The 25-watt Frontman® 25R features classic Fender® Blackface™ looks (black covering, silver grille cloth and skirted knobs), dual selectable channels (normal and drive); auxiliary input for CD, media player or drum machine use; headphone jack; treble, mid, bass, volume, gain and drive controls; reverb; and optional footswitch for remote channel selection.
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I bought the "Red Limited Edition" of this a couple of years ago. I also bought a black one for my wife to play her Fender Violin and Keyboard to play thru. First off I am a Surfer Type. Even though I play in a rock band with distortion, at home I play clean and with plenty of Reverb. My influances are The Ventures and James Burton. I play Tele's, Strat's, Jazzmaster's, and a Jaguar also. This amp has the best reverb of any Fender I have. I have used Fender amps for over 30 years. I can get the same sound as James Burton on all my old Ricky Nelson records. I can duplicate Dick Dale's "Misirlou" to a Tee.
For a good 70s classic rock sound I set the gain on 3 or 4, and get a great crunch also. I have gigged with this am a lot and use a Shure mic to fill large venues our band plays in.
I played with a Surf band that was blown away by the tone of this amp. They were not to nice when they saw the solid state amp. Half way through their version of The Astronaut's "Baja" they had me keep the song going.
I have a certain tone I really like. If I can get it, I do not care if it's tube or solid state. I have Fender amps from the 1960s to now. and still have my first Fender amp from 1983.
I think the 25r has a better tone than the 212r. For a small amp I used either my 1983 Fender Harvard Reverb II or my 1996 Fender Princeton Chorus. I also have a "Red Knob" Twin Reverb. I would rather bring the 25R and mic it.....way easier to lug around. I love the look of Fender amps....The Princeton Chorus is used by bandmates for rehearsal, but I mainly like to look at it than play thru it now.
These amps have very smooth controls. In the 80s Peavey amps were everywhere. I hated them because the tone controls especially the mid position was huge between 4 and 4 and a half. Gradual changes on tone setting work best for me easier to dial in.
The gain control is very nice, I can go from a crunch to over the top total distortion with a nice gradual sweep. Takes Pedals Very Well Too
guido owns this item
I wanted a small practice amp with a 10 or 12 speaker that I could use to test and demo lots of different guitars on. Nothing fancy. No tubes. Only modern transistors. I bought one of these amps and begun to use it. Wow! was I ever impressed by its pure Fender sound! The clean is clean and the distortion is mean but clean... or clean but mean - however you set it. It's very responsive. The tone controls are also very responsive. I don't play it too loud that often but when I do, the sound quality stays right with me as I crank it up. Great amp for ANY kind of guitar practicing. Would be nice at a small coffee shop type gig. Let's any electric guitar be its own self when plugged in and played. I see no reason to change the stock factory speaker. I don't need to hot rod this amp. It's perfect for the size of amp that it is. Want larger sound and more power? Try a larger amp. Buy this one, use it and leave it alone. Mine has become a good friend and has sparked my attention to looking at other Fender products now.
mckentucky owns this item
If your looking to practice alone or with your band and possibly for a few small gigs this is a great amp for you. It is very durable and rugged and has very good sound. The distortion sounds good and so does the clean. Great amp for beginners and amateurs. This amp is very light and portable, so it's perfect for going to a friends house to jam or to bring up to your room and play without annoying your family :). I recommend this as a practice amp.
barnessimon1 owns this item
I own the Red version of this, which I bought at my local Guitar Center last year. For the price, it has to be the best solid state combo going. At a very loud, 25 watts , it can be used for practice or small gigs. I did take the stock speaker out of mine and replaced it with a Eminence Rajun Cajun which transformed this amp into a true tone monster . Doing that, will make this amp definitely louder than heck and capable of hanging with the big boys as far as doing club gigs are concerned. All in all, this is one great little amp that has the classic fender tone which sounds great whether you choose to mod it or not.
Telecaster God owns this item
I just bought one and I am impressed with the sound quality and is very economical, has a characteristic bright Fender sound, is really beautiful.
It's great for vocals. Volume for size - 5 out of 5. Great for a first amp. I got it in the limited edition blue. Portability - 2.5 out of 5. Look - 3 out of 5.
danedrew owns this item
I own 8 amps from 20 watts to 200 watts. This amp has the best sound hands down! The normal channel is super clean and lets my tele come through with a great sound. Although only rated at 25 watts, this amp is LOUD.
yancypup owns this item
I typically play Fend American Standard Strat straight through my pedalboard unit to the mixing board at my small church, so I was looking for a small practice amp when I came across this guy in the used section of a local music shop. I was a little skeptical, so I let it be and went home to do some research. All I saw was solid reviews, good demo videos and overall happy customers. Unfortunately someone scooped that used one up before I could, but I got myself a new one soon after.
I LOVE the "aux in" feature! Since this is primarily a practice amp, that is a genius feature. I got a simple and cheap 1/8th to RCA adapter and plug my phone/mp3 player/computer up to it to jam to tracks and practice licks all the time.
The reverb is sweet, too. A little goes a long way, but adds a nice touch to most any sound. Typically I leave it at about three or four.
The two channels are great. Both are responsive to volume and tone in your fingers (though not as much as a good tube amp of course). The clean channel is bright and crisp. The gain channel is plenty versatile enough for most playing. I rarely go up past 5 on the gain, usually hanging around two or three. *I do wish that channel selection button were a bit easier to find and hit.*
I like the volume/power of this little guy. Again, I mostly play at home, but I do like to rock out a bit. Usually setting the volume knob at three or four is good for me, occasionally I'll get it up to six. Going beyond eight or nine is when you start to hear and feel the limits of this small amp. This typically starts with some low end buzz (sometimes even at lower volumes, depending on what and how you are playing). But in my use this is usually a nonissue.
I have gone straight into it and I have also used my pedalboard between my axe and the amp. It handles both very well.
I don't know why or how any of these end up getting returned to wind up in the used section of any shop. Unless you have unrealistic expectations (like playing outside gigs in front of crowds with a live band) these are excellent amps! Honestly, they might even work for that if you mic your amp through the system, depending on how heavy your drummer is, but I wouldn't push it that hard.
If you are on a tight budget, looking for a practice amp for home use, or to easily lug around to practices or even small room gigs with a small low volume band, look no further than this guy. It is nice that this thing is so small and light too.
Would also be great for a beginner!
unnotedn8 owns this item
This amp is pretty much a starter amp yet it is still a great amp and gets the job done
Sea4112 owns this item
|Model Name:||Frontman® 25R, 120V|
|Amplifier Type:||Solid State|
|Controls:||Normal Volume, Gain, Drive Select Switch, Drive Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Reverb|
|Inputs:||One - 1/4"|
|Channels:||Two - Selectable|
|Cabinet Material:||7-Ply 3/4" Medium-Density Fibreboard|
|Handle:||Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps|
|Front Panel:||Blackface™ Style|
|Amplifier Depth:||8.25" (21.6 cm)|
|Amplifier Height:||15.5" (39.4 cm)|
|Amplifier Weight:||25 lbs. (11.4 kg)|
|Speaker:||One - 10" Fender® Special Design|
|FootSwitch:||Optional 1-Button Footswitch|
|Knobs:||Vintage-Style Skirted Black Plastic|
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