Fender FM 212 DSP 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp

By j.d.hall, on Mar 10 2011 at 6:57pm

Type: Amps & Preamps

Manufacturer: Fender

Model: FM 212 DSP

Date Purchased: 08/2008

Purchased At: Long & McQuade

List Price:

Street Price:

Price Paid: $399.99


100 watts into 8 ohms


2-12 in. Special Design 8 ohm, 75-watt Speakers


2 independent channels with duplicate controls; each channel can be set to any amp type, effect, and EQ setting desired


Both channels include 16 selectable Amp Types including classic Fender Tweed, Blackface, Hot Rod, & Metalhead;


Both channels include 16 DSP effects including Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Tremolo, Vibratone, Flange, and combinations


What I Liked:

-Completely independant set of controls for each channel.

-Light weight.

-Decent tones.

-Built-in effects.

What I Disliked:

-Not very loud.  I don't believe this is truly a 100 watt amplifier, as it wouldn't turn up much louder than practice volumes before it would seriously start to distort, regardless of EQ and gain settings.

-The footswitch failed after approximately one month, and it would cause some weird hum noise to be produced (think of the sound that a straining electric motor produces) whenever plugged in.  This was sad, as I had not yet used it outside of my bedroom at the time.  Fender would not help me with this for some reason.

What I Would Change:

-Make it as resilient and robust as a typical 100 watt amp is.


-For the money, this amplifier is decent.  However, the tones aren't anything anyone should consider recording with, and as for stage volume, it's just not capable.  I would recommend this piece to someone who's looking to upgrade from their "lunch box" style amp for the purpose of practicing.

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