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heads on fire 01/28/2012

Fender FM 25R : heads on fire's user review

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Model Name: Frontman® 25R
Series: Frontman®
Amplifier Type: Solid State
Color / MSRP* / Part # :

Inputs: One
Auxiliary Input: Auxilliary RCA Input for CD/MP3 Player, Drum Machine, etc.
Headphone Jack: 1/4" Headphone jack
Channels: Two Selectable Channels (Normal and Drive)
Power Handling: 25 Watts into 8 Ohms
Controls: Normal Volume, Gain, Drive Select Switch, Drive Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Reverb

Cabinet Material: Black textured vinyl covering
Handle: Molded Black Handle
Front Panel: "Blackface"™ Style Control Panel
Amplifier Length: 8.25" (21.6 cm)
Amplifier Width: 17" (43.2 cm)
Amplifier Height: 15.5" (39.4 cm)
Amplifier Weight: 25 lbs. (11.4 kg)
Effects: Reverb

Speaker: 1-10" Fender® Special Design Speaker
Speaker Impedance: 8 Ohm

Footswitch: Uses Optional 1-Button Footswitch for Channel Select, p/n 0994052000 (Not Included)
Knobs: Skirted Amp Knobs


This is an alright little guitar practice amp from Fender. I'm saying it's "OK", because other amps in a similar price point are better, like any of the Line 6 Spider series amps. The reason why those amps are better than this one is that this amp only has 2 channels. I know, I grew up on one and then two channel practice amps, so what should I be complaining about? The Line 6 amps at this price range have 4 channels, so a wider variety of sounds can be used. Also, those amps have a variety of effects, like delays, chorus, flange, phase, and tremolo - all with the ability to save sound setups in each channel.

This Fender, by contrast, has reverb, and two channels. They sound decent, but there's not nearly as much variety, so there's not as much to keep today's ADHD generation kids entertained. Shiny bells and whistles help keep easily bored kids stay into creating sounds, which keeps the guitar in their hands, which gets them to be better musicians.


The sounds it does offer aren't anything special. It's a small solid-state practice amp, so it sounds like a small solid-state practice amp. Nothing would make this amp sound like a raging Marshall stack. This little guy has 25 watts of power, whereas the comparable L6 amp has just 15. So it is a louder amp overall.


I just think Fender can do better than this. It seems like they're skating by on name recognition and cosmetics. This amp isn't nearly as versatile as a comparable Line 6, so I can't recommend it.