V-Tone GMX212 review by Behringer

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (88 votes)
Behringer: V-Tone GMX212

Price paid: $ 300

Purchased from: Musiciansfriend.com

Sound — 10
Many of the reviews on here go on and on about how heavy the distortion gets. It's true. This amp will destroy your apartment/bedroom/gig with copius amounts of gain. However, anyone Who says it isn't suited to other styles is either a novice or just inattentive. To dial in a blues sound, just go with the British setting, leave the speaker EQ on flat and dial back the volume on the guitar. Same as anyone would do with any amp. Want Jazz? Try using the neck pickup on the guitar. This is an amp, people. It won't do the dirty work for you. All that over with, I was genuinely surprised by the clarity of the Bugera speakers. There is a reason why Behringer launched a series of semi-botique amps with that very namesake. They friggin' rock.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall, this amp is to other combo amps what the Corvette to the automotive world. It's no Lambo (Fender CyberTwin) but it'll still give your ass a one way ticket to jail. Also like a 'Vette, this amp should not be a person's first car, I.e. first guitar amp. A beginner would have no idea how to take advantage of the numerous features this amp. For someone with some experience, however, this amp can delieve the goods night after night, and gig after gig. Whether it's metal, prog rock, classic rock, classical, anything really- it can do it.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I've been laying waste with the GMX212 for the better part of two or three years, during which I've never had an issue one with it. Which, come to think of it, is a pretty good thing, considering the mass of the manual shipped with the amp is in crazy German anyway.

Features — 9
I won't ramble on and on about the features. Chances are, if someone is even reading this they've (hopefully) already done some homework about the amp. (Always double check facts quoted by random dudes on the internet.) That said, the mighty Behringer has two channels, two 12" Bugera speakers, and more than enough wattage to melt the faces of everyone in a large blast-radius. The 99 presets come in quite handy, though most players will almost certainly pick their favorite dozen or so and stick to them. My only beef with Behringer on this is that once you dial in a channel, once you Switch back the channel's setting go back to the default setting. Sure, you can use the optional foot controller (sells for $150 I think) but you'd better know programming and you'd better have a working understanding of German to use it. Other than this though, the features are nearly a bulls-eye in every respect. Also, the damn thing feels like it's make out of lead. This amp is rediciously heavy and should at least have the option of installing casters.

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    my footswitch broke. cant change channel, have to pres that button. sucks, but omgomgomg. The sound is devastating!!
    This is really a great sounding amp for very little money. It's loud with some very good effects and it's stereo too. If you wanted to jam to a song you could hook up an ipod on the back (with the right cable). And one of my favorite things about this amp is the slave input...I can take any of my floor processors (zoom, digitech, line 6, etc.) and plug it into the L/R slave in connection. The preamp is bypassed so what you hear is the true uncolored sound of your processor loud and clear and it's totally awesome!
    This peice is powerful. I can't turn it up (volume) past 2.5 before my house starts to shake. Really good distortion and effects. My whole band plugs into this monster