Fender Tone Master FR-12 review – the FRFR cab your amp modeler has been waiting for

Intended to partner the Tone Master Pro, the relatively affordable FR-12 performs its purpose flawlessly – but its practical applications stretch beyond serving Fender's flagship modeler

Fender Tone Master FR-12
(Image: © Phil Barker/Future)

Guitar World Verdict

Fender’s FR-12 is a great solution to modeler amplification, combining classic good looks with prodigious power and clarity


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    Compact, good-looking, portable

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    Familiar hot rod-era cosmetics

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    Massive headroom from 1,000-watt Class D output stage

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    Good value for money


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    Hard to find fault – it's a disarmingly simple solution that just works

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Nick Guppy

Nick Guppy has been a regular contributor to Guitarist magazine for over 20 years, mostly writing reviews on guitar amps and related products. He built his first valve amplifier at the age of 12 and has since bought, sold and restored many more, with a particular interest in Vox, Selmer, Orange and tweed-era Fenders, alongside Riveras and Mark Series Boogies. When wielding a guitar instead of soldering iron, he’s enjoyed a diverse musical career playing all over the UK, including occasional stints with theatre groups, orchestras and big bands as well as power trios and tributes. His favourite musical genres are ‘anything that’s good’.