Currently Being ModeratedJul 30, 2010 1:20 AM (in response to Riconaught)Re: Is the spider jam any good for an acoustic guitar?
The Spider Jam is an excellent acoustic amp. Use the AUX/MIC channel and there you will find 4 presets for acoustic guitar but you can also try some of the other presets such as the vocal ones which work fine too. I have used my Spider Jam in gigs with a Yamaha APX-7 and a Regal Resonator for slide. I previously had an AER costing five times as much as a Spider Jam and there is very little difference except that the Spider Jam has more bottom end response. I use a little reverb but do all the eq with the guitar controls. You just need to position the guitar and amp to minimise feedback. It is best if you play at the side of the amp and not in front or behind. Used this way, the Spider Jam is essentially a PA system in one box.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 30, 2010 11:19 PM (in response to joegillespie)Re: Is the spider jam any good for an acoustic guitar?
Thanks Joe, most helpful.
I tried the aux on mic channel, and see what you mean now. Got hung up a bit, as I was set to guitar channel, and the effects were still in the way, but once I figured out to switch to mic it all seems clear.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2010 2:01 AM (in response to Riconaught)Re: Is the spider jam any good for an acoustic guitar?
I have an article about using different instruments witht he Spider Jam here - http://www.joesjamblog.com/instruments.html
For the benefit of those who haven't found the 'switch', press and hold the GUITAR-MIC/AUX button on the top left of the control panel. Here you will be given a menu with the choices AUX/MIC INSTRUMENT INPUT ROUTING - Mixed with Microphone OR Mixed with Guitar.The Mixed with Microphone setting gives access to the acoustic guitar presets.
All explained in more detail at - http://www.joesjamblog.com/inputs.html
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2010 8:01 AM (in response to joegillespie)Re: Is the spider jam any good for an acoustic guitar?
On that website is small fragment about bass guitars:
You can play a bass guitar through a Sider Jam – quietly. This amp is not a bass guitar amplifier and not only will it not reproduce the low frequencies particularly well, the long speaker cone excursions can wreck the speaker at higher volumes.
Playing a bass guitar through a Sider Jam in a live situation is asking for trouble
So, when I plug a baritone guitar or low tuned seven string (AEADGBE) - can I have problems playing live with Spider Jam?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2010 9:06 AM (in response to aklajnert)Re: Is the spider jam any good for an acoustic guitar?
I think you answered your own question:
"You can play a bass guitar through a Sider Jam – quietly. This amp is not a bass guitar amplifier and not only will it not reproduce the low frequencies particularly well, the long speaker cone excursions can wreck the speaker at higher volumes. "
You are playing a guitar that generates lower frequencies than the amp can safely handle at anything but a low volume.
If you are going to play live then you would have to be playing at volume that I would not be able to use in a live setting.
Of course it all depends on what your amp is going to compete with. If you are talking about playing live with drummer then I'd say NO WAY!!
Playing live with other musicians is such a dynamic situation volume-wise. You might start out at a low level that will do no harm to the amp but in those situations you may find that you are increasing the volume to stay heard. And then suddenly you tear a speaker cone or damge the voice coil. I certainly would not do it unless I was absolutely positive I could keep the volume level low and under control.
Ultimatley you are the only who can answer this becasue we have no idea what tye of music you are playing or at what volume levels you need to play at in your situation.
On a side note I find the Spider Jam way too "fussy" to use it in a live setting.
However, it is THE BEST practice and jam amp I have ever owned.
just my 2 cents - your mileage may vary
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2010 10:22 AM (in response to Buy-a-Fender)Re: Is the spider jam any good for an acoustic guitar?
So, is there any device who let me play loud live with spider jam and low tuned guitar?
Or it's completely useful for live purposes? Live - I mean a show with drums, bass and another guitar in e.g. small club.
Sorry for my english
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2010 11:40 AM (in response to aklajnert)Re: Is the spider jam any good for an acoustic guitar?
The Spider Jam is not intended for live gigs. Even with a regular electric guitar, the volume would be hard pressed to compete with a drummer and other instruments. I have used my Spider Jam live on two occasions, one was a medium sized gig and luckily, I had my Peavey Classic tere too because the Spider Jam couldn't handle it. At a smaller party gig in someones home, it was fine but we weren't playing very loud. If you are using low tuning, then you really do need an appropriate amp with speakers that can handle that frequency response. You need more power than 75 watts and at least two 12" speakers preferebly in a closed back cabinet.