Frontman 25R review by Fender

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7 (127 votes)
Fender: Frontman 25R

Price paid: $ 140

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 9
I usually use my Epiphone les paul with humbuckers, but have also plugged in an Ibenez G210 Super Strat, with one HB and 2 single coils. Both sound good. Like I stated earlier, I play everything on this amp and it all sounds amazing. The distortion can be heavier than a live Black Label concert, or can be turned down to produce a clearer more melodic lead sound. On clean, it sounds like my 1000 dollar hand crafted acoustic. A little tweeking on the reverb and bass/mid/trebble, and I can make my guitar sound like a crisp clean 12-string. At volume settings over 8 the clean starts to sound distorted, and the distortion never starts to get brutal or muddy at the high volumes, unless the gain is at 10. Its a nice high quality sounding smooth tube amp, that's all you need.

Overall Impression — 9
This amp is the ultimate jam amp or small show amp. It doesnt matter what you play it can sound good on this amp. I compared this to many others, and none come even close to the bang for the buck. I don't think any similar amp sounds near as good for any price. After this amp and experience with Marshalls and Line 6s, Fender is now the only amp I will ever buy.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Well, there's only one way to judge this folks, and my amp is so far scoring perfect here. I play with my band at vloumes usualy around 8 or 9, usually about 10 hours a week. I've knocked it over, I've tripped over it, I've dropped it, I sit on it, I stand on it, it aint broke yet. I've had it for 9 months now without ever having it serviced or maintained, hell I don't hardly ever dust it. This is the only amp I need at a gig, but I still always like a back up in case of a tornado somehting.

Features — 8
My kick ass amp is a Frontman 25 watt tube amp with Fender reverb, biult in 2005. It can handle anystyle of music I throw at it, and I'm a well rounded guy. I rip it up with metal riffs and rock leads, blues and grunge, and acoustic and classical, this does it all. It has 2 channels, clean and gain. It has reverb control, bass treblle and mid control, head phone jack, and aux inpute. As much as I love more power, the 25 watts do just fine even at small gigs. The only thing this amp needs is more biult in effects (those damn digitechs are getting expensive).

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