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Fender Frontman 212R 100-Watt 2x12-Inch Guitar Combo Amp - Red

by Fender

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  • 100W2 Special Design 12" driversLimited-edition red finish2 channels: Clean and Drive/More
  • DriveDrive/More Drive channel has a quick tone-shaping mid contour switchSpring reverbBlackface-style control panelChrome hardware

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 47 pounds
  • ASIN: B004PAFUWY
  • Item model number: 2316500610
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,460 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 24, 2011

Product Description

Our 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 12" Special Design speakers, classic styling, simple controls, drive and more drive distortion and channel switching, and reverb. Oh yeah-and it's really loud! One of the best "bang-for-the-buck" amps you'll find!

Customer Reviews

The clean channel sounds great!
A. Taylor
Now I am amazed by the incredible sounds I get out of this amp!
Happy Face
If you can still find one, buy it!!
MadMike

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Taylor on August 23, 2010
Color Name: Black
I've had my Fender FM212R for about a year now. Before this, I had a Roland Cube-15 practice amp, but after joining a band and becoming the lead guitarist, I realised I needed something more powerful for gigging and jamming with the rest of the band. I looked at Marshall, Vox or even getting a larger Roland, but then my prayers were answered with the Fender FM212R.
I got mine for about $550AU, which is cheaper than most going retail around here. It's 100watts, affordable and has a lot of firepower.

The Good:

Being 100watts, it has huge volume. I've gigged at clubs and pubs never needing to put the volume knob over 2.
The clean channel sounds great!
It has a reverb control on it that gives some great sound too.
It's affordable for the careful-spending musician
It's a Fender

The Bad:

The Footswitch on mine broke a couple months after purchase, which was annoying, although I normally use effect pedals anyway
You might find yourself fidgetting with the distortion channel for long amounts of time, trying to find a halfway decent setting

I would definitely recommend this amp if you're looking for something that packs a punch with volume but you don't want to spend thousands of dollars. It's great both for practice and for gigging.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. Brzozowski on September 28, 2010
Color Name: Black
First I bought a FM212DSP on the recommendation of a sales guy in a store. That was my mistake. I was looking for that "Clean Fender Sound" without paying the big bucks.
Well, here it is friends, in all it's glory. Tons of headroom, so clean it can squeak if you want. Tele players should fall all over this thing as a practice amp. Young players who are not heavy metal will absolutely love this for the price. It's LOUD, it's clean, and there is a fair amount of distortion in it, although you have to coax the distortion out of it. Add a Danelectro Distortion pedal of some sort off Amazon for distortion and you're home. I own nine amps, including Fender, Crate, and Peavey tube models, and this is cleaner. If you play C&W, look no further. If you fingerpick, this is your amp. Electrified banjo, mandolin or violin? This is the amp!
But, if you follow the darker side, keep looking...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By William G. Taylor on August 13, 2010
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I purchased this amp after going through over 70 reviews on various sites. It is everything they say it is and more. Very clean and LOUD. I found the two effects channels to be quite adequate, although I don't do a lot of heavy metal. The "More Drive" channel can seem a little tinny, so turn the treble down a touch if you are going to use it.

The construction is bullet-proof, just like the older tube amps Fender made in the sixties and seventies. It even sounds remarkedly like a twin reverb. The difference? It doesn't weigh enough to pull your arm out of the socket and doesn't cost a fortune!

Probably one of the best values on the market!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Lester on May 11, 2011
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
This is a great amp for the money and the weight. Sure you would love to have
a vintage all tube Fender Twin from the 60's, and no this Frontman will not sound
like that.

But for clean rhythm playing it sounds very good to my ear. And with 100
watts and 2x12's, I can't imagine anyone ever needing more power if playing
blues, jazz,or classic rock in a club. This thing is plenty loud.

Now as far as overdrive, this amp is perfect if you have a pedal board you really like or know how to achieve a sound you want with pedals. There are overdrive sounds built in, but I haven't messed with that much. Never care for internal distorion on amps. I have a line 6 pedal board I currently use.

Now understand, I appreciate the sound of vintage Fenders. I used to have
a blackface bassman from the 60's. At 50 watts it could get a nice overdrive
early. You could play play nice warm solos with no pedals. This will not do
that.

But again, I do think it achieves a nice clean Fender tone.....and it's light.
I mean light for 2x10's and 100 watts. I'm in my 40's now, and I don't want
to lug around 100 lb amps or worry about tubes going out. So again, if you
are a purist earning your living as a guitar player.....get you a heavy 60's
Fender and it will kick ass better than this.

But for myself, one who loves Fender amps, but needs something lighter and cheaper...I'm telling
you this is well worth $300. For the money it has to
be the best deal out there.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Foix on January 7, 2008
Color Name: Black
To be honest I like Fender and I hold the brand in high regard. Here's the thing... I bought this exact type of Fender 212R 100 watt amp and it burned out on me after only about seven months. I could understand if I was playing at max volume and distortion, but I wasn't. Not in the entire time I played on it. I played it at moderate volume and dist. every couple of days apart and still it blew out. It truly is a great amp all the same, whether for practice or performances otherwise. I personally wouldn't say it has a long life span, but it's possible your experience will differ from mine.

Next thing I have to say: The company(s) trying to sell this product here on Amazon is pricing this at over the regular value. Big time over the regular value. If you really want this amp I'd advise you to find your nearest "Guitar Center" or other music store and try looking for it there. You can find it for a much cheaper price.
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