Crate FlexWave FW120HS and FW412 Half Stack  

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120W of brute force, 18 DSP effects, and much more in an affordable half stack.

Dig if you will the awesome FlexWave120H/FW412 half stack from Crate. If sheer volume combined with tone so outstanding it should be declared illegal is the action you crave, then put this roaring half stack in the cart now.

Producing 120 watts of savage power while sporting three channels and built in effects, it’s the perfect head for the gigging maniac. We guess you could use it in your bedroom too, if you don’t mind re-plastering the walls every week.

The FlexWave120H head's FlexWave Evolution preamp uses Crate's patented Sequential Channel Tracking technology, for a tone with balls so big, it needs a jumbo-sized jockstrap. Variable 3-channel operation allows you to switch between twang-adelic clean, hot-as-hell overdrive, and tortured high-gain channels via the included footswitch.

With 18 stereo DSP effects, Channel Tracking of effects settings, and Crate's proprietary Shape Control circuit for sculpting wicked custom tones, it’s statistically impossible to dial up a lame sound.

The matching FW412A/B speaker cabinet is designed for the next generation of rock players. These 4x12" cabs are available in slanted (FW412A) and straight (FW412B) models, and are guaranteed to produce gale-force movements of air. With 120 watts of power handling capability, the FW412A and FW412B operate in either stereo or mono at 4 or 8 ohms.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

  • 120W RMS
  • 3 channels
  • DSP with separate controls for effects, including delay, reverb
  • CD/MP3 input
  • Effects loop
  • Built-in tuner
  • 4 x 12" speakers
  • Mono/stereo/operation
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Crate FlexwaveHS and FW412 Half Stack

By Dalton McElwee

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Comments about Crate FlexWave FW120HS and FW412 Half Stack:

this amp is honestly any guitar players dream, for the price you get everything you need already built into the head and the speakers in the cab. are amazing, great for any style of playing

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Be cautious......Awesome when it's not malfunctioning

By Teleplayer

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Comments about Crate FlexWave FW120HS and FW412 Half Stack:

I received this half-stack as an early Father's Day gift. I was cautiously optimistic. There's good and bad with this unit. First of all, I have to say I have always liked Crate amp tones. Yes, I'm in the minority....but I prefer the Crate sounds to all the others including Marshall. It's a really attractive half stack, fairly easy to move around, and almost screams "stand back, this thing rocks". This amp has plenty of power. It carries the low tones very well and I think it's a great amp with great tones for a rhythm player (like me). The Flexwave technology is as good as any out there with regards to trying to duplicate a tube head with a solid state unit in my opinion. The clean channel is crystal clear and is the best channel on this amp. The overdrive is not too bad, decent gain and sound if you're looking for a classic type of sound, but the high gain channel is really bad. It is way too digital sounding and much too muddled to be of any use to anyone except somebody looking for noise in their living room. If you play with the reverb and chorus you can get some nice tones. Regardless of what you read, this combo can go very loud.....when it works. And that is the problem with this amp. And basically the problem with all of Crate's Flexwave products. The electronics have SERIOUS PROBLEMS. My previous main amp was a Crate Flexwave FW65 combo and it was a nightmare. I bought a brand new one and within a couple days the delay effect was stuck on and you couldn't turn it off. The music store I bought it at exchanged it immediately. The second one, after a couple months, was and still is stuck on flanger and you can't turn it off. The reverb comes on when it wants and shuts off whenever it feels like it. And there's this constant static noise over the speaker. This new half stack is now about three weeks old and it's having a problem, too. After about 45 minutes or an hour of playing, it will suddenly crackle and the volume will drop out to about 50% and it will lose all the low end. If you shut it off and leave it for a while, it's 100% when you turn it back on. I thought it might be my guitar or my cables.....but after two guitars and three different cables with the same results.....well, you connect the dots.
If you do some research, you will see that A LOT of Crate owners are experiencing these type of problems with Flexwave amps. That's why when you look at used ones a lot are listed as "needing repair". I'm sure the problems can be fixed, but it can be a hassle.
Crate offers a good warranty.....and their customer service is very responsive.....but my experience with their Flexwave line has been less than positive.
Crate.....if you are listening.......I love the sounds your amps put out......and you need to step up your game and make a more reliable product.
I am going to return this head to the store and possibly look at another head from either Peavey or Line 6. At this point I have lost faith in Crate......and that's too bad because I really want to love their stuff. The cab is good, so at least Crate got it half right.

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