Frontman 25R review by Fender

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 4
  • Reviewer's score: 6 Neat
  • Users' score: 7 (127 votes)
Fender: Frontman 25R

Price paid: $ 197.5

Purchased from: Music Stop

Sound — 6
I have an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus, and this is not a good amp to show off the power of the guitar. The sound just isn't versatile enough. I can can play jazz, and metal with the gain, but that is it. The clean channel is nice, and can go from punchy to mellow pretty easily. The reverb doesn't work well with the gain, because the sound growls too much, and the notes don't come out clean. The amp will give you a lot of feedback if the gain and volume are both over 5. The louder the amp goes, the less gain you can use. If the amp is turned down low, and the gain is cranked, the distortion is really powerful, but whenever the volume goes up, the feedback becomes unbareable.

Overall Impression — 6
If you are looking for a cheap practice amp, then this will serve your purposes, but don't expect to get a quality amp. This is absolutely useless for gigs, and the tone isn't good enough to do anything more then practice anyway. If you play metal, jazz, blues or want an amp with a nice clean tone, then this is a good practice amp for you. Nothing more, nothing less.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I haven't had any problems with the amp to date. It is a practice amp, so I would never use it for a gig. I rely on it soley for practicing.

Features — 4
This amp doesn't have much in the line of effects. Just gain and reverb. It has the standard bass, mid, and treble controls, and has an extra jack for effects pedals. I only use this amp to practice, and that is about all it is good for.

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