gilpound
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anyone have any scathing reviews of this amp? I was looking to get it for Christmas. I've been playing guitar for less than a year and I'm just using it to play at home. Really need to upgrade my squirt amp with just volume, treble, and bass knobs
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not much of an upgrade. take a look at the mustangs, you can start getting your feet wet in effects.
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was also looking at the DigiTech RP255 to go along with it
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I had a fender frontman 15R as my first amp and it was pretty bad.
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Vyper or Mustang. Both have plenty of built in effects so the RP may not be needed. Though will be fun to have.

For $250 though, I bet you could find a killer used amp. If youre interested
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could you be a little more specific? I'm playing a Fender SP-10 right now
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I had a Frontman. They break easy. They dont sound very good. A Peavey Vyper or Fender Mustang would do you better. I feel personally.

I bet if you searched like a hawk you could get a vyper tube 60 which are loved around these parts
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should have mentioned the budget is only around $100 US
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Quote by gilpound
could you be a little more specific? I'm playing a Fender SP-10 right now


he means that the vypyr and the mustang have effects built into the amp, so the digitech you are looking at wouldn't be necessary. the effects the amp have built into them are pretty much the same thing as what the RP255 has.

so a mustange is pretty much the same thing as a frontman with a RP255. if you are planning on getting a RP255 then those effects may be a bit better than the built in amp effects, but they are similar concepts: amp modelers, pedals, etc.
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Though the mustangs are actually pretty damn good.

Certainly better than many of their peers.
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even if I just get the Fender Mustang I? Still better than Frontman + RP255?
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If you can afford to spend up to $300 buy a 2nd hand Mustang II and have some cash left over.


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should have mentioned the budget is only around $100 US


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How can you get the FM and RP with $100 bucks? Just curious. Thats where I came up with $250..

Get the Stang or Vyper. Skip the FM
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How can you get the FM and RP with $100 bucks? Just curious. Thats where I came up with $250..

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Oh, well if its a gift, then play it into the ground. Why not. The FM will last a year, maybe two. The RP will be fun to mess around with. My friend had the larger version, and It was a blast to use. Not the best quality sound, but definitely some fun times to be had.
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get two gift cards, pool it and buy an amp with fx.


yes that'll be better than the fender 25 and an fx pedal.

i have a fender 25.
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The Fender frontman 25 r is a really good amp. I use it in performances with my jazz band all the time. Very simple, and able to produce a really nice tone. If you only have 100 dollars I say pull the trigger.
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Quote by jj1565
get two gift cards, pool it and buy an amp with fx.


yes that'll be better than the fender 25 and an fx pedal.

i have a fender 25.


My Fender 25 is the amp I let my friends borrow when they want to learn guitar. I usually get it back within a month because they hate it and they buy a Vox VT30.
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And I know you probably wanna play with sounds. So the RP is an awesome choice. I use those two together. Download the X-Edit program that comes with it. It's a blast.
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I have the 25R and to be honest, It's pretty horrible.
The built in distortion is absolutely crap. The cleans are OK but it sounds trebly since it has a 10" speaker.
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Yeah, IMO, the Frontmans (Frontmen?) suck. Okay cleans, but that's about it.

A Mustang or Vypyr are your best bet, like others have said. No need for the RP, decent sounds and fun stuff to play around with. If it has to be from two different people, do what jj said and get gift cards and pool 'em if you can.
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Quote by Reighnart
The Fender frontman 25 r is a really good amp. I use it in performances with my jazz band all the time. Very simple, and able to produce a really nice tone. If you only have 100 dollars I say pull the trigger.



if he was just playing clean, and If he only had a $100,
then i'd say fine.

but he wants a digitech, which means he doesn't play clean, and also means he has more than $100.

so, this is not the amp he's looking for....
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^^ +1

and their cleans really aren't that good. I have one.

Nick you said they break easy...what'd you do to yours ?

the mustang will eat any frontman for breakfast dude.
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The frontman 25R was my 1st amp, i got rid of it within 2 months. Pool the money and get something better. The suggested Mustang or Vyper 30 or 60 are great practice amps
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I used to have a Fender Frontman FM212 and a RP250 as my main rig.

Now I have a Vypyr 60 tube combo.

Much better.

Save up.

I've seen them used for $250

Quote by jj1565
get two gift cards, pool it and buy an amp with fx.


yes that'll be better than the fender 25 and an fx pedal.

i have a fender 25.


+1
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I would say that if your looking at cheap solid-state amps the Vox Pathfinder 15r is a better value than a Frontman. IMHO in the cleans are better plus you get a real spring reverb unit and tremelo.
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Quote by ihartfood
^^ +1

and their cleans really aren't that good. I have one.

Nick you said they break easy...what'd you do to yours ?

the mustang will eat any frontman for breakfast dude.


I played it. Every day. And it just stopped working.

Thats Cheapo amps for ya. Had my DSL for a couple years and besides 1 tube swap it didnt need, and a broken speaker cable that blew a fuse, Ive never had a problem
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Hold on, he never said what kind of music he played..

My thoughts on the Frontman, don't get it. It's a waste of money.
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mostly Jack White and The Black Keys... stuff along those lines

obviously not very clean music
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But its not very heavy music and both rely on a very pushed tube amp. At least I think.

No on the Frontman and Digitech. I really dont think you will get the sounds you want out of it.

Youd probably be better off with a Champ and a Big Muff. haha.

But like I said, if its a present, and you cant do too much about it, it will work. It wound be great, but hell, I played on one with a Speciall II for about a year. And though it didnt inspire me to play, It got the job done.
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Save up for a DSL401.
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I have to agree with the Frontman not being the amp you're looking for.
Meh cleans, worst drive sound ever. It's like a reverse Marshall MG.

Getting the gift cards, pooling them and buying a Fender Mustang will make you much happier.
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