Frontman 25R review by Fender

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  • Sound: 4
  • Overall Impression: 5
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 6 Neat
  • Users' score: 7 (127 votes)
Fender: Frontman 25R
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Purchased from: Long & McQuade

Sound — 4
I'm using a humbucker equipped electric guitar with this amp. The amp is nothing special, just a beginner amp. Doesn't have much of a special tone either. There is a mid knob, but with the mid at 10, it still doesn't seem to have enough mids. Drive channel doesn't sound good, not smooth, very clippy. The reverb makes the amp sound very trebly, and it makes it sound very unnatural and noisy. Amp has a decent clean channel, and a bad Drive channel.

Overall Impression — 5
This amp, would just be an amp that you would use for practicing at home. It would basically fit every music style, but wouldn't be great at them. The Drive volume is very sensitive, and it has a huge volume jump from 2-3. The amp is fairly loud, loud enough to have mini gigs, but not big enough for outdoor / large gigs. The reverb is absolutely not usable, because it is horrible! For 170$, I would suggest you look around for some other amps, because this amp, would sound good at first, but once you hear all the other amps that you've missed out on, you would regret getting this amp.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I can depend on it, but I wouldn't use it at a gig, because it has HORRIBLE tone! Although I have used it in multiple performances, and it survives. The amp has never broken down, and I don't think it will soon. All knobs are nice and tight, none are scratchy. It comes with metal corner protectors to prevent the corners from getting damaged incase dropped, or in such a situation.

Features — 7
The Fender Frontman 25R was made in Indonesia in 2007. It has the blackface Fender look to it, silver grille cloth. Weighs about 25 pounds. Controls include Treble, Mid, Bass, Volume, Gain, Drive Volume, and Reverb. Solid State open-back, 25 watts, with a single 10" speaker. Typical stuff on a decent beginner amp.

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