps.
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 in this price range, 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.
With its 78 amp models, 4 mic models, 24 cabinet sims and over 100 effects, you can go about crafting your tone in a wide variety of ways.
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.
- 20 Watts
- 78 Amp Models, 24 x Cab Sims and 4 x Mic Models
- 100+ Effects
- Tap Tempo and built-in tuner.
- USB Output
- 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.
There are some amp models and effects that aren't as impressive, and 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.
At time of publication this amp was on our recommended list in our guide to The Best Modeling Amps where you can read additional information.