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SS-84  - Thank you Jim. I spent two hours last night discovering what I have been missing from my CDs. I finally found the amp that would match my DIY full-range speakers and at a price that did not leave a hole in my pocket. Thank you for the passion and effort that have been placed into the building of this amp.  It shows in the results. I would like you to know also that this is my favorite amp for music - it's like being rocked to sleep. It is connected to a stereo speaker that I made with Audio Nirvana full-range 12 inch speakers.  They match better than a husband and wife.  Basil C. (California)     

SS-4772 - Dear frenzeltubeamps, Thank you very much!!! I received it today, it's amazing!!! Sounds great!!! Will recommend you to my friends.  Klepatskayavi (Russia) 

SS-4772 - Hey, thanks for making such a great amp and excellent customer service. Jeb. B (North Carolina) 

FM-5E3SDR - Hey Jim, The amp is just too damn great to keep to myself, so my badass pal Steve has been exercising it .... One of the best blues players in Virginia Beach is now on my wait list to play it :-) Thx Pal and hope all is well in Texas!!! Donny P. (Virginia)


FM-5E3SDR -Thank You very much! This is by far the best amp I have ever owned (perhaps played thru?).My Carvin guitar with DiMarzio super 2’s thru a Keeley compressor, plugged into a Mesa 2/12 cab w/Celestion V30’s gives me all the tone  I need and then some. Again, Thanks.  Brian S. (California)

FM-5A3SD/6SL7 - Thanks Jim, Got the amp today. Picked it up at the post office, put the tubes in and used it on the gig. Sounds great! I'm really impressed with the fat, but still tight, compression of the 6SL7 tubes. Also the Lineout/powersoak/speak.sim is the best Lineout I've tested. I pulled back all the treble on the PA system and pushed the mid a bit to sound like the speaker I was on (marshall1912... which is dark in character). But then, the feel, which always is the thing that gets lost in the "line out" process, was identical to the speaker feel.   Kudos! Thomas D. (Norway)

STP-50 - Dear Jim,  I just absolutely love this amp.  It has such a pure tone, even when I put a small chain in front or in the loop . I still prefer nothing in front or in the loop, but I have found, surprisingly, that I can pretty easily get into high gain territory on both channels with a boost.   Matt C..(Missouri)

HBX-WC30 - Dear Jim, I’m back from California and could finally try the amp. The amp sounds fantastic...all the power amp options are great. The best sounds to me are both channels in parallel one dirty and one with a little bit of breakup.Thank you again for your help! I’m really glad about the amp and your excellent service. Every day I get more used to the amp. I have some expensive amps (Matchless, Chieftain, 70th Marshall with custom mod from Larry Amps) -  but your amp sounds better – period!  Stephan U. (Germany).
 
HBX-AC15  Hi Jim, I am from far east, Macau. I am a happy owner of  FRENZEL "Sweet Little 15" for more than 5 years & I really like it....by the way, a guitar technician came to fix my guitars yesterday, he said my HBX-AC15 sounds very nice & he wants to get one too. Matias L. (Macau)

JF-B45 SBB - Hello: I’m just emailing you again to tell you how much I love this amp.  I’ve had it a couple months now and I can’t stop playing. One week I think the Bassman side is the greatest tone in the world and the next the Bluesbreaker.  Currently I am running KT66’s in it and the tone is unbelievable.  I crank the mids and it is the bluesiest tone ever.  I put a treble boost in front of the bluesbreaker channel and I have instant “Slash” tone.  Amazing.  Thank you so much. Steve E. (Canada)


FM-5E3 -  Hi again Jim, Just installed KT66's, works fine, best amp ever !!  Tomeu C. (Spain) 

FM-5E3 DP - Hey Jim, Amp is here and really nice. I'll take a pic in the day time and send it to you. It looks great sitting on the walnut speaker cabinet. Thanks again...your service is second to none and I would happily recommend your business to anyone! Regards, Jason M (Australia)

FM-5F6MB - You guys did good!! - The Mini-Bassman arrived yesterday in excellent condition while I was at worship practice.  I built the cab for it over a month ago and was able to install the amp today and it sounds great!  This is my fourth Frenzel and never a disappointment with any of them. Many thanks, John W..(Indiana)

JF-5A3RD  Hi Jim, Got the amp JF-5A3RD  yesterday.  Your care in packing was as good as I have seen.I let the tubes warm up for about an hour and have played it for about an hour.  I am VERY impressed with the old school Jazz tones I am getting on my Mann 5 string electric mandolin. I will write a more complete review in a couple of weeks.  Let me say thank you for this wonderful piece of gear! Pete M.(Washington)

FM-5A3SD - Hi Jim, I just want to drop a note of thanks for the FM-5A3SD amp you built me. It sounds better than I hoped for! My Super Retro Deluxe (6SL7 preamp) is gigging regularly and is a joy! Thanks again, I couldn't be happier! Christian S. (Washington)

FM-5E3SD - Hey guys, I just bought another FM-5E3SD Super Deluxe-this one off Ebay.(why would somebody get rid of one?) This makes 3 in my studio, 4 on stage as our other guitarist has one. The best tone machine on the planet - I know it is for me, and has made believers out of those in earshot. My original has been flawless on stage and studio since day one over 3 years ago. Thanks for making killer amps affordable. Leon Taylor (Oregon)

FM-5E3 SD - "Hi Jim, Love this amp - everyone who plays it is amazed at the touch and tone and all jaws drop at the price. Keep on building!" Russ R. (Texas)


SS-4772 - Thanks Jim, The amp sounds absolutely amazing, this is the best sound I ever had at home. Fantastic! Darek O. (California)  

SS-4772 - Hi Jim, Thank you again for this wonderful amp. The best I ever had. I sit now and listen for hours, something I haven't done in decades..Darek O. (California)

FM-5E3 DP Jim, Just a note to say that the amp you built for me (deluxe plus) is perfect! I mostly play a Tele partscaster with Don Mare pickups. This seams to be the magic combination I have been searching for. The tone is great. It is small and light. It plays well with my pedals. I have installed it in a wood cabinet (photo attached). I did change a few tubes. I have a Phillips 5R4GY in the rectifier and RCA 6072 in the 1st position, amperex 12ax7 in #2 tone, and RCA 12ax7 in the #3 PI. The 6l6 are still the JJ. Anyway thanks for the great work! Alan B. (Texas) 

FM-5E3 DPFinally arrived on Friday. Custom built, hand wired Frenzel Deluxe Plus. So far I think it is the best amp I've ever play through. I keep changing speaker combination and it still kick's Ass. 2x10,1X10,1X12,2X12 and any combination... The F preamp and the M preamp inputs are great. Manage them with an A/B switch Greg W. (New Jersey)

HBX-AC15 - Hi Jim, My Sweet 15 arrived today, safe and sound. I got it up and running and have played it for 45 minutes or so. My initial impression is wow, what an incredible range of tones this thing has. I haven't attached my pedal board to it yet. I was just playing it straight and dry with a strat and les paul.  Lots of exploring to be done here, but I can tell already that it has incredible clarity of tone. This amp is really going to cut through the band mix. -- (9months later) I have really been enjoying my HBX-AC15 over the past nine months. Thanks, William E. (Canada)

FM-5E3 DP -  Dear Jim, You wonderful amp has arrived and has enjoyed many good hours of testing--it passed with flying colors! Thank you for sharing your excellent work with me. I wanted to pass on a few pics of the cabinet I made for it.  I love the way it all turned out. Cheers, Ben W. (Florida) 

FM-5E3 DP
  - Hi Jim, finally found the time to build a cab for the 5E3 DP, which I bought from You in 2010! I made a lightweight spruce-cab with the shape of the old Standel amps. In spite of the JBL-120 the weight is only around 17kg. Of course it sounds great! Helmut H. (Germany)

FM 5E1 - Hi Jim!  I love the old FM 5E1 that I've got! Cheers! Richard A. (Arizona) 

STS -88  Thank you Jim , I really do love the tones this amp produces - the Edge boost is a very nice feature and I will find good use of that in my playing. This amp tunes  is very reminiscence of the Rivera Amp tones  I have loved and used over the years. I look forward to getting this baby out on the gig.  As a professional Guitarist since the age of 17, I have pushed thru all the commons in pursuit of the best tone for me. That is what lead me to building my own guitars and later launching my own guitar company over twenty-three years ago. I started playing a  Mesa Boogie in 1979 and had owned many combos and "Refrigerator Racks" of the  late 80's. Then moving back to combos with Rivera Amps in the late 90's and I was pretty happy. A few years ago I wanted to go stereo again( without the refrigerator).  I talked to all kinds of boutique amp designers every year at NAMM, then I found Frenzel Amps a few months ago. I talked to Jim about what he had in his line with the features I was looking for and there it was-  the STS-88. Several other amp designers had wanted three times as much to do what I was asking for!  My amp arrived a few days ago and I  put the amp thru it's paces. I found that the tone of the amp was rich and lush as I had come to expect from the Riveras'. One feature that I really dig is the "Edge" boost.  The STS-88 has great harmonics and a pallet of color that put a smile on my face! With the custom cabinets I designed this amp really sings.  I  run my effects through the front of the amp and use my  pedals to give me crunch and overdrive tones.  I find that  the STS-88 really responds well to them all. As a guitar designer this amp really shows off the tone of my instruments which complements what I do - and again, that puts a smile on my face! As it does to those who hear me play! Thanks Jim, you hit this one outta the park! Touch Singleton (California)

JF-B45 SBB - Hello Mr. Frenzel: Received the Super Bassman/Bluesbreaker a few hours ago.  Awesome packing job by the way.  I put the tubes in right away and let it warm up.  I have not stopped playing since.  Amazing sounds.  I can’t describe the tones I’m getting out of this.  Its putting my Marshall to shame.  And by the way a Marshall Class 5 Head is an awesome sounding amp.  But this does everything.  So many tones.  And tube options will make the tonal options infinite.  Thank you so much.  I need to get back to work but I can’t stop playing.  Thanks again. Steve E. (Ontario, Canada)


SS-4772 - Hi Jim, Hope you are well, many thanks for building this awesome amplifier for me, it arrived safe and sound thanks to the excellent packing. I had never heard one but took a chance due to the great reviews for your amps. on your website and elsewhere. I'm very glad I did too, the power, tone and clarity is just amazing and I can't believe how effortlessly it drives the Kef Chorales, they've never sounded so good even without new crossovers!  The Marantz CD63se sounds fantastic through the amp. I'm now thinking of buying a Musical Fidelity M1 DAC to further improve the cd analogue output for the amp., I think it deserves the best possible signal.Nice to see the 1% tolerance resistors that's real quality, they look like 2w carbon to me? Everything looks just as good inside as out, very neatly laid out, you are right to be proud of your products! Thanks again for building it for me, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to friends and family. Pete C. (United Kingdom) 

HBX-AC15 - Just blown away! Proud owner of a AC15 HBX ! Tone,tone,tone!!! Many thanks to Jim and the whole family! I waited on purpose to see if this amp was gonna make it thru the "Honeymoon phase" before posting a comment.Safe to say its a keeper! The cleans are perfect, the dirt channel is old school and there seems to be quite a bit of tweaking for various shades in between. To be honest, I haven't felt this good about turning on a amp and plugging in my guitars in a long time. Keep doing the fantastic work you good people do!   Dan F.(New York)

FM-DP1 - Hi Jim got the preamp after the UPS man left it at the neighbors house, but my wife tracked it down. You  sure  know  your stuff.  It works great!  Adds headroom, great volume control, awesome tone. Just what you said. Dwight H. (Colorado)

FM-DP1  - Jim & Crew, -  All I can say is WOW!! This preamp sounds awesome with my Pedulla 5 string bass. I'm using a Y cable combining F&M gain  and the tone is incredible! I have played most of the high end pre's out there (I'm an old guy too)and this pre smokes all of them, not to mention the build quality, absolutely top shelf. I never really thought I would find that sound I had in my mind,,now I have. Thanks to all of you and your outstanding artistry and craftsmanship! Almost forgot,,This thing is dead quiet,,UNBELIEVABLE!!!  Thanks again,  Jeff R. (Ohio) 

FM-5E1 - Jim,  This amp is a little beauty, I was so lucky to find it....Rodrigo P. (Australia)

FM-5E1SS - Hello everyone at Frenzel, - Several years ago you built me a FM-5E1SS with as many goodies as we could fit in the chassis. It's become the only amp I play anymore and it gets played nearly every day. The amp has a character all its own but encompasses a wide variety of familiar and unique tones depending on the tubes and settings. The F/M preamp section seems simple, but is clearly very well thought out. Each channel is easily recognizable when used alone and when used together (at matching level) provides a more even balanced tone. If you drop the level going into both inputs to match the overall volume from a single channel you clean up the preamp tube and push the tone stack tube harder. Thats just one example of the level of control over my sound that my bandmates just don't have available to them. I can't thank you enough for the countless hours of enjoyment this little amp has brought me and I expect will bring down the road. Jonathan D. (Alabama)

FM-5E3 SDR - Hi, I purchased a FM-5E3 SDR used on ebay. Amp is  really really awesome! Jason M.

HB-1  - Hi, I received the Hot Box HB1 preamp, but I'm not sure if I like it. Because I absolutely Love it . 
BTW I appreciate the status emails, its been very personal. Thank you, and Kudos.  Rick C. (Kansas)

FM-DP1 - Gentlemen,  Much satisfied with your product! Gives my tone a whole new life. I like my tone to start clean and crisp, and build from there. The “M” channel has that crispness I like, and switching to the”F” channel gets me those rich overtones I love so much! Attached are some pics of the oak cabinet I made for it. Thanks very much!   Brian S. (California) 

FM-DP1 - Thank you fella's... tone just oozes out of it and running through my bassman is fantastic!! Maurio R. (Texas)

FM-DP1 - Do you remember Boris as Frankinstein's monster when a jolt of lighting wakes up Boris the monster...and old Dr. Frankenstein claims its alive!! Its alive!!!. Well my friend you have created the Boris..I miked a Bellari  MP105 into the Frenzel FM-DP1 thru a Peavey Delta Blues 2x10 Blue Marvels.  I patched the FX loop so it bypasses Peavey amp. This way it won't hurt the Peavey. The Frenzel FM-DP1 adds new dimension to my harmonica. It opens new avenues of sound. I have been honing my harp sound since 1971 and have for all these years to this day tried to make that harp sound like Miles Davis trumpet so you understand my dilema until today.  Thank you Frenzel Amps and Gus! Richard B. (Colorado)

JF-5A3RD - Hello Frenzel,  I am VERY pleased with the JF-5A3 RD "Retro Deluxe" Guitar Amp that I recently received!!!  AWESOME SOUND AND TONE!!  Chaz P. (Colorado) 

JF-5A3RD - Jim, Another big thanks... your amps are fabulous, and even more than my high expectations...am absolutely loving both amps (twin rev., and custom retro), and they have been used on most of my gigs, and sessions... the smaller sized retro fits in my case/seat, and makes it easier for the packed van tours...cheers, and hats off to you Jim... Charlie H. (Canada)

FM-5E1SS - Hi Jim, Absolutely love my new Frenzel! I think I've been searching for this tone all my life. Since it arrived, I've sold my Mesa Boogie Mark III, and am listing my Mesa Tremoverb. If I was just a little less slothful, I would have written a review by now. (I'll get around to it before too much longer.) Thanks again for the wonderful amp, and also for doing all the custom stuff I requested. Best, Robert M. (Rhode Island) 

FM-800Z - Mr. Frenzel & Sons & Co., - Got the FM-800Z   We've had it at our space for a few days.  I can't say how happy I am.  It sounds so great!  Everything about it is great.  It saturates so beautifully.  I had emailed you about my sides "collapsing" with all my effects (often in parallel) hitting the pre's I'd tried.  The 800z deals with it beautifully.  I hear compression now as opposed to distortion.  I can hit it hard with a delay and get it pumping but the reverb sliding through underneath sounds unscathed.   It's so rich sounding.  It really is exactly what I was looking for! Doug M. & Steve S. (Kansas)


FM-763 - Hey Jim, I am very happy with the amp - so far I've run a les paul and a tele through it, and it has nailed every sound I wanted it to. With the Master Volume and attenuator function, I am able to dial in any gain sound I want, and use the guitar's volume to control gain, which means I won't have to re-learn how to get 'my sound' every time I set up in a different sized room!  I can use one amp for any practice or gig I am likely to get.   Proud owner of FM-763!  Dave D. (Colorado)

FM-LJ5 - Dear Jim, The amp arrived fine. I am very happy! It is a great machine! I plugged into a Marshall 4 cone cabinet as amp (not as a preamp) and it is really great! Mostly I used the M chanell, but this is the sound I was looking for!...I don't need any pedal anymore!  Thanks and it has been a pleasure to make business with you! Roger M. (Hong Kong)

FM-DP1 - Hey Jim, I got the FM-DP1 preamp you made and it sounds awesome!  What surprised me the most is it not only sounds great for guitar (lots of possible tones), but I was able to easily tweak great harp tones out of it as well, especially on the Marshall side.  Thank you. Charles C. (California)

JF-5E1 - 
Hi Jim, Thank you for the awesome amp!  (Mark H. - Texas)

JF-5A3RD - Hey Jim, Pheeeew....just received my JF-5A3RD, amazing tone!  With just a little boost pedal to push those 6SL7 tubes over the top you get a really fuzzy, thick and unique overdrive unlike any other amps i've had.  Also has a great big round clean tone that i'm loving too.  From the way it was shipped to the build quality everything was AAA, was definitely worth the wait.  You can tell you guys take pride in what you do.  Mick B. (Illinois)

HBX-AC15 -
Hi Jim, I just got back home from university yesterday and had my first chance to play the amp you built for me during the summer. It really does sound great, I couldn't be more pleased with the amp. I'm sure as I play it more I will fall even more in love with the sounds it is producing! Many thanks for your first class product and excellent customer service, I look forward to many happy years with this amp.God bless, Andrew H. (Scotland) 

HBX-AC15 - Hi Jim,  I had a chance to play one of your HBX - AC15  amps recently and I was very impressed.  I've always thought of the original VOX as sort of a one trick pony, but the HBX-AC15 amp just had a spectacular range.  The Negative Loop(NNFB) switch really proved to be much more useful (and less gimmicky) than I expected as well!  Dave D.

HBX-WC30 - Hi, I received my amp last week. It sounds amazing! I'm blown away! Thanks for the great work and service. Austin B. (Ontario, Canada)

FM-5E3SD - Hey Guys, - Just a note to say the amp wows em everywhere. Tone snobs, even the average listener comments on the great tone. Two sound engineers at live concerts said to me "perfect guitar tone"  I now own two other amps purchased from you after hearing the first one. I just finished building another cabinet/ stack for a friend of mine who bought one. One I bought for the wife is the Purple snake-skin with red Hollowbody- the other is Marshall Red Elephant Tolex. Leon T. (Oregon) 

FM- 5E3 DP Jim, howdy, I bought a Deluxe Plus from you a couples of yeas back and have never been more pleased with an amp. Bob S.


FM-5E3/DP3 - Hi Jim, Still using the Deluxe Plus and is still great! I’ve been very happy with how the amp performs in different venues. During the summer on outdoor stages (when the bass response seems to vanish) I can always get extra EQ from the amp to compensate without killing the tone. That’s comforting  Thanks again for outstanding products.  Jim P. (Indiana)

JF-B45 SBB -  
Jim - The Super Bassman Bluesbreaker is an amazing sounding amp, and a fantastic pedal platform.  And I know that there's much more I have yet to find in it.  Great design and build quality! Marti K. (Vancouver,BC)

FM-5E1SS - Hi Guys, I've been living with my Frenzel "Champ Super Sportster" (FM5E1 SS) for some months now, and I just wanted to thank you again for the time you spent listening to me and helping me spec this amp.  I wanted a small, flexible amp for my home studio that offers a wide range of tones, and you absolutely nailed it!  I really couldn't be happier. Thanks again, Matt N. (Michigan)

FM-5E3DP-  Hey Jim, I am absolutely LOVING this amp. I get the most full, rich, beautiful sound for jazz and blues I've had at such a low volume level. The weakness of Fender amps is the lack of tone at low volume levels. You have solved that problem for me - THANK YOU. I am having a great time getting the tone I always wanted from Fender, but couldn't get at low volume. This baby takes my pedals really well - I can hardly make myself stop playing and go to bed!!! Last night I was playing "Stardust" and it was more fun than it has ever been. Inspiration just oozes from this amp and soaks me from head to toe. Bob K.,(California)

SS-4772 - Love the amp Jim, great sounding piece of equipment. Nothing sounds better than a Stereo Tube Tape Echo into a Stereo Tube Amp! I have found tone heaven. Thanks again, Kevin M. (Nebraska)

FM-5E3DP - Jim (and to everyone on the team), Thank you for building my amp.  It arrived the other day and I got to put it through its paces over the weekend.  The amp looks and sounds wonderful and I am looking forward to playing through it in the church band.  I’m extremely happy with the amp and I wanted to let you all know that. I thought it impossible to get an amp that sounded like it does, with the features it has, let alone at a price that I could afford.  Yet, you came through and I was most pleased with your customer service (specifically the very quick responses to my emails).From start to finish, you honor Christ in the way you conduct your business. Thank you very much, Mark R. (Tennessee)

FM-5E3SD - Dear Jim and Company - A buddy of mine bought a second-hand FM-5E3SD from another player in our small Canadian town and we both agree that it is the best amp we've ever heard (I'm a young feller but he's been gigging professionally for decades and has owned virtually everything under the sun at one time or another). Finally, I've got to say that you guys are geniuses! I absolutely love the way that you nail the vintage tones of these amps, but build them to a modern standard that allows them to be tweaked almost infinitely Mmy friend was running 2 KT-88s in his and no matter how far to the right we turned the volume, the sound would not break up without a pedal. Truly astounding! The way that you run your business is also a breath of fresh air in these modern times. You don't brag because you don't have to; your work speaks for itself- and speaks loudly for that matter. You offer remarkable quality at prices that put any other manufacturer that I've ever seen to shame (on both fronts).Tone wizards and nice guys? What a combination?!? James M. (Canada)

FM-5F6MB - I received my Mini Bassman last week and I am thrilled with it!  It sounds wonderful with guitar and Rhodes through 2 JBL D120Fs.  Such a natural transition from clean to overdrive, rich, shimmery sparkly tone with great clarity, just what I've been dreaming of.  It sounds so pure with bass through a 15" cab.  Even with 6v6s in it I get a stout sound.  It's everything I hoped it would be and I can't wait to hear it in the mix on stage! Thanks, you guys did great work with this one. Kenny H. (California)

FM-5F6MB This is a fantastic little amp, really special and incredibly versatile, just wanted to let you know.  I think I'm going to build a bracket for it to mount to the fliptop, by the way.  Thanks so much!  Best, Kevin B. (New Jersey)

FM-5F6MB" - Just a little plug for Jim and the fine folks at Frenzel. My experience with them and the Frenzel Mini Bassman has been great. Out of the box it was a little too hot for pedal steel, but all I had to do was some tube swapping (a 12AT7 in V1, and a Weber Copper Top solid state rectifier) to make a great clean tube machine for pedal steel. It's got a lot of tone-tweaking features, 2 channels with different voicings, and with the way the tone stack works I can even shift the curve to put the mid scoop where it needs to be. I could not justify one of the high-end boutique amps, but this will keep me smiling for a long time. (Built the head cabinet myself, don't blame that on the Frenzel folks!  Tommy B. (Virginia)

FM-5E3DP3 - Jim, How sweet it is to have a product work so well for the first time that I just wondered why it took so long to discover Frenzel? This first run was coupled with a Tone Tubby Alnico and Celestion V30 which is very stout and reliable and  can’t wait to experiment with my favorite vintage drivers. I suppose that your company is sized just as you prefer and that is very respectable but what you are doing (IMO) is possibly the best kept secret in America. Thank you very much to you and your staff for an outstanding product that does everything you advertise at possibly ‘double’ the value if not more when compared to others in your class. James P. ( Indiana)

FM-5E3 - Greetings, I purchased one of your 5e3 Deluxe Plus amps a couple of months ago and I thought I would drop you a line and give you my impressions.  I currently have an original 64 deluxe reverb, an early Budda PTP Superdrive 30, a PTP Marshall 18 watt and various other amps to compare it to.  I must say that I am very impressed with the sound of this amp.  The F and M channel thing is a great idea and it works quite well.  The amp has a great clean sound on both channels with nice harmonic overtones and the natural distortion on the M channel sounds great.  It's not overly high gain but nice.  I usually run a Texas Two Step pedal up front for Blues and classic rock stuff. It's become my "go to" amp because it's simple, reliable, lightweight and it sounds great. I'll be looking to your amps in the future. Nice job! Dennis V.

FM-5E3 DP3 - I've gotta tell you Mr Frenzel - you know a thing or two about making guitar amplifiers. I'd never heard of you or your amps, and I've been on A&M and Polygram records and will be 57 years old in February. Two months ago, I bought one of your FM-5E3-DP3 Deluxe 25 watt chassis used on Ebay - totally on a whim.. I was so impressed I ordered the AC-15 you are currently fabricating within a week. You've real got a gift - thanks for sharing it with the rest of us. Richard "Lefty" Coulson (Michigan).

FM-5E3 SDR
- Jim, just to let you know,  I am a 53 year old Blues Rocker that has played professionally for 35 years, I have owned, and still own Fenders Marshalls Mesas & Laneys, (just love the toys)  This is the most dynamic colourful amp I have ever used...  Brenton J. (Australia)

HBX-AC15 -
Hi Jim, I am getting up to speed with this amazing "little" amp of yours. First let me say that a friend of mine that has quite a bit of amp experience was amazed by the soldering and layout of the AC-15. Very clean and impeccable were the words he used. I saw it for myself when we took the back off. As to the tone, my friend, a jazz guitarist, spent almost an hour with me exploring the tones that this amp can produce. I bought the amp thinking AC-15/30  jingle jangle Beatle's type tones with single coils, but this amp can go well beyond that. With 5751's in the gain and driver locations, this amp can produce warm almost acoustic type tones with channel 1 and a 1985 standard Gibson 335 guitar. With channel 2 and low gain and master levels there was definitely Larry Carlton type tone happening. The compression of the sound/tone was well separated and quite pleasing.  Richard S. (Pennsylvania)

FM- 5E3 SDP
- Jim, this is an astonishing amplifier. Thanks so much for your great work. Please pass my kudos on to everyone involved WOW.This amplifier is, for lack of a better term, lush and responsive.WOW. Thanks, Gary H. (Louisiana)

FM-DP1 - Jim,- I wanted to say thanks. I tried my small fleet of guitars through the amp, and just played on for hours more than I'd intended on.  I saved my Les Paul Custom for last - and wow!  The 57' classic buckers just shone through the amp like I've never heard before. The best part was that I was finally able to play with the richest tube tone from your FMDP-1 preamp yet without even coming close to waking the wife and kids upstairs. Ralphie had his Red Ryder BB Gun. I have my Frenzel tube amp. (ha ha).Thanks again, Jim.  You are a gentleman and a scholar, and a pleasure to do business with. Matt P. (West Virginia)

HBX-AC15/Custom - I really have not heard an amp with as much chime and be as thick as it is. An absolute alchemy of parts and build. I've got 2 RCA 12Ax7s, 1 Sylvania 12AX7 and Mullard EL84s thru a Red Fang and a ToneTubby Paper cone that was reconed by Weber in a 2X12 pine cab. The wiring is absolute art. Beautiful clean construction. Just beautiful. Thanks Jim for making this amp with my transformer and making it so nice. I am most grateful Rob F. (North carolina)

 FM - 5E1 -  Hey Jim!  I got my Champ Plus today - plugged in my strat and put it all into the open electrovoice 12 L - cabinet - great!!! True and warm Sound! Without shaping the sound too much in any direction. After that my Fender Champ Silverface with a 10 inch Weber cabinet seemed to me a bit harsh and a lot thinner. For the beginning I used an EH EL34 as power tube. Today I was jamming around with it - changing tubes, speakers, guitars and guitar players too, driving it all up to full load. This is more than I expected! The best wishes to You amp-builders in Texas!!!  Bernd Z. (Germany)

 FM-5E1 BF -  Hi Jim,  I just wanted to drop you a thank you note and let you know the Champ Blackface that I ordered is incredible! It sounds amazing, I am thoroughly impressed and I have played many amps in my time. Well done!! Dave H. (California)

 FM-5E3 DP - Hi Jim, I ordered one of your 5E3 deluxe plus III amps over a year ago and I have to tell you that I love it!  It is a fantastic amp and it sounds amazing.  I use it almost daily for both practice and live use and it consistently provides great tone. It has been extremely reliable, not even one hickup - which I value highly.  I also really love the feature set. I use both F and M inputs constantly and love the versatility. The 3 band EQ is great too, I don't know how I'd go without it. I also use the line out function a ton! I run it into my other combo with fantastic results at low volume! I also run it into my computer interface where I apply some speaker cab simulations and get great recording results silently without needing a big studio.  Awesome!  I'm thrilled. Kley D.(Minnesota)
 
FM-5E3 SDP - Hi Jim - Holy yowza! Thank you and thank you again! It is unbelievable tone and craftsmanship. Looks great and sounds even better. The rich harmonics are amazing! And I can't believe the great tones it gets when you push it into overdrive. Simply stunning. You have earned a loyal fan and willing brand preacher and preach the love of Frenzel amps I will. Thank you again. Your newest admirer and fan, Mike D. (Texas)
 
FM-5E3 DP3 - Jim, I wanted to let you and yours know what a great amp I got. I ordered the FM-5E3 DP3 with KT-77 tubes. This is a great sounding amp. I have not found a "bad" setting on her! I am playing a PRS SE Semi-Hollow with soapbar pickups and this guitar and this amp sound like they were made for each other. I tried some pedals in front of the amp and WOW!!!! I use three pedals. My setup looks like this: Guitar - PlanetWaves tuner - Vintage MXR Distortion + - Carl martin Delay - amp. When I kick on that delay...whew...the tone is three dimensional. And when I punch the distortion pedal on, look out...this bad boy will growl! I am getting everything from serious Fender cleans to some real rock-n-roll distortion and everything in between. And when I pull the NNFB knob - watch out! I am rattling the light fixtures!!!!! What I am trying to say Jim is, I love this amp. Thank you for offering such an affordable and versatile amp! I look forward to using this amp in the worship of my God and Savior Jesus Christ...thanks again brother. Dane R. - (Maryland)
 
FM5E3 SDRC - Hi Jim,  I recently took delivery of one of your Super Deluxe Reverb combo amps and have been enjoying it very much.  What I have been doing is running different guitar and pre-amp effect combinations, looking for various sounds, etc.  I am doing some of that and getting really good results... I am very happy. Randy W. (Texas)

JF-5A3 - Dear Jim,  Safely, it reached home. Thank you. It is a wonderful jazz amplifier. It is a loved tone. Thank you. m(__)m! Kitagaki M. (Japan)

JF-5A3 - Jim, I have received my amp the Frenzel JF - 5A3 Retro Deluxe. All I can say is WOW WOW WOW what a spectacular amp, a true classic, thank you thank you thank you, I LOVE THIS AMP!  Bill S. (Indiana)
 
FM-5E3 - Hey Jim, I still love my Frenzel Deluxe Plus. I play it all the time. Keep on building cool stuff man, your amps are marvelous! Cheers.Dan (Washington)
 
HBX-AC15 - Hey Mr.Frenzel! I've really been enjoyiny my 2xAC-15s since their arrivial! I've been doing some "stereo solo" guitar recording.Miked "Raezer's Edge"speaker cabs and direct out each running into a seperate Collins 212-pre.The tracking signal routes into a old four chanel"Collins 12-Z"broadcast mixer modified into a four channel stereo recording mixer which busses to a Ampex 351-2-track stereo. Pretty simple but it's working fine.Your amps are great and very tonally modular.They track great and record with real nice clarity and defination.So thanks a lot for a great product. I truly believe your products and services reside at the level of best quality and value to be found within the audio-electronic tonal production industry.This is my opinion, but it comes with many years experience. Respectfully,Frank P. (N-Cincinnati)

FM-STPR100 - Jim, Received my amp a few weeks ago and have been dialing it in.  It sounds wonderful through my Marshall 1960 Lead cabinet.  The reverb is great, the cleans are beautiful, and the flexibility is amazing.  It loves pedals and it is super quiet.... I’ve been doing some research on running two heads at once and finally tried it with my FRENZEL JF-AB763 that I got off of eBay, and the new STPR. I run the JF clean with delay in the effects loop, and then run my STP/R with my pedals out front.  Both are going in stereo to my 1960 Lead and the sound is amazing.  It’s smooth and the sustain is fantastic.  Again, thanks for everything.  Take care and God Bless. Eric E.(Tennessee)
 
FM-STP100R and JF-763 (Stereo Setup) - Jim,  I hope all has been well with you.  Our band(Smokehouse Road) has just put out our first two singles, “I Get Up” and “What Am I Waiting For”.  Both were recorded with my Frenzel amps, and were used in stereo for the leads.  They sound great on the recording.  The only in-line effects used were an AC Booster and Delay.  You can listen to the songs at
www.ReverbNation.com/SmokehouseRoad.  Producer was Jeff Hale (Waylon Jennings drummer for 15 years) and engineered in Nashville by Jim Lightman. Best Regards, Eric J. Elrod

JF-5F8ST - Hi Jim,  As many of your other customers' reviews on your site, I would like to let you know how great I think your amp is, now that I've had it for a while... I'm using the amp for just about any situation from folk, country,  jazz, to harder driving stuff, and it takes crazy effects well too...I run both dry(only) and wet(only) signals out of my delay into both channels, and the tone is VERY rich... running through a 2x12 w/ a JBL D-120, and a EVM12L produces amazing clarity and precision to my ear - while either of the speakers in a 1x12 show off what the amp can do... I am very happy that I went through with the purchase after a few years of hesitation... everything written about the amp in the description on your website is what I received, and it sounds better than I imagined...Thank you very much, for the amp, and your fabulous service... I must have another soon...Charlie H. (CANADA)

FM-5E3 DP3 - Hi Jim, The amp has finally arrived. And I like it very much. I play it over an old 4x12 Fender box. And it has that sound I had hoped for. For my ears it had the broad tone of an old low twin (F-mode) and the Hendrix-sound I have been looking for so long (M). It does it far better than all Marshalls I owned and even better than the two Anniversary’s I still have – without killing my ears. The Fender-channel is really smooth, may be a bit smoother than some of the vintage stuff I had the chance to play on. What I learned instantly: Less gain – more tone. In combination with a tube reverb (I use a Replex by Hughes & Kettner) and a tube distortion for more “speed” (Hot British by Radial) I have all I need. John R. (Germany)

FM-DP1 - Hello Jim, Received the preamp yesterday. Been trying it out today. Wonderful tone and made to last. Sounded great through my super reverb clone and very good through my 30 watt solid state. The preamp was packed extremely well, Thanks again Jim God Bless. Doug F.(New York)

FM-5E3 DP3 -  Dear Jim - I've finally had a real opportunity to test my Frenzel (deluxe plus III) as my cabinet loaded with a Jensen P12q arrived the other day. Up until then I had only tried the amp using software speaker simulations and that already sounded great to me. However, now with a real speaker cabinet I have to say that this amp is the best thing I have ever played through. I am not one of those guys that have 30-50 years of experience and have played with every gear available, but I have played guitar for over 20 years (and still suck) and tried several amps (incl. fender hotrod deluxe, fender deluxe reissue, fender vibrolux, peavey classic 30, fender super reverb ect ect), none of the original 60s models, but still, this amp beats everything I have ever heard up to this date. Every tone rings out and rings loooong, it is a pleasure just to play chords as arpeggios, tone by tone and let them ring. It sounds so warm, soft and mellow, yet so clear  (you hear every tone played) without being unfocused and muddy. I actually got the inspiration to write this email one hour ago when I demonstrated the amp to some firends, but I was just to moved by the sounds to be able to write anything. I love both inputs (F and M), this amp delievers a wide variety of tones and all of them are just excellent! I just couldn't be happier. It is a bit of a risk to buy something over the net without having the possibilty to test things first, but this is the best buy I have ever done in my 37 year old life! I have never heard a guitar sound this "high end" and passionate before. Every tone is so alive. I play with a rather cheap guitar too (DeArmond M75T), but the USA made deArmond pickups are fine to me,they have a nice jazzy/bluesy sound, warm and round. I guess I just want to thank you all, especially you Jim for not only providing me with this amp, but also for great great service and patience for all my questions. Thank you, Anders H. ( Switzerland)
 
FM-5E3 DP3 - Hi Jim, I wanted you to know that I get goosebumps everytime I power up this amp and inspiration when I play through it. In a word: PERFECT!  I'm running a SiB VariDrive (with a 12AY7... so it never get fuzzy) in front of an  ABY box... giving me NINE channels of gain and every tone from loud-and-proud-clean to Santana saturated sustain. Oh my.  But it's the the sweetness of the tone that kills. Oh yes. My Strat never sounded better ... or quieter.  Great job! I couldn't be happier!  Steve R.(Virgin Islands)
 
FM-5E3SDR - I recently purchased one of your Deluxe Plus amps.  I love it. We had a show in San Antonio on Thursday night, and in the rush of getting off work a little late and the drummer not showing up on time for the ride, my pedal board was left out of the pack.  THANK GOD I had the spanking new Frenzel to play through.  I always carry an extra tuner, so I plugged into it and straight into the amp.  No compressor, overdrive, etc. Just my Tele and the amp.  One of the best shows I've ever played, and made me feel ten feet tall, playing w/o pedals to cheat with.  Thank you Mr. Frenzel for such a killer amplifier.  I don't know what I would do without it now.  I hope to be getting another amplifier from you in the near future. Brett K. (Texas)

FM-5E1BF - Amp received. Mellow amp. A very mellow amp. With loads of headroom (considering its only 10 watts). I am impressed. Very impressed. In fact, it's amazing.
John M. (California)

 FM-5E1  - Jim, you are by far the nicest, most patient and responsive person I've ever done business with on the internet.  You sell high quality products at very fair prices.  Many business people fail to understand how to treat a customer with dignity and respect, but it seems to come naturally to you.  I will continue to tell everyone who is interested, about Frenzel Amps with the confidence that you will treat them well. Sincere Thanks, Lance M. (California)

FM-5E3 - Hi Jim, I have to tell you that this has become my main amp even though I kind of bought it as a backup.  The Frenzel has become the go to amp for just about everything in the studio, guitar, organs, pianos, mandolins.  It is a very versatile amp, from crisp and clean to crunchy, round and full of rich harmonics.  Thanks for making a great amp. Kenny P. ( Ontario , Canada)

FM-DP1 - Wow! What a fantastic guitar preamp. I am incredibly happy with my purchase and will recommend your products to my musician buddies. Just super! Thanks, Steve L. (Wisconsin)

FM-5E3-DP3 - Hey, my cab arrived so I was finally able to hear the amp properly.  Sounds so good. I'm really impressed. I have it hooked up to a Saxon cabs 12" open back with a Cannabis Rex in there. This is precisely the amp I've wanted for a long time.thanks alot! Jason K. (Quebec)

HBX-AC15 - Thank you Jim for building a wonderful sounding amplfier, you are a sound-craftsman and I am truly enjoying playing the heck out of it!Tony P. (California)

FM-5E3SDR - Jim,I got the amp yesterday and man is it awesome! I've never heard tones like that coming from my guitar much less, me! Thanks a million for making such a great product. Les S. (Texas)

FM-DP1 - Jim, Hi, I finally got some time in to play with the FM-DP1 you recently sent me. I love it! Chris C.(California)

HB-1 - "I will never be able to play without this preamp in my life, its the best thing that had happened to me since I played guitar for the first time, nothing comes close to the quality of what you have built... it sounds like heaven. Nothing else to say. Thank you Jim, you are building a legacy."  Cesar L. (Guatemala)
 
HB-1 - "the unit works beautifully and sounds terrific. I only started playing with the different settings - and then played with it splitting the signal between the Blues Junior amp with the HB1 and the piezo output to a Crate acoustic amp. Amazing to have the warm overtones accompanied by the clean acoustic sounds.Thank you very much!" Scott B. (Maryland)

HBX-AC15 -   Hi Jim,  last year you built a Sweet Little 15 amp for me.  I love it.  It sounds great, and is quite versatile.  I'm pairing it with an ear candy sovereign cab loaded with a tone tubby alnico 12".  Ps...just got out of rehearsal with my arena-hair metal cover band. The amp was sounding phenominal. Had the presence knob pulled out for NNFB, which allows the amp, in my opinion to get closer to a Marshall SS rect sound. The Sweet Little 15, thru one 12" tubby sounded like a full stack. No problems hanging with a SVT...and its tone was full and blooming. It never ceases to amaze me.  Many thanks, Tony D.  from New York 
 
FM-DP1 - Hi JIM, I received the Preamp and first test are concluant; definitely pleased!!!Thanks again! Gilles M. (New Zealand)

HB-1  - Hi Jim, Your HB-1 preamp is awesome! It can be sweet and clean or warm with gobs of gain! Thanks so much Frenzel family. Doug
 
FM - DP1 - I received my amp Friday. It's fabulous. Quiet as a mouse and
full of great tones. Be assured I am pleased with the amp you built for
me. We will put it through its paces when the season begins in
May. Thanks Donald L. - New York

FM - 5E3 - Jim the amp is fantastic. How other people charge 3 times as much for an amp that doesn't sound better than yours is beyond me. Thanks for sharing your talents with a humble guitar player. I will order the tube receiver from you in December if you still want to build one. Thanks again Jim and your amps are 2nd to none I've ever heard.  Thanks. Rob F. - North Carolina

FM-5E3 - Jim and all the folks at Frenzel Tube Amps: This really is AWESOME! This sounds like the original Deluxe amp I played back in high school in the 70's. Super smooth, great headroom, perfect tone balance all the way up and down the neck, and incredibly easy to get great tone from in just a minute or two of fiddling around......and plugged straight into the amp! This thing sounds so good it's making all my boutique modded pedals sound bad! So I took them out of the chain completely! Now I have truly touch sensitive picking, and I can control the volume and grit just by the way I pick and the way I turn the volume knob! The natural compression is just beautiful, and the responsive feel of the strings turns the guitar into a real art form! I'm tempted to sell my Mesa to raise money for another one of your amps, like the Hot Box Wild Cat 30! Thank You for sending the EL34's, too! AWESOME AMP! AWESOME SOUND! EXCELLENT SERVICE! ABSOLUTELY A GREAT BARGAIN AND WORTH THE WAIT! ABSOLUTELY WORTH SAVING FOR ANOTHER ONE! THANK YOU TONS!
Gary S. (NEBRASKA)

HBX-AC15 - Jim, Wow! No wonder you are swamped.  Jim. I own some of the best amps in the world, and have been playing for 44 years.  I just got thru running your amp thru its spectrum of tones.  It was worth the wait!  I discovered a few years ago that it doesn't matter whose name is on the instrument, but rather what kind of person built it, and how much of themselves they were willing to put into it.  Obviously you love what you are doing, and you have put your heart and soul into the design of this amp.  I hope you dont get too busy cause I'm already looking forward to trying some of your other amps.  It's hard to put a price tag on an instrument with a soul, but you have the best bang for buck out there in my opinion.  Carry on brother, David R.- New Mexico

FM-5E1SS -  Hi Jim, I'm loving this little jewel more and more as I live with it. I'm having the best results with a Barber L.T.D. (clean boost/OD) > Launch pad (clean boost/buffer)> both inputs of 5E1 blended, set as low as possible, master high (2:00-3:00 o'clock)>2X12 closed back.  Jim, I've never been so satisfied with an amp purchase in 30+ years of a seemingly constant circulation of amps. I'm sniffin' on that Deluxe plus too. Thanks a big bunch, Mark Peterson 
 
FM-5E1SS - Jim,  I just bought one of your 5E1 "SS" Champs off of a friend, and I'm loving it. Perfect on one tube at home, and plenty of power on three at the studio. Can't wait to start tracking with it. thanks, Zac (guitarist for Dengue Fever)

FM-DP1  -Jim, What can I say thank you so much, this is the sound I have been searching for....I  am guessing you sent me more than I paid for with the cage and handles....that is truly a gift thanks from the bottom of my heart and may God bless you. I will be using this on Saturday it's in a Theater venue I will get photos/audio and video of your work in action..and send them with a testemony ..I believe that my network of "Jerry Garcia" style guitarist that I know will be facinated to know about your workmanship and I will direct them to your ebay listing and web page......cant wait to buy the back-up this summer, PS. I bought this for the F channel  and I found that the M channel is the perfect 70's Garcia tone .....so now I have to get an AB switch....gear gear gear it's good for the ear. Dave Hebert  www.xtraticket.com

HBX-AC15 - To all at Frenzel Tube Amps. I just received my HBX-AC15 and it sounds beautiful. Thank you for your hard work! I can't believe it. Thanks, Jay W.

FM-5E3 -  Jim, I bought my FM-5E3 from you about a year and a half ago and it is the best amp I have ever had, and I have had some classics and some newer so-called boutiques. I hope you realize you make the best amps....period! It kills me that I was monkeying around with high-priced attenuators, only to realize that your line out jack is post-power tubes.  Now I can run the Frenzel amp full speed ahead into my cab direct for total power tube saturation at low volumes, or can run the output jack into my crate powerblock at reasonable volumes and still get that great overdrive and crunch.  I think you need to really stress that feature, as I totally overlooked it.  People are spending upwards of $500 for attenuators just to get the high-power sound at low volumes, and this is already a built in feature on your amps!  Greg Gibson

FM-5E3 - This amp is just wonderful!  It sounds great with my '52 reissue Tele, and it's a LOUD 25 watts. Cleans up nicely with the guitar volume.  So many different great tones can be coaxed out of it, depending on the settings.  It's definitely the most versatile amp I've ever owned.  *Very* touch sensitive and lots of sweet, classic tones in there, and that's just with the 6L6s.  Beautiful cleans, and it can scream without any pedals (except the A/B/Y I made to use with it).  In cathode bias mode, single notes break up sooooo creamy and smooth.  The bias point seems just perfect, nice gradual onset of distortion in both fixed and cathode mode. I don't know how you do it.  It's exactly what I'd hoped for.  Great job, great design. Can't wait till I can buy one of your other models from you!  I will recommend you and your amps to anyone who'll listen! A happy customer, Rex B.

 FM- 5E3 - I use the FM5E3 with both my work for Richie Havens and for my own group Swamp Cabbage. With Richie I play a 1953 ES-175 with a single original P-90. The accurate clarity of the Frenzel perfectly offsets the inherit potential muddiness of a rhythm position P-90 allowing the guitar to tastefully find a unique place in the mix of Richie's acoustic presentation. The guitar's naturally rich lows are maintained while the boom is gone. The low notes are gloriously clear much like the electric guitar's role in old Motown mixes. I find myself only using the M option because it provides the extra needed highs but the F option is wonderful for twangy natured guitars.  My favorite speaker complement is on Celestion Vintage 30 12". My road survival strategy is to plug the Frenzel into house provided backline amps which are usually Fender 65 Deluxe re-issues. With Swamp Cabbage I use old Guild Starfires and M-75's and crank the Frenzel to the zone of nasty yet articulate trailer trash." "Swamp Cabbage" 
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 FM-5E3SDP -  "this is just to let you know that I am very happy and satisfied with your amp: it sound exactly the way a good old tube amp is supposed to. Way better than all the reissue around. " Alberto Z. Novara, Italy

FM-5E3 - This note regards my FM 5E3 Deluxe Plus which I received just about one month ago. First... WOW!!! I thought that this amp sounded GREAT when it first arrived, but I was mistaken. In fact, my acquaintances (i.e. employees) at Guitar Center (about as jaded and "brand conscious" a group as you're ever likely to find), who had asked me to bring the amp around for them to see and hear before I even received it (I had described it to them after I had ordered it) were absolutely FLOORED!As I said, I thought this thing sounded GREAT when it first arrived, but we're now about one month down the road, and it CONTINUES TO IMPROVE as things get more and more "broken in". I am more pleased with my "new" tone every day!!I just can't say enough, and I tell EVERYONE who is willing to listen to me gloat. ;-) Thanks again for a wonderful product and an exceptional buying / support experience! Jeff F.

FM-25TPR - Words cannot describe what his amp sounds like! It has exceeded everyone of my expectations. Thanks for taking the time to answer all my questions so I was able to get what I wanted, and the way I wanted it. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it, Oh and did I say it sounds amazing? Thanks Again, Larry A.

BluTone 50 -"First amp I have used in years that gives me incredible tone and sustain with power to spare. 50 watts that feels like 100. Looks cool too..... "    Harvey {Snake} Mandel

 BluTone 50 “…All I can say Jim is thank you x 1,000,000! The reason why I started playing guitar was for this sound. It is a true work of genius and I feel very proud to be the owner of such an amazing amp…”   Andy Joskowski - Bracing ed - Leeds, England

 BluTone 50 - “The BluTone 50, is simply put, pure tone in it's rawest form! A real and true expression of what I play! I'll never use any other amp!. I guess my favorite piece of gear is my Frenzel Amp.It's serial #0005LDI. Specially made for me from Trevor Frenzel . Fortunately, I can change the tubes for different sounds. 6L6's for a thinner but beefy top and 6550's for an awesome full low end ZZ Top sound. Of course, all of that is pushed through a 2x12 Tone Tubby loaded Frenzel cabinet.   Larry Ireland - The SUNKATS - Irving, TX

 FM-5E3 - "I own a Sound City 50+ which is an amazing amplifier, its just to loud. I have played a Carr Rambler, VHT Pitbull, and Bruno Underground 30, and planned on buying the Sewell Texiplex 25. I am proud to be playing the Frenzel FM - 5E3 Deluxe Plus. it is exactly the tone I have been looking for. After 36 years of playing guitar, I am not trying to sound like anyone other than myself. Its been a long journey, but Frenzel put me exactly where I want to be. Thanks. "  Buddy   - Fort Worth, Texas

FM-5E1 - "The FM - 5E1 Champ Plus  arrived yesterday and I must say that I am a very happy man; the amp sounds superb. Over the past 10 years I have only used vintage and/or hand made tube amps and yours is as good if not better than any of them. The pick attack is incredible and it produces wonderful overtones; I make and play my own custom built electrics using the Novax fan fretted system, the guitars have accurate intonation and string balance and produce chiming type sounds when using chords; your amp complements my guitars perfectly. " George B.  -  Queensland, Australia -

FM - 5E3 - Jim, I received my FM-5E3 today- what a great amp.  Awesome cleans, and a very organic distortion, not to mention how well it's built.  The only downside is that I was planning on building a Marshall style cabinet for it, but I don't think I can bring myself to cover up such a beautiful chassis!  So, I'm back to square one on the cabinet design.  Anyhow, it was well worth the wait and I'm sure you'll be getting orders from me in the future. Oh, and by the way, in this world of Super Wal-Marts and mass produced garbage, it's awesome to come across a grassroots, family style business like Frenzel.  Seriously, the music industry needs more business like yours. Regards, Eric M. Berwyn, PA

FM-5E3 - Hello MR Frenzel:Thank you for the amp that you built for me . It is all I expected and more. It sounds great.Thanks again. Michael K.

FM-5E3SD - Jim:  Great packing job, not a wrinkle on the inner box, even UPS couldn't hurt this one! The amp does sound beautiful : Far more clean headroom than I anticipated, far less "dark" than tweed amps I've heard, great range of tones with amazing bass response(both tonally and power-wise), and beautiful harmonics/overtones in the NNFB mode. With an overdrive pedal(TS-808 type), yes, it does get great classic to heavy rock sounds. Very satisfied! Andrew V.

JF-5E1 - Hi Jim, now the amp is here and I'm verry happy with it ! It's a beautiful little case so to say, I  really like its small size and its great sound. Best regards to Texas. Marco P.  Karlsruhe, Germany

HBX-WC30 - I got my new WC30 a few days ago.  Just wanted to let you know that everytime I turn this amp on, I am surprised.  Depending on the pre/master setting, on the CLEAN inputs, I can go from bell-like clarity to a thick crunch overdrive with tons of attack and sustain.  The variety of sounds from the CLEAN  input alone is worth the price.  I am literally blown away by the BOOST inputs.  I can't believe the sustain and raw power of this channel.  With the pre and master set to less than 1/3 of the knobs travel, the amp starts breathing fire.  Most amps loose attack when the preamp volume is increased to higher distortion levels but this amp has the attack of a sledge hammer at all levels with amazing tone and sustain. I own many amps and have played most of the "big name" amps; I have not heard an amp yet that can stand toe to toe with the amp, at any price. I love this amp, thanks. Jimmy W.

 HBX-WC30 Received amp head in March 2007. Killer. The best. Get this one. 30 watts of sheer tone. Two channels that can do any style of music. I hooked up an ABY footswitch to it to go between channels or to use both. It screams in any language. I will be dumping some of my other amps because this is the one. It also works perfectly with my powered reverb unit (and other effects) in the effects loop circuit. This is the model with the two EL34's in it. Can't say enough about his amp. You have to get one and try it yourself. Gary J.

FM-5E3  - Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much I am enjoying my FRENZEL FM - 5E3 "Deluxe Plus". I have had this love affair with my old Fender Princeton since the early 70's, but there's a new girl in town. The FM - fm5E3 is so flexible. I have been using it for recording and am able to get such a variety of tones. I used to use a lot of pedals to get the drive tones that I wanted but now just stick a clean boost (Klon) in front and wail. The effects loop is also great. Never really used one until now. I placed a tube tape echo and a Fender tube reverb in the loop and am loving the clarity. Great piece of equipment. I'm spreading the word. Mark W.
 
JF-6G2 -- Hey Jim… I got the amp Thursday and it was in perfect condition. Looks great and sounds even better I will use it out this Tuesday. Thanks again Phil B.
 
FM-5E1BF - I got the amp yesterday. I don’t have my cabinet done yet so I ran it trough the speaker in my Music Man amp. It was all I hoped for, I am really glad I got the 6v6 option, there is nothing like pushing a power tube, the dynamics with this amp are awesome. I then decided to hook it up as a pre-amp to my Music Man 112 RD 50 (IMHO one of the tastiest clean amps around), and was thrust into blues heaven. This rig is now my “Pride and Joy”. Thanks much, Tom S.

FM-5E1SS - I'm running some tremolo and reverb through the amp to a 1x12 cabinet with my Gibson Les Paul Special, and all I can say is... SWEET! Brings out the true tone of my guitar, which is what an amp should do. Great build quality, great deal! Keep up the good work! Geoffrey W.


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Vintage Guitar Magazine Review by Sean O'Bryan Smith  - 
“Old School Bang Without Breaking the Bank”

As a self-proclaimed “old rocker”, Jim Frenzel  has had a love affair with vintage tube amps since the ‘50’s.  After building his first tube amp in 1952 Jim’s passions grew for building amps but his career path in the music industry wouldn’t rear its ugly head until much later. For the next five decades Jim found himself designing tube and solid state equipment for the various branches of the military, FAA, and even Texas Instruments. It wasn’t until 2001 after his retirement that he returned to building and designing his beloved tube amps. He has been building quality tube products at a bargain price ever since.

Frenzel’s design concept and philosophy is pretty straight forward. He is dedicated to manufacturing quality amps that can easily dial up “tones you know” while still allowing plenty of room for customization. His other passion is making sure he can do this while offering a ridiculously low price for the end user. One of the finest examples of this is the FM-DP1 Tube Preamp.

The FM-DP1 Tube Preamp is a dual channel dedicated guitar preamp for stage and studio use. The FM-DP1 is part of Frenzel’s “Inspired” line and is designed to give you the classic tones of their Type F and Type M wiring. These are inspired by vintage Fender and Marshall style amps with some of Frenzel’s own special modifications that he has honed over fifty years of designs.

The preamp uses two 12AX7s with DC on the filaments to help control noise. The first 12AX7 is wired as a dual input preamp. These are for the Type F and Type M channels of the FM-DP1. Each channel is then controlled by individual gain controls. The second 12AX7 is wired as a common voltage type amplifier with a cathode follower to drive the tone stack.  The three band tone stack features individual knobs for bass, mid, and treble with an optional push/pull Deep Bass Boost pull switch on the bass knob to capture more of a classic Bassman vibe. Add in a master gain knob and you have the basics for a very useable workhorse preamp.

The FM-DP1 is much like all of Frenzel’s products in that it is hand wired point-to-point with no printed circuit boards. This is a feature that is most commonly seen in higher priced boutique amps and is a surprising addition to this little guy. Other cool design features are a trim knob on the rear panel for setting output gains. Another neat spec is that the signal goes into the FM-DP1 as high impedance and comes out as low impedance. This makes the preamp useable as an effect so that you can use it as an extra gain stage or to overdrive an amp. This also proves useful for studio enthusiasts so that you can use the FM-DP1 as a front end to your recording rig.

For testing purposes the Frenzel was used extensively on a number of demo sessions and a handful of live dates. Initially it was plugged into the power amp section of a 40-watt open backed combo amp driving a Celestion Vintage 30. With a solid bodied single coil guitar plugged into the Type F or “Fender” input the tone was instantly what Frenzel had referred to as a “tone you know”. This was the classic Bassman-esque vibe that one would expect from a classic amp of this design. The overall warmth made notes full with just the right amount of midrange snap. The top end of the treble knob was pleasant but not overbearing. Some players looking for a real chimey tone may need to crank the Frenzel’s treble knob though to get that extra bite out of the Type F channel. Luckily it does not get much hiss when cranked so there aren’t a lot of worries in cranking it up the treble for some extra presence.

Jazz players and bass players should take notice of the optional Deep Bass Boost switch that can be added as a push/pull knob on the bass control. In the Type F channel this helps the Frenzel to morph into a full figured rig with lots of bottom end. Hollow bodied guitars sound thunderous in the neck position and basses capture that old school bass tone that is still used in numerous applications. Considering there is no extra charge for this upgrade it is a no-brainer to get this added goodie.

The multiple personality of the FM-DP1 is made complete with the addition of the Type M or ‘Marshall” channel.  While plugged into this input, the EQ section and voicing of the Frenzel takes on a whole new personality. Mids and highs now shimmer and the gain control helps you push the Frenzel to some searing rock tones worthy of any stage. Humbucker loaded solid bodies in particular took on the mass and girth that one would hope for from anything inspired by such a classic style amp.

Overall there are very little gripes with the Frenzel FM-DP1. The preamp is built well for the money. Granted you may fine beefier units out there that you can drive a bus over but the FM-DP1 can still hold up to steady use. This is also a unit stripped down to the bare essentials. There are no flashy graphics and the basic unit is an open chassis design so that you can either use it as a table top unit or put it into your own custom cabinet. Players looking for heartier models can opt for the optional steel cage or rackmount cabinet. One gripe though is the fact that there is not an LED showing if you are powered up or not. It is understood that this is a stripped down unit but it is pretty easy to forget that the unit is on and walk away. An addition of a power LED would be quite helpful but it is by all means not a deal breaker for the value of this preamp.

All in all it is hard to believe that you can dial up the sounds of two classic sounding amps in a hand-wired preamp for the same cost as some boutique pedals. The FM-DP1 can easily hold up on big stages with products four times its cost. Too cool considering you can have some money left for a burger and that whole rent thing.  - Sean O'Bryan Smith (Reviewer for Vintage Guitar Magazine)

PLEASE NOTE:  Per Sean's request, we have added the LED power light and the Bass Deep pull-switch to the F gain control as standard features on all future models. We have also added a Bright pull-switch to the M gain control. Best regards,  Jim 



 

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