KG212FX review by Kustom

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.7 (16 votes)
Kustom: KG212FX
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Price paid: € 140

Purchased from: Thomann.de

Sound — 8
I use an ESP LTD F-10. With cheap pickups. The clean channel is excellent and suits the clean riffs that I play. The distorted isn't the best, I bought a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal for a nicer distorted sound. The amp isn't very noisy. The sounds it can make are quite limited for the distorted channel, but the clean can dish out a wide variety of different tones. The clean channel doesn't distort at any volume what'soever. The amps built in distortion is not the brutal, it can give you a fair distorted tone and can get quite heavy, it is fairly versatile, but I would recommend a distortion pedal to go with the amp.

Overall Impression — 8
Yes, the Kustom KG212FX along with a distortion pedal is perfect for all styles I play. Without the pedal it will do, but not as good as with it. If the amp was lost or stolen I'd buy a tube amp, they sound nicer, although this one sound very good, so if I didn't have enough money for a tube I would buy this one again. As I said: amazing clean tone, good enough distorted, and effects are nice to have too. I would like it better if the foot-switch could switch on/off the chorus, delay and reverb effects (if you buy a 3 button FS the 3rd button will do nothing).

Reliability & Durability — 9
Well, this amp is quite tough. I'd say I would go to gigs with it, they can be arena's or large venues though (amp not loud enough), and I got to bring my DS-1 with me (nicer dist. sound). I can depend on the amp, it never broke down on me. The feel of the volume/EQ/other knobs on the amp isn't very smooth but it's good. I'd say the amp is reliable.

Features — 9
I'm not sure what year this amp was made in. Anyway, I play post grunge, hard rock, grunge, classic rock, metal and some blues. This amp is solid state, it has 2 channels(lead: distorted and rhythm: clean) I'm very impressed with the clean channel, it is amazing or a solid state, the distorted suits blues and genres with low distortion and isn't very good (its ok). You can press the button on the front panel or use a foot-switch to change channels. (I had to buy the foot-switch individually, I recommend 2 button for channel change and the 2nd button: volume boost). There are effects send/return(loop) input sockets(on the back panel of the amplifier) as well as headphone 1/8" and AUX in 1/8" inputs(these 2 are on front panel). It has some built-in effects too: delay/reverb/chorus (the chorus is always mixed with delay or reverb) they are good effects, you can activate them with the button on the front panel. I use this amplifier at home and at school, its perfectly fine for both venues. There is a 3-band EQ on the amp. The back panel has: effects loop inputs (mentioned before)/external speaker input/foot-switch input.

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    ibanart300
    So are some of the (not all but some) Orange amps, Marshall Amps, Jet City Amps, Vox Amps, Bugera Amps and many more it means nothing...
    MaggaraMarine
    wwwnoobcom wrote: P.S. it's 30 watts and has 2 12" speakers. it's also made in china.
    Why did people thumb down this comment? It's giving more info about the amp.
    vatorockon
    What kind or brand footswitch can i use on the amp? Mainly i want just to change channel but a second button is kool
    MaggaraMarine
    if you buy a 3 button FS the 3rd button will do nothing
    The 3-button FS has two line outs if I'm right. That's how it usually is.
    ryan_devison
    wwwnoobcom wrote: it's also made in china.
    Nice to know that child slaves built your amp.