VFX5212 review by Crate

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.2 (18 votes)
Crate: VFX5212

Purchased from: Professional Musician Center

Sound — 9
Right now I'm using this through a B.C. Rich Warlock (crappy, yes I know), which was always noisy on my old piece of junk amp. But with this, when I stop playing, the amp stops making noise. As I said above, I play mainly metal and postgrunge, and this more than covers it. More gain than I'll ever need. But it can easily go to Jazz, Classical, Blues, whatever you need it to do. I've never had the chance to crank this baby up too much (highest its been is at 4 1/2), but I could tell the louder it got, the more the tone excelled. With the clean channel, I never use my bridge pickup, always my neck, which is a hassle because I hate hitting the footswitch then switching the pick-up in the middle of playing. With the B-pickup, the highs really come out and are sometimes earsplitting. Pretty much thats the only trouble I've had with it.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall, I'm extremely impressed with this amp. I compared it to a Peavey XXX (half-stack), a Peavey Valve Kind 212 combo, a used Fender DeVille (I think that was the name), and a Line 6 HD147, and I felt that this fit my style of music best. There's nothing I really hate about this, except that the built in effects are really soft and the higher the level of the effects, the more fuzz in the background. It's got everything I could want, need. If the reviewer has any more questions, feel free to PM me.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I haven't gigged with this or had it too long, so I don't know if its that durable yet. But I would never go to anything without a back-up of some sort, so I do have spare tubes that I keep with it. Thats the only kind of back-up I would use. It's built very sturdy and has already taken some beats, and I noticed not a single thing wrong.

Features — 10
I recently bought this amp a few weeks ago, and even after playing with it everyday, I'm still amazed by it. 16 built in effects, effects loop, and plenty of power. 50 Watts all tube. Even at pretty high volumes, this thing is amazingly quiet. I play mainly a lot of metal and post grunge on this, but it can cover anything. My friends have played classic rock, classical, jazz/blues, etc. and it sounded great. Definatley an amp to look at if you're looking for versatility. The built in effects are: bypass (no effect), small reverb, med. rev., large rev., slapback, delay 1, delay/rev 1, delay 2, delay/rev 2, vibrato slow, vibrato fast, chorus, chorus/rev, chorus/rev/delay, slap chorus, and t-wah (touch sensitive wah wah).

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    Very helpful! I'm in the process of bying an amp. I'm looking at this one (Crate VFX5212), a Peavey ValveKing 212 and a Marshall TSL602. This one seems decent. Thanks!