Dialing In Spider Valve MkII Tones: Pt. 1

Line 6 Expert Rowbi has been a Line6.com Community member since November 25, 2006, has posted over 3,700 times and has earned over 3,000 points. He’s treating us to a series of blog posts and videos centered on one area of his expertise: Spider Valve MkII guitar amplifiers. For more helpful gear tutorials,visit Rowbi’s website.

By Rowbi

This is the first of 4 blogs and videos looking at dialing in great tones on your Line 6 Spider Valve™ MkII guitar amplifier.

For these blogs I will use the Spider Valve MkII Edit software editor, which is compatible with PC and Mac®. You can download it for free here and, using MIDI or an FBV™ MkII Express or Shortboard foot controller, connect your Spider Valve MkII to your computer. Alternatively you can edit tones directly on your amp quite easily.

It’s worth mentioning that if you’ve not taken a look at the pilot’s guide, advanced user manual or Spider Valve MkII Edit user manual, it’s well worth spending ten minutes to flick through. Reading them cover to cover isn’t necessary, but a quick flick through will teach you so many tips and tricks that you will find it even easier to dial in great tones and get the most from your Spider Valve MkII.

Every guitarist has different experiences, and perhaps prefers different tones. I will try to create (in my humble opinion) some great tones based on what I consider to be the most talked about guitar amps from the three popular manufacturers:

Fender®: 1965 Twin Reverb® or 1959 Bassman®
Marshall®: Several models from the 1960′s and 1970′s like the early JTM-45, the 1959SLP (Plexi), and then later the JCM-800 from 1981
Mesa/Boogie®: Dual Rectifier®

I’d also enjoy hearing your comments too, so feel free to let me know what you think…. But be kind, I’m no recording engineer, or video producer, ha ha.

This first blog will focus on dialing in crunch tones, similar to that of a Marshall Plexi and getting somewhere close to the higher gain JCM-800 style of crunch. I will be using two different amp models from the Spider Valve MkII:

Crunch Amber: Inspired by a ’68 Marshall Plexi 50-watt, but with a wider range of tone controls.

Hi Gain Amber: a.k.a. ‘Plexi On Fire’ based on a ’68 Plexi 100-watt with a Variac and jumped input channels for more gain.

So check out the video, and leave me some of your comments below. Also check out the rest of www.line6.com for more info on Spider Valve MkII amps, and check out my own website http://www.rowbinet.co.uk.

Download Rowbi’s tones from Customtone.com: crunch1 and crunch2. (Note: These tones were created using the Crunch Amber and Hi Gain Amber amp models, respsctively, though they were labeled as Crunch Red in their Customtone profiles.)

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