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iamqman 07/06/2011

Fender FM 25R : iamqman's user review

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Fender has been building these inexpensive practice amps and they have really taken off. These amps though very inexpensive and not built very well have a huge market for many beginner guitarists or musicians that need a simple amp for practice usage.

These amps doesn't sound very good and not really intended to be killer tone machines either. They are designed to be practice units and silent players. If you need a cheap amp for silent playing and want a Fender tone then this is the way to go. This is not interned to be a gigging amp.

Fender Frontman 25R Texas Red 25-watt Combination Electric Guitar Amplifier Features:

* Amp type: solid state
* Output: 25 watts into
* Ohms: 8 ohms
* Speakers: 1-10" Fender® Special Design Speaker
* Channels: two selectable channels (normal and drive)
* Reverb
* 3-band EQ
* Headphone jack
* Auxiliary input for CD, tape or drum machine
* Remote channel switching
* Open back enclosure
* Blackface styling with silver grille cloth
* Covering: black textured vinyl with silver grille cloth

UTILIZATION

Detail
Type Solid State
Number of Channels 2
Power 25W
Speakers 1 x 10" Fender Special Design
Effects No Effects
Reverb Yes
EQ Treble, Middle, Bass
Amp Modeling No Amp Modeling
Number of Models 0
Number of Tubes 0
Preamp Tubes No Tubes
Power Tubes No Tubes
Inputs 1 x Instrument, 2 x RCA (Aux)
Outputs 1 x Headphones (1/4")
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop No Effects Loop
Height 15.5"
Width 17"
Depth 8.25"
Weight 25 lbs.

SOUNDS

There is no sound difference in this amp than the black version. You just get a nice red tolex job rather than the standard black tolex covering. I prefer the look of the black personally.

It doesn't have that many control knobs to get in the way so it is not a hard amp to get used to The thing has two channels and in my opinion it should have some amp modeling or something else to go along with this thing. To me the clean are fantastic but the dirty channel is really thin brittle and everything a solid state amp sounds like. It has no character or soul in the tone and you ave to fight the thing to make a decent sound out of it.

For the cleans they accept a Fender Strat or Tele best. For the dirty channel any less than a humbucker style guitar will just sound like trash. Doesn't really matter what guitar you use with it because it is a big disappointment.

OVERALL OPINION

I do not recommend this amp to anyone. If you want something that sounds good good with the Peavey Viper or the Roland Cube. At new these units come in at around $99. Even though the price is very low the sound from this thing just doesn't make you want to play the guitar for hours. And that is the biggest factor in buying and amp....does it make you want to get better as a player....the answer for this amp is simply...no. I don't want to hear this thing and I don't want to look at it. If only used as a practice unit for silent purposes then it does the trick.