Fender Musical Instruments are known for their famous guitars such as the Fender Stratocaster or the twangy sound of the Fender Telecaster. Fender has also been making great sounding amplifiers for years and there are very famous for their clean sound and great reverb. Fender ha s a large lineup of amazing amplifiers and this article examines the Fender Frontman 212R Electric Guitar Amplifier.
The Fender Frontman 212R features 100 watts of power and has 2-12”, 8ohm, speakers. The amp has three selectable channels which labeled normal, drive and more drive. The normal channel features volume, treble, and bass knobs. The drive channel features volume, channel select switch, treble, mid, mid contour switch, bass, and reverb. There’s dedicated volume and tone controls for both channels, and effects loop, footswitch jack for an optional footswitch, and a power chord. This amplifier is setup to bring you a wide variety of amazing sounds for under $300.00
The fact that this amplifier has 100 watts for such a low price is a big feature on the amplifier as the power is enough to for a large gig such as an open area outside at a festival or other arena. This high watt features makes the amp great for guitar players who need that extra power to cut through the sounds of other musicians when playing live at a low cost. Fender always has a great sounding clean channel so players don’t need to worry about the sound of the clean channel on this unit. I owned another Fender amplifier the Fender Deluxe 85 once and I know just how good the clean sound is on the Fender amplifiers, it’s just about as good as you can get without any effects. This amp also features a good reverb tone that many Fender amplifiers also possess.
The main drawback to this amplifier like most Fender amplifiers is the distortion. While the distortion sounds great for blues and most rock and roll, the Fender Frontman 212R Guitar Amplifier will fail those who like a very heavy, distorted metal style sound. This can be overcome with getting a good distortion pedal such as the Boss Metal Zone which will give the amp that extra kick to send the distortion into overdrive and provide you those searing tones you need for that style. A nice chorus, a wah-wah pedal, and a few more effects will make this amp sound even better. Players that like distortion will be be disappointed with the amplifier but it more than makes up for this with a huge volume and the great clean and reverb channels. Add a good distortion pedal to the unit if you like those types of tones with your amplifier. The distortion is nice on this unit but it lacks that heavy punch. Fender amplifiers are not as popular with heavy metal players due to this feature.
For the price tag of $300.00 you really can’t go wrong with the Frontman. This amplifier has more than enough power to get you through that next important gig and with a good pedal board you can get enough quality distortion sounds out of the unit. The clean channel is good all by itself and the reverb helps to bring out a nice sound. Clean sounding blues, fingerpicking, crisp clean solos; this Frontman can do it all. You would need to spend considerable more money to get a decent amplifier that can do 100 watts of power and still sound as good as this Fender. Buy this amp if you love clean tones and add some pedals to it if you want the killer distortion. This will be the best $300.00 you have ever spent on an amplifier.