I was looking for a cheap practice amp that I could use for songwriting and playing around at the house, and happened to find a decent sounding one for $50. If it were lost of stolen, I'd definitely buy another one - they're cheap and easy to mod. The only way this amp could be better is if they installed a quality, low-noise FET preamp and a better quality speaker from the factory. Just by upgrading the pre-amp section , I've noticed a world of difference - I can only imagine what a quality speaker will add to this.
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: Pawn Shop
Basic 2 channel setup - clean master, drive gain and master, bass mid treble, reverb. Headphone jack, 8ohm speaker out and footswitck jack. It is all solid state, featuring a FET based TL072 pre-amp section (very tube like cleanup and response.) and a TDA1514A power amp section, which is capable of 50 watts peak output. The volume output of this beast is more than enough for practice, and would probably be adequate for small gigs.
This amp is truely a 'diamond in the rough'. It has a very warm clean channel that is somewhat tube-like, if a little on the muddy side. The reverb is fairly decent, but not spectacular. The drive channel is ok - decent soft clipping that will get you in the ballpark of gritty blues to classic rock, and the FET pre-amp provides some nice touch-sensitivity and volume knob cleanup. The major flaw is that the drive channel is exruciatingly noisy with the gain past 5, which I managed to cut down drastically by swapping the entire pre-amp section with OPA2134's (under $20 in parts). Not only did it kill much of the noise, but it vastly improved the overall tone of the amp - the clean sounds absolutely gorgeous, with a nice sparkle in the high end, and the gain channel is much more natural and articulate. I couldn't imagine a solid-state amp sounding any closer to a tube amp!
It's no more complex than any other practice amp - plug in, hit the power switch, set your volumes and eq, and fire away :)
It is obviously manufactured cheaply, but it seems as durable as any. The steel speaker grill is definitely a nice touch.
I really only thought of maybe getting a marshall instead of the fender. but i was really in love with the style of fender amps and could get a slightly bigger one with less money. wich is better to show off to non musician friends.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $129.99 (new)
Where Obtained: musicians friend
Its pretty tight. i really like the reverb. the one on my processor is a little bit better because the fender makes it sound like a bigger and bigger hall the more reverb you add, whereas on my processor, it sounds like its just getting further away, but its still really good
I use a somewhat cheap squire with it, but it sounds pretty good. not too noisy. a small noise eliminator gets rid of any. and for most styles of play it is very good. except maybe country, but i think thats just the guitar
I think its really easy to set it. but most guitar amps are easy to adjust tones. bass amps tend to be harder but thats because theyre lower so notes will seem to be less different in sound. but this amp was really easy to set tone controls.
Ive not played mine live yet. but my friend had the same one and played it all the time, and it was really good.
I love this amp. If you need an inexpensive practice amp I highly recommend this baby.
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Reverb, 2 channels, and a headphone jack.
I spent the better part of the afternoon playing through all the amps in this price range and this one was the best. Perfect for jamming on the couch.
Could not be easier.
Not much to change, so set it and forget it.
Practice amp. I don't think you can break it, but I haven't tried. I like it too much.
I got this amp cause it gave me a sound like a big amp would, but its small and relatively light. If u dont have enough money for a Marshall stack or anything fancy like that, but need a good amp that will give you a long time of good, loud play, take this one.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $125.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Its got a bunch of knobs to play with.
It really blasts. Great sound for a solid-state. Its got ok distortion, more of a rock-type distortion rather than the punk distortion that I like the most, so I have to use a foot switch.
It is very simple and straight forward to use. Even I can use it. he he!
It keeps going. I've tried to blow out the speaker numerous times but I just can't. I've also played for a whole day without stopping and nothing happened. Its a good little amp.
This is a good practice amp for a beginning Heavy Metal player. The amp is not at all designed for a clean sound . For that - stick to the tube amps. Not a bad deal for around $100 though.
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: Used
All solid state, alot of power.
Impossible to get a clean sound out of this...too much power or the little 8" speaker. Nice distortion though.
No problems. Would not use it for live gigs or recording.
You can't beat this one for the price. Makes the perfect practice/small gig amp. I especially like the headphone option. The main speaker is disabled when you plug em in.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: The Music Store
Clean Channel with master volume
Gain Channel with volume
External Speaker Out
I play a '96 Gibson Les Paul Standard. No particular stype but I find that at low volumes it can fit the bill for anything. Gain is great at high volumes but the clean channel becomes somewhat less than clean at higher volumes.
Just your basics here. Not too much to figure out.
Solid state so no tube replacement. Built very well. Has the volume to make it live through a PA.
I had considered the Fender Princton Chorus for a solid state, and a Fender Hot Rod Deville for a tube. These two little Fontman are an excellent value. I have had them alone next to some Marshall stacks with my POD as a preamp and I recieved many compliments on the tone and ouput. The amps are 25W RMS at volume 5 and hold thier own. If someone was thinking about trying to save money and get the Frontman 15R you'd be definately disapponited down the line. Initally the Frontman series are considered practice amps however the 25R can cross over for a lot more.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $149.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Tigard Music, Tigard OR 97223
EQ:Treble/Mid/Bass, Overdrive channel w/gain control. Also includes reverb. Comes with footswitch. External speaker out, however you disengage the 10" speaker in the amp when using external speaker. That's fine. Decent stock speaker which was made in China. Even though it sounded fine I replaced it with a Celestion Vintage 10". Amp has plenty of power for both practice and small gigs.
I bought two of these amps. I run each one out the Left and Right output of a Line 6 POD. This way I get true 50W stereo. Line 6 POD works well with clean solid state amps. This amp is excellent clean. Two of these Frontman amps ran in stereo is like buying a Fender Princeton Chorus (minus the chorus of course). But you can save some serious money. If you think about it, this is all Line 6 Spiders and Flextones really are. However you get excellent speaker displacement this way by being able to sperate the cabinets. Becasue I also have a Marshall 1962 Bluesbreaker Re-issue combo which I run out one side of a Morely A/B box and the POD/Frontman setup out the otherside, I wanted to complement the Greenbacks in the Marshall by replacing the stock speakers in the Frontman with Celestion Vintage 10s. The Celestion Vintage 10 gives the Frontman more bottom end.
Before I got the Marshall, I totted these two amps around with the POD jamming around and they still look as good as new. Beleive me these are easy to travel with compared to my heavy ol' tube amp.
I'm satisfied with this amp. I expected a practice amp that I could play small gigs, and that is what I got. Best thing is the output-nice and loud. Reverb is fairly useless. For the price, this is an excellent value.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $140.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music123
Separate volumes for clean and gain channels.
Treble, mid, bass knobs.
This is a solid state amp.
No Effects loop, but has option for remote channel switching through footswitch.
Very loud for a small amp. I have used it even for outside gigs, and it can be heard over the other voices and instruments going through a PA system.
I use mainly an Epiphone SG with Boss ME-30 and DS-1. This is a nice combo. I play mainly with a church group. Worship and also Rock. It is very versatile. I'm very happy with the sound.
Quite easy to operate. Knobs and controls are straight forward.