I'd definitely recommend buying it as a first practice amp. If you've already got a practice amp, you'd have to have a pretty cruddy one for this to be an upgrade. New bassists? I say go for it. You can get a cheap one used from people upgrading.
Where Obtained: Friend
I think that's been pretty well covered in other reviews. Two inputs, 1 basic l/r RCA input, preamp out, master volume, high/mid/low equalizer.
As a practice amp, this is more than sufficient. It's well worth the money paid for it. Like anyone, a little more ampage wouldn't be unwelcome, but it serves it's purpose. I've never had a problem. The little buzz I've had out of it is muted by lower the mids a tad.
It's light; easily counterbalanced by a bass in a hard-case (my way of judging portability). Being a practice amp, you won't have to worry much about fine-turning the controls.
I've never really put it to the test with heavy-duty travel, but what I've moved it around, I've never encountered any trouble. It's never needed to go into the shop for any critical.
If you try to use this amp for anything more than at home practice, you will likely be disappointed. However, if your expectations are realistic for this 15 watt amp, it should work out for you quite well.
If it was lost or stolen, I would buy another used one if priced less than $50.
Where Obtained: Bass Northwest
The Frontman II 15B is a very rudimentary bass amp -it's intended for practicing. The auxiliary input is very handy for amplifying a metronome or a cd player. There seems to be ample power for use in the home. If you have sleeping children in the house, you wouldn't want to turn it up very loud anyway. My wife, anyway, claims that it's loud enough. It's very compact, and will fit nicely in a small room where space is at a premium. It has the classic 60's Fender blackface styling treatment that looks very good, in my opinion.
I use the amp with a semi hollow 4-string violin style bass. This combination provides a very pleasant warm clean tone provided the volume is set no higher than '4'. Any higher than that level will produce an annoyingly distorted tone. With this amp, your gigs should be limited to accompanying accoustic ensembles in the living room.
It's easy to use in that there aren't many controls - volume, and three tone controls. At just over 20 pounds, it's very easy to carry around.
It looks like it will withstand quite a bit of rough handling with its Tolex covering and metal corners. Most of these amps probably don't see much if any road use, though.
This is good for a 1st practice amp at a low price
i wouldnt recommend playing with a drummer and guitarist with it...but i did a few times...
more than enough power for a starter bass player that is playing by himself in his room
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
its a practice amp... its a beginners practice amp
It is not clean at all at high ranges... its a beginners practice amp
Very easy to use... plug and play
its a beginners practice amp
It probably wont fall apart...had it for a while... does a lot of just sitting in the room though....
Where Obtained: Sam ash
I was looking for a good practice amp and I got the fender frontman 15b its perfect just for sitting down (or standing up watever floats your boat) and playing a couple of songs. Not something you would take on stage but worth its weight in gold.
Very good sound qaulity nothing else to say really.
Not complicated its got a volum eof course, and eqalizer switchesEven a person who has never seen an amp could set it pretty much right.
I have Dropped it twice AND IT IS ALREADY USED and it sounds perfect. Reliable but I wouldn't take it on stage not for the reliability but i perfer and huge stack with a deep growl.
Perfect for practicing and beginers.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Axes Music
Two input jacks, headphone jack, power amp in jack, power amp out jack, volume knob, low, med, and high knobs.
It can get very loud, and it's a great practice amp.
Very easy. You might have to tweak the knobs a bith though.
Great, that's pretty much all I have to say here.
I chose this one cause I needed a practice amp, and it played well for the friend I bought it from.
I wouldn't buy it again.... There are others out there that I could get more out of.
Where Obtained: my friend and fellow bassist of destruction, Zack
Low, Mid, And Hi Range controls
It is more than loud enough to p--- of my parents! :-P
Jackson P5 Performer
Jazz, Blues, Rock, Metal
It can play what I need in a practice amp
It has a nice sound. I haven't really played on that many other amps to compare it. Not really sat down and done the comparison at least.
It is as clean as a plate of food once I get done with it
I don't use distortion with it....
It's a practice amp, how much simpler can you get!
Don't use it anywhere but home.
Never been repaired.
Teh construction is solid.
My wife and I were looking to get a good practice amp for her to learn on, for less than $150. I considered the higher watt Ibanez and Dean Markley models, but they sound horrible.
The Crate BX15 and the Fender Frontman 15B where the final two we came to try, and the only two Guitar Center really offers in this range.
If you need a low wat amp to practice on, this one is great and it can be heard over my lead guitar (plugged into a 60-watt Fender Princeston Chorus), when you turn the volume up about mid-way.
Price: $139.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
- Solid state
- Headphone jack
- Ext. Speaker out
- 8" speaker
- 3 band EQ
- closed back
- 40hz to 20 KHz bandwidth
The Frontman 15B is the best small bass amp for under 25 watts that I have heard. The sound is clean and amazing enough sounds somewhat like a bass amp (compared to the Crate, Dean Markley and Ibanez amps in this price range).
My wife is using a Fender Squire P-Bass, but in the music store we tried out several including: a reissue Fender Jazz bass and Music Man basses.
Music style is mostly classic rock, I was looking for a solid, clean, dry bass sound in a small package. Realisticly I knew no 15w amp was going to sound fantastic, but this one sounds a lot better than the Crate BX15 (which seems to be the most popular for this price range).
Just plug it in. We perfer the EQ set on:
I had excellent luck with Fender amps in the past, this one seems built to the same standards, plus it comes with their standard 5 year warrenty from Fender.
I looked at several pratice amps and none offered the sound quality, features and ease of portability of the Frontman 25B. The only thing I would have liked better was if the effects loop and RCA jacks were located (or better yet duplicated) on the back panel.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: George's Music
After looking a several practice amps the Frontman 25B had the best sound and "bang for the buck". Has 10 inch speaker.There are inputs for both passive and active basses, effects return, and RCA jacks to connect a CD or tape player (great for play along practice or instructional CD's). Outputs for headphones and effects loop are provided. The effects loop output can be used to drive an external speaker. It has knobs for three band EQ and volume.
I use this amp with my Gibson SG style bass and my Fender fretless Jazz and it performs well with both. It does develop "white noise" in the higher volume settings.(common with many amps).
This is a very easy to use amp with all the features need for learning, practicing, or Jamming with a guitar player.