Fender Frontman

15W Combo (1 x 1")

Made by Fender

Description Great little amp black. Gain, volume, treble, mid, bass, drive channel.
Posted By Irene Galloway (94)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 7/27/2004, Chris Muhs (119) posted:
Overall Rating:
Don't waste your money
Model Year: 2002
Price: $75.00 (new)
Where Obtained: samash.com
Features:
Gain, drive switch, normal vol., drive vol., bass, mid, treble, input, headphone jack, 15 watt
Sound Quality:
Nothing special, overdrives at high clean levels, but that is normal i guess, doesn't sound great
Ease of Use:
Too simple to be good
Durability:
On 5/28/2003, Joel Chavez (1561) posted:
Overall Rating:
It was my first amp. I didnt really look at any other ones what happened is that my Mom knows who Fender(and Marshall) is so when we walked into guitar center we went straight for the Fenders. Played this one, liked it and here I am writing a review about it.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $90.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Standard, 3 Band EQ, Volume and Drive. Has two channels: Clean and Drive. Its a good little amp, good power. Its solid state
Sound Quality:
I use my Ibanez or Washburn and a RP-100. good sound, warm and tight. not noisy at all unless your insturment cable isnt shielded or you drop it real bad. stays clean through all volumes and the distortion is great.
Ease of Use:
Doesnt need programming. it is very easy to get a good sound out of it.
Durability:
I've played many a gig with it and it hasnt failed once. I havent need to reapir it or anything in the past 2 and a half years and i havent been very nice to it. the construction is solid and tough.
On 6/19/2002, Ricky Sheffler (428) posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall, I'm glad I bought this amp. While I'll eventually want to get a better amp, for now its great. Listening to some of my friends amps, the difference is sound is noticeable. Mine with reverb was $130, without is $100. If I were to get this again, I wouldn't get the reverb. I never use it. Other than that, no regrets.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $130.00 (new)
Where Obtained: George's Music
Features:
It is a two channel solid state amp. You can switch between channels with a button. There are two seperate volume controls (no master). There are controls for treble, mid, and bass. There is also reverb. As for power it has 15 watts. This is enough for what I play (with my friends). I keep it around 1 (depends on the gain). It is much louder than my friends 15 watt squier amp.
Sound Quality:
I use it with my Squier Strat. I like to play rock and some blues. It sounds good if set to the right equalization (and if I don't turn down the tone on my guitar, that sounds horrid). When distortion is turned way up, it can get a little muddy (not nearly as mucha s other amps in the price range), though I think this has more to do with my crappy pickups on my guitar than the amp. The reverb isn't great. It sounds decent clean, but distorted, you can really hear it "cycling". Compared to other amps in this price range, well I haven't heard a better one.
Ease of Use:
It requires some fiddling to get the perfect sound. But as long as you don't deliberately try to get a bad sound, it will sound good. Its not programmable (then again, its not digital). There really isn't anything complicated about it.
Durability:
Never had a problem with reliability. Hard plastic shell with metal corners.
On 3/20/2002, Trevor Germsheid (38) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love this amp! It is all of the power that I need right now, and gives out great sound. (any louder and I would have to build a sound proff room for my wife. LOL)The only thing I wish it had was a pedal for the gain.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $140.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Works
Features:
A great little practice amp. Solid State electronics.
Sound Quality:
I don't use any effects with it right now, I am slowly starting to build, looking to get an overdrive, chorus, EQ, and of course distortion.
Ease of Use:
Really easy to use, simply because it doesn't have a lot of extras to get bogged down with.
Durability:
I haven't had a problem with it in the 2 years I have had it. It isn't powerful enough for live play.
On 3/8/2001, James Shen (55) posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this one because it's cheap but makes for the perfect practice amp, I live in a condo so it's fit for small places like apartments. GREAT deal for any beginning musician. It doesn't devour electricity so its a good-priced amp for the conservative guitarist too.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $89.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Features:
Normal Controls: Volume/Treble/Mid/Bass Push-Button Distortion: Volume/Gain NO EFFECTS/CHANNEL-SWITCHING It's a great IN-HOME PRACTICE amp.
Sound Quality:
I use a Squier Affinity Strat /w Danelectro [French Toast] Octave Distortion with the amp. I use this amp for punk, ska, and sometimes alt. It's suited for some heavy metal with that head-splitting built-in distortion. This amp has an okay sound, it's great because it's very durable. The only noise experienced was from my cheap guitar. At high volumes it gives off some noise.
Ease of Use:
This amp is not programmable at all. Not much fiddling, the controls are pretty simple and over-generalized. It's easy compared to my friend's Line6 (duh.. the thing makes cool lights man!).
Durability:
It's only a practice amp, maybe for a small gig it'd be fine. The construction's real nice and tough, I can carry it to my friend's house without worrying about it smashing into the back seat of my car. TOUGH STUFF for a cheap 15-watter.
On 2/20/2001, Brendan Clark (537) posted:
Overall Rating:
This amp is great for practicing and warming up. I bought it because of the price. Great for beginners. The amp would be better if it came with a footswitch for the channels, and the gain was tweaked a little. If it were stolen, I'd hold out for a big bad Marshall.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Dealer
Features:
The Fender Frontman is a perfect little practice amp. It has two channels, clean and overdrive. The clean channel has a volume control, while the overdrive has a seperate volume control and a gain control. Sadly, the channels are not footswitchable, and its a pain to go up to the amp and push the little button. There is a three-band equalizer- bass, mids, and treble. The amp also comes equipped with a line out jack and a headphone jack, which mutes the speaker. Its powerful enough to practice with, but not quite loud enough to jam with other people.
Sound Quality:
I use a Squier Strat and a Boss Heavy Metal distortion pedal. The amp sounds good overall, but there are some drawbacks. The amp tends to buzz more than it should, especially when the amp's gain is on. Speaking of the gain, its poor quality. You will need a distortion pedal to make it sound good. Also, the sound clarity deteriorates as the volume rises, and the buzzing gets worse as well. Good for the price.
Ease of Use:
There are not many special features here. Fairly easy to use. The three-band equalizer is self-explanatory. The manual even comes with some recommended settings.
Durability:
It seems to be a pretty heavy duty amp. I've had it for over a year without any problems, though it sits in my room. Its not the right size to go out and gig with anyway. Fine for your garage or bedroom.
On 9/17/2000, Glenn Kelly (59) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great practice amp. I play all sorts through it from metal to blues and it sounds deadly. Very light and very portable. Sorted!!!!
Price: $70.00 pounds (new)
Where Obtained: Belfast
Features:
Great liitle practice amp. Good variety of sounds available. No footswitch available for clean to drive channel. Extremely lound for home use. No reverb.
Sound Quality:
I use this with an Ibanez RG but have also played a seagull acoustic through it aswell. It handles both very well. Nice clean tone. Great overdrive.
Ease of Use:
They don't get much easier.
Durability:
Fairly solid little amp.
On 8/24/2000, Jordan Rubaskowski (127) posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this amp because it wasn't expensive and it was pretty small, but not really small. It's got good sound, and unless your looking for some serious power, this amp is overall pretty damn good.
Price: $75.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Store
Features:
Volume, Gain, Gain Volume, Treble, Mid Bass
Sound Quality:
Great sound quality for such a cheap, little amp. Sounds great with some distortion, sometimes it buzzes after it's on for more then an hour, which is annoying, but all you have to do is turn it off and back on again.
Ease of Use:
Extremely easy to use, especially since it doesn't have any extra features
Durability:
Really durable. it's got metal corner protectors and a solid case.
On 7/29/2000, Carl Anderson (2230) posted:
Overall Rating:
Good for a beginner. experienced players will find it limited though.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Store
Features:
Fender Frontman 15G 15watt solid state guitar amp with one 8" speaker. This amp has just enough features for a beginner or as a practice amp for an experienced guitarist. 1 guitar input, clean channel volume knob, drive channel volume knob, drive knob, channel switch button, hi/mid/low EQ knobs, headphone out jack, external speaker(8 ohm min.) jack, power switch.
Sound Quality:
The volume knobs have a very steep curve up to about 3, then the signal gradually(not very noticably) increases to 10. This amp is suited for many different musical styles. Clean channel is good up to about 3-4 on the volume knob, then the speaker rattles and distorts and the sound gets muddy and bad. The overdrive channel goes from nice and blusey gain all the way to ultra high gain, superlong sustain, screaming monkey gain. Works well for a lot of musical styles. Again at high volumes the speakers rattles and messes up the sound. The EQ is global(that means the same EQ setting are used for both channels) and it is pretty good. even with the bass knob all the way up, however, the little crappy 8" speaker puts out little bass.
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use amp, you can create many different tones between your guitar's controls and the amps controls.
Durability:
Very sturdy amp. Made of particle board. Corners are capped with metal. handle is very sturdy. the metal grille is great because nothing can get through it and hurt your speaker.
On 6/8/2000, Irene Galloway (94) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great starter for biginer.won,t break the bank!!
Price: $127.99 canada (new)
Features:
Sound Quality:
Great sound. clean ,good for aptments.not to heavy or big.
Ease of Use:
Easy
Durability:
Great