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Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp  

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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 Fend...Read More

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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.

Amp cover not included. Order product# 420035 - Fender Amp Cover to keep your Frontman 212R in pristine gigging shape!

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

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

Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp

  • 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)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (223)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

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)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (4)

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good amp

By Bluesfanguy

from USA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    When I first heard it I fell in love with its clean sound. However I wanted more out of the reverb. I changed out the tank for a long 3 spring medium decay - MOD 9EB2C1B Reverb Tank. I got exactly the sound I wanted. It smoothed out the highs and added some lows it seems. 30 minute modification if you are into throwing the warranty out the window like me.

    With an Epi Les Paul tribute plus, set to the drive channel at level 4 I get a really smooth bluesy tone. I've compared this low distortion tone with a tube Kustom V100 amp and it sounds almost as warm.

    Volumes above 2 will wreck your ears inside your house. And be careful with icepick highs if you don't set the treble carefully or if you don't go for the bigger reverb tank. Right now I actually like it with everything set to 5/10 and reverb at 2.

    With a strat I get awesome clean rhythm and some great clean blues on the neck pickup.

    Distortion with the humbuckers sounds better. With a semi-hollow you'll think you are playing a tube amp. Again I put in the long reverb tank and I think that really warmed it up.

    Awesome tone. As others have stated get it for the power and cleans and throws pedals at it for the rest. I also play it with an RP355 to get any sound I want out of the amp.

    I recommend it, especially if you like the powerful clean sounds and low distortion.

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    5.0

    Awesome Amp!

    By nottosay02

    from Sanford, North Carolina

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        This is a very good amp. The clean channel has warmth behind it, but can also get a nice twang from it as well. The Distortion channel is ok. It's great if you play classic Sabbath or trying to get Randy Rhodes tone from ''Paranoid''. I would not recommend this if you play stuff like Slipknot, but if you have a good distortion pedal, that will be fixed. For the money, it's great.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Start Well

        By @_Constant_A

        from Menifee, CA

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Clean Channel
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Bad Handle On Distortion
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances

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

        So here's the low down on this bad boy.

        It's a wonderful amp if you're just starting out and playing in a garage band. The clean channel is phenominal, has a nice pop & twang sound to it. It can get loud for the garage rockers (put the volume at 3 and your neighbors will complain, I promise), but when you start using any other distortion pedals (like the Boss DS-1) it gets super muddy super fast.

        The distortion might sound good too you, but when recording, our mixer told me it sounded like a "buzzsaw" and when playing live, I have had multiple soundmen tell me that it is too "muddy" and that "that is a classic fender frontman 212R trait."

        Bottom line:

        If you're just starting out, doing the garage band thing, get it. It's wonderful for that. It handles well, is durable, and can keep up with (and in some cases blow away) the drummer.

        BUT if you're going to shoot for a professional career touring and recording, I'd recommend something else.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wonderful Amp.

        By MaxMan

        from Waco TX

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          It is a excellent am with enough power for small and medium size venues. Clean crisp sound with minimal amp noise. It is a very solid amplifier.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Well....

          By Lioneye

          from Colorado Springs, Co

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Loud
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Limited Functions
          • Poor quality

          Best Uses

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

            I owned this amp for a couple of years, there is no doubt that this amp is powerful but it's sound was a bit lacking. I loved the clean channel, at any volume it sounded beautiful. That being said it took pedals very well. The gain and mid contour sounded pretty average, I would describe it as not very "full" sounding. You can really crank this amp, I had minor issues with construstion. I had to tighten many screws that came loose, not too much of a problem. I sold this amp to help buy a 40w tube blackstar. If I could go back in time I would probably buy a smaller tube amp for the money. I never even put the volume past 4 and I used to jam loud with my friends. If you are playing large and or outside venues and this is your budget go for it. I would rather have a smaller higher quality tube amp that I could crank.

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            (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.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              SOLID AMP WORTH EVERY PENNY

              By Lunk

              from Colorado Springs, CO

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Classic Rock Od Ds
              • Great Clear Sounds
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Limited Functions
              • Weak Reverb Effects

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Small To Medium Venue

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

              VOLUME CONTROL GOES FROM 0-60 IN LOUDNESS WHEN YOU PUT KNOB HIGHER THAN 1.5. GREAT CLEAR CHANNEL. WORKS WELL FOR BLUES AND CLASSIC ROCK. WHO NEEDS A STACK WITH THIS BAD BOY? OLD FEBDER LOOK AND GOOD PERFORMANCE AT A GREAT PRICE.

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              (2 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              garbage

              By a wise man

              from maryland

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              Pros

              • Looks cool

              Cons

              • Sounds Bad

              Best Uses

              • FOOT REST

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

              this was the worst purchase i have ever made.

              at one point the sound started cutting out. was able to get a new one thanks to the 5 year warranty. when you take it to a fender dealer they just give you a brand new one, which i think shows how cheaply built these things must be.

              go with a tube amp.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome amp!

              By Justin Mabe

              from Kunsan AB, RoK

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

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

                Great clean tone solid state amp! I'm not a fan of the dirty channel but I didn't buy for that. I use a Digitech RP1000 for my effects and this amp just pushes great tone! Works great with active and passive pups. 7 and 8 string guitars sound great as well. Just but this amp....you'll love it!!!!

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                (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!!!!

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