The VFX is a dual channel Class A/B amp that delivers 50 watts RMS from a pair of EL34 tubes, to power two internal 12″ Celestion speakers. It feature User review from MGR/Edward Sousa about Crate VFX Crate VFX Read user reviews for Crate VFX V-Series Guitar Combo Amplifier (50 Watts , 2×12 in.) and see over product reviews at
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Rating and Reviews: Crate VFX5212 Guitar Amp
Rate and Review This Product. See all Crate Tube Amps. See all Crate Products. See all Tube Amps. This iss the best sounding amp I have ever played for the price, I own lots of vintage amps even a matchless c and I never thought of crate as a quality amp.
I strted reading reviews on the new v series, I was wanting to buy a combo and willing to spend 2k or more for a “ROAD” amp. I played the v palomino and I was shocked, what a great sound and crte too.
It sounds cratw a marshall plexi yet it has almost a mesa balls yet like a xox ac or almost like my matchless not quite but very close. The clean channel is sweet afender twang and crystal clear sparkle and with the dig effects like an old roland jazz chorus. I cant beleive I got it for The digital ceate are pretty good, although not adjustable they are close to what I would set them at and they sound pretty damn good.
At higher volumes and using the effects there is a bit of noise which is the only “con” I can find for this amp. My matchless cost me almost 3k and for the money this amp would be my first choice, if I only had 3k to spend for equip I wouuld buy the crate, a epiphone LP 56 goldtop and an epiphone firebird v and I’d still have a good grand left over. I have to say if you think crate is crap like I did, try a v series and you will pee your pants I am still amazed at what a great verstille sound that the v series gives.
I’ve already sold a couple fenders,marsshall,musicman and silvertone amps I owned. I dont need thewm anymore as this amp covers all those tones and more. I have let a few of my critical guitar buddies play thru it amd they were very impressed as well.
I’m still keeping my matchless and my line 6 vetta though but this carte my new “gig” amp. It’s solid and made well in the USA, I have owned it less than 6 months but I have accedently left it on for almost a week when going on vacation and no problems yet.
I was bent on the fender hot rod deville which sounds damn good, but this crate sounds way better all the way around and has great effects to boot. The crate is cleaner,twangier,louder,ballsier and can be dirtier than the fender. NA The Wow Factor: Are you kidding me?! Did you find this review helpful? The clean channel is awesome.
It’s well built, looks great and sounds great on Both Channels. Try it out, you will like it. The amp comes with foot-switch which can be programmed for 2 effects per channel. Very easy to use Don’t let the Crate name fool you, St. Louis Music has done an outstanding job putting this complete amp package together. You will regret if you don’t at least try it out.
Well built tube amp.
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Just my opionion of course but you must try it out. It has a number of features that make a really solid tube amp even better. Do Not let the Crate name make you run the other way. Do not be a follower and listen to what others say, try it for yourself!!! I have not had to contact them but if they’re anthing like VFX I shouldn’t have to contact them. I own it and would buy another. The black material with real chrome emblem up front and the nice effects knobs are cool looking.
A really, really good tube amp. You must try it and decide for yourself. Fantastic while it worked. Best clean channel EVER.
The time came to change the tubes. The sockets were so tight that I even heard the solder joints creak as I tried to wiggle the tubes out. Crae separate circuit PCB that the in jack is attached to can’t be purchased alone. They wont even give you a schematic for the thing, so the tech had to buy that and charge me for that as well. Vfc5212 channels on this amp sound great.
The clean channel is very crisp and produces a very full tone with a great bottom end.
The distortion channel has a very wide range craate tones from a very good bluesy overdrive to marshall crunch and heavier.
In live situations this amp has more than enough power to drive most clubs. I was skeptical of the built in effects but have them to be as good or better than any stomp box out there with the exception of the high dollar units. I also like the fact that you can program two seperate effects for each channel. I have boxed up all of my crqte effects and now just use the amp! Makes setup a breeze! I have owned mine for 1. I have vfc5212 had to touch the amp other than to plug in and play.
This has to be one of the best 50 watt 2×12″ tube combo amps on the market for the money. Sure you can spend more, but what are you paying for? Have not had to use them. This amp has a classic look to it, from the chrome V50 emblem to the grill material and silver piping around it. Most people have not seen vfx212 heard a V and are really surprised to learn it’s a Crate. Overall I have to give this amp a It has never let me down, looks cool and sounds great. I hope Crate keeps making this amp because when this one wears out, I’ll buy another.
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