Crate GFX-212T

120W Combo (2 x 2")

Made by Crate

Description 120 watts RMS, FlexWave Evolution Five pre-amp, Three channel operation, 16 digital effects assignable to different channels, Effects loop,External speaker jack, Dual lead gains
Posted By Justin Nagy (1219)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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On 10/18/2001, Justin Nagy (1219) posted:
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I bought this amp because I was looking for something 100 watts+, but still cheap. I now realize it was the wrong choice. My first amp, I really had no idea what i was getting into. I got a great deal from Music123, with their price-matching guarantee. I saved about 80 bucks. Best aspect of this amp is it's high output. Sound quality sucks for anything but hardcore punk or metal. Wouldn't buy this one again. I'm now looking at a little Marshall tube amp for studio and practice, as sound quality is now my top priority.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $339.00 (new)
Where Obtained:
I'll just steal the features description from crates web site. The GFX212T features twin Crate Custom 12" speakers, 120W of RMS power, the FlexWave Evolution Five pre-amp, three channel operation, and sixteen digital effects that can be assigned separately to different channels, making this amp exceptionally flexible and easy to use on stage. Effects include reverb, delay, flange, chorus, and multi-effect combinations. Also has an effects loop, external speaker jack, and dual lead gains. 21"W x 16.5"H x 11"D. 50 lbs.
Sound Quality:
My setup is as follows: Epiphone Les Paul Studio --> Dunlop Crybaby Wah --> Amp. I play mostly classic rock, with some hard rock and contemporary grunge. This amp is solid-state. It's LOUD, 120 watts. It's got almost decent distortion in Gain 1, and typical grit-in-your-face, noisy solid state metal distortion in Gain 2. Clean channel is not bad, but not great. This amp is okay for punk, ska, or alternative. Want a loud, noisy, digital-sounding amp? This is for you.
Ease of Use:
Non-programmable amp. The effects are easy to select, and it's got that Channel Tracking thing that memorizes which effect you use for each channel. 3 band EQ for Clean channel, 2 band EQ for both OD channels. Easy to use, but as said above, not great sound quality. The effects are okay if you use like reverb and chorus, but everything else sucks. Want vintage tone? Get a marshall.
It's a Crate, built like a tank. Open back panel makes it lighter (even so, it's more than 50 lbs!). I don't think it would crap out on me anytime soon, and it would work for live playing. No re-tubing as it is a solid-state amp.