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    I am a small 1 man sound company and until now I have no backline gear. However, in the last year I have run into guitarists with amp problems twice and am thinking about carrying a small guitar amp as a spare for bands. I'm thinking something like a $99 Fender Frontman 25r. It's definitely not something that I would expect a band to be happy about, but their other option is to DI the guitar and rely on a stage monitor to hear themselves. In the 2 instances one guy went the DI route, the other guy use an acoustic guitar for everything rather than switching to a solidbody for the songs he had planned to use it. Is a Frontman 25r better than nothingor a waste of my money & pack space? Any suggestions on something else cheap & small. I don't play so I would be a terrible judge of testing a used amp and I kind of like the idea of getting the little Fender in red and no one will confuse it as being their own.
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    Something in me says that you are responsible for your gear and the band should be responsible for theirs. Just me.
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    • #3
      I should add that I only expect someone to use the clean channel as all bands I support run pedal effects. The guy that ran through a DI sounded fine through the PA. I don't understand why people use expensive tube amps when no one really hears their amp through all the effects.
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      • #4
        Something in me says that you are responsible for your gear and the band should be responsible for theirs. Just me.

        I completely agree, but for very short money I can be a bigger hero than normal to them.
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        • #5
          Sometimes I have to bust out my Sansamp Bass DI because bassist has a bad DI on their amp. Maybe a amp sim pedal would be more ideal then lugging around a guitar amp that you might use once or twice in a years worth of gigging.

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          • #6
            Sometimes I have to bust out my Sansamp Bass DI because bassist has a bad DI on their amp. Maybe a amp sim pedal would be more ideal then lugging around a guitar amp that you might use once or twice in a years worth of gigging.


            This sounds like a great option provided you have enough monitors and monitor mixes to give the guitarist an individual mix.

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            • #7
              I haven't been asked for a backup guitar amp in over 30 years...

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              • #8
                Is a Frontman 25r better than nothingor a waste of my money & pack space?


                Yes

                not a bad idea..but
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                • #9
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                  • #10
                    I'll suggest a Fender Blues JR. That's what I have... and it gets used a lot as a back-up guitar amp. Everybody who's needed to use it seems happy with it, especially considering the alternative (acoustic electric guitar).

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                    • #11
                      I'll suggest a Fender Blues JR. That's what I have... and it gets used a lot as a back-up guitar amp. Everybody who's needed to use it seems happy with it, especially considering the alternative (acoustic electric guitar).
                      Awesome amp - but over $500 , the OP was looking for something around $100.

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                      • #12
                        Awesome amp - but over $500 , the OP was looking for something around $100.


                        Personally, that amp would be my recommendation as well. It's a solid piece and doesn't get too loud. There have been times when working at certain places where I wished I had a Jr around just so I could tell the guy that he needs to shut his Twin or Super or whatever off and stop deafening the customers.

                        But yah, you're right, it is a lot more than a cheap solid state amp.

                        I advise against it: anything short of something like the Jr. and (totally just an opinion) you might as well go DI.
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                        • #13
                          I have a Roland Cube 30. You can find them for about $100 used. They sound decent, get pretty loud, and have decent effects built in. And they're durable. It would be a fine backup amp, so I'd recommend that.

                          Personally, I wouldn't provide a guitar amp to bands. If their stuff doesn't work, it's not your fault. If you do buy a $100 amp, and someone needs it, I'd say charge them $25 to use it with no exceptions. At the current rate, you'll have your amp paid for in 2 years. Or maybe not, as the band will have an amp magically appear from somewhere the second they hear something is going to cost them money...
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                          • #14
                            Awesome amp - but over $500 , the OP was looking for something around $100.

                            Well... ok... I'll suggest the OP take a dump in his left hand, and another in his right hand, rub the two together... and well... there you have it... plug the cord in where-ever it fits.

                            sorry... I missed the $100 pipedream performance suitable thing... otherwise I'd have blown by this thread. To me, a $500 performance grade backline amp that likely has a 20+ year life expectancy and similar history and is slightly bigger than a Fender Champ but kicks ass and sounds good doing it... probably cost effective.

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                            • #15
                              BTW a guitarist in one of the bands I work with bought one of those and it totally fixed his "too loud" crappy tone. He had a Hotrod Deluxe before that, he never could get that to stay at a reasonable volume. As I said, the Blues Jr is an awesome amp .

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