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Fender Band-Master VM 212 Reviews

3.0 stars based on 2 customer reviews
  • Mike
    from FL November 17, 2014Music Background:
    Started as bassist in 1970, piano, guitar, sing

    Fender bandmaster 2x12 cab

    I bought two and use them with a Twin amp and I like the sound very much. Strong concise lows and good strong mids and mid highs. I bought the sonic 4x12 which is a good sounding speaker cab and an EVH 4x12 cab but I prefer the sound of the Celestion G12p-80 speakers...very beefy and full sounding, pushes a lot of air.

  • Dr. Bob
    from Central NY August 8, 2011Music Background:
    Professional Musician/Music Teacher

    2 x 12 not exactly like the vintage construction

    Okay, I needed a 2 x 12 cab for a gig and didn't have time to make my own as I usually do, so I opted for the Fender Band-Master 212. I figured I could sell the Celestions that were in there and load it up with my JBL K120s, and then I'd have a fairly decent cab for fewer $$ than I could buy from Mojo or other places.

    The cabinet is constructed fairly decently and the Tolex is put on cleanly and evenly. However, I was really expecting a removable back like the vintage Fender cabs, so I was a disappointed to find that speakers are front loaded and back panel is not removable. Further disappointing is the lack of velcro tabs to pull the front grille cloth frame from the cab itself. If you don't have the right tool, you can damage the front edge of the Tolex. I ended up adding the velcro strips myself.

    Once I removed the Celestions, I was further disappointed to find that there was no batting material in the interior of the cabinet, nor was there the standard plywood divider found in vintage Fender cabinets. This explained the hollow, woody sound I kept hearing when I first played through the cab. Once I stuffed the cab with fiberglass batting and loaded the cab with my JBLs, I had a great sounding cabinet to compliment my 66 BF Bassman head.

    Once I find the time, I'll also install the plywood divider, but this may be difficult due to the construction of the cab.

    This is an average and somewhat disappointing sounding cabinet at first, but once it's stuffed with batting it comes alive. I don't know why Fender didn't pay attention to this detail, nor why they didn't add the velcro strips to make it easier to remove the grille cloth frame.

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