Price paid: $ 329.99
Purchased from: Herried's Music Store
Sound — 10
I play everything from reggae to metal and the amp handles any tone necessary. Playing my Strat through it evokes smooth and creamy twang in clean and enormous shrieks and pinches in overdrive. I also play a drop-tuned SG through to find that great, heavy, chug-chug sound that can only be found with Fender. Upon hitting the mid-range scoop I was blown away by the amazing distortion, with practically no noise. The clean channel rings loud and clear with the volume up to six (as loud as I've dared to crank it yet). Simply put, the amp (with footswitch) enables you to jump straight from heaven to hell.
Overall Impression — 10
The Fender FM212R is a great amp, a real value for the power, and an amazing monster of tone, variety, brutality, and clarity encompassed. Having played for around four years, it is the perfect amp for me, as I am just beginning to perform small scene shows and concerts that require enough volume, but not walls of cabinets. The amp pairs up amazingly with both my Strat and SG. Having chosen the amp to match up with the other guitarist in my band, whom owns a similiar Fender solid-state combo, I have been completely satisfied as my band now produces some crushing sounds. The FM212R is the amp I was looking for. And it looks great!
Reliability & Durability — 9
Even in the short time I've owned my FM212R, I've found it to be both reliable and durable. Even when bumped quite roughly while being played through, no noise was audible. I'm really anxious for spring, so I can really put it to the test with some outdoor gigging. The amp seems dependable so far though, and even so, comes with a 5-year warranty.
Features — 9
The new FM212R's are great amps! There is 100 watts of power through two 12" Celestions all in a solid, portablle, light (48lbs.) combo. There are three foot switchable channels (2-button footswitch included) and a mid-contour feature for modern distortions and a variety of tones. Sadly the mid-range scoop isn't footswitchable; a third button on the footwitch would have been nice. Also, there are in and outputs for an effects loop or connection to sound reinforcement or recording equipment. The 100 watts of solid-state power is perfect for the small to medium-sized scene gigs that I play and the Blackface look is great in small stage setups.