Fender Mustang I
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Fender Mustang I

Mustang I, Modelling Combo Guitar Amp from Fender in the Mustang Amp series.

CT-64140 08/06/2014

Fender Mustang I : CT-64140's user review

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Amp Modeling

Controls: Gain, Volume, Treble, Bass, Master, Preset Select, Modulation Select, Delay / Reverb Select, Save Button, Exit Button, Tap Tempo Button
Power: 20 Watts
Inputs: 1 1/4 "and 1 2.5 mm outside media player MP3 type
Single channel
depth: 19 cm
width: 40 cm
height: 37 cm
Weight: 7.7 kg
1 speaker 8 "Fender ® Special Design
17 amp models (Fender and others);
24 presets embedded (unlimited storage on a PC or Mac)
effects: reverb, delay / echo, tremolo, phaser, overdrive, distortion / fuzz;
Chromatic Tuner
USB connector for patch management (via the Fender FUSE software, free) and modification and plug connection for sound.
Lot of complementary software version LE.

UTILIZATION

Unlike some other modeling amps (I especially think of the Peavey VPYR), this Mustang is simple. Even without a manual, you get 98% make it work.
With a PC or Mac and Fender Fuse software, setting the amp is really great and "manipulations" are a breeze. It comes very easily to do whatever it takes to get out what the amp can give better. But "better" is obviously not the heavier more expensive amp height, more upscale: it must not be forgotten that there was an amp whose price is around just over 100 € and and quality of sound reproduction is quickly reached its limits!

Warning: this amp really fully utilizes comfortably with the Fuse software and all of my opinion is based on a use that passes by.

SOUNDS

It is obvious that this Mustang is a small amp "studies". It is lightweight, easy to use and offers quite correct with respect to its price sounds.

The Fender amp models are really nice, especially in clear sounds. The "twin", for example, is nice. on the other hand, in general on all the amps modeled, the more we try to send crunch and it spoils. In my opinion, this amp is not recommended for lovers of great sounds - yet in this register, it seems to me that it is modeling Supersonic (Ch2 is this amp is modeled), which draws best.

There are excellent reverbs and echoes, good chorus and tremolo. on the other hand, overdrive, distortion / fuzz (like the gain increase with the interface modeling amp): it is not very clean. Contrary to another review that talks about bad results with pedals connected effect, I found an old Boss OD and dyspeptic chorus Ibanez gave pretty good. But the question is the behavior of the Mustang with other pedals ...

This amp goes well (with limits, of course: 100 €, do not forget!) On crystalline sounds kind of Twin or Princeton. However, do not expect a quality rendered as a Fender Super Champ, for example. I noticed a lack of depth and roundness in the bass (normal: price + light ... I will return later). Jazz sounds with low round and enveloping: it is not his thing, for example.

I found it more comfortable with single-coil; and tested on all guitars, it is with the Tele (which he leaves well enough to speak with the twang of the Fender models) or with Strato he was the most demonstrative and crystal clear sounds ( even brilliant) with little bass and little pony gallops not bad.

My favorite amp models: Twin (crystalline wish and not too soft), the Bassman (hot compression lamp indeed quite successful, and with a nice "grrr grrrr" if you put a little gain on! modeling), Vox (not too soft), and drive a bit forced (again: the model, not on the front of the amp): the Supersonic. Note that the amp models have a Gate (more or less effective and flexible depending on the model), it can be used!

A further note that I found the factory presets horrifying, but it is a treat to change with the Fuse software.



OVERALL OPINION

I do play for nearly two years, but rather a dedicated amp to be used in the family (I personally do not take any pleasure from playing it). I had not compared with other models because I had dark (confirmed by positive opinion) a very interesting promo.

I admit I struggle to give ratings: taking into account the value I will go to a good grade. But we must be aware that with this amp, it has more to do with a sweet little pony as a strong and spirited mustang!

What is nice about this little thing, it is lightweight and comfortable handling and finally it offers a lot of possible sounds quite correct.

In absolute terms (I mean regardless of price / quality ratio) what ails this Mustang, I think this is a very light cabinetry and a HP ilk. The sound coloration still very medium with little bass and gives an impression "boxy". The weakness of the system [box + HP] is such that such precise note on the Strat will be a lot smaller than its sharp or flat, as another note (often in the low register medium) over another guitar volume ( especially humbucker) cause a rollover effect. In general, if we take account of sounds with a minimum low, when you push the volume a bit we began to fear that the body explodes or the speaker cone tearing! Hahahahaha. Well ... it is perhaps an impression! Besides that, if we lower the volume too much, there is not enough sound pressure to the ear for the best - those who are interested in the question sound familiar ...

If this amp was only for me, I do not have that choice. But I'm probably too demanding; in the family it's a great other users!

So I see this little amp more like a small auxiliary occasional troubleshooting than anything else: it does not require maintenance, ships (almost) with a finger and is easy to adjust. But I recognize that even for ranges (yes it happens to be!) I can not live with me.

I take this opportunity to give a more general view very, very subjective. Unless you are really very, very limited means to purchase, I think that the acquisition of such equipment is a mistake except in cases where it is to discover the electric guitar for a beginner we do not know if not persevere. Even a novice who wants sustainable progress, I believe, will tire quickly of the sound weakness (unless live recluse and never hear other guitars + amps sound for real!). Are you passionate about guitar, you want a small, versatile and lightweight amp, you do not want to try to reproduce (artificially) the sound of legendary amps and you have a budget (much) more important? Look, for example, the side of the combo Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister18 or Tubemeister18 twelve combo ... It will follow you long, I think. But there are also other small combos friendly tubes (Laney CUB12 or CUB12R example)

Here! I attribute a good note this little pony Fender. Paradoxical, you say? Maybe ... Reward point on your own philosophy of what you expect from an amp: the note you rate this pony largely depend. I hope I have helped you think.