I just recently added this little Frontman 15G to my gear. I already knew what to expect, first off there is already one in the house (my son's), secondly I purchased it for $30. I only bought this as an amp to use with my daughter, during her music lessons, and the fact that they aren't stocked in most stores anymore. It sounds like a plain old solid state amp. The "Clean" channel has some distortion bleed over, even when the "Lead" channel is turned all the way down. The Clean channel starts to breakup early on in the volume progression and isn't necessarily a good breakup either. The Lead channel is definitely a SS type of distortion. Not warm and inviting like Tubes, but a mashed up, mangled mess of what used to be your signal. Having said that, I like the Lead channel just for this very reason. Sometimes I want that distortion sound as opposed to the warmth of overdriven tubes. It can make for some great sounding background rhythm guitar fills, as well as some wonderful ambient noise. You can plug headphones into it and play around in the middle of the night when inspiration jerks you out of a wonderful dream involving Rhum drinks, steak, lobster rolls, grouper sandwiches, and spaghetti vongole; a sailboat, and the unbridled affections of Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, and Taylor Momsen at 0300. Of course that might be my own issues with that example but here we are.
I have had this amp since I was 9 years old. It seems like the quintessential beginner's amp. It has 2 channels, clean and dirty. And it has one set of eq's. 15 watt amp that is perfect for starting out.
It can do that fender distortion sound and it sound real nice on clean guitar. I used to run my electronic rig through it with VDP until I got a better amp and headphones.
If you want to start something, this is something to start with. Very easy to understand and set up, this will rock your bedroom...and that´s about it. Start saving for something bigger.
Good little amp for beginners, surprising amount of gain in it from what I recall. Since been moved on to another family member of mine who is learning to play so admittedly I've not heard it for some time!
This is a great practice amp, and can get suprisingly loud considering its small size and low wattage. The clean tone on this amp is wonderful, it doesn't do what some amps, like orange or marshalls, do where the clean tone is secretly just a low gain drive. I prefer the tone on this amp to my 50w Laney HC50r, and whenever I'm recording I use this amp, however, as one would assume, it lacks the power to be a great gigging amp.
An amp made for the beginner whose budget interference with rent, food, gas, and other expenses to be dealt with. It contains two channels; clean and drive. I bought this amp to begin using my Squire to get the experience of using an amp for the first time. I now use it as a speaker to play music from my phone and it is quite impressive for the little amp to come out with a nice kick!
I got it on the same day I was given my first guitar. Is this a great amp? No. Does it occasionally have an annoying buzz? Yes. Is the distortion rather dumb? Yeah. Does it get the job done when I just want to plug in and play? It sure does. It's just an amp. Nothing more, nothing less.