my 1st solid state student amp, but its more of a fuzz box for me
this is my 1st solid state student amp purchased 25+ years after I started playing.... I got a beat up one on a larkfrom my local GC for like 10 or 15 bucks when I was buying strings.... I've been padding down the speaker out into a DI and suing it as a super nasty distortion unit. I might mod it some too to make it less polite when turned up. Its actually a pretty cool fuzz box for non-traditional guitar sounds. I got the idea when I was listening to smashing pumpkins with my toddler and remembered that Corgan had said that the weird guitar tone for the riff in Everlasting Gaze was a little crate student amp. I figured what the heck, lemmee get a pre-modelling junk toy amp for my own vile uses. And next thing you know I was recording my own snakey riff and went off to the races on a garbage-inspired song, although I skipped the crap speaker and went right into the board LOL
I actually have this thing out of the pressboard cab right now and threw the cab in the attic.... I will probably mod it and then try to rack it so i can throw it in a true bypass loop for use in front of an amp using the line out jack. Or maybe I'll rack it and just throw it in a spare amp switcher loop on my egnater head switcher so it can drive good speakers. At 15 solid state watts I can do my 'turn it to 11' fuzz trick for a gimmick tone live but easily revert back to my fancy amps for most sounds. We'll see. I am prettys ure the shit speaker is going to et used for target practive if I ever get out to paintball again!
edited almost 2 years ago
Not bad for a little amp.
I've had my frontman for at least 10 years now, and it still works just fine for me. I've found that the headphone jack can be a little bit hit and miss (but that might just be through my long term wear and tear on the amp).
The sound is pretty solid, and can be surprisingly loud for such a small bit of kit. Because it is small it is easily portable for carrying between places. I'd recommend it for home practice or for newer players, but it probably won't give you the tone or presence you'd want for performing/gigging.