I just picked up an amp for recording: a Fender Frontman 25R.
It’s got 25 Watts, a 10" speaker, 2 channels and a reverb. I’ll mostly be using it for recording:
Guitar --> Turbo Tube Screamer --> Tonelab --> Fender 25R --> Microphone --> DAW (any other ideas of things to stick a cable into are welcome, of course…hehe).
It was between two amps. I actually brought home an Acoustic G20 first, and while it had a beautiful clean section, the driven sound was not so nice. So I packed it back into it’s box, very nicely so that if you happen to get a repack, and it’s mine, you won’t feel disappointed. One thing that disappointed about the G20 was the power cable, which was stunted at perhaps 3 or 4 feet long. Seriously, Acoustic? Also, no footswitch capability. The “mid shift” button gave a nice tonality change that I could see being quite useful, but it would be enhanced by a footswitch capability. The lack of effects had no leverage in my decision, but I guess it’s nice to have a built in 'verb, should I wish to jam with some locals.
So, after bringing the Fender back to the studio, I played around a bit and was able to get a whole plethora (gaggle, brood, pack) of sounds. The EQ on the Fender is more sublte, and a more useable tone can be had pretty much throughout the spectrum of the Fender’s EQ section. The mid control did not produce as much tonal spread as the Acoustic, and although I will mostly be relying upon the Tonelab for that, I will definitely miss that. The bass seems to be centered around 80 Hz, and the treble control has the most bite, giving the most tonal variation of all the EQ controls. The overdrive is just plain sweet. There’s no other way to describe it IMO. No matter where you set the gain control, a useable signal ensues. Cranked to 11, it provides enough grunt to please all but the most jaded player.
Both amps include a mix input and a headphone jack on the front panel. The Fender also includes a footswitch jack, also on the front panel. On the Fender, the footswitch and headphone jacks are standard 1/4". The mix input for the Fender comes on two RCA jacks. The headphone jack and mix input on the Acoustic are both 1/8" mini-jacks. The Fender also comes with a useable 6 foot power cable, which can be stored in the base of the cabinet using a supplied Velcro® loop. This is nice as you do not have to worry about the power cable bouncing around in transit, and poking a hole in your speaker. It would be nice to have an external speaker out, but I can always put one of those in myself.
The Acoustic G20 comes with a three years P&L warranty against manufacturing defects, compared to Fender’s five year coverage. The Acoustic G20 retails (street price) for about $70, while I bought the Fender 25R on sale for $95.