Crate MX 120R Reviews 4

I FOUND THIS AMP AT GUITAR CENTER IN COLUMBUS, OHIO FOR $350. I WAS LOOKING FOR AN AMP WITH TWO 12 INCH SPEAKERS AND PLENTY OF POWER WITH A CLEAN SOUND.

I LIKE THIS AMP FOR MANY REASONS. THE POWER IS EXCELLENT FOR AN AMP THIS SIZE. THIS THING REALLY CRANKS OUT SOME SERIOUS POWER. BE CAREFULL! EVEN ON VOLUME LEVEL #3 THIS THING TURNS OUT SOME SERIOUS WATTS. THE CLEAR CHANNEL IS INCREDIBLY CLEAN, AND SINCE I INTENDED TO USE IT FOR BOTH ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRIC, IT FIT THE BILL. THE DISTORTION CHANNELS ARE VERY GOOD, AND THE SWITCHABLE FOOTSWITCH MAKES IT VERSITILE. I LIKE THE HEAVY DUTY CORNER PROTECTORS, AND THE LARGE OPEN BACK TO STORE STUFF IN. AT 50 LBS, ITS ALOT LIGHTER THAN OTHER AMPS THAT WOULD HAVE THIS KIND OF POWER WITH TWO SPEAKERS.

THE THINGS I DONT LIKE ABOUT IT ARE: #1 THE REVERB. IT TENDS TO SOUND LIKE SOMETHING IS RATTLEING TOO MUCH, EVEN AT LOWER SETTINGS. SINCE THIS IS THE ONLY REVERB TYPE, I AM LOOKING FOR AN EXTERNAL REVERB PERHAPS EVENTUALLY. ANOTHER COMPLAINT WOULD BE HAVING ONLY ONE INPUT, JUST IN CASE SOMETHING HAPPENED, IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE ANOTHER INPUT IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION. THE KNOBS ARE SMALL AND CLOSE TOGETHER, AND THE GRAPHIC PRINT IS VERY HARD TO READ. ALSO, THE BLUE "WATERSPLASH" FRONT PANEL LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A SHOPPING MALL IN THE 1980'S! STILL ANOTHER COMPLAINT, THE PLASTIC FOOTSWITCH. THEY SHOULD UPGRADE THAT TO METAL.

IT SEEMS TO BE FAIRLY WELL BUILT, AND THE TONE FOR BEING A NON TUBE AMP IS GOOD. THE KNOBS ARE FAIRLY GOOD AS FAR AS RESPONSE AND RANGE, AND DONT SEEMS LOOSE, AS THEY HAVE FAIRLY GOOD RESISTANCE WHEN YOU TURN THEM.

OVER ALL FOR THE MONEY, IM PRETTY SATISFIED WITH IT. IF YOU WANT AN AMP WITH GOOD CLEAN AND DISTORTED SOUNDS, WITH PLENTY OF POWER THIS IS A GOOD UNIT. ITS A PRETTY BASIC UNIT, WITH REALLY GOOD SOUND AT A GOOD PRICE. I CAN TELL YOU THIS: MY NEW SCHECTER GUITAR SOUNDS ALOT BETTER THROUGH THIS AMP THAN IT DID WHEN I PLAYED IT THROUGH A FENDER AT THE STORE. SINCE CLEAN SOUND IS THE MAIN REASON I BOUGHT IT, FOR THE TYPE OF MUSIC I PLAY, THIS AMP WAS JUST THE TICKET.

EDDY JAMES rated this unit 4 on 2003-12-09.

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