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Everything posted by gtrman100

  1. Spider amps don't have IR loading. Your best bet is to go on Customtone where you can download presets for free
  2. Here are a few ideas: - check the lights on the FBV. The red (volume) should be on. If not, the expression pedal is assigned to a parameter like delay, etc. - do a factory reset - plug in the FBV. Look under the pedal- there should be a light glowing inside. If not, the opto led may be bad.
  3. Because there are so many possible ways to configure a modeling amp with effects, it's really up to you to experiment to get the sounds you're trying to create. As far a boost goes, there is an effect called "Boost and Eq" which you can move to the end of your signal chain to increase volume. I use it all the time as a boost, or to equalize volumes between presets. Check it out. If you're not using the Spider V Remote app, I recommend it- it will make creating a signal chain much easier.
  4. Don't bother with it. Just get some plumbers Teflon tape, wrap the end, push it in, and it will fit pretty snugly.
  5. You might be confusing Master volume with Channel volume. Master volume is modeled from tube amp circuits, and Channel volume is a control modelers use to level preset volume
  6. The channel volume is modeled but since it has no effect on tone, use it to level your preset volumes with no worries.
  7. gtrman100

    User presets

    I guess I'm not understanding what you're asking. When you connect the Spider V to the Spider Edit app, there is a list of all the presets that you can overwrite. There are 128 preset slots to load your custom presets, and you can also click and drag the presets in the list to move them into the bank you want.
  8. If you're happy with the tones of your V60, and don't want to play in a band or jam, I'd probably say don't bother buying the 240. The advantages of the 240- much louder, better speaker(s), stereo tones, XLR outputs probably don't outweigh the cost of the 240. But, I have a 240 and it's a great amp, so if you plan on moving up down the line and it's a great deal, you could go for it. How's that for playing both sides, lol!
  9. gtrman100

    User presets

    If you hook up to your computer, you can save presets with Spider Edit. That way you can store presets you might not use that often, but load them on your amp when you need them. Or you could get a FBV3 and you'll have 32 banks to store your presets.
  10. It sounds like you need a setup. It shouldn't be necessary to adjust the bridge like that. You probably need a fret level.
  11. On a Spider V, you can overwrite any preset location, factory preset or empty. That's 32 banks of 4 presets (128 total) for your dining and dancing pleasure. Using the Spider V remote app it's easy to move things around.
  12. Since I'm no longer gigging, I have a near mint condition JTV59 in Tobacco Sunburst that I can sell if you're interested. It is my backup. Included is gig bag, battery and Workbench dongle.

  13. Personally, i think a deodorant application block should be a higher priority...
  14. Have you played one? I've got a full Helix system and a bunch of good tube amps, so I know a little about tone. The Spider V's have a bad rap, because earlier Spiders were aimed a beginners and sold a million of them because of it. The newest version, V, has some great tones derived from Pod Farm which you've heard on literally 1000's of major label records. Go on Custom tone and check it out and here's a video debunking some of the memes out there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5eukxILK3M
  15. I just checked Musicians Friend, they have both items in stock and ready to ship. I don't know why you got that info.
  16. I've tried it. The frequency response of the Spider V's aren't particularly flat, so the sound is pretty colored. It does work however, but I don't consider it an ideal way to amplify the Helix. But I tweaked my presets in the Helix to my studio monitors. Try it, you might think it sounds ok.
  17. Yes, the DI cable carries both mag and model signals. Here's the cool thing: you can use Variax Workbench to create blended guitars with both mag and models, or you can use the Helix to have separate inputs for mag and models, then process them separately. The VDI cable is not included with the Variax. You can get one from Line 6 or Bestronics makes good ones too.
  18. I've been a JTV user since they were released in 2011. As others have said, JTV's are really cool, and have many advantages especially since you have a Helix. Unlike others, I really like the JTV guitars; I have a 59 and 69, like the feel of the necks, they have been totally solid players, the quality of the components is very good. I used to bring 3-4 guitars to a gig, now(if I ever play out again) 1 will do. Here are my bullet points: They are on par with the quality of a MIM Fender, PRS SE, or similar guitar The mag pickups are very good, no need to replace unless there is a specific pickup tone you need Most of the models are good, but not great. There is a different attack envelope because of the response of a piezo pickup. With the Helix ability to blend the mag and modeled pickups, you can get better sounding models too. My favorites are the Strat, Les Paul, Gretsch, Rickenbacker and Danelectro. The Tele and the Les Paul Special are ok, but not great. The ES-335 doesn't sound like any I've heard- very nasal sounding. But having the option to try out all the guitar models is great fun and good for gigging or recording. Integration with the Helix is the bomb.com. Unlike Brue58ski, I don't have a problem with Helix changing guitar models. When building a preset, I load a Custom tuning at standard tuning- problem solved. The ability to change guitar, amp, and effects with the stomp of a footswitch is just amazing, especially when playing covers. Also, the VDI connection eliminates the need to keep the battery charged. Alternate tuning on the fly is indispensable for me. Especially with the Helix. Palm muting with the models doesn't sound or respond like the mag pickups. It was improved in the last software update but not totally solved. Either use the mags or adjust your technique and accept the difference in tone. Other guitarists will be confused and amazed when you go from a Les Paul into a Marshall, a Strat into a Deluxe Reverb, a clean Martin acoustic, and a Ricky 12-string in a Vox- all in one song... Just say "it's all in the hands" I love mine, play them all the time, and hope they don't drop the Variax development.
  19. To use the Spider V as a power amp and speaker, you would need to patch from the Pod Go into the Aux In on the back of the amp. You'll need a special cable to go from the Pod Go's 2-1/4in jacks to the Spider V 1/8in stereo jack. The other option is to do what you're doing. Try any of the "Clean" amp category but I would set up a signal chain with either the "No Amp" or "Studio Preamp" so you're not getting the coloration of the amp model of the Spider. Here's a sample chain I would use: > Gate>Wah>Comp>Studio Preamp... You can't delete the gate, wah or any of the other effects in the signal chain, but just turn them off and use the Pod Go's effects instead of the Spider V's. Good luck!
  20. Any of the currently available floorboards will work. They have different amounts of functionality and cost to go with it. I wouldn't go for less than the FBV Express MKII personally.
  21. The FBV3 will give you the most functionality- volume/wah, preset banks, effect on/off etc. It all works with 1 eternity cable.
  22. Yes, you can use the aux in to connect the output of the HX and because the Spider V has a tweeter, it should sound better than going into a regular guitar amp. But the Spider V is not a "flat" reproducer so YMMV about how good it sounds.
  23. I think you'll be very happy with the Spider V amp models. I've got the 240 and am very happy with the wide range of good tones and effects. The power amp will deliver the tones really well in a gig situation.
  24. You're asking on the wrong forum. This forum is for Spider V, there is a separate forum for Spider IV.
  25. Start by reading the manual, and learn the front panel controls. It can be as simple or complex as you like. You can start by tweaking the normal amp controls- volume, drive, bass, etc and then start checking out the presets. After you're familiar with the amp controls, and how to save a preset, download Spider V Remote software or IOS/Android app to connect your amp with a device to control the different controls. Good luck!
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