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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
  • Onboard tuner
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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

No Cons

Best Uses

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

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good but be cautious

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...Read complete review

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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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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(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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

This amp is not that bad

By Billy Hall

from Michigan

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

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.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Unreliable.

By Robert Leavey

from NY

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.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Time tested amps

By JohnStrat66

from NJ USA

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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?

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good but be cautious

By Donald

from Cloverdale, 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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A Decent Beginner Amp

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

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

    (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.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWSOME!!!!!!

    By Stretch

    from Truth or Consequences, NM

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A perfectly acceptable generic amp

      By Rob

      from Carmel Valley, CA

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

      Just bought a used Flexwave 120/212. Features have already been discussed, so this is just a review. My amp came without casters, and the tuner does not work. Other than those two, I got this in almost New condition.Clean channel: Very nice, and appears to have a lot of headroom. Nothing special to write home about, but this was the main reason I got this amp.Distortion channel: Not bad, but not great. Gives a small variety of different levels of distortion based on how high or low the gain is set. Very acceptable sound, but kind of generic.Super Distortion channel: Gives more boost, and the highs can be annoying. The Shape knob, if turned all the way to the left, makes the sound very muddy. At about mid-point, it's a lot clearer.Effects: Digital reverb, delay, chorus/flanger: Blech. Pretty crummy, and they all sound digital. I don't plan on using these much as I personally don't like the tone they give off. Might use a bit of the reverb just for effect, but the Chorus/Delay are not that great.Extras: There is a Send/Receive jack on the back of the amp, but you need to buy a Y chord. Have not tried the external speaker jack, nor do I plan to.Why did I get this: I needed an amp that I could park at a friend's house and not have to worry about damage or abuse. And, this will work perfectly for my situation.I would not get this amp again if I were looking for a new amp at home.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      NOT GOOD

      By BeYankee2

      from Dallas, TX

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

      I bought this amp about 2 years ago and have given it so many chances.... At first I thought I liked it but now it has a mind of its own when it comes to its sound and the built in effects...sometimes they work and sometimes they do not....sometimes they come on even when they are turned off... The tuner has never worked. And the pedal that came with it has a mind of its own too. I am very disappointed with this purchase to say the least. I would tell anyone to pay additional money and go with Marshall or at least a much higher rated product.

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