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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Any Love for the Solid State Fender Frontman Amps?



Mar 11th, 2017 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

With the exception of the 80's when my old band rented a large rehearsal warehouse where we practiced at full volume with our stage rigs, I have always used a small Fender amp for home practice or band practice (including my current part-time band) where we play at room volume in the house or garage and I have only had two. A 1975 Fender Silver face Champ which I bought new in 75 and refurbished recently and gave to my daughter, and my current 25W Fender Frontman with the 10" speaker.

The Frontman has beautiful cleans across the board and the reverb is quite good. The gain channel sucks and sounds dull (no tube saturation) but volume wise, and clean, the amp fills up the garage or living room for practice nicely, actually sounds very good and Fendery, and is small and easy to toss in the seat of the car.

Have had this amp for 10 years and have no idea what the other Frontmans (the larger ones) sound like or whether they have improved the gain channel but inquiring if there is any love for these.

Will say however that my bud has a same size tube Super Champ and that amp kills..........

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olde New England

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Mar 11th, 2017 06:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

No experience with the Front man series per se, but Fender does a nice job replicating the classic clean tones via Solid state.
I do have a 90's era s.s. Deluxe 112 which sounds good and Fendery, and even though it's 60 watts, makes a nice practice amp.



Mar 11th, 2017 09:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

The frontman 25 amps sound really good and can handle a small bar just fine, even with a few horns. I added an eminence legend speaker in place of the stock one, for noticeably more bass and clean tones. Didn't hurt to have found one in red, never used the distortion channel as many comment, mine is 5 years old, no problems.



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Mar 12th, 2017 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

played many shows with a Frontman 25 with a Ragen Cagen speaker

also like super champ x2 and mustang 3

the bigger tube amps are sitting in storage
just picked up a Champion 40 put a Jenson P12N in it this morning sounds good with a Tele with twin rails pickups

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Mar 12th, 2017 06:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

They're perfectly serviceable clean amps.

I used their predecessor, the old "Sidekick", for a long time recording.

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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Mar 14th, 2017 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Frontman amps, like the rest of the s.s. Fender amps that came before and after, are the unsung heroes of the Fender amp line.
While the tube amps get all the glory, Frontman amps can be found in bedrooms, practice spaces, and backlines all over.
I'd venture to guess they're the dirty little secret of alot of tube-sniffers as well.

(This message was last edited by swampyankee at 09:39 AM, Mar 15th, 2017)

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Mar 15th, 2017 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Frontman probably paved the way for the Mustang and Champion amps. All good value for the money.

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So. Cal. USA

Mar 15th, 2017 10:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

When Joe Walsh was on The TV show Daryl's House, he is clearly shown playing through a Fender Frontman 212. (100 watt 2-212) The recording is killer. I have no idea what pedals he has in front of the thing but the amp had great tone for that session.

There is a lot of tone in those fingers however I though it very cool for him to be playing through an SS amp that cost $300 brand new.

All the old shows are available on line.



Mar 15th, 2017 02:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have never played through a Roland Jazz chorus which sound incredible clean but I can tell you that most of the Fender solid state ones I have played or heard are very nicely voiced; a clean Strat sounds great through them and other Fender guitars as well.....I imagine Fender figured out how to replicate the best sound out of their guitars through whatever ss circuit they designed.


michigan usa

Mar 15th, 2017 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

That was my experience as well. I've played through a couple older non-frontman models and thought they were fantastic with single coils, a great Fender clean tone.

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olde New England

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Mar 15th, 2017 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

I still have my 90s era s.s. Deluxe 112, which was the predecessor series to the Frontman. The Drive channel is typically cheesy, but the normal channel still sounds great, 25 years on. Treble, mid and bass controls I can dial in to get a fair Deluxe Reverb tone, or tone down for nice clean jazz tone.

(This message was last edited by swampyankee at 01:07 PM, Mar 16th, 2017)


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...it's good enough.
Mar 16th, 2017 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a little SS '93 Bronco that I love.
I believe it was based on the Frontman series - I remember there being a Frontman model that was different only in cosmetics.

I had a BF VibroChamp when I bought the SS Bronco and I ended up selling the VC because the Bronco sounded better to me. I know that's blasphemy to some, but I still enjoy that Bronco. It's a great little practice amp.


SoCal, South Bay

Mar 16th, 2017 07:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Of my meager collection of four Fender amps, two of the 60's era, my Frontman 25R fits the bill for a small, portable amp.

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Mar 16th, 2017 09:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

A friend of mine has my old SS Bronco.

It's a fine, fine little amp.

Two sounds, really, but they're great sounds.


LA , Calif

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May 17th, 2017 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a 93 tweed bronco thong they called it tube emulation . Sounded fine to me yet there is something about hard wired tube fender amps that just take it to a different level . Had a Frontman too and it was ok.



May 18th, 2017 05:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have 2 Frontman 25s, and a Frontman 212. I use one of the 25s with a Ragin Cajun speaker, the other has a Blue Label Fender speaker. All my effects are MXR, and the distortion tones are from the amp. I have had people walk up and lift my amp to see what's in the back. Fender Blacktop Tele with GFS VEH pickups. I have not used the 212 at a gig yet . Lots of fun for little money.

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