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Looking a the Line6 amps wondering what members suggest as the most suitable Line6 amp for acoustic country. I see plenty of sound profiles for rock, heavy metal etc but not country.

 

Be interested in any amp suggestion and experience with country in mind.

 

Thanks,

 

Fleetz

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For acoustic guitar only, I wouldn't recommend a Spider amp.  If you use both acoustic and electric guitars, then a Spider is a good option as you can switch sounds quickly by changing patches.

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Cheers Mike for the feedback.

 

Any suggestion which in the Line6 range would be better suited?

 

Cheers,

 

Fleetz

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Like Mike was saying, the Spider V is mainly an electric guitar amp, but it does have amp models that are specifically made for use with piezo-equipped acoustic guitars which makes it nice for versatility.

 

If you are looking for a solution that is tailored specifically for acoustic use you can check out the L2t or the L3t Stagesource speakers.  They are essentially powered PA speakers with some nice features for acoustic players - a built-in 2-channel mixer, acoustic body resonance modeling, feedback suppression, reverb and chorus.  

 

http://line6.com/stagesource-pa-speaker/

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Thanks for the input.

 

Looked at the LT2 and LT3 and are out of my price range. I get they have nice features.

 

So the Spider 5 can not accomodate Piezo input? Is it impedance and level matching issue? Is there a impedance/level adaptor that would allow an acoustic electric to interface to the Spider V?

 

I am looking at an electric guitar as well, ideally I would like one amp that could accomodate both guitars. Albeit if an interface is required. The Spider V 60w fits around the budget....

 

Regards,

Fleetz

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Does your a/e guitar have a preamp?  If so, then there are no issues, you can plug direct into any guitar amp.  If it does not have a preamp, then you'll need one to use a guitar amp  (I have a Radial PZ Pre pedal that can accommodate piezo non-preamp guitars).

 

If you have an a/e with preamp, then the choice really comes down to what you require.  Are you playing in a full band with drums?  Are the amps miked (or DIed) to the main PA system?

When I was using my Spider IV 75 in a full band (2 other guitars, bass & drums), I was using it for acoustic and electric guitars and keyboards.  It had enough volume for practice (in a small room) but live, it was miked to the PA (as all the amps were).  I think generally you will find that you need at least 60 solid state watts (for practice volumes) with a full band.   If you practice at low volumes (maybe a percussionist - cajon, etc), you can get away with a 30 watt solid state amp.  If you are not miking the amp to the PA for live performances, than generally, you're going to need more power.

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I didn't mean to deter you from the Spider Vs.  They do work with piezo equipped acoustic guitars, and they sound very nice with them.  I misunderstood and thought you were looking for an acoustic only set up.

 

To accomodate acoustics, the Spider V does have a full range system built into the box.  There is a larger speaker and a small tweeter in all of the Spider Vs, which helps to nicely produce the range of acoustic instruments.  There are also 3 acoustic specific amp models you can use.  The factory presets do include some good examples for acoustic use.  If you get a chance to try one out check out 1D "Spider Acoustic", 30D "Dragon Glass" and all of bank 3.

 

If you decide you aren't going to mic the amp or you require more volume for gigs, it might be worth checking out the Spider V 120 for its XLR outputs to run to the house PA.

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Thanks for the feedback, all makes sense.

 

Will be going for a Spider V 60W for what I am ever likely to do this will most likely do everything I need and then some.

 

Appreciated the info guys.

 

Regards,

 

Fleetz

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So I just purchased a Spider V 120 for next to nothing.  Wanted the wireless for my acoustic.   Got the 120 so I would have a direct out to my L3t.    Without referencing anything I plugged in my L3 to the direct out on back of the Spider V.   No sound.

 

Literally just got home with it.   

 

Can the L3 and Spider be connected and how?  Maybe I was expecting more from the Spider than it deliver.  But if I can plug my L3 into the direct out than it might be really cool.  

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If your particular Spider model has an XLR out, you can connect it to an L2T/L3T via XLR Out (Spider V) to one of the XLR In (L2T/L3T), if that is what you want, though the 120's power should be enough when cranked up for most purposes.

 

I do not have an XLR out on my Spider V (I have the 60), but try to see if there is a setting in the system menu that would enable/disable the XLR out on the Spider V 120).

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