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Updated with Blackface cosmetics.
Silver grille cloth, skirted knobs, and other Blackface appointments give the Fender Series II Frontman 15R Guitar Combo Amp the traditional Fender look. Plus, it has the features that make it a superior practice or backstage warmup amp: great Fender tone, reverb, 2 channels including normal and drive, a headphone jack, and an auxiliary input for CD, tape, or drum machine.
Very affordable. Order today and practice Fender.
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Most Liked Positive Review
Not the worst around
Well to begin with this amp looks pretty cool and new it sounds great. BUT with about 3-5 months worth of playing it begins to buzz especially on the overdrive channel which is...Read complete review
Well to begin with this amp looks pretty cool and new it sounds great. BUT with about 3-5 months worth of playing it begins to buzz especially on the overdrive channel which is really annoying. On clean it buzzes lightly which isn't as bad. 3 friends have this amp and I've played alot of guitars through this (epiphone, gibson, fender, arianna, and squier)and all in all it sounds pretty good with all of them. Even a low quality arianna sounds decent with one of these for some rock and on clean. The reverb is pretty neat and new with a nice epiphone or lower end gibson it sounds great but it's still not very good. All it needs is the right pedals then it's metal worthy or anything thing you want to make it. If you set all the knobs right then this amp packs a small, bedroom worthy punch. It can get loud, i'm not doubting that but when it does get loud it sounds muddy and not very good at all when it gets past 8 except in some cases on clean. Maybe in all 3 cases these amps were defective or somthing was wrong but I just think that the quality is about average. But don't get me wrong it's a great starter amp for someone trying to find there sound. Bottom line, if you need a decent little practice amp for lugging around and for practice purposes then get this, and for the money you can't expect much.
Most Liked Negative Review
Reverb meets The Hiss & Noise Parade
I just got this amp the other day. I needed a new practice amp. Reverb is one of my favorite sounds so I settled on this. The mistake was not trying it out...Read complete review
I just got this amp the other day. I needed a new practice amp. Reverb is one of my favorite sounds so I settled on this. The mistake was not trying it out at the store. I figured , its a Fender and Im sure it wont dissapoint me. Theres alot of things wrong with this amp and for the price, I can easily forgive them. The reverb plain out sucks. Simple as that. You have to turn it up to 10 on the reverb knob to even remotely get any reverb going and it sounds like a tiny empty tuna can was thrown in the amp. It dosent sound nice at all.Plus turning up the reverb introduces this horrible hissing which I couldnt stand. The reverb failing made me decide to return this as soon as possible. The other problems is I cant turn the volume past 2 without this amp rumbling and sounding like a can of marbles being shaken up. The overdrive is nasty, and I mean that in a bad way. I mean it can have a nice crunch but I didnt buy this for the crunch, I bought it for the reverb and the reverb is a total dissapointment.The other reviews confirm these issues and I would suggest trying another brand amp. I dont really feel Fender makes very good practice amplifiers. Although I used a Squier bass amp before and ran a guitar through it and it sounded much better then this.
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I own the earlier Frontman 15 R with the metal grille and metal chrome corners all they way around. My first electric was 64 Mustang and Vibro Champ Amp. The amps cab construction surprised me first...like the 60's big amps I owned. The closed back and speaker ports in the front...nice..even Tolex !! I was very surprised with the Fender tone it produced. The reverb unit itself is reminiscent of 60's Silvertone amps. I called them "toilet paper reverb units". It is there and better than nothing. We're talking bang for your buck so you won't find an accutronics/hammond reverb spring unit inside! The distortion channel is pretty cool and maybe a bit thin but really screams with 1952 Silvertone lap steel..ee haw !I used this amp to record my pedal steel via the headphone jack into my 4 track recorder with an outboard reverb at the recorder and it sounded full like a Twin or something! Nice!This one has been a great little amp and is what it is.. a Fun Fender with clean Fender tone an 8" speaker,subtle reverb,gritty distortion,nice construction and can be loud for its'size. (my dog will back me up on that) Good practice amp. I would recommend it. A lot of little amp for little $$$
I use an Ibanez RG made of basswood HSH configuration, and Rickenbacher model B bakalite one H configuration through the fender frontman 15R. It's great.First off, the fender frontman 15R really packs a big punch in a small package. I play in churches and school bands... I never need to go past 2. For a solid state amp, this has good tone. The clean channel is nice and fat. nice clean, and when you go up to 10 (even 5) you can get a nice overdriven sound. Almost tubular :). The Gain channel gets the job done. It definitely sounds like transistors. It has that eeeee sound to it. But if you play with the EQ knobs a bit you'll find a good sound. The reverb is wonderful. It is springs. This amp does however sometimes have a buzz and hum, white noise. Over all, the tone is actually pretty good. And the size is great. you can fit it on a bus to school real easy, it's not clunky or overly heavy.Some stuff you got to try are turn clean up to 10, turn the gain to 10 and master at a reasonable level (no feedback) and turn the tone on the guitar all the way down, and go clean with a neck and middle setting with loads of reverb. This is my first amp, I've had it for a few years, and it's served it's purpose very well. Great recording, giging, and practice amp.
This is a great value for newbies, and I still use it all the time with my telecaster; it puts out a great fender tone that doesn't bother my neighbors. The distortion seems to work fine with my telecaster and i run a boss '65 deluxe reverb-amp pedal through it all the time sounds awesome. However when I run my Dean through it, the distortion sucks and it sounds awful, so I would say don't get this amp if you got humbuckers--it just doesn't seem to be able to handle the beef.
This amp is okay for beginners, I bought it when I was one of them, but now I really wish I would've saved my money. Put the money towards a line 6 spider amp if your looking for a cheap and small combo amp, this one is not worth it.
When I bought a guitar pack, it was supposed to come with the Frontman 15G. The store I bought it from was still unpacking in a new location, though, and they didn't have any 15G amps on hand, so they gave me an upgrade to a Frontman 15R for no extra cash. I don't use the reverb, and I don't have experence with what reverb is supposed to sound like, so I don't know how well it works. The amp works very well for strait and drive channel playing, though. I have a Squire Affinity Special Strat, and that guitar paired with this amp sound great! I've heard "better" guitars with Marshal amps that I didn't like the sound of as well.The only downside is the amp can't handle the gain turned up past about six, and it can't handle too much volume. I haven't had an issue with this because the places where I play don't like too high of volume. If you don't need something you can really crank up the volume with, I would definatly recommend this amp.
I have had this amp for a few months now and I like it for what I use it for. I play blues harmonica and I wanted to amplify but not spend to much money on my first amp. The price was right on this little amp. Even though my dream amp is a fender bassman I will settle for this for now. It able to produce the dirty chicago blues I was looking for. Well for a solid state amp anyway. It is pretty durable I haven't had any problems with it it so far. Good amp to start out on guitar or harmonica.
I bought the fender frontman II 15R about a month ago, and it's a great sounding little amp. The gain channel is much better than I expected, but the reverb is really weak. I wouldn't buy it for the reverb if that is what your looking for.
I have older version of this amp, bought somewhere around 1997. It has metal grill and is not as pretty as the new one. Also, made in Mexico. Nevertheless, it still works like new. I love tube amps and have been using Fender Deville as my main amp most of the time. This one was lying around neglected as an inferior cheap solid state. Well, recently I experimented with both amps and Les Paul Standard and discovered that distortion on the Frontman is fantastic. I get the early Jimmy Page dark blues sound on the Frontman but not on Deville without pedal and cranking. The distortion is screaming and dynamic that if blindfolded, I would swear its tube Marshall. I am not sure if aged and tortured speaker has to do with it but I am keeping this one trick pony. The rest of the amp features are what you can expect from the amp in this price range; very decent. Durability and looks is also excellent. I would recommend it strongly.
I have owned one of these for several years, purchasing mine back in 2002. I bought this just cause it was an affordable practice amp with reverb that looked good. This amp has a GREAT clean channel! People in other reviews say that the distortion channel is lacking, especially for metal, but why would you use a Fender for metal anyway? The distortion channel in my opinion has a very classic overdrive sound, true, it is a bit of a fuzz type distortion, but this amp will do the trick for most styles of music. I have even used this amp as a portable bass amp, since I don't own one. The reverb on this amp is ok, but nothing special. For a small, high quality practice amp, this thing rocks! This thing is very light and easy to transport as well, sized just right to fit in the floor board of even small vehicles. Although this is not my main amp, this amp still gets quite a bit of use, cause I take it everywhere I don't feel like lugging my 100 pound Peavey to. I have also loaned this amp to several friends over the years, and it has held up beautifully. Mine is now nearing 8 years old, and still looks great cosmetically, and still works as if it were new. I have been very impressed with this amp, and for it's current price, everyone should have one tucked away in a corner somewhere!.
i needed a cheap harmonica amp that had reverb and this one does the job. It has a good clean fender sound and great spring reverb. I got this one first. because i was looking for a dual harp amp setup. And started with this 1 to go with a tube preamp amp that i eventually purchased. It works great in a dual amp setup and not to bad by itself. for a solid state amp. The only drawback ive found so far is the knobs stick out a little bit and worried about wear and tear on them if they get bumped to hard but other than that it makes a decent harp amp. for the money if your on a budget.
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