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Crate FlexWave Series FW120 120W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp  

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    Fat, driving tone.

    The Crate FlexWave FW120 is a perfect stage guitar amp for the pro or semi-pro gigging musician who needs driving power, multiple channels and built-in effects. Its FlexWave Evolution 5 preamp uses patented Sequential Cascading Gain technology to pump 120W of fat, driving tone through two 12" speakers. Variable 3-channel operation allows you to switch among crystal clear clean, red-hot overdrive and screaming high gain channels from the included remote footswitch. With DSP effects, Channel Tracking of effects settings, and a proprietary Shape Control circuit for creating wicked custom leads. A built-in tuner ensures you're constantly in tune.

    More than 25 years of award-winning engineering prowess led Crate to develop the remarkably responsive FlexWave Evolution 5. Sequential Cascading Gain technology yields rich, articulate tone that is fully customizable with onboard effects. Get everything from crystal clear cleans to white-knuckle distortion. For sweet tone and roadworthy construction, it's hard to find a better value.

    Features
    • 3 channels
    • 120 watts
    • 2 x 12" speakers
    • Evolution 5 preamp
    • DSP effects

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    CrateFlexWave Series FW120 120W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp
     
    4.0

    (based on 50 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Portable (5)
    • Good power output (4)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Excellent sound (3)
    • Warm / comfy (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A Decent Beginner Amp

      I've got the older version of the FlexWave, the GT212. It doesn't have all the extras and effects except for the reverb, but aside from that, they're practically the same thing.The clean channel...Read complete review

      I've got the older version of the FlexWave, the GT212. It doesn't have all the extras and effects except for the reverb, but aside from that, they're practically the same thing.The clean channel is decent. It's really just a kind of standard, sterile clean sound, nothing to brag about. Course, it's better than nothing!As far as the rhythm channel goes...It can handle anything from really light blues to ZZ Top to AC/DC. I rarely ever use it.The solo channel is where this little beast shines. I run an ESP EC-50 with a Blackouts Metal pickup without the jumper on the back into a DigiTech RP250 (which I mainly use for volume control and the noise gate) into the amp. If you're looking for a pretty awesome metal tone for a low price, play this monster. I turn up the shape control all the way and leave the gain at about 4 and it sounds freakin' amazing. The highs can get kind of annoying, but this thing thunders when you turn it up.The reverb is questionable. It sucks, in my opinion. I don't really use it because it more or less detracts from the sound.Overall, for the guitarist who's a little bit experienced and is looking to play metal, this is a good starting amp. I'd probably never sell this thing.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      This amp is not that bad

      I like the three channel function, and you can set the tone of the High Gain channel using the Overdrive tone controls. The reverb is ok for being digital, but the modulation and...Read complete review

      I like the three channel function, and you can set the tone of the High Gain channel using the Overdrive tone controls. The reverb is ok for being digital, but the modulation and delay on this thing are pretty much useless.
      I've seen good and bad reviews on this amp, but this one works fine and I paid a good price for it, not a bad deal for a 212 amp that kicks out at least 90 watts.

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      4.0

      Good but be cautious

      By Donald1324567

      from Roanoke, VA

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      Pros

      • Loud enough
      • Overdrive Is Amazing
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Effect Glitch
      • Weak

      Best Uses

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120 120W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I have had this amp for awhile and only just started to use it at gigs. Everyone else's review is pretty spot on about the pro's of this thing... maybe I got one of the defects. This amp has lasted for about 3 years now and the only channel I find myself using are the clean and overdrive channels (because I do not need heavy distortion). I've noticed that every once in awhile when I turn the amp on, it will have this feedback-reverb-like clicking sound that will not go away unless you turn the amp off and try again. This can be VERY annoying when you are just starting to play a show. You'll turn heads for no good reason. My band has a very "theatric" vide to it so silence is key. It's nothing that a simple "turn back off and on" can't handle.

        Also, the only effect even worth using is the reverb. This is totally fine for me since I don't have a reverb pedal and I own every effect that I need that this amp offers.

        Another Pro... if you haven't tried this thing out yet, PLEASE do so. The overdrive channel on this thing is basically what made me buy it. You can get a fat overdrive tone, or a very dry one.. Either way the overdrive is bliss to me. Way better sounding than any Marshall I have played on, but then again, a Marshall might be more reliable.

        I would give this a low rating, but since I'm not easily bothered by the clicking effect glitch, I'd say this amp is pretty much a steal.

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        5.0

        The best amp ever!!!!

        By Agrimario

        from Valley stream, NY

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Just One Input

          Best Uses

            Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120 120W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            This amp made my practicing a real joy. I love the sound and the settings available.

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            5.0

            This is a Great Amp !

            By Reno

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120 120W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

              For the amount of $$$ that this Amp Costs, its a Great Amp! I gave it a 5 because of The Cost Vs. How the amp sounds. I am not going to compare it to say for example a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier. I mean come on...

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              5.0

              going to work out well

              By patter

              from milton, ky

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120 120W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                i was using a Marshall 4x12 cabinet with a super bass 100w. the older i got the heavier it got. i have been looking for something easier to move around and yet a good sound. plenty of balls on this one. love the foot switch to get 3 distinct sounds.

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                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great with an 8 String!

                By DeathGrind

                from Manchester TN

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Loud
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • band practice
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120 120W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                I bought this amp to use for band practice, so I'm not all of the time using my live rig for just a practice. It's also a good amp for jamming around with other guitar players and the bassist in your band, although with playing Metal like my band does, I wouldn't use this thing in a live setting. Live I play through a full stack, so this amp wouldn't really get me the live sound that I need, but depending on your genre of music, this amp may be enough for your live shows. I play 8 string guitars, so I needed a good band practice amp that wasn't too expensive, but was loud and could handle the the thunder of my 8 strings. I run my pedal board and rack system through this amp and it handles it well also. If you play Death Metal, Grindcore, or any Metal at all like me, this is a great amp to practice and write songs on and it's loud enough to keep up and be heard during a practice session with the drums. Good job crate.

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                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                AWSOME!!!!!!

                By Stretch

                from Truth or Consequences, NM

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120 120W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  This is absolutely the best product on the market. I own several combo amps that are more expensive and this one is the best. If you are looking for Rock and great lead sound on any budget this is it.

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                  (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Unreliable.

                  Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120 120W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Mine is unreliable, you will be sorry if you get it. Once again, mine may just have been broken when i got it, but i've heard about these problems before.
                  Good idea for features, if they worked.
                  I could've gotten a lemon, but i've heard about these problems in other reviews. NOTHING works. First, there was an atrocious clicking sound when the amp was on, so i turned it off. Then no effects worked, and there was no volume on the high gain channel. Every time the amp is on, random effects kick at unexpected times. I can't even turn the effects on by myself, it doesn't work.

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                  (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  FlexWave Series FW120

                  By john chappell

                  from in a house

                  Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120 120W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Bought a used supposedly good condition Flexwave Series FW120 crate amp. Hooked up and sounds like a speaker blown or bad capacitor in power supply. Nasty Hum. Used. No warranty. Wont buy from Musicians Friend again.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Time tested amps

                  By JohnStrat66

                  from NJ USA

                  Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120 120W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I love my old Crate amp. Even my monitor is old school Crate. Can't go wrong with these.
                  I own a 1983 Crate CR-212 (great- greandfather to the FW120 2x12). These amps have great tone, solid output and great sound. If my CR-212 ever blows, the FW120 2x12 is my next amp.
                  Crate amps have great sound for fair price. Only problem was weak solders. Seems to be fixed with Loud Technologies building them.
                  Lots of features, great sound, good price. What more do you want?

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  owned for 2 yrs

                  By Anonymous

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120 120W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I have owned this amp for 2 yrs now. I use it a little differntly than most people .I use it only thru the effects loop with a line 6 floor processor. I never had any problems usuing it this way. It seems the effects that some on this amp are not first class.but most serious guitar players will use some kind of processor. 120 watts thru 2/12 is alot of power. I also run a 4/12 speaker cab thru this. Using 6 /12 the head pushes them fine. get some good sounding bass that way. If you are planning on using an multi effects pedal this amp is great!! Just make sure it is a good noise gate!!!!!I repeat must have a noise gate

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