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It’s been more than 25 years since I’ve purchased a new electric guitar/amp combo and so I decided it was time to treat myself to something new. I was amazed at how far the simple guitar amp has evolved in just a few decades.

My “go to” site is Musician’s Friend. They have a huge inventory of everything you need and usually the best prices. I’ve been using them since before I was on the internet. They are simply great. You can go to any site you like, but I do recommend that you start with Musician’s Friend to find the item you’re looking for and then go to Amazon or wherever to compare prices. I did notice that the amp I purchased is the same price on Amazon, but I get free shipping on most of my Musician’s Friend orders.

Shopping for guitar gear online is not as daunting as one might think. You need to be realistic with your requirements — i.e. don’t by a monster Marshall stack if you’re just going sit in your room and plink out Mary Had a Little Lamb. Have a target price or budget in mind and stick to it. In my case, $500 was the most I was willing to part with. You should have clear expectations of the product you’re purchasing. Don’t think that the device will magically make you a better musician—it’s not realistic and you’ll always be disappointed. It might make you sound better, but it won’t make you shred that scale any faster.

I couldn’t justify buying another amp when my old one works just fine. So I needed an amp that has additional features such as built in effects, recording capability, built-in playback tracks to jam to, and a mic jack so I can sing through it. I found it, the Line 6 Spider Jam. It’s a perfect match for all my needs (and more) plus it’s well within my budget. To be honest I wasn’t the biggest fan of Line-6 products until I bought my son the Spider IV 15. I recommend this amp for beginners as it has really good effects, great sound, a headphone jack, simple to operate and comes in under $120.

If you’re not sure if the product will be right for you and the sound you’re looking for, go on Youtube and listen to any of the many demos. If this still doesn’t make your mind up, go to a music store and test-drive the product personally….then go online and purchase the one that rocked you the most. All this being said, go check out the Line 6 Spider Jam—it absolutely rocked me, it might rock you too.

200+ artist-created presets
150+ song-based presets
36 user-programmable presets
12 original amp models from Clean to Insane
7 Smart Control FX: Chorus/Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Delay (with Tap Tempo), Tape Echo (with Tap Tempo), Sweep Echo (with Tap Tempo), Reverb
Integrated chromatic tuner
12″ Custom Celestion speaker
2″ tweeter for full-range audio playback of backing tracks
75-watt power section
Over 24 minutes of CD-quality recording time
100+ Endless Jam tracks and drum loops
Mini stereo MP3/CD input for playing along with your music
XLR mic input with a dedicated volume knob perfect for vocals
1/4″ aux input perfect for a second instrument including keyboard or bass
Vocal/Aux inputs feature effects plus preamps, compressors and 3-band EQ
1/4″ headphone out/POD 2.0-style direct out for practicing with headphones or direct recording
Routable RCA outs for playing full-range backing tracks through your home stereo
Fully compatible with FBV Express and FBV Shortboard pedals

The main cherry on the cake for me was having a microphone XLR input to sing through the amp while you jam—the mic channel also has volume and EQ controls independent from the amp and playback. Too SWEET.

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