Fender is one of the best known brands in music, and more specifically for guitar players. Its instruments and amps have played an integral role in music production for a countless number of years, so it is always exciting when it releases a new product. Today the company is announcing the launch of a brand new lineup of connected-amps to its popular Mustang GT series, along with the free Fender Tone mobile companion app for iOS and Android…
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We are essentially talking about your typical guitar amp but with loads of technology packed in. It has a digital interface allowing players to choose from a massive assortment of virtual amps, effects and more. Each of the 3 models in the new line has a small LCD display built-in with controls for accessing all of the effects and amps. It appears as though we are able to even tweak the individual parameters right from the on-board display without pulling the app out should we choose to do so. It has more than 60 Fender amp models, loads of effects, and even a looper for recording short passages and then layering additional melodies on top.
You will also have the ability to manage thousands of preset sounds (that use a combination of the amp modeling and effects) from established artists like Joe Bonamassa, Young The Giant and Grimes, as well as a host of options from Fender engineers and the Mustang GT community as a whole. The digital front-end allows users to create, save and even share presets via the Fender Tone amp with others (you can see this in action in the video at the bottom of this post).
Enough with the talking though, let’s find out how this thing sounds. We get a pretty good idea of the basics in this video below. But if you flip to around 5:40 (or 9:10) you’ll hear a great example of a sound that would likely require all sorts of wacky amp experimentation and a lifetime’s collection worth of guitar pedals to emulate on a typical setup. You’ll also get a nice breakdown of how the app works:
On top of all of that (did you hear those crazy sounds this guy made in the video up there?), this thing will double as a typical Bluetooth speaker allowing users to play audio from the Tone app, Spotify, Apple Music and well, just about any streaming service. Fender says its quick and easy for them to fire off updates and enhancements to both the app and the connected-amps themselves, of which they appear to be planning to do quite often.
There are three models available for purchase now: Mustang GT 40 for $249, Mustang GT 100 for $399 and the Mustang GT 200 for $599. The companion Fender Tone app is free to download fro the App Store and Google Play.