Fender 25R Frontman Series II 25W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp Texas Red 886830743658

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The Fender 25W Frontman 25R Guitar Combo has dual selectable channels—Normal and Drive—auxiliary input for CD or drum machine use, a headphone jack and separate controls for treble, mid, bass, volume,... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender 25W Frontman 25R Guitar Combo has dual selectable channels—Normal and Drive—auxiliary input for CD or drum machine use, a headphone jack and separate controls for treble, mid, bass, volume, gain and drive. Fender's Blackface cosmetic treatment—skirted knobs; silver grille cloth—makes these amps look as good as they sound.

Fender amplifiers are the result of over 50 years of experience and dedication that engineers and countless musicians have gained in recording studios and on stages around the world.

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Features
  • All front panel controls and jacks.
  • Normal and Drive channels for clean and overdriven settings.
  • Compact size ideal for rehearsal and backstage warm-up.
  • Headphone jack for private listening or output to sound equipment.
Specifications
  • Model Name Frontman 25R
  • Model Number 023-1502-000
  • Series Frontman Series
  • Type Solid State
  • Output 25W into 8 Ohms
  • Speakers 1-10" Fender Special Design Speaker, p/n 0036502000
  • Channels Two Selectable Channels (Normal and Drive)
  • Features Reverb,
  • 3-Band EQ,
  • Headphone Jack,
  • Auxilliary Input for CD, Tape or Drum Machine,
  • Remote Channel Switching,
  • Open Back Enclosure,
  • Blackface Styling with Silver Grille Cloth
  • Controls Volume Normal Channel,
  • Gain,
  • Gain Select Switch,
  • Volume Drive Channel,
  • Treble,
  • Mid,
  • Bass,
  • Reverb
  • Covering Black Textured Vinyl with Silver Grille Cloth
  • Weight 25 lb.
  • Dimensions: 15.5"H x 17"W x 8.25"D
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Fender25R Frontman Series II 25W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 193 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (152)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (46)
  • Easy to use (45)
  • Excellent sound (43)
  • Good power output (42)
  • Warm / comfy (33)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (6)
  • Weak (4)
  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (32)
  • Performances (22)
  • Amateur recording (19)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Professional musician (17), Novice (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

little amp with a punch!

I was in the market for a low price practice amp. If you've run a search on that you'll notice a lot of choices. and do you really have time to check all of...Read complete review

I was in the market for a low price practice amp. If you've run a search on that you'll notice a lot of choices. and do you really have time to check all of them out? they're so cheap you almost just wanna grab any which one. So after calling my neighborhood GC and asking for advice i went with this one. In my case, i wanted something with a good clean channel. the horse power I already have in a big line six spider amp. and like everyone else, i have enough junk that i dont' really care if the built-in sounds are good. just need a nice clean sound. I was told my best options where this frontman model and it's Marshall counterpart. best gain sound is on the Marshall; and best clean tone on the Frontman. Normally I'd take the time to compare the two, but no time to spare so i decided to just grab this one. I was glad I did. The clean sound was so pretty and nice that I suddenly realized my line 6 is junk. this thing sounds amazing. I suddenty like my guitar a lot more. Haven't had a chance to hook up pedals, but did try the gain on it. Surprisingly, it's not bad. the built in Reverb sounds decent too. definitely good enough for goofin' around while working on ideas before moving on to serious gear. So in conclusion, if you need a good clean tone, this is a very good alternative. Not having tried the Marshall, I'll avoid speaking bad about it. I'm sure it's probably very good. but I really like this thing. it doesn't sound thin, which was a complaint I had with a small line 6 practice amp I sold. it's got nice bass, mid, and high, making your guitar sound awesome and giving your pickups a chance to show their stuff. And it's got plenty of juice if you wanna' get loud. but chances are that's not really why you need it. Now i gotta start saving so I can buy something to replace my line 6 with.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Impressed

I've been a player for going on 45 years now and still active in a classic rock&roll band. I haven't had a non-tube amp for at least 25 years. Currently playing...Read complete review

I've been a player for going on 45 years now and still active in a classic rock&roll band. I haven't had a non-tube amp for at least 25 years. Currently playing through a 66' Super-Reverb or a 73' Bandmaster-Reverb. I am also a stomp box junkie. I know it's a sickness so don't judge me. I researched a little to find a respectable practice amp that I can fire up and play something at a moments notice. I decided on trying out this Frontman 25r. It got good reviews, so for the money, why not. I even picked up a replacement speaker to drop in it as soon as it arrived. I bought the Eminence Redcoat Ramrod. I know everybody recommends the Rajun Cajun. But I knew what the Redcoat can do. This amp is better than expected. Way better. For the extra 75.00 bucks to upgrade the speaker. Was a gamble that was worth it too. For a total of $160.00, the purchase was all well worth it. I think this amp will hold it's own with a full band rehearsal and even small venue gigs. Also note that the fender amp cover made for the Fender Champion 110 fits this amp perfect.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

still kicking

By david

from georgia

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Everything
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Performances

Comments about Fender 25R Frontman Series II 25W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

i have had this amp for 7 years.it has been thrown in back of trucks van trailers always works never need backup.clean sound is pure fender not made for metal distortion is thin but for blues this has punch and bite.i put mine on channel 2 the dirty channel and turn gain on just till it comes on then adjust the volume. this will cause it to break up almost like tube amps.small venues this is perfect.mike it it is good to go. i use it all the time save your back save your money this is a great little amp.great sound in my opionion

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

From a hidden jewel to a little beast........

By LESTER

from Rhode Island

Site Member

Comments about Fender 25R Frontman Series II 25W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

From a hidden jewel to a little beast just begging to be set free. I picked this amp up a couple of years ago when it was on sale at GC. Stock, out of the box it sounded pretty good. To be honest, I had no complaints. After reading the reviews, it seemed replacing the stock speaker with an Eminence Ragin' Cajun' was the most recommended upgrade for this unassuming, mild mannered, little practice amp. Now I see why. What a little beast! Easily capable of handling small to mid size rooms. A great little practice amp made even better. It should be stock equipment. Get the amp, get the speaker and be done with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Big disappointment from Fender

By Grahame

from Minneapolis

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Looks Good
  • Portable

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Weak

Best Uses

  • Looking At

Comments about Fender 25R Frontman Series II 25W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

I REALLY wanted to like this amp. It's cool looking, and a good size for carrying to smallish gigs, or gigs where I know the amp will be miked. It SHOULD be perfect. I wanted it to be perfect. But it's most definitely not, and I was sorely disappointed by it.

First of all, the reverb is goofy, and by that I mean it's incredibly touchy and imbalanced. There's no graceful increase in reverberation, like there is on my big (but heavy) Peavey Classic 50, or even on bigger Fender amps like the the Hot Rod Deluxe or the Bassman. With the Frontman 25R, you turn it up to 2 or 3, and you're swimming in reverb to the point that it's almost too much. Turn it all the way up to 10 and you're drowning in it.

Second, the tone is not pleasing at all. It sounds like you're playing in a metal connex trailer, even if you think you'e got it balanced with the tone knobs. There's no foundation or bottom end, and it sounds really middy, and therefore, muddy. I compared this amp with a Kustom Arrow 16R, which is a 30-watt amp, and the Kustom has a very nice, full sound. Why can't Fender provide the same thing?

Third, the distortion channel sucks. Turn the gain up to 2, and you have a fairly nice 70s rock crunch. Any higher than that and you just go deeper and deeper into Metal Land. Like with the reverb, there's no room to finesse it. It's either "This".....or "THIS!!!!"

Finally, the clean channel, as other reviewers here have pointed out, is simply awful. The sound distorts when the volume is up around 4, and then it just sounds like a low-gain distortion. So what's the point of having a clean channel if it's just going to sound like the dirty channel?

Overall the Frontman 25R feels like a poorly-made amp that was rushed through design and production with nary a thought given to the potential venues in which this amp might be used. Fender thinks they can slap some red tolex on the shell and people will think it's better than it really is. And as a result, I'll be bringing my amp back to the store today and exchanging it for something else.

If you're really looking for a good small (30w or less) amp with great sound, great distortion, and reverb, your money will be better spent on something like a Kustom Arrow 16R or a Vox Pathfinder 15. Don't waste your money on Fender, especially this one.

 
5.0

I like it!

By Charles

from Lincoln Park, Mi.

Comments about Fender 25R Frontman Series II 25W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

I wanted a decent practice amp so I picked this one up. Reviews were pretty good and overall, accurate. I wanted some decent reverb and the spring definitely got my attention. The amp sounded good right out of the box. A little muddy at high volumes but that was expected. I changed out the speaker with a 60 watt G10 Vintage Celestion which cleaned it up a bit. I also picked up a pedal for channel select. Cleans are great for Blues and Country, Gain kicks for the Hard Rock stuff and the reverb sounds great in moderation. Classic Fender tones are there for sure. A great practice amp is exactly what it is! If that's what you're looking for, I'd recommend it all day long! Delivery from Guitar Center was super fast. Nice job G.C.

 
5.0

Fender Greatness

By Bobby

from Pilot Point, Tx

Comments about Fender 25R Frontman Series II 25W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

Sold my 1970s Super Reverb awhile back. Was just looking for a practice amp. Got an amp by another name. Just wasnt satisfied. Didnt have that Fender warmth and reverb sweetness. Watched the youtube vids and read all the reviews on this Frontman, Went to GC today and bought it. Everything I hoped it would be. Has that warm Fender tone, bright highs and punching bass tones. True spring reverb and enough power to play a small banquet room or backyard party. Best 100 bucks I ever spent.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes I take this amp on the road.

By Raymond L

from Beloit, WI

Comments about Fender 25R Frontman Series II 25W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

When you need a small amp and don't know what to do, go FENDER. I like this little Frontman 25R. I use this as one of my main amps. I take it on the road. I even played my Martin D-Custom with a Dean Markley woody pickup through this amp on a tour and it sounded great. You can always mic a small amp and do a big stage too. This is light weight and compact so hauling it in a small car on tour will leave you room for other stuff in the trunk.Fender did a great job on this amp and when you NEED an amp that is affordable and NEED it NOW, go FENDER. Guitar Center knows FENDER too and that is a good thing for you. You can get a killer warranty and when your music is your bread and butter you want that added insurance. This amp has a great tone and built in reverb and overdrive. I have played through a lot of Fender solid state amps and through a lot of Fender tube amps. If you play small venues and house parties this is a great amp for that. It has a place to plug a CD paler with two RCA connections for the Aux. input. That way you can crank up your favorite CD and play along with it. Want to go from clean to overdrive? This has a foot switch with it. Fender thinks of everything. There is even a velcro power cord holder built in the back. Head phone jack (1/4 inch) is on the front so you can play at night with head phones and not make the neighbors mad. I have owned, still own and played many many Fender products and many of those were purchased through Guitar Center. there is a reason for this. When it works you don't mess with a good thing. I always have good luck with Fender and I always have good luck with Guitar Center and both are all over the country and when you play music as your job, you need to have the right stuff. I had this amp a few months and I love it. I like the red color too. This is only a 25 watt amp but it can hang in there on a lot of shows as long as you are not playing metal with those guys that have all those stacks. For most other gigs it is a great little amp. Perfect amp for the home and makes a great shop amp for those who need an amp for that. Get one today. I like it because it is one cool little amp and it works.

 
2.0

Looks cool, sounds bad, cheap amp

By Phoenix Rover

from Scottsdale, Arizona

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Weak

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender 25R Frontman Series II 25W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

      While this amp looks pretty cool with the red vinyl, it's not very good sounding, and mine didn't last very long. I did replace the stock speaker with an Eminence Ragin' Cajun' speaker, and it sounded much louder and better. But, the amp quit on me after less than a year's use, and I hardly played it at all, just using it occasionally around the house as a practice amp.

      I can understand if you can't afford a Marshall Stack, or something equivalent to that. But, try and save a little more money & grab a better Fender amp, or a Peavey Vypyr, etc.

       
      2.0

      Not for me

      By Decades

      from Up North

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender 25R Frontman Series II 25W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I'm an older hobbyist, former gigging musician. I owned one of the original 25r amps from about 2001. Maybe it was just me, but I found the sound quality quite flat and/or harsh, and that was playing a DeArmond M72, which is a very good guitar by any standard. And the volume went from zero and then pretty much to 10, not much room in between. I didn't use any delay or chorus effects through it, which may have made it more "organic" sounding. And I never have been a fan of 10 inch speakers for guitar. I know many adore these, and I even heard a guy playing jazz chords on an ES 335 through one that sounded pretty good. Maybe I got a dud? It certainly was not in the same league as the misunderstood Spider IV 30 watt that I use at home now. But that is another review!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great amp at a great price

        By joey1444

        from dfw tx

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Fender 25R Frontman Series II 25W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

          After a 45 year absence in playing I needed an amp to begin again. Glad I waited to get one of these on the final shipment. Needing to relearn playing as well as relearning amps I did not want a modeling amp. Too much to get in the way of learning. The 10" speaker over others with an 8" is a plus as is the 3 band EQ over the others with only 2. Good clean sound with acceptable dirty sound and a little reverb is a great way to get back to playing again. No wonder it has a rating of 4 3/4 stars out of 5 with 124 reviews. A really fine product for the money. Too bad Fender has discontinued it now.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Mighty Mouse of an amp!!

          By Dave

          from Lake Havasu City Arizona

          Comments about Fender 25R Frontman Series II 25W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

          I received my Fender Frontman 25R today, unpacked it,, plugged everything in and BUZZZZZZZ. Tried all the settings on the amp and on my Les Paul, nothing. Man, how disappointed... then I tried a new cable from the guitar to the amp. Crystal clear and smooth, that 1 year old $40.00 cable was shot. The drive has a good hard sound that you will like if you play in the drive mode. The controls are easy to use and the treble, middle and base controls make a big difference. The reverb has a good added sound also. The headphone jack can also be used as an unbalanced line by using a 1/4" stereo or mono plug. You will need to buy a footswitch as it is not included. The amp is small in size but big in sound. I have the volume set at 2.5 anything higher would get my neighbors knocking on the door. Buy a new cable if you order a new amp or guitar. Over all, I would rate this little mighty mouse of an amp a 10. Perfect for home practice or small gigs. I ordered the amp on Monday from Guitar Center in Vegas and received it on Wednesday in Arizona. Guitar Center in Vegas is on the ball !! Good friendly service.

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