FW120 review by Crate

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.8 (25 votes)
Crate: FW120

Price paid: £ 149

Purchased from: GAK Online

Sound — 10
I use a Whitestar Les Paul with a Seymour Duncan Blackout in the bridge. I bought this cause I play lots of metal like Bullet and Trivium. The High Gain channel is as good as any tube amp or distortion pedal. If you own a strat copy or even a real strat then theres no point wondering if this will make you sound good cause nothing will, youre using a strat. The High Gain channel has some fuzz but what do you expect from so much gain. For stuff like Led Zepp or Sabbath the overdrive channel Is better. The high gain channel doesn't have to be high gain, if you turn the gain down then you can have two classic rock channels for what ever song. Each channel has its own volume, you can play metal riffs in the high gain then for solos you can switch to the OD with the volume turned higher so the solo can be heard over the other instruments. This is very usefull at gigs. The effects are stored by selecting a channel dialing in the effects and switching channel again, when you go back to the previous channel it remembers what effects you put in. Theres also the same feature with the third button on the footswitch so each channel can have 2 stored effects or each channel can be clean and have effects.

Overall Impression — 10
Epic. Atleast 300-400 worth of gear. I can't believe everyone doesn't already own one of these. I hope if you reading this youve bought one of those terrible fx marshalls for four times the price, shame on you. If anything happened to it an I didn't have any money I'd buy it again. I'd only buy a different amp if it was a Mesa Boogie. It looks quite pretty aswell, it has some silver on the front and the net over the speakers reminds me of tube amps from the 70's. There is no amp under 1000 I'd recommend over this. Plus theres no need to buy distortion pedals which don't sound as good at high volumes anyway. The only thing thats missing is a Wah or Whammy but there for Hendrix wannabees anyway.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Its a gig amp, if you buy it for bedroom use your probly not gonna have the volume past one. It's loud enough for most gigs but a nice feature is that if someone leaves a cab on stage you can connect the amp to it using a normal guitar lead, the inner speakers stay active. The foot pedal seem pretty durable and has no delay between switching channels.

Features — 9
Three channels. Clean, nice. Overdrive, good for old fashioned rock songs. High Gain, Perfect for all kinds of modern metal. It comes with a free channel switching pedal which has no delay in switching channels. Effects work aswell as any pedal but I don't use them. It has a built in tuner but everyone tunes by ear anyway.

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    I got this amp about a month ago for 150, absolutely brilliant, overdrive a bit weedy but otherwise no complaints.
    Metalcore Jero
    i agree with Coldmystery. this is BY FAR one of the worst sounding amps ive ever played. no matter what setting you use, its the same lack of tone and the sound of the speakers shitting themselves.