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Fender FM 25 DSP Frontman Combo Amp  

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    The FM 25 DSP hooks you up with 15 hot effects and 16 killer amp sounds!

    The Fender FM 25 DSP Frontman Combo Amp packs a killer amp and effects package behind traditional Blackface appointments. You get 25W, a 10" speaker, and a DSP sound engine that supplies effects, amp sounds, and an acoustic simulator. It provides a Normal channel with the classic Fender clean sound, and a footswitchable Drive channel with all 16 amp sounds. (Works with single-switch footpedals only.) There are reverb, delay, tremolo, chorus, and flange effects, plus combinations. The Fender FM 25 DSP Frontman also has a headphone jack, CD input, silver grille, skirted knobs, metal corners, and gem light.

    Features

    • 25W power
    • 10" speaker
    • 2-channel operation
    • Normal channel
    • Drive channel with Amp Type selector
    • 16 amp tones: Fender Tweed, Fender Blackface, British Combo, British Stack, Fender Hot Rod, Metalhead, Jazz Combo, more
    • Acoustic simulator
    • 15 effects
    • Auxiliary input
    • Headphone output
    • 17"W x 15-1/2"H x 8-1/2"D

    It's the ultimate practice amp with enough watts for band rehearsals, too! Order now!

     
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    4.4

    (based on 53 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    good for the price

    This was my first amp, and at first I thought it was pretty good. As time went on, I started to realize the 200 isn't that much for an amp. The clean channel...Read complete review

    This was my first amp, and at first I thought it was pretty good. As time went on, I started to realize the 200 isn't that much for an amp. The clean channel takes some work with the equalization to make it sound good I like the fact that there are so many amp models, but most of them aren't that great. Both the acoustic and jazz models are good, out of the four the tweed and blackface models, only one of them is any good. There are four british models, one of them is my favorite, and another one of them is okay, but the other two aren't that good. I like both the Hot rod models and the metal ones are decent. The equalization is a little finicky, the treble gets really tinny at low settings, the middle if turned up doesn't give you a nice fat sound, it mostly gives you a sound that sounds like you have a some bass and a lot of treble on. And the bass works fine. As for the effects I wish they had given you a FX Level knob. The delay is okay, but you can't really set it to match the tempo of the song you're playing. There are just three presets. I like the reverb quite a lot, and the chorus is good, but the flange is way to overpowering. If you play a chord with flange on even without distortion, all you can hear is the flange. And the Tremolo has the same problem as the delay that you can't really play it with a song. Overall, I've had a lot of fun with this amp over the past while, It's a good amp to give you an introduction to different amps in a cheap way. Now, I'm eying the marshall mg100dfx combo, but overall, i think this amp is awesome for the price

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    Break up, makes this not worth it.

    This amp is great for bedroom levels, on clean. The Clean channel is beautiful, but when you get it above five, it has the worst breakup that i've ever heard. It makes...Read complete review

    This amp is great for bedroom levels, on clean. The Clean channel is beautiful, but when you get it above five, it has the worst breakup that i've ever heard. It makes noises that even a distortion pedal would not cover up. No matter with humbuckers, or just single coils, that break up is consistant on the clean channel. Don't even get me started on the effects channel. The break up is still there, but more towards the seven or eight levels. There are several types of distoritons that sound nearly the same (some are just killing the trebel in the previous one), making it hard to pick others besides the metal or british. And they both are mediocre. All in all, buy a different amp if you ever plan to practice with anyone other than someone with a a smaller amp, with the volume below 5.

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    4.0

    Jazz Guitarist

    By Telejazz

    from Chicago suburbs

    This is a real good amp.I love the amp settings.I like how I can turn the volume up to get the kind of tone I like without blowing the walls down.Thumbs up.

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    5.0

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    By rocker203

    from illinios

    for me this is a really good amp.I've owned for about a month now it has clear sound with really cool effects.one thing though when you turn on the tremolo you don't get a lot of sound.This is a good amp if you like to play jazz or rock.but overall it's a good first or second amp.

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    5.0

    AWESOME, but with feedback

    By MP321123

    from Tupelo, MS

    I was in Guitar Center yesterday not expecting to buy anything beside some strap locks, but when I plugged in to this, I was blown away!! If you already have a delay,reverb,chorus,flanger,phaser,and tremelo pedal, than you can buy the regular fm25 for $100, but it's built in on here!! This is probably the best practise or stage amp for the price. The only problem is that when you turn it up to about 3 and a half, with an overdrive pedal, you get really bad feedback, but this can be fixed by turning down the level on the pedal. Overall this is a great amp.

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    4.0

    Suitable for a prectice amp

    I picked this bad boy up at my local shop for just over what GC was asking. after getting home i happily tore into the box like a kid on christmas. i got it because the only amp i had was my half-stack, and i wanted to practice without rattling the windows.i was satisfied. it has good sound quality, which was more important than volume for me. the effects are fun to play with but i don't think i would ever realy use them other than for fun because you can't control effects levels. as far as construction goes, this thing is pretty tough. the grille is a good strong weave, and everything else seems really solid. the amp models are pretty weak and they could probably have done away with a couple but there will be one that you will like. the metal setting is great and the british setting is my blues setting.if you are looking for a simple practice amp to just plug and play i don't think you can go wrong with this model. as far as taking it to a show, i would be hesitant because the effects aren't very flexible. but in the home it is pleasing to the ear, much more so than alot of other small combos i've tried and i do not regret my decision at all.i'm playing a Jackson Dinky HSS plugged straight in.

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    3.0

    Turn down that BUZZ!!!

    By Fender-Dude?

    from California Love!

    I just purchased this amp at the local GC.It has some cool sounds with the different amp models,and the effects are fun too. It is capable of getting LOUD enough to practice with a drummer (easily). However there seems to be some serious quality-control issues.The brand-new, in-the-box model that i ended up bringing home BUZZES badly. I will be returning this amp, and I'm not sure if I will be exchanging it for the same thing...

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    5.0

    This a great practice amp

    By Butters-OBLaX

    from Illinois

    This amp is made for practice, or maybe a small gig. I wish you could adjust the amount of reverb but if you have effects petals your gonna love it. i have emgs, 81/85 with the 85 in the bridge. the distortion is awesome with anything from Zeppelin to dir en grey. also, the amp presets are iffy. i like the metal. the acoustic simulator breaks up. the black face, tweed, and hot-rod settings sound like they can use a bit more treble. It has some amp noise and it also cuts the volume around 2. Its a great amp and it suits my playing styles. I should got the Frontman 25R, but i didnt want to wait. i may end up buyin a Celestion 30W speaker when this one blows!Ebony Epiphone SG Special: Customized with 2-volumes, Zakk Wylde EMGs 81/85 with a Pro-Co Rat 2 distortion petal and Dimarrzio cables.

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    5.0

    Great Solo Guitar Amp

    By MartinMan-YRA.1

    from Owosso, MI

    Plenty of people have mentioned how great the amp is as a practice amp and I completely agree. However, I play chord melody solo guitar and this amp is perfect for it. I put it on the jazz setting with a little reverb (built in effect) and tweek the guitar and amp a little and I get beautiful tone that sounds good recorded and works when I'm playing in front of a small group of people (coffee shop, house party, etc). I bought this amp years ago when I was first learning how to play and its been a faithful partner. I definitly recommend this amp!

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    5.0

    probly one of the best combos ive played

    By dean man-GAm6t

    from chase city, VA

    definitely one of the best practice amps ive played.not good for playing a show but its not supposed to be. great for just practicing in your room or whatever. great for the price.

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    4.0

    fender fm25 dsm

    By illusion008

    from san diego

    Why are all these haters complaining that this amp isn't loud enough and the effects suck. What do you expect from an amp for this price! This is obviously a practice amp and a good one at that. This amp is ideal for the bedroom and the features are a great intro to the world of digital effects. Would I try to power my guitar through this amp with a full band behind me? No! Would I rely on these effects to record or play live? Heck no! Would I use this amp to practice my licks in my bedroom? Absolutely. I even plug my acoustic into this thing and it sounds fantastic--perfect for a coffee shop gig. People, use this amp for the right application and you won't be disappointed.

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    2.0

    MUCH better amps out there for the price

    By musicdude17

    from San Diego, CA

    Ive had this amp for a few years, and I bought it on pretty much an impulse buy. I just really wanted effects. The things is, the effects on this thing are TERRIBLE. You cant even control the amount. Also, it is terribly quiet. The amp i had before it, a Fender 15G was much louder, even though it had not even two-thirds of the wattage. The one good quality about it is that it seems to hold up reasonably. All in all, I would suggest something from the Vox Valvetronix line (ignore the looks :P)

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