Fender Frontman 212R 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp Black 886830251672

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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 Fender Special Design 12" drivers. The versatile Drive/... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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
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 400 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (306)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

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

 

Simplicity at its best.

I have purchased this amp about 6 months ago. This amp is a very simple one as far as its features are concerned. It is very easy & quick to shape your desired...Read complete review

I have purchased this amp about 6 months ago. This amp is a very simple one as far as its features are concerned. It is very easy & quick to shape your desired sounds. The best feature which really impressed me about this amp is the special designed speakers with large voice coil cones which is definitely a plus point for this amp for producing powerful,punchy, warm and well balanced overall sound. The sound breaks up nicely from these speakers. The clean channel is loud and clear but I still wishes that it should have a Presence control for more penetrating bright sound. On the other hand the overdrive channel is great for any kind of music. Personally I like the Drive channel sound more than the More drive channel for Bluesy and rock type of music. The More drive channel is somewhat noisey but it has got bundle of sustain. In my opinion if you want to further enhance the overall sound of this amp then try to connect a 7-Band graphic equalizer and a compressor with it and keep it ON all the time. I also keep the Mid-contour switch activated all the time as it gives pleasant Beefy touch to my sound. The reverb is satisfactory and I do not use it beyond 5 because it becomes unnatural and starts to sound too much metallic. One more thing I have noticed that if you use the effect loop the overdrive channels really improves remarkably and here what I think its overdrive Touch-senstive feature also seems to work more effectively but there is a slight decrease in the overall volume level but it is not a big issue. I have used this amp with both single coil & humbucker pickup guitars and I found it quite good. I did not like the Power ON/OFF switch located at its rear panel and also do not like the cheap speakers logos which do not look like professional ones (Now recently these logos have been replaced with real sober looking ones). Nevertheless this is a worthful & impressive amp by keeping in view of its overall quality & price tag.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Sound but.........

I bought this amp several months ago after being impressed by the sound it produced at my local center. It has that great well renown Fender clean sound. We play 3 nights a week...Read complete review

I bought this amp several months ago after being impressed by the sound it produced at my local center. It has that great well renown Fender clean sound. We play 3 nights a week and for the first 3 months of steady playing, it sounded great. Many people complemented the tone. The clean channel is totally awesome. I don't use the OD channels much, instead I use my individual pedals to get that extra effects I like. After 3 months or so, I ready getting ready to go on live, turned it on and before hooking up my guitar a very loud, roaring sound came out of it. Long story short the power unit burned out. I replaced the unit with a Fender Delux model and it has helded up quite well. I would have stayed with this great sounding amp but I didn't have enough confidence in it durability. I would still recommend this amp to anyone for the great tone it puts out. For the price it is worth taking the chance. I may have received a lemon who knows.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good amp

By Bluesfanguy

from USA

About Me Experienced

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.

     
    4.0

    Solid Workhorse

    By Jarrod Shoquist

    from Fredericksburg, VA

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

    I bought this amp about a year ago and it has held up great. I play blues and rock with the volumn set on 7 then run it through a PA. This amp has handled my sound incredibly. I don't use the drive channels that often but the sound is good and should my pedals fail I would rtust the drive channels to get me through the night. The clean channel is amazing. I'm glad I bought it. Best buy for sound and money.

     
    5.0

    Great Amp for the Aspiring Pro

    By Bill McMannis

    from Asheville NC

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

    I have owned this amp for nearly two years. It really is an incredible piece of equipment. Great Fender tone for an affordable price. A bit heavy, but still portable enough to take to a club or coffeehouse. Plenty loud, but with a little fiddling it is NOT too loud for home use. Highly recommended.

     
    5.0

    Awesome Amp!

    By nottosay02

    from Sanford, North Carolina

    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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best amp for the price!

        By James Clogston

        from Claremont, NH

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

        I bought this amp specifically based on reviews and price. I had no expectations for the distortion channel so I was not disappointed with it. With some tweaking, you can get a decent overdrive out of it, it is not metal what so ever (I guess depending on my opinion). The many reviews I read were praising the output and the clean channel, it is true. The clean channel had the deep ringing bass notes I was looking for along with the crystal clean highs. The amp will keep up in any band situation period. I use a pedal board through the clean channel and the amp works incredibly well with it. I put my delay and chorus through the effects loop and (in order) through the input, a wah, clean boost, overdrive, then noise reduction pedal. It sounds awesome and for guitars I use a Tele w/single coils, a Tele w/humbuckers, and a Strat w/rails. Think solid state Twin Reverb clean. I would buy another again, no problem.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Start Well

        By @_Constant_A

        from Menifee, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wonderful Amp.

        By MaxMan

        from Waco TX

        About Me Experienced

        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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Well....

          By Lioneye

          from Colorado Springs, Co

          About Me Experienced

          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.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            WARNING!!!

            By Edgar Chacon

            from el paso tx

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

            As my first combo amp i bought this one.it was perfect until one day i turn on the amp and it smells like something was burning.After that the amp doesnt work anymore.this is cheap made,if you want a perfect amp for almost any genere you can buy the peavey vypyr i did it and it keeps working since 3 years ago.you are warned you get what you pay.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great amp!

            By javi

            from texas

            About Me Experienced

            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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