Guitar amp question (Line 6 content)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Russell foulkes, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. i thought I'd try asking on talkbass before I try a guitar forum, with all the cussing and nastyness.
    My Line 6 spider 2 has suddenly stopped working.
    When I plug it in and hit turn it on I just get a loud pop from the speakers then...............nothing.
    No lights, no sound from the headphone jack, DEAD.
    I've changed over the kettle leads and it works on my lowdown400.
    The footswitch (the big one, not sure of model from memory) doesnt work on the lowdown anymore though.
    Sad times.
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Warranty, or a good amp tech.
  3. jordak


    Apr 7, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Have you tried calling Line6 yet?

    Although it might be more cost effective to buy a Spider IV than to ship them your busted amp and pay them to fix it.
  4. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    I was a Line 6 tech for years. I don't know what model you have, but I would guess the power amp chip blew. Why, I have no idea without looking at it.

    Repair of most L6 equipment consists of board swaps. If I had it on my bench, and I determined it was the power amp chip, I would remove the chip or the board the chip is on, then power up and check all voltages. If OK, I'd replace that chip or board. Should be good to go.

    As new models come out, Line 6 uses up the parts they have in stock on older models. When the boards run out for discontinued models, repairs have to be made on a component level. Depending on the amp or the breakdown, this can get expensive when the amp is out of warranty. I had a few Flextone II heads in the shop that were devils to fix and took a lot of time. Had boards still been available the repairs would have been 30 minutes.

    I've been repairing amps for many decades. I have no idea what "kettle leads" are.

    If your amp is out of warranty, and you have a local tech who would be willing to look at it, e-mail me and I'll get you the service info the tech might need. I'll need to know the model number. [email protected]
  5. Steve "kettle leads" is 'over the pond' for power cord. I agree with your assessment (although unnecessary to back you up).