RFX120 review by Crate

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.1 (21 votes)
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Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 10
I play through this amp with a Squier Strat-copy. As I said earlier, it has an amazing tone, and it would be even thicker on a Les Paul. Great for classic rock, and '80s through now styles of metal. It is 120 watts (2x12in Crate Retrofex speakers). Its effects, especially the reverb and auto-wah, shine on the clean settings (I even managed to create a "cello" sound with the octave setting). The clean channel is surprisingly good at high volumes, and the distortion is more towards a milky, smooth sound.

Overall Impression — 10
This amp has improved my style in a great way. Considering the only amp I owned before this was a Fender Frontman 15G, this amp was heaven to me. I got a discount because this amp had a small scratch in the leather, so the price will usually range around $450 dollars I think. Also, the amp looks great: a definate retro look. I would buy it again, because it has the best solid-state distortion I have ever heard. If I could improve one thing, it would be the sound of the effects combined with the distortion, but other than that, it has met all my guitar playing needs.

Reliability & Durability — 8
This amp has handled everything I've thrown at it so far. My friend even plugged in his bass, and from my opinion it could work perfectly as a bass amp. The only thing that does concern me is that this amp's clean setting cut out twice to a much bassier, softer clean without notice. Nothing has broken, and Crate gives it a 5 year warranty on the electronic parts, and a 2 year warranty on the speakers.

Features — 8
The Crate RFX120 is a very new amp on the Crate line. So new, that Crate does not yet have details for this model on its official site yet. Anyways, down to business. I play progressive, neo-classical rock, and some hair metal on my amp, and the amp has no problem handling all of these styles. This amp would also be good as a solid-state alternative to most tube amps. It has 3 channels: 1 clean, 1 rhythm, and 1 solo (the solo acts mainly as a boost). The effects include phaser, flanger, many, many types of delay and echo, chorus, octave, and 2 types of auto-wah. It seems to me that the effects did not sound nearly as good while distortion was also on. But don't get me wrong, because this amp has the best solid-state distortion I have ever heard.

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