Frontman 15G review by Fender

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  • Sound: 5
  • Overall Impression: 5
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Features: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 5.5 Decent
  • Users' score: 6 (258 votes)
Fender: Frontman 15G

Price paid: $ 20

Purchased from: A good friend

Sound — 5
Really, it's a very noisy, bad sounding amp. The clean channel is nice at lower volumes, but like the Drive channel, it gets worse with added volume. If you need to gig with it, it would be best to mic it at low-ish volume. As a beginner, I wasn't very critical of the annoying, tinny tone it produced, but at that stage you never really notice. Sound is just barely good enough for a starter.

Overall Impression — 5
For beginners only. That's basically it. It's not a great amp, but good for a beginner with a budget. I've been playing guitar for nearly 4 years, and sold this amp long ago to a local music store. Hopefully it's gone to someone else Who will love it for a while before they get extremely frustrated with it.

Reliability & Durability — 6
Extremely durable, I'll give it that. I have been known to give my amps a significant level of abuse, and this one could take it. Reliability for performance not so good. Sometimes, the hum would escalate to a strange buzzing hiss, and I had to kick it and it would stop. Strange. Durable, I give an 8, Reliability, a 4.

Features — 6
Well, it's an okay little starter amp with your classic EQ, volume, gain, 2 channels, and headphone jack. It's not very versatile, but it's surprisingly loud for it's size. I used to play this in a Christian rock/pop group 3 1/2 years ago, and it worked okay for small settings. Not versatile at all, but if you've got this amp, that's probably not your main concern. Annoying hum and buzz though, which is a downer, but at least it has the basics.

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    i had this amp for about 5 years already and this amp is awesome considering how much i paid for it. It has everything a beginner student should need. i prefer using it with gain at 10 and drive channel at 2 or 3 and my guitar at 10. it has an awesome tone at that level. Oh you if you get feed bacc from your amp like a noisy sound than it isnt the amp's fault its your pickups.
    absolutely shite amp. thats a pretty gud description eh? ive had ths 4 about 8 months and its broken down twice. first time it stopped getting input and second time it just wont turn on. i really cbf taking this back cuz it means ill probably get it back . hey maybe fender will relise its true potential and use it as a boat anchor. to be honest my trust in fender has been shook and im not sure whether i should still get their 212r 100w frontman.