Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp 889406547155

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The Crate FlexWave FW65 is a mid-sized stage/rehearsal guitar combo amp that uses the FlexWave Evolution 5 preamp and Sequential Cascading Gain technology to pump 65 watts of rich, articulate tone thr... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Crate FlexWave FW65 is a mid-sized stage/rehearsal guitar combo amp that uses the FlexWave Evolution 5 preamp and Sequential Cascading Gain technology to pump 65 watts of rich, articulate tone through a 12" speaker. Variable 3-channel operation lets you switch between clean, dirty, and saturated channels with the included remote footswitch. And Digital Signal Processing (DSP) effects add separate delay, modulation, and reverb to your signal. Crate's Channel Tracking automatically stores your DSP settings, so the amp recalls which effect is assigned to each channel when you switch between them. Develop your own sound by tweaking the onboard 3-band EQ. The solo channel features Crate's proprietary Shape Control circuit for crafting dynamic custom lead tones. A built-in tuner ensures that you're constantly in tune.

Features
  • 3 channels
  • 65 watts
  • 1x12" speaker
  • Evolution 5 preamp
  • DSP effects
  • Onboard tuner
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CrateFlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 2 Stars

     

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

very good amp.

i tried this out at my local guitar shop, i love it, i went in there and told the guy exactly what i wanted which was a lot of distortion and an amp made...Read complete review

i tried this out at my local guitar shop, i love it, i went in there and told the guy exactly what i wanted which was a lot of distortion and an amp made for metal. he showed me this amp and i love it. the effects get a little annoying however because its hard to make those go, but hey if you dont turn the darn knobs for them, which i dont plan on doing, then nothing will happen. but anyway back to the point, this amp is incredible, but i didnt buy it at that shop because the price tag on it was 420 dollars, a bit too much and since i can get it for 250 or somethin like that on here, this works better. this amp also has a pretty good clean channel, the rhythym is ok, you can get buy from it, overall this is a very very good amp, well done crate!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Almost There

I've had this amp for about two years now. For a practice amp it's great, but a bit loud and you probably won't go past about 9:00 volume wise for that. The...Read complete review

I've had this amp for about two years now. For a practice amp it's great, but a bit loud and you probably won't go past about 9:00 volume wise for that. The amp is definitely loud enough to play over a drummer. For recording it's fine as well and there isn't much of the scratchy distortion background noise you find with a lot of high gain amps when not playing. The effects are't all that great. When you turn them on, there is a sort of "wavy" sound going on in the back. It kind of sounds like you're under water for lack of a better description. There also is some slight fuzz that you can hear while the effects are on. Over all the sound of the amp won't be bad, but you're pretty limited as far as the sounds you can get. The clean isn't bad but it's definitely pretty heavy on the low frequencies. And it doesn't have that famous Fender Shimmer. Also you can't get any sort of tweed break up from this clean. But it's not a bad clean over all. Next is the Overdrive Channel. To me, this channel is pretty weak. It sounds like it's lacking the low end even if you scoop the EQ on it. So i usually skipped over this channel. Last is the High Gain Channel. Not bad. Not great. It was hard to find a good medium for this channel. It uses the EQ settings you use from the Overdrive Channel and the Shape knob further "shapes" them. Towards 3:00, more scoop. Towards 9:00, more mids. This channel was good for playing rhythm parts. But to me, the sounds got a bit muddy for lead riffs. The built in tuner is nice, but it's not very accurate. I was usually a good 20 cents off from my regular tuner. This amp has been very reliable and I haven't had any issues with it to date. Carrying this amp is easy. It can easily be done with guitar in one hand, amp in the other. I feel like I've gotten better and I know exactly what i want out of an amp now and this isn't quite it. I would recommend this amp for someone who's maybe still learning guitar or trying to find their sound. In this price range you probably won't find something better, to me. But if you want an amp you won't out grow and can use for years, this probably isn't it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

UGH!

By Bluesman

from Texas

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Cheap And Loud

Cons

  • No Cajones

Best Uses

    Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I wanted a small and inexpensive amp to keep at home, and saw the great price for this re-stock. I came in great shape, but the sound wasn't what I had hoped at all.

    This would be better for someone who plays high gain metal music. I did everything I could to adjust the dials but could never get a gutsy, blues tone. It has a very good clean channel, the distortion is good unless you really want to play real blues.

    I sent it back and ordered a little Fender Mustang instead. I've played on them and they do have the sounds that I'm looking for, plus a lot more.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Crate Amps Rock!

    By Will94

    from Bryan, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I've had this amp a couple of years now. It replaced a Crate G40C that I'd had since 1988. I love Crate amps! I don't think there another solid state amp maker out there that has perfected rock 'n roll crunch like Crate.

      As you can tell, I love the distorted channel. It can turn almost any guitar into a legitimate rock/metal weapon. My American tele was pretty unconvincing on this channel. That's to be expected though! I have six other electrics that have all sounded incredible distorted.

      I was really looking forward to the overdrive channel when I ordered the amp. To tell you the truth, it's weak. It really lacks balls. I have a couple of guitars that sound great overdriven (one is the same American tele using the neck pickup), but I think that's despite my Crate's OD. The 3-band EQ on this channel is useful in that it effects the distorted channel as well.

      My G40C and this amp both have nice clean channels with a 3 band EQ. It's not the beautiful clean channel that I've become spoiled by from my Fender amp, but it's very usable.

      I don't use any of the effects other than reverb, which I like. I didn't care for the others, but they weren't a reason behind my purchase, and I haven't missed them. My only real complaint about the amp is it's size. I don't need a 65 watt amp. I could easily do with 25 or 30, but I couldn't get the multi-channel/multi-EQ features in a smaller Crate.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Amp

      By themuff

      from NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I've had this amp for almost 5 years and it has served well through gigs at small venues and countless hours of practice in my room. For a long time the high gain channel was my go to distortion and it has a remarkable range of sounds when you tweak the overdrive channel EQ. The clean channel has a great sound and this amp handles pedals like a champ. It is very easy to dial in the tone that you want and has a lot of power for a little 1x12 combo. For the price this is one of the best amps that you can get.

        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My Death Metal excursion.

        By Nova Era

        from Cleveland, Ohio

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I absolutely love this amp, I played it for around 5 years, where I bought it from a local music shop. It has served me well, and it will be so hard saying goodbye to my little buddy here. It helped me develop my sound, bringing back Gothenburg metal, and man, it's tone rocks my world. I recommend it to any metal guitarist who's like me, low on cash but developing rapidly.
        I love the high gain feature, and I noticed that tweaking the Overdrive and Clean settings affect the tone of the high gain, shaping me to the perfect Melodeath tone.
        It's super sturdy, it's still in great condition after 5 years of use, heavy use from my style of playing.
        Couldn't have found a better amp for the price, I loved the Flexwave so much that I bumped up to the 100W on a 4x12.

        (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love it!

        By Chance Stearns

        from Valley City, ND

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        This is just awesome I'm very glad I bought it, I would recommend it for anyone who is just starting a band with a genre from rock to death metal.
        The effects were my only concern, it's hard to explain but they just aren't the best effects.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Amp

        By Eric-A5VDc

        from Northern New York

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I bought this amp over the pricer Fender Showman, and I have no regrets. I can craft my tone however I want, and it has just enough muscle to play live, and if anything has too much to play in my room. Overall, a very nice amp

        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        info

        By nick barth

        from seattle

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        this amp has double speakers and a few foot pedal plugs in the back looked pretty intense.

        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Speaker Blew Out

        By KDF5017

        from NJ

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I was very satisfied with the sound, but my particular amp broke on me after very little use. The other night after maybe the fifth time I used it, the speaker blew out on me, inexplicably.

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Almost There

        By Joe

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I've had this amp for about two years now. For a practice amp it's great, but a bit loud and you probably won't go past about 9:00 volume wise for that. The amp is definitely loud enough to play over a drummer. For recording it's fine as well and there isn't much of the scratchy distortion background noise you find with a lot of high gain amps when not playing. The effects are't all that great. When you turn them on, there is a sort of "wavy" sound going on in the back. It kind of sounds like you're under water for lack of a better description. There also is some slight fuzz that you can hear while the effects are on. Over all the sound of the amp won't be bad, but you're pretty limited as far as the sounds you can get. The clean isn't bad but it's definitely pretty heavy on the low frequencies. And it doesn't have that famous Fender Shimmer. Also you can't get any sort of tweed break up from this clean. But it's not a bad clean over all. Next is the Overdrive Channel. To me, this channel is pretty weak. It sounds like it's lacking the low end even if you scoop the EQ on it. So i usually skipped over this channel. Last is the High Gain Channel. Not bad. Not great. It was hard to find a good medium for this channel. It uses the EQ settings you use from the Overdrive Channel and the Shape knob further "shapes" them. Towards 3:00, more scoop. Towards 9:00, more mids. This channel was good for playing rhythm parts. But to me, the sounds got a bit muddy for lead riffs. The built in tuner is nice, but it's not very accurate. I was usually a good 20 cents off from my regular tuner. This amp has been very reliable and I haven't had any issues with it to date. Carrying this amp is easy. It can easily be done with guitar in one hand, amp in the other. I feel like I've gotten better and I know exactly what i want out of an amp now and this isn't quite it. I would recommend this amp for someone who's maybe still learning guitar or trying to find their sound. In this price range you probably won't find something better, to me. But if you want an amp you won't out grow and can use for years, this probably isn't it.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good for what I bought it for

        By Eric-A5VDc

        from Upstate NY

        Comments about Crate FlexWave Series FW65 65W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        Ive owned it for several months, and i began to think about selling it (it sounded muddy with my Strat, i couldnt get the blues sounds i wanted) until i switched practice places. I found that the sound gets much better when playing in a larger area with the volume cranked up. It mightve been just me, but im definitely keeping it. great bank for the buck, but not an amp for bedroom playing, but good for small shows

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