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Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head

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FlexWave120H is the perfect stage guitar stack top for the pro or semi-pro gigging musician who needs driving power, multiple channels and built-in e...Click To Read More About This Product

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A tonal range from crystal clear to screaming high gain.

FlexWave120H is the perfect stage guitar stack top 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 your speaker cab. Variable 3-channel operation allows you to switch among crystal clear clean, red-hot overdrive and screaming high gain channels from the included remote. A built-in tuner ensures you're constantly in tune. With DSP effects, Channel Tracking of effects settings, and a proprietary Shape Control circuit for creating wicked custom leads, it's suited perfectly to the Crate G412A/B 4x12 cabinets.

More than 25 years of award-winning engineering prowess led Crate to develop the remarkably responsive FlexWave Evolution 5 Sequential Cascading Gain technology that yields rich, articulate tone that's 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 
120W
Evolution 5 preamp
DSP effects
Onboard tuner
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CrateFlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head
 
3.5

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Excellent sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This Head Rocks

I picked up my FW120H about 1 1/2 years ago and it is still going strong. If you need power, this will give you all you want with multiiple channels, you can...Read complete review

I picked up my FW120H about 1 1/2 years ago and it is still going strong. If you need power, this will give you all you want with multiiple channels, you can go from overdrive, or super high gain toone of the cleanest channels you'll find. It is a great lead head without the built in effects, which are extremely variable. Personaly I've been hard pressed not be able to creat nearly every sound that I wanted and I've been playing 40 years. Mine is paired up with an old(80's)Randall 4x12 slant loaded with Celestion speakers and together they will definatelyRock a stage. I't gets used about 4 nights a week plus practice time and can handle the mistreatment. Oh!! and it's got a tuner too.Only trouble I've had with it was a couple tone pots getting a little noisy and a shot of electic contact cleaner took care of that. This amp is a LOT of bang for the buck and I would put it up against a lot of high dollar tube amps. Great Buy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not worth the time

This amp was all I could afford to start up my band, but it is a waste of time and not worth the money. The amp couldn't get loud enough and the effects kept...Read complete review

This amp was all I could afford to start up my band, but it is a waste of time and not worth the money. The amp couldn't get loud enough and the effects kept cutting in and out randomly. I had issues with the high gain just cutting out and believe there is a short now in the wiring. If you're looking for an amp head, don't sell yourself short and go cheap. Save up

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Crate FW120H Guitar Amp Head

By CHRIS VEILLETTE

from Bangor, ME

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I've been in a three piece band for a couple of years now and have been using a Crate 1 x 12 combo amp miced through the PA. Not long ago I came across an inexpensive 4 x 12 cabinet that I soon loaded with Celestions. After a month of looking at heads in this price range, I settled on the Crate because of the past experience I had with them. For the money, I couldn't be happier. It's really easy to use, all three channels sound great and the footswitch to me is a must have. If you want a tight and punchy high gain channel with loads of distortion, this is your amp. The effects aren't bad either. Look, I've already done the homework for you. You wont be sorry!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This Head Rocks

By The Hobit

from Grew up NY now living in AZ

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I picked up my FW120H about 1 1/2 years ago and it is still going strong. If you need power, this will give you all you want with multiiple channels, you can go from overdrive, or super high gain toone of the cleanest channels you'll find. It is a great lead head without the built in effects, which are extremely variable. Personaly I've been hard pressed not be able to creat nearly every sound that I wanted and I've been playing 40 years. Mine is paired up with an old(80's)Randall 4x12 slant loaded with Celestion speakers and together they will definatelyRock a stage. I't gets used about 4 nights a week plus practice time and can handle the mistreatment. Oh!! and it's got a tuner too.Only trouble I've had with it was a couple tone pots getting a little noisy and a shot of electic contact cleaner took care of that. This amp is a LOT of bang for the buck and I would put it up against a lot of high dollar tube amps. Great Buy.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not worth the time

By christmiad

from Ohio

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Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

This amp was all I could afford to start up my band, but it is a waste of time and not worth the money. The amp couldn't get loud enough and the effects kept cutting in and out randomly. I had issues with the high gain just cutting out and believe there is a short now in the wiring. If you're looking for an amp head, don't sell yourself short and go cheap. Save up

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good head unit

By none

from Georgia

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound

Cons

  • Built In Effects Are So-s

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I have used this head unit for about two years now and the only issues that I have come across is that the built in effects are so-so. I use my own pedal board so I really don't have to worry about the built in effects. The clean channel is right on point, nice crisp sounds.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

flexwave

By The Player

from Rock Cave,West Virginia

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Bad Quality
  • Breaks easy

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I have had this head now for a few years and I have to say it is junk. I have had it fixed 3 times and guess what it breaks again. It can not handle any type of hard playing through a quality instrument I plugged in my Gibson les paul special(p90s) and it destroyed the high gain channel while playing. I have to say that the best part of the flexwave is the cab. it has great power and has never broken once.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

about this half stack

By brian southerland

from ft. stewart

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I got this amp about 5 months ago, and the only issue i have is the fx are so-so. I run a Boss distortion pedal through it and it is killer, with all my guitars. The volume is outstanding for what i need it for. So iof you are a beginner, then this is an amp you should consider.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good Beginner Head

By Rich

from Chattanooga, TN

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Portable

Cons

  • Too Quiet
  • Weak

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Small Venue Amp

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

PROS: Good, durable amp. Great for practice and smaller venues. Perfect punk/thrash/metal sound.

CONS: NOT LOUD ENOUGH. Knobs/Dials a little fragile if you just throw it into the back of the van (obviously), but easily replaced. FX a little ... meh, but better than nothing.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

DON'T BUY!

By Mike-Clidu

from California

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I got this thing about 5 months ago because I needed a head quick. Price was right so what the heck right? Within 3 months the FX were coming on at random and NOT turning off. Took it into a tech to have it "fixed" he said it was an absolute mess inside. 2 weeks later it was happening again. Now I have to take it back again. I wouldn't recommend this to my worst enemy. Do yourself a favor and save your money for a decent head.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

At that price!

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

This amp is a monster for the price. It's solid state but again it's very loud, 120Watts. The 3 chan. can be set at very clean, bluesy then metal. Yes it can have a lot of distortion but for the pinhead that complains, just turn the dist knob down. The effect could be better but all the necessary ones are there.All you need is a wah-wah pedal and you can play just about anything. Pricewise, it's a five star.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Cost less than a used GX212 I had

By x420bongzila420x

from P.C. NEBRASKA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • I Dont Like The Tuner

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I like Crate, they`re pretty easy to use, I could do with out the tuner and effects.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I cant see why people hate it?

By TheFunkMaster4000

from W.A

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Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

Overall, when I tried this at my local music store with my pedal setup for my 2x12 flexwave combo amp it had the same problems. The tuner sucks, the drive is to distorted past 5, the low gain middle channel is ok but noisy. The only thing that is weird is that this cheap ass head on clean sounded amazing with my Digitech Rp1000 and I cant find any better sound. If they fixed the high gain drive, the dsp phasing in and out unless you use the footswitch and the tuner, This amp would be golden.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dependable

By jetblack3030

from Idaho

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

This amp is very dependable. I play this out of another Crate cab and it sounds great. I can dial in some good chunky sounds with this thing. The effects are okay, but i'd rather just use my own so i could dial them in just right, but they are nice to have if you don't have your own stompboxes. It has gone on the road with me and sounds great, people always ask me if that really is a crate because the sound is alot better than what people expect from crate (that and i took off the big crate logo)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It works with the right setup

By TrouserMauser

from Los Angeles

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

In all honesty, I've had this amp for three some odd years and while it's not the greatest amp out there, it's not absolutely horrendous either. This is a solid entry level guitar amp. It gives sufficient power and manageable tone, you just have to learn how to make it work for you.I have run this head through several cabs (except for the matching cab. I bought the head only when it first came out like three years ago), finally sticking with an old Carvin cab that seems to really complement the amp. It really gives the low end a nice boom, it almost doesn't sound as digital as with other cabs. I very rarely use the high gain channel due to the loss of tone and feedback at higher volumes. The effects sound nice with the clean channel and you could do some cool stuff with it. I never use the effects due to the previous issue with the gain (it just makes it all sound like a mess). So if you're starting off with a budget or just need an extra amp for practice or small jam session, this amp would do the job nicely. If you want to ask more from it then be prepared for a little disappointment or for an extensive search for the proper cab.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Im throwing this off a bridge

By Eric1234

from Philadelphia

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I have this head..and i hate it..its the worst sounding amp you could possibly buy..not to mention if you turn it up over 5 it feeds back like you wouldnt believe...dont buy this..ever.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What...?

By Zerep11

from Arizona

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Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

The only thing I found wrong with this amp is that it is not meant to drive two cabs. Having a full stack myself since 2007, I went ahead & bought another FW120H from Musician's Friend last week to remedy this problem. My setup? 2 Crate FW120H's, w/FW412A & B Cabs (1 head per cab). I run my guitars through a Digitech RP-35 left channel to one head, right channel to another. Final outcome? On a scale of 1 through 10, my rig is now an 11 (Spinal Tap). And boy am I happy..!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Effetcs

By Gigger by nature

from canada

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

The amp sounds great, but I have been having problems with the effects, that keeps going on and off by themselves.Disappointing, waiting for instructions from Crate.

 
4.0

Flexwave120H

By mrgt70

from Toms river NJ

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Nice And Loud
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Distortion Channel Poor

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I always use Crate amps for years. they haven't failed me yet!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

junk

By picker

from TEXAS

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Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I got one of these and it was complete garbage. Broke over ahs over again. I sold it and then felt guilty for passing along garbage to someone else.

 
1.0

Maby alright for a practice amp...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

yea so ive had this head when i first started playing guitar i had had no idea about good tone. well after a few years later i have a peavey classic 50 and a peavey valve king now. all i got to say is tube amps blow this thing out of the water. I mean you can't expect to play in a band with this solid state head it murders the bass players tone and all you can basically hear of your self is loud nasty fuzz(crate's distorition). I mean just save a hundred more bucks or so and get a valve king or you can check on craigslist for peavey ultra 120 heads theyre killer too

 
5.0

Crate halfstack

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

Lets start off by saying this half stack is a great value for the money. The high gain is great for modern rock and the clean is awesome. The one complaint i have is my overdrive channel works about 3 days a week. Sometimes it works, others it doesnt, not a big deal becuase i dont really use it but it can get annoying. Overall great value and great buy, if your getting your first stack, this is the one.

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