Q: Where can I find videos on how to use the Spider IV amplifier?Spider IV movies
Q: Where can I download the Spider IV Pilot's Guide and Advanced Guide?
Spider IV Advanced Guide
Spider IV Pilot's Guide
Q: What are the presets on my Spider IV amplifier?
A: The user presets and artist/song presets for the Spider IV can be downloaded from the Line 6 “manuals” section. There are the 64 user-programmable presets, over 350 Artist Presets, and over 200 song and effect-based presets. Be aware that the artist, song, and effect based presets cannot be saved in their current location, but you can modify and/or store these setting in one of the 64 user-programmable presets. See the PDF documents at the botton of this FAQ for the complete list of presets. If you would like to return your unit to the original presets, please perform a factory reset.
Q: Where are the "bonus" presets that are not programmed into the amp?
Spider IV 75, 120, 150 and HD150 - Song Settings
Q: How do I perform a factory Reset on the Spider IV series amplifiers?
A: Hold the “A” button as you power the unit on, then press the presets encoder once.
Q: How are the preset banks categorized?
A: The User, Artist, and Song Banks can be navigated by using the left/right buttons on the four-way selector. You can navigate through the banks once you are in the specific area using the up/down buttons on the four-way selector, then once you are in the specific bank you can access the individual presets by turning the presets encoder key.
Q: What are the amp models on the Spider IV 75/120/150/150HD?*
Clean Red - Based on the clean channel of the Marshall® JCM 900, the first true modern high gain amp from Marshall. Select Clean Red to get crisp, amazing clean tones, great warm jazz tones, and all the high-end shimmer you’ll need with a generous amount of bottom end.
Clean Green - We developed this amp model to emulate those late 60s and early 70s clean tones. We modeled a 1973 Hiwatt® custom 100, then extended the tone control range and tightened up the low end for that big, ringing sound.
Twang Red - This amp model draws on our analysis of mid 60s Fender® amps, in particular the blackface ’65 Twin Reverb®. We wanted that classic, glassy high end tone, with enough snap and bite for some serious chick’n pick’n. Things don’t get too crunchy until you reach the top range of the Drive knob.
Twang Green - There’s nothing like the sound of the classic Fender® blackface Deluxe Reverb®, the Holy Grail for many blues, country and roots rockers.
Class A Red - Ready, steady....GO! This amp model is based on a Vox® AC-30 amplifier with an updated and expanded TBX tone control circuit. We wanted to capture that early pop rock tone that many British invasion bands are so well known for.
Class A Green - There are some great modern amps out today based on the legendary tones of yesteryear. Here’s our take on the EL84 circuit of a Divided By 13 9/15 Model.
Blues Red - This amp model is inspired by that famous vintage tweed sound we all know and love. We evaluated a ’53 Fender® wide panel Deluxe and this is what we came up with.
Blues Green - Blues Green is based on a Gretsch® 6156, a 1960 1x10 combo from the days when rock’n’roll took the blues to a new level. Add some reverb and a slap echo and be-bop-alu-la!
Crunch Red - This sound was crafted during our studies of the ‘68 Marshall® Plexi 50 Watt, which was used by a number of early metal bands. Hi Gain Red provides a wider range of tone control settings than the original jumpered Marshall®, allowing you to bump up the mids even at the highest Drive settings.
Crunch Green - Here’s our inspired interpretation on a 2005 Orange® AD-30TC, a 30 watt, Class A head that oozes pure Brit rock tone, taking 60s crunch to a new level.
Hi Gain Red - Plexi On Fire! This amp model is based on a ‘68 Marshall® Plexi 100 watt with a few added extras; the combination of a Variac and the jumpered input channels creates that infamous brown sound that will feel like flames are shooting out the input jack!
Hi Gain Green - Hi Gain Green was inspired by the Diezel® Herbert, the 180 watt Ducati of high performance guitar amplifiers, featuring a huge, tight low end.
Metal Red - For this amp model we took the classic Mesa/Boogie® Dual Rectifier® and added a few enhancements. The resulting Amp Model has a definite modern flavor. This monster truck of tone delivers a bottom end that’s big, powerful, tight and fast. Use Metal Red to get a punchy, high gain Metal sound.
Metal Green - This sound was created to be an aggressive high gain Amp Model with a unique Mid control that will sweep though an entire spectrum of tone on one knob. With the Mid knob is set to minimum, the distortion exhibits Fuzz pedal characteristics. When set to noon, it mimics the creamy modern high gain amp tones. And when turned up to max, it’s reminiscent of that maxed out Class A sound. Of course there are all the places in-between...
Insane Red - This model is our “dialed in for shredding” version of the Mesa/Boogie® Dual Rectifier® red channel. It combines the intensity and impact of Metal Red, but delivers more midrange and teeth for that bone-crushing, brain piercing insane grind.
Insane Green - Our goal with Insane was to provide you with as much input gain distortion as possible short of complete meltdown. You get an obscene helping of distortion, while still retaining tonal definition and character. As a result, you get way more bottom end and cabinet character than other small amps. Crank up the Drive control and prepare to dominate!
* All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These product names and descriptions are provided for the sole purpose of identifying the specific products that were studied during Line 6’s sound model development. HIWATT® is a registered trademark of Fernandes Company, Ltd. FENDER®, TWIN REVERB® and DELUXE REVERB® are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. VOX® is a registered trademark of Vox R&D Limited. MARSHALL® is a registered trademark of Marshall Amplification Plc. GRETSCH® is a regustered trademark of Fred W. Gretsch Enterprises, Ltd.ORANGE® is a registered trademark of Orange Personal Communications Services Ltd. MARSHALL® is a registered trademark of Marshall Amplification Plc. MESA/BOOGIE® and RECTIFIER® are registered trademarks of Mesa/Boogie, Ltd. DEIZEL® is a regiustered trademark of Deizel GMBH.
Q: What is “Manual Mode”?
A: When the Manual button is lit, Spider IV is operating in “Manual Mode”, meaning that all of the controls are active and the sound of the amp is determined by the current knob settings. If you are not in Manual Mode and would like to be, simply press the “manual” button. You can exit manual mode by selecting the “manual” button again, or pressing the buttons for A-D.
Q: What are the specifics of the Smart Harmony effect on the Spider IV (75-150) Series?
A: The Smart Harmony can be placed “pre” or “post” amp, and can perform diatonic harmony for any root note (A through G#) from a unison (no change) to a ninth interval (up to seven steps) above or below the root note. The scales included in the Smart Harmony include Major, Natural Minor, Pentatonic Major, Pentatonic Minor, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, Whole tone, and Diminished scale. The overall mix of the Smart Harmony effect can be programmed and stored per patch from 0-100%.
Q: What are the specifics of the Pitch Glide effect on the Spider IV (75-150) Series?
A: The Pitch Glide can be placed “pre” or “post” amp, and the Heel and Toe positions of the FBV can be programmed two octaves above or below the incoming note in ½ steps (semi-tones) increments. Be aware that the number “7” in this situation equals 3.5 steps (because of the half step measurements) rather than an interval of a seventh (5.5 steps) that would be heard when using the Smart Harmony effect. The overall mix of the Pitch Glide effect can be programmed and stored per patch from 0-100%.
Q: Where can I learn more about using the Smart Harmony and Pitch Glide features?
Smart Harmony and Pitch Glide Video
Q: I already have an original FBV controller, will this work on the Spider IV 75-150 series?
A: The FBV (Mk I) controllers will control most of the standard functions on the Spider IV 75-150 series with a few limitations. Here is a breakdown of the limitations:
1) The FBV Express (Mk I) cannot punch in and out overdubs. It just starts record once for a single pass. The FBV Express Mk II can control the overdub feature.
2) The FBV Express (Mk I) cannot arm the Quick Loop. The quick loop must be armed by pressing the amp front panel. The FBV Express MkII can arm the Quick Loop by pressing down either the A+B or C+D footswitches. This is what takes you out of Looper mode as well.
1) The FBV Shortboard (Mk I) cannot arm the Quick Loop. The quick loop must be armed by pressing the Quick Loop button on the front panel. The FBV Shortboard MkII can arm the Quick Loop by pressing the (new) Function 2 button. Overdubbing works on both original and current Shortboards.
All other functions are available on the FBV Mk I pedals as their Mk II counterparts. Due to the new effects layout, the FBV Shortboard FX Loop button will activate the Boost setting in the Spider IV 75-150. On the FBV Shortboard Mk II this button is labeled “Function 1”.
Q: What are the specifics on the Looper function of the Spider IV (75-150) Series?
A: The Spider IV (75 and above) has a 14 second looper on the amplifier that can be activated by the face of the unit or the FBV Mk II series controllers. See the following video for more looper information:
Spider IV Quick Loop Video
Q: How do I connect the Spider IV 150/HD to the Spider Cabinet?
A: The Spider IV 150 and HD is designed to see a load on *both * speaker outputs by connecting the left and the right inputs to the Spider cabinet with speaker cables. Running the Spider IV 150/ HD into a 4 ohm load may result in damage to the amplifier. Please see the following link for more information:
Q: Can I use two Spider cabinets with the Spider Series HD 150?
A:The Spider IV 150 and HD were designed to power a single Spider Stereo Cabinet with a stereo 8 ohm load. Using two Spider cabinets would require a modification to each cab so that they are each rewired to produce a 16 ohm mono load. This modification would preferably be done by an authorized Line 6 service center, which can be located from the Service Center link on the Support page.
Q: How do I connect external speakers to my Spider IV 150 amplifier?
A: Line 6 recommends disconnecting the internal speakers (covering the dry-solder clips with electrical tape) and connecting both external speaker outputs to an 8 ohm (or 16 ohm) load. Do not connect just one side, as this may cause a power amp failure. Powering the internal speakers along with a external speakers may cause a power amp failure and is not supported.
Q: What type of speaker is used on the Spider IV series?
Spider IV 15: Custom 15 (4 ohm)
Spider IV 30: Celestion G12E50 (4 ohm)
Spider 1V 75/150: Celestion G12P80 (8 ohm)
Spider IV 120: (2) Celestion G10P80 (8 ohm)
Q: I have heard there are other settings for the Spider IV series that are not on the Manuals section of the Line 6 website?
A: Yes, additional settings and programming information can be found at:
Q: Where can I get a cover or replacement knobs for my Spider IV amplifier?