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Crate GT1200H/G412SL Half Stack

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The Crate GT1200H/G412SL Half Stack head:120W RMS compact guitar amp head features FlexWave Evolution 5 preamp for great tube tone and feel. 3-switch...Click To Read More About This Product

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Amazingly powerful, flexible, and affordable!

The Crate GT1200H/G412SL Half Stack head:

120W RMS compact guitar amp head features FlexWave Evolution 5 preamp for great tube tone and feel. 3-switchable channels (with included footswitch) let you set up for the gig. It also features spring reverb for authentic super lead sound. There's also an effects loop for your externals and a CD input.

The Crate GT1200H/G412SL Half Stack cab:

100W RMS handling. Slant-front cab features heavy-duty construction with metal grille. Dual 1/4" input jacks. 27"W x 27"H x 14"D. 54 lbs.

FEATURES
  • 120W RMS compact guitar head
  • FlexWave Evolution 5 preamp
  • 3 switchable channels (with included footswitch)
  • Spring reverb for authentic super lead sound
  • Effects loop
  • CD input
  • Compact 4 x 12" cab
  • 100W RMS handling
  • Heavy-duty construction
  • Metal grille
  • Dual 1/4" input jacks
  • 27"W x 27"H x 14"D
  • 54 lbs.
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4.4

(based on 205 reviews)

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    (31)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome for the money !

I read reviews and hear about how its not loud enough, or it sounds muddy..the problem is these guitarists who seem to think that any amp should sound like Dimebag right out of...Read complete review

I read reviews and hear about how its not loud enough, or it sounds muddy..the problem is these guitarists who seem to think that any amp should sound like Dimebag right out of the box. Yes, the cab doesnt handle the full brunt of the head, so you need a more powerful cab to get the full punch of this amp. And, its called EQ for everyone who claims its too muddy, use it. I swapped the cab for a Behringer 4x12 and this thing ROARS ! I do not use the onboard distortion, I do agree the rhythm channel is a bit weak but I use a Toneworks AX100G for my front end anyways, and I love this amp ! Don't be put off by the negative comments, its not a Mesa so dont expect it to sound like one. Buy it, but just use an outboard eq cus the three channel EQ on it isn't sufficient. I turn this up to three or four and I'm shaking floors with it. It does the deed for me and I have never had any problems with it at all. Crates are bulletproof and for the money this thing crushes all others in its $$ range, hands down and horns up.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't fall for it

I'm sure most people who buy this amp want to look cool with a stack but doon't have the money to by a real one. The look isn't worth it if the amp blows.I...Read complete review

I'm sure most people who buy this amp want to look cool with a stack but doon't have the money to by a real one. The look isn't worth it if the amp blows.I had a fender cyberchamp which was a good amp but it was not loud enough so I decided to look for a louder amp. At the time I did not have a lot of money so this amp was the obvious choice.When I went and looked at it I played it on low volume and it sounded mediocre so I bought it. I bought the cabinet and the head. I brought it home and realized it was a piece of crap. This price is way too good to be true. Crate used to make good amps until they were bought by Loud Technologies. All there products are terribly manufactured now.This is the quietest stack I have ever heard. On top of that the sound is extremely processed. Not natural at all. It sounds like MIDI guitar. I returned it right away and purchased a fender deville 4x10. Best choice I have ever made. The deville blows this stack away. It is at least 4-5 times louder and it is a third of the size. Plus you don't have to look like an idiot hauling around a huge amp that doesn't perform. In addition, the reverb didn't work at all.I returned it and purchased a fender deville 4x10.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This amp is awsome!

By cooldude94

from Voorheesville, NY

Im a muscician on a tight budget who plays in a band. This is a very flexible amp that can be used for many styles. The clean channel is just your basic clean channel. Sounds great especially with a quality overdrive usaed over it. The rythm channel is not nessacirily a rythm channel. Sounds great for classic rock and blues. You can solo with it to. The lead channel gets plenty of gain and the shape knob is awsome. Sounds great for mettalica style stuff.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome for the money !

By stygmatik

from Michigan

I read reviews and hear about how its not loud enough, or it sounds muddy..the problem is these guitarists who seem to think that any amp should sound like Dimebag right out of the box. Yes, the cab doesnt handle the full brunt of the head, so you need a more powerful cab to get the full punch of this amp. And, its called EQ for everyone who claims its too muddy, use it. I swapped the cab for a Behringer 4x12 and this thing ROARS ! I do not use the onboard distortion, I do agree the rhythm channel is a bit weak but I use a Toneworks AX100G for my front end anyways, and I love this amp ! Don't be put off by the negative comments, its not a Mesa so dont expect it to sound like one. Buy it, but just use an outboard eq cus the three channel EQ on it isn't sufficient. I turn this up to three or four and I'm shaking floors with it. It does the deed for me and I have never had any problems with it at all. Crates are bulletproof and for the money this thing crushes all others in its $$ range, hands down and horns up.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not bad at all...

By TT694

from TN

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I've played this half stack combo in about 35 gigs. The guys who say it doesn't pack the volume play too much space with not enough cab. I can honestly say that I've never had the slightest problem with the combo. It delivers throughout the entire EQ range and will give even more if you don't mind blowing a speaker every now and then.In my opinion, this is a great combo for those on a budget (i.e.,kids, fiancee, or otherwise...). Definitely not a bad buy.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Don't Waste Your Money

By PF-cWLw8

from Atlanta,Georgia

Ok. This amp is completely worthless. I bought this amp and a marshall avt cab, and it was completely worthless. At no time was the amp able to rise above the drums, let alone the bass. Not to mention to get it up to the correct volume (which wasnt even loud enough) you had to throw up the gain and the volume nob to ten. So in turn the amp began to sound like. I would recommend not buying this amp. It is useless. I ended up buying a Mesa Dual Rectifier. Alot more money, but i havent had to buy a guitar an amp or a cab since because of the amazing sound and versatility the dual rect. comes with. DO NOT PURCHASE THE CRATE GT1200 HEAD OR CAB AT ANY COSTS!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sounds good but not loud enough

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Whoa ok first things first I've had this amp for about a year now,the distortion on this thing is really good but the only problem is that when im playing in my band i can hardly hear myself. This really pisses me off when i go to do a solo and i cant hear it. Another thing is that the crate amp (not sure what its called) with the two 12s speakers in it blows this gt1200h out of the water.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Bad sound, and not great for price

By JamMan420

from Baltimore Maryland

I bought this amp because I thought it would be very loud and I could use it for my band...The distortion sounds ok, but not great. The clean channel sounds like crap and I found out that my friend's 50watt line 6 amp overpowered my crate half stack. I do not reccommend this amp at all..instead I would go for a small fender or vox tube amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Horrible

By Frankie G-81yRk

from Avondale, AZ

I don't know how you some many people think this amp is great. It's without a doubt one of the worst amps ever made...I'm just lost on how they can right these reviews saying the amp owns...Either these people have never heard a real amp with good tone or these people are being payed to write good reviews to sell the amps..

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just to clear some things up,

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have played on this amp and it is decent at best. The distortion is okay, but not much to my liking. However, the clean channel sounds very nice, so this amp + distortion pedal[metal zone(boss) or metal master(digitech)] = good sound.Now on to the topic of this review. I have noticed people talking about the fact that the head puts out 120 w @ 4 ohms impedance, yet the cab is wired to 8 ohms. This does indeed lower the power output of the amplifier to approximately 50%. This is a good thing, this way you can't drive the speakers to hard to the point of massive distortion(not the good kind guys). And despite the 50% power reduction you only lose about 3 db anyways. If you want to get the full potential out of this amp, you need an extra cab or a 4 ohm impedance cab with a minimum power handling of 120w. Otherwise you risk blowing a speaker.Overall I believe that this is a great deal on a first half stack or practice amp, not for the experienced players though, although I do personally like it. Just be prepared to buy a distortion pedal to get good sound out of it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not bad at all...

By TT694

from TN

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I've played this half stack combo in about 35 gigs. The guys who say it doesn't pack the volume play too much space with not enough cab. I can honestly say that I've never had the slightest problem with the combo. It delivers throughout the entire EQ range and will give even more if you don't mind blowing a speaker every now and then.In my opinion, this is a great combo for those on a budget(i.e.,kids, fiancee, or otherwise...). Definitely not a bad buy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Phenomenal

By ExE

from Garden City, MI

I've purchased this half stack setup recently and find it to be exceptionally good for the money. You can really blow windows out with this beast. The solo channel is exactly what I was in need of, and the rhythm channel can be adjusted to your liking...its perfect. Regardless of the quality of guitar your playing, it will make it sound a million times better. The speakers are quite nice considering they aren't "name" brand. Any kid that receives this as a present should mark themselves quite lucky. It's an extremely good value for what the price is, especially since this website makes it very cheap and easy to obtain.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect if you want to start playing shows

By Keaton McGlothlin

from Union, WA

Great amp especially for the price at under $400 for a half stack that cant be beat. I have played through the Line 6 Spider 3 series and they are nice but both the head and cab were $400 a piece, sure they had effects but why not become famous and use your own. Definately worth the money if you want to start playing shows and dont want to wait a month or take out a loan. Great sound and nice channel footswitch.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Don't fall for it

By Drake-_p6Fm

from Chicago

I'm sure most people who buy this amp want to look cool with a stack but doon't have the money to by a real one. The look isn't worth it if the amp blows.I had a fender cyberchamp which was a good amp but it was not loud enough so I decided to look for a louder amp. At the time I did not have a lot of money so this amp was the obvious choice.When I went and looked at it I played it on low volume and it sounded mediocre so I bought it. I bought the cabinet and the head. I brought it home and realized it was a piece of crap. This price is way too good to be true. Crate used to make good amps until they were bought by Loud Technologies. All there products are terribly manufactured now.This is the quietest stack I have ever heard. On top of that the sound is extremely processed. Not natural at all. It sounds like MIDI guitar. I returned it right away and purchased a fender deville 4x10. Best choice I have ever made. The deville blows this stack away. It is at least 4-5 times louder and it is a third of the size. Plus you don't have to look like an idiot hauling around a huge amp that doesn't perform. In addition, the reverb didn't work at all.I returned it and purchased a fender deville 4x10.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Get a line6

By will-lemSU

from Portland Or

this amp is horible for any kind of metal or hard rock, or anything that requires destortion. I used this amp with my old band and it was an entire hiporicy. The amp is big and loud but you cannot use all that power because the amp tweaks out if you turn it up enough to get over a drummer let alone other guitarits. The tone is horible to, if you dont use any reverb, or not enough reverb you get a really horibe grungy sounding tone thatsnot verry metal at all. Go with a line6 spider hd with the spider cab, cheap but really versitle.

 
4.0

NOT a bad amp!

By nailgun

from Oklahoma City Oklahoma

Right out the gate I hooked this up to a Marshall 1x12 cab and it rocked and perfect for rehearsals then...we did an out door gig and I hooked this head up to an old Fender cab loaded with Celestions and it really came ALIVE! The amp head does what it's supposed to do. Later on I started using the 4x12 "the one for this amp" and it's great for clubs/bars with seating of 150-200 people, gets the job done. Now if I really want this thing to get loud I'll hook up both cabs. Maybe blow up the amp? Doubt it. With both cabs you won't have to push it as hard, at that stage it will already be "doing it". I have an old Crate tube amp, Stealth GT50 designed by Lee Jackson. It's a killer amp and NO...the 120's tone can't compare BUT...for a light weight amp head and the price you can't beat it and besides and after all you are comparing apples to oranges between the solid state head vs a tube head.

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5.0

love it

By aa ron

from san diego california

Pros

  • get jazz tone with strat and sheriton awsome dis

Cons

  • bought it used and reverb broke

Best Uses

    great amp

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    5.0

    wow

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    all I must say is that this truely gives my randall G2 100 watt head justice everytime I hit 10 on post and preamp gain. i never thought my amp was any good, but I must say..... the speakers make the sound if the amp has the ingredants. (can't spell) dude, this cab will take everything ur amp has and spit it out clear as a bell....... but there's always that chance of u gettin a broken one b/c of the shipping company.

     
    5.0

    Perfection

    By Mac Rozelle

    from Muncie, IN

    This is probably the best stack package I've ever seen/played. Very cheap and preforms better than most out there. Ive worked with Marshall stacks and this Crate has taken me by surprise. Amazing ammount of crunch to the amp (unexpected). The Clean setting is very nice. The only problem on the stack is for external effects (Wah Pedal, Chorus Pedal, etc.) you will need to use a Y-cable. Oh well.If youre looking for a starters stack. This is it.

     
    5.0

    Good for what I bought it for

    By D-bone

    from montana

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    First of all, I kicked around buying this amp for MONTHS! I studied the reviews of the CRATE, and the price Marshall pretty carefully. My friend has this amp, and I liked the way his Les sounded through it, as well as the way my ESP. But MAN this thing sure didnt get much love in the reviews, which as a newcomer I had to admit, scared me off. Enough of all that, I bought it. I've had it for 2 days now, and I cant quit playing through it! I am as the bio says, a "hobbyist" not a formal musician, or in a band. I'm sure there are better amps for gigging, BUT COME ON PEOPLE! I dont know how loud other halfs are, but I play it in my house, and I am a little concerned because my ears hurt--not an exageration. For the hobby type, like myself, I think this is a great product,enough volume,and tweak-ability. My one complaint is that footswitch instructions should have been included. I am happy with my first half stack! thanks CRATE! And as always, great customer support Musicians Friend!

     
    5.0

    Loud As Sin

    By zumiezis4posers

    from Kirkland

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    Overall this is loud, cheap, and the sound is amazing. What ever other amp ur parents got you for the holidays, return it now and get this!!! Drums will need to be mic'd to compete with this. The footswitch is great, and the revorb kicks ***.

     
    2.0

    What The?

    By WyldeFan1415

    from Oklahoma

    See all my reviews

    This package although it includes the killer Crate GT1200 Head, which is 120 watts, the cab, G412SL can only handle 100 watts! Now I'm no electrician but if the head is crankin out 120 watts and the cab can only handle 100 watts then the cab is gonna blow out eventually. So, I really recommend the head but the cab I would get a Behringer UltraStack for the same price as this crap cab. Plus, the Behringer can handle 400 WATTS!!!

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