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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / Fender Frontman 212R amp


New England, USA

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Feb 22nd, 2009 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just got a nice income tax refund recently, so after paying off some bills I thought I'd indulge myself in a new amp. So off I went to my local GC to check out what they had. I was looking for a solid-state amp in the 60-watt range at around $250 or so. I found nothing that satisfied me until I came around a corner, and there it was! A used Fender Frontman 212R amp going for $200. Now I'd done my homework before going on my little shopping excursion so I knew they were a good value for the money. So I grabbed a Strat, plugged it in and gave it a whirl. So I liked it and I bought it. And here's my review:

First of all, I won't bore anyone with specs. It's all at Fender's site. First thing, this amp is loud. LOUD!! I mean (insert your favorite swear word here)'in LOUD! In my living room I had the clean channel volume at 1 and that was fine. 1.25 was too loud. Now, the channels. It's got clean, and a distorted channel called Drive/More Drive. The clean sounds fantastic, and it takes to pedals just beautifully, but watch the pedal's level, it'll make the amp progressively louder. Fine for a gig, but at home? The neighbors will complain!! I don't care for the Drive channel, sounds a bit fizzy, even more fizzy with the More Drive engaged. So I plan on sticking with the Clean and pedals.

Tone-wise, yeah, I know, it's a solid-state amp. No natural tube distortion, sag, etc. Well, solid states have certain advantages over tube amps, such as less maintenance, lower price, ruggedness, etc. I've had tube amps in the past and I do love the tone, and I've blown tubes as well, and it ain't no fun. And I'm not rich enough to be sending out my amp for maintenance all the time, so for me a solid-state amp works really well. So as far as tone goes, the Frontman 212R has great clean tone, a great pallette for shaping your tone with pedals.

So in closing the Fender Frontman 212R is an excellent value for the money and I'd recommend it for anyone on a budget who wants a decent-sounding, well-made solid state amp.

Frontman 212R at Fender.com



Jul 2nd, 2009 02:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

I gigged with one of these last week while my Bassman was in for repair. Good amp - NOT as good as decent tube amp, but very good for the money (and a lot better than a broken Bassman!!).

Nice sparkly Fender tones. Only used the clean channel so can't really comment on the Drive ones.

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