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

 
Guitar Combo Amp. Made by FenderĀ®. Fender's great-sounding, top-selling 100-watt combo gets a makeover! Fender Frontman amps deliver quality tone at a great price, with the unmistakable Fender Blackface look. The 100-watt Frontman 212R features two ...


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Sound For the initial testing, I used an Ibanez JEM70V-SFG that uses DiMarzio Evolution passive pickups. The clean tones are very classy and resonant, with rumbling lows, highly-tweakable mids, and chimey cleans that are in no way sharp and awkward. I tend to play rock and metal, and the response is what you'd expect - fantastic! As this is a 100W amplifier, with two twelve inch speakers, there is a lot of headroom for cleans at high volumes which remain clean when the amp is cranked. I set everything (Bass, Middle, Treble) to 7, and was pleased with the cleans produced. The distortion channel with everything at 7 isn't the best, however. It doesn't shock, but it's there and is good enough for home practice. Brutal? No. Good for punk rock/garage rock? Absolutely! The "More Drive" setting is a tad weedy for me, and the reverb doesn't pack too much of a punch. Pedals run through this amp with ease, whether you decide to use the front end of the effects loop.


Reliability As this is a solid state amplifier, the reliability is relatively high. I have NEVER had any problems with this amplifier, through daily and extended use (up to 6 hours at a time!) and it remains ready to go at the drop of a hat. I would use this amplifier to a gig without a back-up, that is what I can say with confidence. As of yet, no breakdowns!


Customer Support I have never had to deal with Fender or my local retailer, as it was in stock and boxed when it was purchased.


Liked about it - Amazing clean tone
- Large headroom
- The large speakers present sound with sonic accuracy (it is the sound you'd expect)


Didn't like - The distortion isn't the best
- The "More Drive" channel doesn't feel as metal as it sounds
- Reverb is on the weak side


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4.0

By JarrettM12
Nov 05, 2013
 
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Sound Now Fender says this is 3 channels, I would say it is 2 channels with a boost option :)

The map comes in a nice package with seperate EQ for the channels and drive knobs on the overdrive channel.
The amp has the classic Fender look (very twin reverby) which is quite nice.
Now many say that transistors at 100W cannot be loud, you should try this puppy, it can easily blow your ears out.

Now to the channels:

Clean the amp is quite nice and has the classic Fender clean tone. Of course it is not as warm as a real Fender Twin Reverb and not that "springy", but it gets the job done nicely and a lot nicer than some copies. Hook up a strat and you are in oldschool Fender mood very soon. The speakers blend nicely for the clean channel and the open back makes it very breathable. Good choice on Fender's side. The clean channel also works very well with all effects I tried and does not get bad on you if you but a lot of distortion and overdrive in front of it. This is for me definately one of the best clean channels of transistor amps that I know.

Now to the drive channels. I did not expect much, being a transistor amp, but was positively surprised. If you use the drive channel(s) within some limitations (from Crunchy to Hard Rock) it actually sounds quite good. It is of course a little harder and more buzzing than a tube drive, but it still gets a nice Fender'ish distortion sound. You can even boost it with a nice Tubescreamer and it will sound good. The EQ is very effective and the reverb works equally well in the mix. What I did not like to much however is when you go into the more insane gain modes. While it cannot go totally over the edge, if you go into higher than 2/3rd gain settings, it can get pretty rough. A typical single coild strat however will sound better than a high output Jem or LP.

All in all this is a very well rounded amp, with very nice sounds. It delivers classic Fender tone in a transistor package and works very well with effects. Amazing clean channel and good working overdrives.

I would recommend this amp if you are on a too tight budget for a tube amp.


Reliability Looks very well built


Customer Support No dealings.


Liked about it + Amazing cleans
+ Good Drive
+ Good EQ


Didn't like - Extremely high gain settings


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By Tank
Mar 15, 2010
 
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A real loud one

Sound I tried this amp mainly for clean sounds with my Ibanez Universe, and also with my POD X3 Live directly hooked on it. On the "pure" test, I was pretty satisfied, the clean tone is beautiful, and the overdrive is good if what you want is a light crunch (not a heavy distorted tone). On the POD size, I'd say they match really well, with minor adjustments on the POD I could get some good sounding tones, ranging from the clean to the Mesa-like heavy, since the amp tone seems somewhat transparent. Oh, and it's loud... I mean, it's really loud.


Reliability The amp seems to be strongly built, and I went to a gig with it without any backup, and I didn't worry at all. But it's worth mentioning that it's large and heavy, since it has two 12" speakers, so you must take care when transporting it, or you'll break your back.


Customer Support Never had to contact.


Liked about it 1) Beautiful clean tone;
2) Works well with digital modelers (like POD X3);
3) This baby is loud, really loud.


Didn't like 1) Overdrive is not so good;
2) The boost option sounds bad;
3) Big and heavy, hard to transport.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.5

By Rachmaninoff
Apr 17, 2011
 
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one of the best solid state amps

Sound i have an RG320 with stock ibanez pickups. i use a variety of different effects in front of this amp. i play a lot of rock. this is is my main amp and it sounds great. on the clean channel i have the volume at 1.5(very loud) the treble at 5, the middle at 8,and the bass at 6. i dont use the drive channel. this amp produces a variety of different sounds and is plenty loud. the loudest ive ever had to use this at is with the volume at 6,and that was at an outdoor performance in front of most of my hometown. and they told me it was very loud.


Reliability this is a very reliable amp. i have had it for a little over 4 years now and it doesnt have a scratch on it.


Customer Support never dealt with fender


Liked about it very versatile
no problem with volume
handles FX very well


Didn't like almost too loud
heavy
not a thing else :)


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.5

By DownHomeRock
Mar 29, 2011
 
Last updated: April 13, 2011
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Loud! Reliable! And A Bargain!

Sound For 100W it's very powerful. Even during a live show, I have never had to push it passed 6.

The CLEAN channel is the setting I prefer during a live show with a little reverb. I use a Fender Strat to go with this amp and it works great. It's compatable with a wide variety of effects, which I run a pedal board through the CLEAN channel and the sound that comes out is surprising for a Fender. It can play a variety of styles from Blues, Neo-Classical and Hard Rock.

The DRIVE has a nice crunchy sound that sounds great for leads when mixed with a little reverb. The MORE DRIVE is a little excessive with the crunch, which is why I prefer using the clean channel with a pedal board.


Reliability I have dragged it to band weekend practices without worry. It's still in the same condition as when I bought it. I never worried about it breaking down or failing during a live show. I take it for granted in that aspect, but because it's always worked.


Customer Support Haven't needed to.


Liked about it +Compatable with many styles and effects
+Loud enough for gigs and band practice
+INEXPENSIVE!


Didn't like +Cumbersome when moving to venues and band practice (weighs 48 lbs.) (19.5" H X 26" W X 9.5" L)
+A little too crunchy on the MORE DRIVE settings
+When practicing at home 1 is too loud! Need headphones!


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.5

By psychokannibal
Mar 12, 2011
 
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Great quality amp for the price !!!!!!!!!

Sound This has been my practice amplifier for the last two years. I'm really satisfied with it.
The amp is basically a clean channel, and two overdrive modes: the "Drive" channel and the "More Drive" channel. Both drive channels have a mid boost control and the amplifier has a general reverb.
The clean sound is not the famous "Big Fender Clean Tone" but it's pretty nice. You can get some beautiful tones "playing" with the equalization controls and using different guitar pickups.
But in my personal opinion, the big deal here are the drive channels. The first one is nice to play rock and jazzy stuff but my favorite is the "More Drive" channel. It gives you a great distortion for you to play any style from blues to the highest gain and hardest metal tunes. The only but is that this channel gets a bit noisy, specially used with high output pickups at a high gain and volume levels. I always use DiMarzio pickups, and this amp can heavily boost from a classic Super Distortion to lower output pickups like the PAFPro or FRED.
The metal tones you get are awesome, and better that most of specially Heavy-Metal-Designed-Amps. Nice crunch rhythms, smooth overdrives or warm saturation, harmonics jump easily, great for soloing, a pleasure to play. You obviously don't get a full rich valve tone, but the sound of this amplifier is unbelievable for its price. I highly recommend it as a practice and jamming amp as I do, but its 100W allows you to use it also with your band for small gigs or when your main amp is broken.
Take a play on it!!


Reliability I bought a second hand 212R that had been used for the rehearsals and gigs of a rock band. It has been used and abused, has lots of dings and cosmetic defects, but worked perfect since the day I got it!!!!


Customer Support Haven't needed up to now.


Liked about it - Price.
- The "More Drive" Channel.
- The "Mid Boost" control.


Didn't like - Too noisy "More Drive" Channel.
- Too sensible volume controls for low volume settings.


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By crazyibanez
Jun 19, 2010
 
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