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Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp Black

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Powerful, portable, and ridiculously affordable.

The Fender Frontman 212R Guitar Combo Amp is a solid-state combo amp worthy of the Fender nameplate. The Frontman 212R pumps a big 100W into two Fender Special Design 12" drivers. The versatile Drive/More Drive channel has a mid contour switch that lets you dial in the right distortion for rock, punk, blues, or metal. The amp's clean channel speaks loud and clear in the best Fender tradition. Other niceties include spring reverb, black control panel, and chrome hardware. This guitar amp includes a 2-button footswitch and 5-year warranty.

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FEATURES
  • 100W
  • 2 Special Design 12" drivers
  • 2 channels: Clean and Drive/More Drive
  • Drive/More Drive channel has a quick tone-shaping mid contour switch
  • Spring reverb
  • Blackface-style control panel
  • Chrome hardware

Why settle for one of the also-rans when you can own a genuine Fender combo amp? Click or call now to nail yours.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 26"W x 19-1/2"H x 9-1/2"D
  • 48 lb.
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FenderFrontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 285 reviews)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (23)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Excellent sound (21)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Portable (8)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (19)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Professional recording (6)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Even Better Than Expected

I first tried out my Telecaster through the Frontman and was very satisfied with the crisp clear signal (NO HISS STATIC OR ANY AMBIENT NOISE).A previous post about the volume level working from...Read complete review

I first tried out my Telecaster through the Frontman and was very satisfied with the crisp clear signal (NO HISS STATIC OR ANY AMBIENT NOISE).A previous post about the volume level working from 0 through 2 was absolutely correct. The volume can be adjusted where it can be used at low level as well as crank it out. I have a fairly small studio but it is acoustically very good and volume @3 filled the room.
NOW...The surprise came when I plugged in my Taylor 410CE to port 2. OH MY GOSH. It sounded absolutely fantastic. So this amp will cover many bases from ACOUSTIC to DOWN & DIRTY.
The spring reverb is exactly that "an original spring reverb". If you bump the amp or jump up and down next to it you are going to hear the spring rattle because that's the way it works.
Last but not least when I was a kid my Dad hobbied in T.V.Repair, I learned enough back then to know that SOLID STATE was PROGRESS: Tube's actually wear out and are Extremely sensative to any kind of shock or vibration, temperature etc... Why do you think the BOSS1600 recorder has been in production for going on for at least 8 years in a row with the only change being a larger hard-drive, and there is not a TUBE in the thing.
If this amp had a footswitch for the reverb she would get a 10 from me.
Someone in a prior review commented on the cabinet being made out of "particle board". This amp is very well made and if you treat it like what it is ( A piece of electronic equipment) and not a bowling ball. I don't see why it should not hold up for years. Try to find a piece of average furniture these days that isn't made out of particle board.
You are not going to beat this amp for the price!!!!! I've owned Fender's,Peavey's & Crate's in the past and the "clean channel" on this amp is the best I've ever heard.
TUBES?????See my opinion under overall rating. Unless you play like Atkins,King or Clapton...No body can tell the difference anyway.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

great amp for country pickin

As I said before this amp is very good,a stripped down simple amp that is great for a player that wants his guitar tone to be heard, and also great to add a...Read complete review

As I said before this amp is very good,a stripped down simple amp that is great for a player that wants his guitar tone to be heard, and also great to add a few simple effects to the clean channel and you have a great tone at any price. If something goes wrong with this one I will buy another one I might anyway.Crank those mids and you will be shocked at the tone you get with a tele for country stuff. I play a les paul and a sheraton 2 through it as well and it is just as great with them. Buy this amp and you will not be sorry.
I needed a amp that would stay clean when cranked up to play in a country band and let me tell you I found it. I have had several amps(including fender tube amps)first off I want to say don't be scared off by this being solid state it has a great tone.I have been playing guitar 30 years and do alot of clean stuff(country,blues,jazz and rock)this amp is loud and clean,I use the clean channel mostly but with some tweaking you can use the other channels.I would suggest some simple effects just as I would with any amp.Just a little tip to any country pickers,this amp is great for country stuff on the clean channel,the key is the mid control if you run the mids almost wide open 8-10 you will get a nice edge of breakup type tone with this amp,I run treble at 3 and bass at 6 with a tele a light compression and you are in chicken pickin heaven.Also turn that volume knob up to at least 5 or so for some good honk,also great for blues and jazz.No tubes to worry with.
So far so good.
Great value at this price but a great clean amp for lots of styles at any price.

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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Basic Stage Amp

By John Sherwood

from Jackson Wyoming

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Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

Overall this is a very good stage amp for a very good price. I have read some reviews related to the drive and more drive channels but I have owned more than a few fender amps. The only difference at all is that you have 2 drive channels, they are normal overdrive, not heavy metal distortion... Same as fender has always made. For metal use your pedal board. For rock, country, pop and blues you are fine.
The features on this amp are a little old-school.. Which is what I was looking for. I got it to use as a stage amp and didn't want any built in stuff. Two niceties would be a separate line out as opposed to using the effects loop and a separate speaker out. Both used to be standard on even the smallest amps that has gone by the wayside.
It's a fender, enough said
Where else can you get a true stage amp for this price?

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Even Better Than Expected

Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

I first tried out my Telecaster through the Frontman and was very satisfied with the crisp clear signal (NO HISS STATIC OR ANY AMBIENT NOISE).A previous post about the volume level working from 0 through 2 was absolutely correct. The volume can be adjusted where it can be used at low level as well as crank it out. I have a fairly small studio but it is acoustically very good and volume @3 filled the room.
NOW...The surprise came when I plugged in my Taylor 410CE to port 2. OH MY GOSH. It sounded absolutely fantastic. So this amp will cover many bases from ACOUSTIC to DOWN & DIRTY.
The spring reverb is exactly that "an original spring reverb". If you bump the amp or jump up and down next to it you are going to hear the spring rattle because that's the way it works.
Last but not least when I was a kid my Dad hobbied in T.V.Repair, I learned enough back then to know that SOLID STATE was PROGRESS: Tube's actually wear out and are Extremely sensative to any kind of shock or vibration, temperature etc... Why do you think the BOSS1600 recorder has been in production for going on for at least 8 years in a row with the only change being a larger hard-drive, and there is not a TUBE in the thing.
If this amp had a footswitch for the reverb she would get a 10 from me.
Someone in a prior review commented on the cabinet being made out of "particle board". This amp is very well made and if you treat it like what it is ( A piece of electronic equipment) and not a bowling ball. I don't see why it should not hold up for years. Try to find a piece of average furniture these days that isn't made out of particle board.
You are not going to beat this amp for the price!!!!! I've owned Fender's,Peavey's & Crate's in the past and the "clean channel" on this amp is the best I've ever heard.
TUBES?????See my opinion under overall rating. Unless you play like Atkins,King or Clapton...No body can tell the difference anyway.

(15 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fits my needs

By Grebbie

from Duluth, Mn.

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Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

For me, it's all that I need. I'm not a Pro, Semi-pro, or in a band. It's just for my fun only and the price was right. The 2 -12inch speakers are fine sounding and I will not need to think of having to changing them out. I don't care if the wood cabinet is not expensive 1 inch plywood or that it doesn't have casters. The Fender name is on it and the size and appearance looks like the bigger, more expensive Fender amps. Very nice black covering and silver grill cloth. It just seems to be what I,(average guy) needs. No need to get over technical on everything.
Basically it has what you need with a good sound. Need more? Get an effects pedal.
A Fender amp., made to their specs., in China. Get used to it, most things are. The 5 year warranty means something too--they stand behind it. Use it but no need to abuse it.
The cost is right where I wanted to be. A good replacement for me.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Frontman 212R - Fabulous!

By Sunday Rocker

from South Central Nebraska

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In the late 60's I played a Gibson ES330 with P90's through a Fender Bandmaster tube amp. Today I play a P90 equipped Epiphone Riviera through the Fender Frontman 212R. Not exactly the same, but very close and very sweet. Very close to the tube-driven Twin Reverb sound I remember on the clean channel. This amp is a keeper! If you love blues, rock or country, and need a VERY LOUD amp - don't think twice, just buy it!!!
Lots of sound and thumpy lows through two 12" no-name speakers. Three EQ controls on each channel make tone-shaping easy. Reverb is very nice. Even though the tank is small, it is true spring reverb and is very sweet sounding. It comes with a foot switch which is somewhat unusual at this price point. The clean channel is fantastic, drive channel less so - it seems a bit thin and transistor-sounding . If you are planning to use this to play metal, forget it. But then...why would you even consider a Fender 2 X 12 open back for metal? Looks like a late 60's Twin Reverb, which at my age is a real plus in itself.
Seems to be very well made, no complaints at all.
Price is great, especially considering that I bought it used from the Musician's Friend website. it was listed a less than perfect, but I cannot see why it was not shown as like new. It did not come in the original packaging, which is the only reason they must have not considered it to be perfect. Their ratings are always very conservative and I have had only the best of experiences buying used from MF.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow.

By Justin McEwen

from Pittsburgh

Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

Overall. this is a very good amp and i like it alot.
This amp is amazing. I have been playing with it for a couple of months now and havent had any problems. However, if you want to make your sound better, buy quality guitar cables. i did this and it really improved my sound. Others have said that the drive channel isnt the best, which its not, but it depends on what kind of music you play. It isnt a really "crunch" distortion. It s better on the More Drive channel. The distortion is fine for me and i play Nickelback, Alice In Chains, etc. The clean channel is amazing. When you dont play, there is no buzzing or anything. If the light on the amp wasnt on, i would think it was off! It is also crystal clear. There are only volume, treble, mid, and bass knobs but you can get plenty of different sounds. I play country, clean rock and things like that on clean and it sounds really good. If you hook up pedals, it makes it sound even better.
This amp has great quality. I have had no problems with it at all.
Even with being a solid state amp, this is a good old Fender amp, at way lower the cost. its a bargain. I would put this amp at like five or six-hundered dollars. Not three-hundred.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

great amp for country pickin

By david roberson

from maysville,ky

Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

As I said before this amp is very good,a stripped down simple amp that is great for a player that wants his guitar tone to be heard, and also great to add a few simple effects to the clean channel and you have a great tone at any price. If something goes wrong with this one I will buy another one I might anyway.Crank those mids and you will be shocked at the tone you get with a tele for country stuff. I play a les paul and a sheraton 2 through it as well and it is just as great with them. Buy this amp and you will not be sorry.
I needed a amp that would stay clean when cranked up to play in a country band and let me tell you I found it. I have had several amps(including fender tube amps)first off I want to say don't be scared off by this being solid state it has a great tone.I have been playing guitar 30 years and do alot of clean stuff(country,blues,jazz and rock)this amp is loud and clean,I use the clean channel mostly but with some tweaking you can use the other channels.I would suggest some simple effects just as I would with any amp.Just a little tip to any country pickers,this amp is great for country stuff on the clean channel,the key is the mid control if you run the mids almost wide open 8-10 you will get a nice edge of breakup type tone with this amp,I run treble at 3 and bass at 6 with a tele a light compression and you are in chicken pickin heaven.Also turn that volume knob up to at least 5 or so for some good honk,also great for blues and jazz.No tubes to worry with.
So far so good.
Great value at this price but a great clean amp for lots of styles at any price.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible sound! Great Fender Quality.

By John Catfang

from New Jersey USA

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Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

I am so glad I chose the Frontman 212. For the cost, the reputation Fender has and the quality of the product this is a hands down class beating winner.
Just got this amp to replace my old Crate (St. Louis build) 212. What a difference in sound quality. This Fender is clear, bright, powerful, and dirty and when you realize it has still more to give, it just gets better. That unmistakeable Fender sound, bright and clear with just a hiss of single coil hum for country, clean rock or blues to that down and dirty AC-DC, Megadeth overdrive to full on Karate chop distortion this amp covers it all. Add as much rreverb as you want with the spring reverb tank and you'll play to your fingers cramp ( I did). I don't have a humbucker equipped guitar, but they must sound I don't have a humbucker equipped guitar, but the smoother, warmer sound they give will sound better thru the circuit this amplifier has.
it's a Fender. It's built solid as a brick. it came UPS in perfect shape. Play around with the knobs, hear the sound change cleanly, no peaks or static. Can hear the sound thru the custom speakers with punch and clarity you'd expect from Fender or other top electronic company, but this really lets it's Fender sound come thru.
For $299?! Are kidding! It's a steal when you compare it to competitors 100w models. The Frontman 212 doesn't have digital effects to make it cool. It has low, mid and high adjustment, mid countour switch, spring reverb, and Drive channel with "More Drive" switch. So, with spring reverb, Drive channel with more drive, a few range adjustments it give bette sound than the more expensive digital effect amps in it's class? Oh yes it does. And then some.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BAAANG for the buck

By Trey Young

from Columbia South Carolina

Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

I have not found anything that I have a problem with on this amplifier.
Played this amp for 6 months without a pedal and was very impressed. After adding a BOSS GT-10 multi-effects pedal I realized I had been missing entire worlds of tone; ever since then I have been completely blown away. As many people have said already the drive channel might not give the sound you had hoped but with something like a multi-effects pedal this amp truly kicks butt. Do not be scared of the missing tubes you will never know the difference in this amplifier. Also has the ability to get very very loud while holding a very linear frequency response. Without the GT-10 this amp will give you as close to the tube sound that you will ever hear from a solid state. The drive will give you a fuzzy/metal sound but wont really produce anything else. The Reverb rolls in very smooth and balanced further accentting the tube sounds of the clean channel.

10/10 in perfromance, looks, size, and cost. If you have trouble finding sounds you like but still want a less-expensive amplifier try it out with some effects.
So far so good. Ask me again in 10 years and the answer might be different.
Come on man seriously....anyone who has window shopped on musicians freind knows this amplifier would be considered a steal by most! Definatley a bang for the buck when compared to other solid-state amps.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

212 and I'm a goner...

By Shawn Pugh

from Lothian, MD

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Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

This is such a joy to have. I have one of the blackface FM212's and i can get pretty much whatever sound I want out of it. I play a mixture of funk, soul, and hard rock, and this covers those bases quite easily. Treble at 5, mids at 7 and bass at 7 gives you one of my favorite sounds this amp produces, where it's just so sweet and mellow, but it still cuts through the mix. I've had tube snobs criticize me, and I've also had tube snobs ask me how I modded the amp and where I put the tubes. I love it. My strats cut, my lp is big and bold, and my hollow body is soulful and sexy. It's all anyone needs in an amp. Go for it! You're spending too much on anything else.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

great amp!

By Andrew Smith

from Columbia, SC.

Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

overall this amp is great for any beginner or really any guitar player with a low budget. I'm very happy with this amp and I can tell I'm going to use this for a long time and its gonna hold up.
This amp is actually a very good sounding amp. Its got great clear, clean tone. I actually like the clean channel better than some of fender's tube amps. The distortion could be better but we have pedals for that, playing through a strat into a couple pedals to the amp, and it sounds fantastic. The first distortion is pretty good for that soft overdrive like classic rock and the "more drive" is a bit fuzzy. I use it for solos mainly because theres a big volume difference when you switch distortion. The reverb is actually pretty good for the price range. I'm not going to lie it could be better but it does its job and it adds space to the sound. Also another thing.... this amp is loud! It rattles the windows in my house when the volumes on 4. I highly recommend this amp to anyone who's looking for a good low price solid state, or just a really good amp. Plus, its just big enough where you can sit on it and play.
So far the amp has held up. Its pretty heavy and I've dropped it a couple of times and its still going strong.
theres nothing like this amp for the price!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great amp!

By javi

from texas

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Extremly Loud
  • Good Reverb
  • Portable

Cons

  • Non Really

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    this amp is great, its really loud and the reverb is great, not too much where it totally over throws the sound of the guitar, and not too little. just perfect. for the price, its awesome, its perfect for jamming, and small gigs.i have had this amp for about 3 months and there has been no problems whatsoever. ive been playing guitar for about 10 years, and ive played some marshalls, and this thing totally competes. the only down side is there isnt much effects, but for the price its alright.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love the clean sound

    By Tech Ed

    from Van, TX

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

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        Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I replaced my Line 6 "Spider III 120" with this amp and so far I'm happy with my choice. I didn't dislike the "spider" but just couldn't get a nice clean tone from it. This Fender has very nice clean tone and is plenty loud. I'm currently experimenting with the effects "loop" vs having them inline with the guitar cable. My guitar is a Schecter "Blackjack" Tempest with the true SD '59 and JB humbuckers. So far so good with the sound.

        It is built very well and I don't anticipate any problems with durability. I've purposely left it on overnight several times to give the circuits a good test.

        I look forward to getting the speakers broken in to hear just how good it will sound.

        I may, at some point, install better quality speakers. I did that with a Fender "Champion" tube amp and it made a huge difference (along with replacing the horrid OEM tubes).

        Overall it is a great SS amp for the money.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome bang for buck

        By kelli sphon

        from Tyler, TX

        Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I read the reviews before i bought it and checked it out at my local music store. I was very impressed. I had a peavey envoy and i got horrible humm and hiss. With this amp its crystal clear sound.Awesome bang for your buck. Clean channel is crystal clear. Good distortion not too metal though which is fine for me. Its an all over amazing amp for the price. i would recommend this for great sound on a budget.

        (7 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        I will survive, somehow

        By Caleb

        from Minnesota

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        Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        Overall, I don't really like this amp.
        I got this amp a month or two ago, and when I first opened the package, I thought it was the greatest thing in the world. I bought this amp because all I wanted was a standard fender amp, nothing special. That's what I got! (the nothing special part) the clean channel rocks, you can beat the drummer any time with the clean channel, but the drive and the more drive channels aren't the best. They have alot of fuzz, and you can turn it up past 3 with a wah pedal, or it'll give this horrible squeeking. How ever, I have been able to live through this some how, and even though I don't think I'll be getting another amp anytime soon, I will survive.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not too shabby my friend.

        By Hey Hey

        from PA

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Dont buy this amp expecting that nice, warm, rich, TUBE sound. This amp sounds good, but in its own way. The distortion is great for blues, but will feedback back way too much before it can come close to melting faces. The reverb is surprisingly decent.

          The best part about this amp?!?! Its great with pedals!! I've run my Vox Tonelab through it and it never ceased to amaze me. Then moved on to a Boss ME 70, and it still tears up!! Now I'm using a combination of those, and my pedal board. Its great!!

          This thing is a monster!! In my house it rarely goes above 2 1/2. 3 or 4 when im playing live. How ever, it does have this annoying rattling noise when I hit my open A string or the A on the E (5th fret). Sure its an easy fix though.

          So all in all, this a fantastic amp if you have a decent pedal board or an multi effects pedal. Even if you plan on getting one sometime in the future. But dont expect a TUBE sound from a SOLID STATE amp then complain about it. Its the loudest/best amp for the money you'll ever own!!!!

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love It

          By Godsprophet

          from Richmond, Va

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Clean Sound
          • Good price
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • Power House For The Size
          • This Is A Good Solid Amp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Concert Out Doors
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Out Doors Concert
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I love this amp it is easy to use and very powerful for it's size once you learn how to adjust it man this amp will give you what you need .

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            nice for the price really sings fender

            By rubenrivera49

            from East Chicago Ind

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            Pros

            • AWESOME
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Killer sound
            • Nice for the price
            • Powerful
            • The clean is warm

            Cons

            • A bit heavy
            • Needs a line out
            • Needs casters to move it

            Best Uses

            • Clubs small or big
            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording
            • Rehearsals

            Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I got this amp because it fit the bill for jazz, blues,latin jazz and what ever style you can throw at it fender and musicians friend does it again
            it could use a line out though and some casters (kinda heavy) but besides that it is nice for price giging amp. ps: I added the caster wheels.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Really love this Amp

            By lovebluestone

            from Nicholasville, KY.

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            Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I've had Tube's and 2X10/2X12 Combo's with and without settings. This thing kicks butt.
            Basic and I love it.
            Built very well and looks great. You know it means business!
            So many of the 2X12's are not this Heathy. And I want tone not setting for tones.

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            WELL WORTH THE PRICE

            By WICKTANA

            from HIXSON, TN

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • REVERB COULD BE BETTER

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I purchased this amp when it was going for [$]. That has been a few years ago, but I've never written a review until today. Around 25 years I stopped playing, due to my job keeping me gone most of the time. In 2004 I was rated 100% disabled, due to the effects of my tour in Vietnam. In order to keep my mind busy, I purchased a Fender Strat, and this amp. While I no longer have it, and I've gone from 1 guitar and amp, to a full blown studio. This had to be one of the best amps in this price category I have ever had. The 7 amps I now have are all tube, but I'm not a tube snob. For me, a tube amp from a quality brand is better than non tubes. However, I wouldn't mind using this amp at all should the need arise. There is no way to beat the price of this amp, and get the same quality sound. It is really loud, breaks up nicely, and can hold it's own. If your looking for an amp in this price range, then jump on this one.

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            5.0

            Cheap Muscle

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            Comments about Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I received my Frontman today with a skeptical mind and the return policy already memorized. You see, I was more than willing to hate this amp, return it and spend a lot more money on a tube amp. Tube amps are where the tone is and always will be. Everyone knows the benefits of tube amp tone with the warm overdrive that only hot tubes will provide, tone bliss. What is overlooked in the world of internet genius regarding tubes is the following: They require a lot of maintenance, they are fragile and susceptible to the weather, they are extremely expensive, the tube amps in this price range are very tiny amps with small speakers and while that have good tone, they sound boxy when pushed and tend to sound farty with power chords and such. You really would hate to dump a grand on a nice tube amp and have it stolen, have a beer dumped on it or have some groupie trip over it in a drunken rendition of brown eyed girl at your local watering hole. You have to turn a tube amp up loud to get a good tone. All that being said, I love tube amps and prefer them. You can understand my skepticism when unpackaging the frontman, which I bought because there was a weekly special that made mine available at a price so low, I couldn't pass it up. I unpack the Fender, I plug it in and grab my tele and guitar cord. With a snobby smirk, I turn up the volume a bit an the tone knobs and play an open G chord. Something strange happened, the amp sounded great. 2 12" speakers in a large open back cab gave the amp a resonance that the small tube combos could never hope to achieve. After some knob tweaking, I found some really nice tones on the clean channel. Let me say with conviction that the absolute worst feature on this amp is the REVERB. It sucks, worse than terrible, awful, thin and causing an ear piercing harmonic that made my dogs cock their head sideways and howl. AWFUL. I'll have to find another reverb tank or pick up a nice pedal. I move over to the most maligned part of the amp, the drive channel. I disagree with the masses. I find the drive channels very useful for classic rock tones and blues. Warm and resonant, very useful up to a gain of 5. After that, fuzz city, but under 5 the sound is very pleasing. I clicked the more drive channel, selected a humbucker and I was pleasantly surprised to find that channel usable as well. Forget tone, we're talking about chunka chunk Metallica sounds. Useful for heavy rhythm, however, the drive channel makes your leads sound horrible. Ice pick, brittle, ear piercing horrible. I can live with that because I'm not a metal head and this is a Fender amp. If you want to melt faces, buy a Marshall. If you want a rock solid country, blues, classic rock amp, the Frontman is spot on. The absolute beauty of this amp is that it is cheap, loud, clean and has good tone. Solid state vs tube. The argument is as old as the hills and I would choose a tube over a solid state amp any day, except, when I'm going to gig in a bar or leave my amp at a rehearsal space, which is exactly where a Frontman fills a tube snob void. One last thing, I think it is lost on a great many folks that guitar players spend heaps of money chasing tone, swear by tubes, replace tube sets, upgrade speakers and at the end of the day, a sound man mics their tone money pit and runs it all through a solid state PA. Sweet irony. I recommend this amp to anyone that needs tone, volume and an amp that can be easily replaced if Mustang Sally gets out of hand in some roadhouse on a Saturday night. For a young player on a budget, this amp is a home run. Don't be discouraged by the internet banter saying these amps suck. They do not. The Fender Frontman is the best amp in this price range, period. Rock on.

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