Fender FM 212R
Fender FM 212R

Solid-State Combo Guitar Amp of the Frontman series

User Reviews: 3.964

All user reviews for the Fender FM 212R

Average Score: 3.9 ( 3.9/5 based on 64 reviews )
  25 reviews 39 %
  19 reviews 30 %
  10 reviews 16 %
  3 reviews 5 %
  4 reviews 6 %
Target: Beginners Value For Money: Excellent
moosers 08/04/2011

moosers's review

4
The Fender Frontman 212 R is a guitar combo amplifier on the low end of the spectrum for Fender amps. In fact, it's one of the cheapest 2 x 12 combo amps that you'll find. This is a solid state amplifier, putting out 100 watts into 4 ohms. It has two 1/4" inputs and other 1/4" connections for a foot switch (which I think is included), and preamp out and power input.

UTILIZATION

The Fender Frontman 212 R has two channels and includes built in distortion and reverb. The first channel is simple, with only knobs for volume, treble, mid, and bass, while the second channel has the same plus a drive parameter. It also has a channel select button (also controllable with the foot switch), a 'more drive' feature, and a mid contour button as well. Lastly, on the far right there's a reverb knob. I've never seen a manual for the Fender Frontman 212 R.

SOUNDS

The sound of the Fender Frontman 212 R is pretty average overall. The clean sound is okay, although very solid state sounding and not warm like tube amp. It will definitely get the job done for practicing and gigging for beginners. However, the distortion on here is pretty much unusable and it's super tinny. The reverb is nice to have but again isn't the best of it's kind. It sounds okay for the price, but will never stand up to most other Fender amplifiers.

OVERALL OPINION

The Fender Frontman 212 R is a good amp for those who are just starting to play guitar but want a semi-decent amp without spending too much. I'd still probably recommend going with something smaller if you're just starting out, but if you insist that you need a bigger amp for gigging and still can't pay more than a few hundred bucks, the Frontman 212 R should suit you. If you're looking for an amp built to last, this isn't it, but it is super cheap and worth checking out for those looking for their first 2x12 amp.
iamqman 07/10/2011

iamqman's review "A big old no thanks."

1
The all black version of the Fender frontman which is only cosmetically different then the silverface once from Fender that you would normally see. Same lame features of terrible sounding solid state tone.

What is this amp....is what I'm thinking when I first glance at it? It looks very deceiving because it looks like a Fender Twin or something but it doesn't have any tube and it's not an amp modeling even though it is priced at that price point. If you see this thing at yard sale beware because you might think you're looking at a Twin Reverb but you come to find out it is some solid state two speaker waste of time.

It has three channels that sound awful besides the clean channel. The clean sounds decent but god lord this amp is terrible!!

UTILIZATION


Effects Loop: Effects Loop (Preamp Out, Power Amp In)
Inputs: Two
Auxiliary Input: 1/4" Footswitch Jack
Channels: Three Selectable Channels (Normal, Drive and More Drive)
Power Handling: 100 Watts into 4 Ohms
Controls: Normal Channel: Volume, Treble, Bass. Drive Channel: Drive, Volume, Channel Select Switch, Treble, Mid, Mid Contour Switch, Bass, Reverb.
Hardware
Cabinet Material: Black textured vinyl covering
Pilot Light Jewel: Red Amp Jewel
Handle: Molded Black Handle
Front Panel: "Blackface"™ Style Control Panel
Amplifier Length: 9.5" (24.13 cm)
Amplifier Width: 26" (66 cm)
Amplifier Height: 19.5" (49.5 cm)
Amplifier Weight: 48 lbs. (21.7 kg)
Effects: Reverb

SOUNDS

NO tonal change between this amp and the terrible sounding silverface edition. This thing is so bad I am actually embarrassed to have listened to it. It sounds horrible with any guitar and and effect pedal you put through it. It takes pedals extremely bad and guitar sound like your playing hasn't improved since you first picked up a dusty acoustic guitar.

This amp...I'm sorry is just garbage. I am not sure what the point is for this amp. I have been trying to wrap my head around why Fender would market this product and I can't come to any conclusion. They have a Mustang series amps that are around the same price point and do amp modeling which sound far more superior if that's possible with an amp modeler to this thing.

OVERALL OPINION

At new they come in at around $300. Which to me is about $200 too much. I didn't give this an unusable rating since it does have a Fender clean tone, but if you want any amount of distortion then throw this thing off a roof and buy a Roland amp modeler or a Line 6. Who would I recommend this to...no one! Don't waste you time getting a Twin Reverb look a like solid state paper weight.
iamqman 04/19/2011

iamqman's review "What is this?"

1
What is this amp....is what I'm thinking when I first glance at it? It looks very deceiving because it looks like a Fender Twin or something but it doesn't have any tube and it's not an amp modeling even though it is priced at that price point. If you see this thing at yard sale beware because you might think you're looking at a Twin Reverb but you come to find out it is some solid state two speaker waste of time.

It has three channels that sound awful besides the clean channel. The clean sounds decent but god lord this amp is terrible!!

* 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
* Chrome hardware


UTILIZATION

Specification Detail
Type Solid State
Number of Channels 2
Power 100W
Speakers 2 x 12" Special Design
Effects No Effects
Reverb Yes
EQ Ch 1: Treble, Mid, Bass; Ch 2: Treble, Mid, Bass (Mid Contour Button)
Amp Modeling No Amp Modeling
Number of Models 0
Number of Tubes 0
Preamp Tubes No Tubes
Power Tubes No Tubes
Inputs 2 x Instrument
Outputs No Outputs
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 19.5"
Width 26"
Depth 9.5"
Weight 48 lbs.

SOUNDS

This thing is so bad I am actually embarrassed to have listened to it. It sounds horrible with any guitar and and effect pedal you put through it. It takes pedals extremely bad and guitar sound like your playing hasn't improved since you first picked up a dusty acoustic guitar.

This amp...I'm sorry is just garbage. I am not sure what the point is for this amp. I have been trying to wrap my head around why Fender would market this product and I can't come to any conclusion. They have a Mustang series amps that are around the same price point and do amp modeling which sound far more superior if that's possible with an amp modeler to this thing.

OVERALL OPINION

Do not buy this waste of money! At new they come in at around $300. Which to me is about $300 too much. I didn't give this an unusable rating since it does have a Fender clean tone, but if you want any amount of distortion then throw this thing off a roof and buy a Roland amp modeler or a Line 6.

Who would I recommend this to...no one! Don't waste you time getting a Twin Reverb look a like solid state paper weight.
Audiofanzine FR 12/16/2010

Audiofanzine FR's review

5
Originally written by valskater on Audiofanzine FR.

Fender Frontman 2 X 12" with resistor

Good amp, very high output power (100 W), two channels (clean and drive/more drive), spring verb

Pots from left to right:

[both channels]master volume /[clean] treble, mid, bass /[overdrive] drive, volume, treble, mid, bass /[both channels] reverb

Switches:

- channel select
- more drive (= overdrive channel)
- mid contour (= overdrive channel)

Connections:

-Input 1
-Input 2
-Footswitch
-Pre out (= line out)
-PWR in (= additional input for other sound sources: mp3, CD, digital piano...)

I rated it 9/10 because it is very heavy!!


UTILIZATION

Very easy to use: you'll easily find your own tone and won't need to read the manual!!

SOUNDS

Very versatile amp!!!

The clean channel can provide a "dry" or "fat" response.

Overdrive channel:
- drive: crunch sound, very good for blues ;-)
- more drive: good for hard rock and heavy metal

I use almost only the clean channel with a Boss DS-2 stomp box. The result is quite good ^^

8/10 because of the huge output power of the amp (master volume set to two for rehearsals and three for live gigs. Too much power for me)
Overall opinion 9/10
I've been using it for over one year. It's my first "big amp".
Very good value for money.
Based on my experience, I would buy another amp to discover something different.


OVERALL OPINION

9/10
mooseherman 11/10/2010

mooseherman's review "Cheap, ok Amp"

3
This amp is a Fender Solid-State guitar amplifier. This amp has two inputs. There are three channels (clean, drive, more drive). The amp has built-in spring reverb, which is a master control (it applies to both channels). There is a simple, one-knob control for this reverb. There are seperate volume knobs and EQ knobs for each channel (the EQ is three-way, bass, middle, and treble). The drive channel also has a gain knob. There is a footswitch capability as well.

UTILIZATION

The more drive channel of this amp is really just a boost for the drive channel. It is good if you want to use it to boost solos or leads, as it is louder and has a little more fuzz on it. This helps a lot and is useful, but unfortunately, there aren't many other useful things about this amp. For one, it has a typical solid-state problem of not providing any natural distortion. Also, the EQ controls are pretty weak, and they don't go very far at all in shaping the tone. Thus the guitar has very little variation in tones. If you aren't extremely happy with the tone you've got, this amp is going to be tough to get a good sound out of.

SOUNDS

I have tried this amp with a couple different guitars. I like it best with my Strat and my Tele, but I wouldn't say that any guitar sounded particularly good with it. I didn't have particularly high expectations considering the price, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. The clean tones are very precise, and don't color the sound at all. However, that's not a good thing, as I like to have a little bit of breakup in the sound. A true clean channel isn't interesting for those of us who play blues, rock, or other similar styles, unless they want to sound really tame. The drive channel is likewise pretty weak. It will certainly inspire those of us who play more light, smooth music, though. One of the benefits is that there is almost no noise with this amp, so if noise drives you crazy, this might be something to look into.

OVERALL OPINION

The price of this amp is without a doubt its salient feature. It's not that great sounding of an amp, but who expects it to be at 300 dollars? I don't regret having it, if one of my amps were to die or something, and I needed a quick replacement, I'd use this, but I don't think I'd ever prefer it to a tube amp.
MGR/Bryan 07/09/2004

MGR/Bryan's review "Fender FM212R"

5
I bought this unit off Musicians Friend for 299.99$ about a month ago.

This is a great amp. It's solid as a rock and looks awsome. Along with the clean channel, which has a 3 Band EQ that sounds great even at high volumes, you have the Drive channel and the more drive channel. The drive really kicks in the distortion for almost any kind of music, and the more drive cahnnel completly floors you. These channels also have a Mid-contour switch that lets you dial in the perfect tone for any knid of music. It also has classic fender spring reverb. And did i mention the volume of this beast? The effects loop is pretty nice too~ so plain and simple IT ROCKS. You can practice and gig with this awsome amp. AND you get a foot switch.

The only thing thats kinda weird and i dont know if its just mine, but when using the footswitch when switching from drive to more drive, the normal channel comes on for like a split second. i dont know, but it could give you problems on stage, but its minor and i wouldn't make that a reason not to buy it.

Its bulit very nicely everything is good except when mine came the POWER indicater light had fallen into the amp. Probably something happened when being shipped. But i got it back in so its all good.

Honestly, if you are looking for a first gigging amp, or any gigging amp, i suggest you buy this beast. I have one, and my friend Nick (The other guitarist in my band) has one, and we love them. So Go out and get one!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
elgringos 09/11/2014

elgringos's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " good but"

3
Amp transistor 100W, 2 channels: one clean and one drive with 2 different saturations.
2 guitar inputs, footswitch

UTILIZATION

The setup is basic.
To have a good sound I use the more drive channel a fuzz pedal & / overdrive.

SOUNDS

Polite enough but worth vagueness (suits me to the garage).
I play it with a TV and a Jazzmaster and it was okay.

OVERALL OPINION

I have 2/3 years. He taf but lack of balls (sorry)
tonikil 07/17/2014

tonikil's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " FM 212R"

2-way 100w amp transistors loop pedal control effect crunch / distortion reverb, Mid button

UTILIZATION

Simple Config but one often gets the same sound very average crystalline rock

SOUNDS

Rock crystal sounds even crillard and very métalllique?
Its VERY PUUISSANT in DISTORTION and LARSEN A LOT!!

OVERALL OPINION

I kept one and sold it on because it does not suit me and I find it expensive for this quality
Angelo48 06/23/2014

Angelo48's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " If it is again, I do not buy."

100W transistor

UTILIZATION

If you do add any effects pedal, the sound is good.
There breath.

SOUNDS

I had before a 8080 Marshall Valvestate, and there is no photo!
If I resumed the guitar, so I would resume a Marshall.

OVERALL OPINION

most: its neutral fender.
Cons: breath, its not so terrible pedals sound (which works very well on a Marshall) is used.
rplanete 06/04/2014

rplanete's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

2
Powerful amplifier transistor

UTILIZATION

easy to use with pedal to engage the drive
good clear sound is easily obtained

SOUNDS

Clear sound fine for a transistor
Its average saturated, it is not comparable to a tube amp

OVERALL OPINION

I keep a few years I started to rehearse and make the ball but from the moment I went on more serious projects and composition I went on a tube amp, peavey classic 30 to start then Orange AD30HTC eventually acquire an old vox ac 30 1970 and now a 30 avalon matchless monstrous ..