Music Gear Review: Line 6 Spider V 240 HC Head

The line 6 Spider V 240 hC is the 240-watt amp from the popular Spider family of guitar amps that were offered back in 1989. With the Spider V 240 HC, you get a huge collection of updated modeled sounds and effects borrowed from the Line 6 Amplifi range of amplifiers. In addition, there are thousands of sounds downloadable from the Line 6 cloud using the free Spider app and a connected iOS or Android device. The updated modeling and effects are easily accessed from the compatible Line 6 FBV3 Foot Controller that connects to the 240 HC.

The Spider V 240 HC has two internally mounted four-inch speakers with tweeters for practicing at a 50-watt level. If you connect a Line 6 Spider 412 4 X 12 slant cabinet, you’ll have a 240-watt half stack in which those built-in speakers form a full range, bi-amped system.

The Spider V 240 HC is wireless ready with a built-in Line 6 Relay wireless receiver that pairs with Line 6’s Relay transmitter.

There are two XLR direct recording/interface outputs, a headphone jack, a built-in tuner, metronome and the ability to play/practice along with an integrated drum loop playback system.

I liked the V 240 HC’s versatility that sounded great for electric and acoustic guitars. Its built-in audio recording interface allows streaming music, jamming along and recording it all with an included version of (download code provided) of Cubase LE.

Great for recording, practice or live gigs, the Line 6 Spider V 240 HC is a perfect fit for players who want versatility, ease of use, a built-in audio interface and rugged construction.

The Line 6 Spider V 240 HC sells for $671.99 MSRP.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com