Line 6 has just announced the new Spider V 20 amp at Summer NAMM 2018. Looking through the specs, this looks very tempting as a home or practise amplifier.
Line 6 Spider V 20
The new Spider V 20 is the latest in the company’s line-up of affordable practise amps. It uses proprietary Line 6 modelling tech to offer 16 amp and effect presets, including some for acoustic and bass. It packs in 20 Watts of power and has a simple user interface with colour-coded buttons for easy use.
Each of the presets has three assignable effects. You can tweak the Spider V 20 via the built-in micro USB port using your Mac/PC or smartphone via their Spider V Remote app. This little amp appears to pack in a lot of useful tools for players wanting a good all-round amp for home use. It looks like it will quickly let you set up a decent, useable sound.
Perfect practise amp?
The amp has the obligatory headphone out socket for when you need to practise silently, as well as a button for tap tempo or a tuner. This can either set the tempo for the built-in effects or engage the onboard tuner. This all sounds pretty useful and makes for a well-rounded practise amp. There’s a free copy of Steinberg’s Cubase LE to sweeten the deal, giving you software to record your music with.
Line 6 is certainly packing a lot into this little amp and if the sounds are up to their usual high standard, this could be a great buy for home practise situations. I can see a lot of parents buying these for their kids and they could also be good solution for music tutors and schools.
RRP – USD 179 shipping July in the USA