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Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp  

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The Crate FlexWave FW65 is a mid-sized stage/rehearsal guitar combo amp that uses the FlexWave Evolution 5 preamp and Sequential Cascading Gain techn...Read More

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Fantastic tone.

The Crate FlexWave FW65 is a mid-sized stage/rehearsal guitar combo amp that uses the FlexWave Evolution 5 preamp and Sequential Cascading Gain technology to pump 65 watts of rich, articulate tone through a 12" speaker. Variable 3-channel operation lets you switch between clean, dirty, and saturated channels with the included remote footswitch. And Digital Signal Processing (DSP) effects add separate delay, modulation, and reverb to your signal. Crate's Channel Tracking automatically stores your DSP settings, so the amp recalls which effect is assigned to each channel when you switch between them. Develop your own sound by tweaking the onboard 3-band EQ. The solo channel features Crate's proprietary Shape Control circuit for crafting dynamic custom lead tones. A built-in tuner ensures that you're constantly in tune.

FEATURES
  • 3 channels
  • 65 watts
  • 1x12" speaker
  • Evolution 5 preamp
  • DSP effects
  • Onboard tuner

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CrateFlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Death Metal excursion.

I absolutely love this amp, I played it for around 5 years, where I bought it from a local music shop. It has served me well, and it will be so hard saying...Read complete review

I absolutely love this amp, I played it for around 5 years, where I bought it from a local music shop. It has served me well, and it will be so hard saying goodbye to my little buddy here. It helped me develop my sound, bringing back Gothenburg metal, and man, it's tone rocks my world. I recommend it to any metal guitarist who's like me, low on cash but developing rapidly.
I love the high gain feature, and I noticed that tweaking the Overdrive and Clean settings affect the tone of the high gain, shaping me to the perfect Melodeath tone.
It's super sturdy, it's still in great condition after 5 years of use, heavy use from my style of playing.
Couldn't have found a better amp for the price, I loved the Flexwave so much that I bumped up to the 100W on a 4x12.

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Speaker Blew Out

I was very satisfied with the sound, but my particular amp broke on me after very little use. The other night after maybe the fifth time I used it, the speaker blew out...Read complete review

I was very satisfied with the sound, but my particular amp broke on me after very little use. The other night after maybe the fifth time I used it, the speaker blew out on me, inexplicably.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

UGH!

By Bluesman

from Texas

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Pros

  • Cheap And Loud

Cons

  • No Cajones

Best Uses

    Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I wanted a small and inexpensive amp to keep at home, and saw the great price for this re-stock. I came in great shape, but the sound wasn't what I had hoped at all.

    This would be better for someone who plays high gain metal music. I did everything I could to adjust the dials but could never get a gutsy, blues tone. It has a very good clean channel, the distortion is good unless you really want to play real blues.

    I sent it back and ordered a little Fender Mustang instead. I've played on them and they do have the sounds that I'm looking for, plus a lot more.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Crate Amps Rock!

    By Will94

    from Columbia, MO

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I've had this amp a couple of years now. It replaced a Crate G40C that I'd had since 1988. I love Crate amps! I don't think there another solid state amp maker out there that has perfected rock 'n roll crunch like Crate.

      As you can tell, I love the distorted channel. It can turn almost any guitar into a legitimate rock/metal weapon. My American tele was pretty unconvincing on this channel. That's to be expected though! I have six other electrics that have all sounded incredible distorted.

      I was really looking forward to the overdrive channel when I ordered the amp. To tell you the truth, it's weak. It really lacks balls. I have a couple of guitars that sound great overdriven (one is the same American tele using the neck pickup), but I think that's despite my Crate's OD. The 3-band EQ on this channel is useful in that it effects the distorted channel as well.

      My G40C and this amp both have nice clean channels with a 3 band EQ. It's not the beautiful clean channel that I've become spoiled by from my Fender amp, but it's very usable.

      I don't use any of the effects other than reverb, which I like. I didn't care for the others, but they weren't a reason behind my purchase, and I haven't missed them. My only real complaint about the amp is it's size. I don't need a 65 watt amp. I could easily do with 25 or 30, but I couldn't get the multi-channel/multi-EQ features in a smaller Crate.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Amp

      By themuff

      from NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I've had this amp for almost 5 years and it has served well through gigs at small venues and countless hours of practice in my room. For a long time the high gain channel was my go to distortion and it has a remarkable range of sounds when you tweak the overdrive channel EQ. The clean channel has a great sound and this amp handles pedals like a champ. It is very easy to dial in the tone that you want and has a lot of power for a little 1x12 combo. For the price this is one of the best amps that you can get.

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        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My Death Metal excursion.

        By Nova Era

        from Cleveland, Ohio

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I absolutely love this amp, I played it for around 5 years, where I bought it from a local music shop. It has served me well, and it will be so hard saying goodbye to my little buddy here. It helped me develop my sound, bringing back Gothenburg metal, and man, it's tone rocks my world. I recommend it to any metal guitarist who's like me, low on cash but developing rapidly.
        I love the high gain feature, and I noticed that tweaking the Overdrive and Clean settings affect the tone of the high gain, shaping me to the perfect Melodeath tone.
        It's super sturdy, it's still in great condition after 5 years of use, heavy use from my style of playing.
        Couldn't have found a better amp for the price, I loved the Flexwave so much that I bumped up to the 100W on a 4x12.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love it!

        By Chance Stearns

        from North Dakota

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        This is just awesome I'm very glad I bought it, I would recommend it for anyone who is just starting a band with a genre from rock to death metal.
        The effects were my only concern, it's hard to explain but they just aren't the best effects.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Amp

        By Eric-A5VDc

        from New York

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I bought this amp over the pricer Fender Showman, and I have no regrets. I can craft my tone however I want, and it has just enough muscle to play live, and if anything has too much to play in my room. Overall, a very nice amp

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        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Speaker Blew Out

        By KDF5017

        from NJ

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I was very satisfied with the sound, but my particular amp broke on me after very little use. The other night after maybe the fifth time I used it, the speaker blew out on me, inexplicably.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good for what I bought it for

        By Eric-A5VDc

        from New York

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        Ive owned it for several months, and i began to think about selling it (it sounded muddy with my Strat, i couldnt get the blues sounds i wanted) until i switched practice places. I found that the sound gets much better when playing in a larger area with the volume cranked up. It mightve been just me, but im definitely keeping it. great bank for the buck, but not an amp for bedroom playing, but good for small shows

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Price

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I have had this thing for over a a year now. I love it. There are a some downsides though. 1 Needs more diverse FX range isnt that great. 2 the high gain channel is tweaked way bad. volume all the way down and I still get noise turn up the gain and its just like boom here I am it goes realy realy loud and the Clean channel kinda cuts out when I turn the volume up. Other than that its a great amp. So maybe I got a lemon kinda thing. Dunno overall great amp.

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        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Amazing....When it works

        By abs0lution33

        from Pennsylvania

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        First of all, This is amp is a huge bargain, and it definitely can get loud enough to play a show with. However, what I don't like about it is....The built in tuner sucks (not a big deal)There is no separate EQ for the high gain channel (It shares the EQ with the OD channel)My footswitch doesn't work properly...It makes my guitar cut in and out. At first I thought it was my cable.....and sometimes when you change the effects...it doesn't work. So I may just have gotten a bad one, but I would definitely not call this amp reliable.

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