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Fender 15R Frontman Series II Guitar Combo Amp

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Silver grille cloth, skirted knobs, and other Blackface appointments give the Fender Series II Frontman 15R Guitar Combo Amp the traditional Fender l...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

FEATURES
  • Blackface cosmetics
  • Great Fender tone
  • 2 channels (Normal and Drive)
  • Reverb
  • 15W
  • 8" speaker
  • Headphone jack
  • Aux input for CD, tape player, or drum machine
  • 13-1/4"W x 12-1/2"H x 7-1/4"D
  • 15 lb.
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3.6

(based on 77 reviews)

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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.

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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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3.0

if you play metal don't buy this amp

By AC/DCROCKS

from California

For the price this is a great practice amp. Everything is pretty much great. On the other hand, the reverb and the distortion are really bad. when i put the reverb on ten it gives a slight buzzing sound. When put the distortion on ten it buzzes like hell, so if you play metal you'd be better of with a different amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good first amp -- Otherwise look elsewhere

By Jay-w65M1

from Los Angeles

This amp happens to be my first amp, which I purchased ~6 years ago. For the price it was an OK buy at the time. Anyways, I never really liked the distortion channel. It's pure hiss and fuzz, ZERO definition to be quite frank. With a distortion pedal it's slightly better, but you're still not going to get a desirable tone. On the other hand, the clean channel isn't bad for an amp at this price. The smart thing to do is use the clean-channel and use an amp/effects emulator like the digitech RP series. Of course this defeats the purpose of buying such a cheap amp, so my conclusion is: Spend a little more, get the Peavey Vypyr or Line 6 spider. At this stage a modeling amp is your best bet, TRUST ME!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

older 15R Frontman

By CB

from Montana

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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 $$$

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Great - when it worked...

By Tonebender-GXkGF

from NC

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Bought it about three years ago. Worked great and was not as good sounding as my early 80s Fender solid state, but it did the adequate reverb sound. A couple months ago it started to buzz. And then a few weeks ago it completely stopped sounding through the input jack. This is the 3rd Fender amp to go out on me in this manner - stops making a sound. I won't be buying a Fender amp any time soon.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good lil' Amp

By Steve-O-VP77W

from Sound Beach, NY

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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.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Do Not Buy

By boozbuster673

from Northern California

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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.

 
3.0

okay amp

By andy727

from mississippi

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this amp is okay for beginers and can make lots of noise, but the distortion channel won't make the sound i want. this amp is excellent if you want something little to mess around with, but if you want to play at place and record, you're going to need something better. so my advice is if you're looking for a really good amp and are shourt on money, just wait and save, don't buy this

 
4.0

Great Practice Amp

By Pythagoreemostophanese20

from Lenox, MA

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I got this amp about two years ago and it's been great since then. But now when I plug my bass in it just makes a loud buzzing sound. Besides that, the features are pretty good, andd itt's a great practice amp.

 
5.0

Good Practice Amp

By Slideman's Blues

from OC

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I find the amp to very nice sounding at lower volumes. Good tone both bass and highs. Where the amp is marginal is at higher volumes as the amp will will hiss and sound for lack of a better word: ratty. For my purpose which is practice at acoustic to moderate volumes the amp is very good. The 5 year warranty says something good as well.

 
1.0

Reverb meets The Hiss & Noise Parade

By Johnny-FiKKh

from Westville, NJ

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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.

 
5.0

It's grrreaaat!

By Donnie San Diego

from Colorado Springs

I just recently bought this amp from Guitar Center and i think it gives an incredible tone. Its also very very loud ive never had my volume past 3 and the drive channel makes it even louder and makes the amp so much cooler to play with. I also love reverb and the amp sounds cool with distortion and reverb on 5. Don't hesitate to buy this amp its the best amp I've ever heard!

 
5.0

Great practice amp

By Tahlon

from San Francisco, CA

Sounds great. With the 3 bands, reverb, and drive channel you can do a lot with the sound and make it really loud.

 
4.0

amp

By guitarist-7

from Bauxite, AR

Quality of this amp is good. It holds up to abuse. I've dropped it 2-3 times and it still plays the same. Fender makes good tube amps but their solid-state amps aren't all they're said to be. The reverb on this amp isn't really all its said to be. If the price wasn't as high as it is I might give this amp a better rating. The features aren't as good as most fender amps but for a first amp this would be a good choice. Gets good sound for practice but don't crank up the gain too much. The speakers tend to get feedback when you use pedals and gain. The fender frontman 15-watt amp is a good beginners amp but if you can afford it get a tube amp instead.

 
5.0

Works, and works well

By ty's girl

from Rural Alaska

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.

 
5.0

Very Great Amp For Blues, All The Way To Metal

By Nick Mcquaid92

from Proctorville OH

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I have had this amp for a year and a half now and it is the best amp I have owned yet. The equalizer settings sometimes on the treble isnt so sharp but for the most part if you play music that involves pedals for your setup, then this is the amp to get. I run a Boss Metal Zone and Boss Flanger pedal through this thing and the sound and the tone is Amazing! It's a dynamite deal and I recommend it to guitar players of all genres.

 
4.0

Not the best value, but a good amp to buy used.

By Hhsc

from Detroit, Michigan

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I just recently bought this amp used from a friend and I am very pleased. It has some good features, and can make you sound better than you are. I would not suggest an advanced player to buy this amp, but if you want a good practice amp this one is the one for you.

 
5.0

Good practice/beginner amp

By TELEmeLATER995

from Anchorage, AK

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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.

 
3.0

a good practice amp

By Psalm 51 is a blues song.

from Carson City, NV

No I dont own one of these. But Costco sells them and I go in and demo them all the time.I like it. I have noticed that the clean channel lacks a little power, but for a small amp that one wants to use without getting too loud I think it is great. No it is not a vintage deluxe or even a 'mini twin' or anything like that, but for the other small practice amps available this has the best sound that I have found for the starter line or small practice amps.

 
4.0

Good..........if first amp.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is the only amp i have so its good. If you know a lot about amps and played with a lot you'll probably say its horrible. You should buy the fender bullet its the same price with a lot mor features.

 
1.0

What a letdown

By LowDownBlueStrat

from Clinton Township, MI

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I am a huge fan of Fender amps, and have used them for years. This is the first bad amp I've ever gotten from them.The tone is pitiful. The clean channel buzzes horribly even on 1 or 2, no matter how I back the volume down from my guitar. Clean tone breaks up on 2, even with headphones. The overdrive is muddy and flat.For the price, you'd expect a decent, usable practice amp. This is a complete piece of garbage. It dosen't sound like a Fender amp at all. I'm sending it back. C'mon, Fender, you can do way, way better than this.

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