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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Fender Mustang GT 100....your review?

tahitijack
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San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Jan 24th, 2019 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have been thinking about a new amp. I really like my Mustang III, which has been discontinued. I'll probably keep it for gigs/rehearsals/practice and use the GT 100 for around the house or an occasional gig. A little research has lead me to the Mustang GT 100. Mostly good reviews, but still some negative opinions here and there and nothing recent on FDP. So....if you have one or had one let me know what you think.

Tygr1
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Texas

Jan 25th, 2019 05:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

The GT 100 is a nice amp. Nothing too special IMO. You are basically giving up FUSE software for an I phone app to edit. The speaker sounds great when broken in. I hear it gets pretty thin at volume. Never had mine out of the house so can't comment there.

If I had the Mustang III and FUSE, I would just keep it until something better comes along.

FWIW, I just sold my GT 100.


Ayns
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Jan 25th, 2019 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been gigging for years with my MIII. When it finally dies I will be looking at a Boss Katana or a Boss Nextone ;-)

Ayns
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Jan 25th, 2019 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Or maybe a Vox MV50.

reverendrob
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& hath no need of thee.
Jan 26th, 2019 02:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm still using my Mustang V version 1, and well, since Fender insists on phone only stuff - should I replace, it'll be with a *not Fender* amp.

tahitijack
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San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Jan 28th, 2019 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the good advice and comments.

chronicinsomnia
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USA

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Jan 28th, 2019 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I recently went from the Mustang v2. I have the mini, the II, a III, and a IV. So I obviously like the platform and have enjoyed them for gigging and my recordings.

However, the BOSS Katana is absolutely next level. I got the Artist model and it's everything I wished the Mustangs could do tonally plus better editing.

I've still got the Mustangs but I literally haven't turned them on since the day I got the Katana. I did A/B the III and IV against the Katana for about an hour or so and it was day and night.

reverendrob
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Jan 31st, 2019 02:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Only reason I haven't gotten a Katana is I have a GT-001 and GT-100 (same sound engine, so....)

Mustang V got a lot less use as anything but a straight power amp (which it does admirably) after getting the GT-xxx series a few years back, but it does admirable duty as that and for the patches I want when I want them.

And the large furniture adds a certain amount of class with the traditional Fender logo and silver grille cloth on the cab/head....

iknowjohnny

usa

Feb 3rd, 2019 06:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had the MIII for 5 yeas and bought the GT100 whenit first debuted. It;s gone thru a lot of updates and the latest update (V2) had improved it greatly thru a few new and IMO much better models. Especially the bassbreaker. However, the real trick with this amp is the speaker. Its utter garbage and having tried a number of speakers with it i can tell you that you will never make the GT sound great till you swap it. Im using a celestion 100 watt and that plus the recent V3 update together IMO put it way out ahead of the MIII. It;s actually a much more realistic sounding and feeling amp that at loud levels pulls away from the MIII even more. But i cannot stress enough how bad the stock speaker is, and if you don't intend to change it i would suggest looking at a different amp. Its that big a change. The stock speaker is a special design celestion made for fender for this amp in order to make bluetooth streaming music sound good thru it. It compromises guitar tone for that. Just note that if you DO buy one and swap the speaker, be sure to get a 4 ohm model. I have used the amp with a few 8 ohm speakers which cause the amp's power to 1/2 and that doesn't do good things for the tone when turned up. The celestion 100 comes in 4 and it's a great balanced choice for the amp.

Trust me on this....the vast majority of negative reviews are/wee due to the issues with it both tonally and feature wise and bugs all of which have been addressed via firmware, and that lousy speaker. Had the amp debuted with the current firmware and a good speaker you would not be seeing all the negativity, trust me.

tahitijack
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San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Feb 14th, 2019 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks again.... the search continues.

medic361

USA

Mar 19th, 2019 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have the GT200, I also have the Marshall Code 100, and several tube amps.
After breaking in the speakers the GT can create some good sounds and it’s nice to be able to play around with sounds easily. It is a much better modeling amp than the Marshall, the only thing the Marshall models well is Marshall. I like the app for the GT, I think it’s intuitive and isn’t at all clunky. It’s easy to sample and/or add presets and it’s easy to tweak premise presets or build your own sound. I didn’t have the Mustang so I can’t compare it to the GT.
With all that being said, the GT can come close to the sound of a tube amp, but it always falls a little short.

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Oceanside, CA

May 17th, 2019 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Last week I the GT 100 I ordered arrived. Stock speaker is definitely a pile of crap. Installed a 4ohm Jensen C12N. I couldn't be happier with the results. With this speaker the GT 100 sounds great, to me at least.

Gaukdawg

Ohio

Say what one more time!
Nov 4th, 2019 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just bought the LT25 for rehearsal and have played though it a couple times. So far I am very impressed with how it sounds. The presets are very usable and easy to edit to my needs.

iknowjohnny

usa

Nov 5th, 2019 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Like i said earlier and like champster said a couple posts above, the speaker is horrible because it was developed for the GT as a compromise between guitar tone and the bluetooth streaming music feature. Several others like myself have found the amp sounds much better and more realistic especially at higher volumes with a proper guitar speaker.

But i still have a hard time recommending the amp due to issues, one of which has become much more apparent to me since i last posted. That being the issue where the volume cuts out at times. But I did however find the source of the dropout issue many like myself have had. It's the CPU getting hot. I verified this by putting a house fan on high blowing on the back where the vents are and as i played the issue faded till after a minute it stopped cutting out altogether. In the past the only way to stop it was to reboot the amp. So i'm planning to put a small PC fan in it. There was also a issue with the footswitch freezing up and that turned out to be a connector in the amp which i fixed and that hasn't happened since.

So obviously i can't recommend the amp since not many people are likely to be able to or even want to deal with the issues and i can't blame them. For me however i really love the amp and with the latest update from a year ago and the speaker swap to a G12T100 celestion, i find it to be a much better sounding amp than my old MIII mustang. If they ever get around to fixing the issues i have no doubt that it will be one of if not THE best low to mid range modeling combo and i would then recommend it big time.

Gaukdawg

Ohio

Say what one more time!
Nov 5th, 2019 09:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm hoping they have addressed the overheating issue in the LT25. The 8" speaker sounds pretty good to me. The big test will be in rehearsal when everyone is playing. I'll see how it fits in the mix. My thought is that I can eventually replace my Mustang III V2 with a GT100 for gigging. I have considered going with a higher end system like a Headrush or Helix or even possibly an Axe FX.

iknowjohnny

usa

Nov 5th, 2019 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

I rarely play out anymore, but last time i played out with my GT100 after bypassing one of the (18?) pin connectors with wire to eliminate it;s potential tone issue due to bad/resistive pins, the amp amazed me and others in the band. It never sounded that good nor did my MIII. I can honestly say it sounded and felt within the same ballpark as some of the better tube amps i have owned. One guy raved about it all nite. Not BS, not exaggerating, it amazed me as well. It's my opinion the amp simply suffers from very bad construction techniques, and that heat issue is some pretty good proof let alone the connector issues. I did the same to the connector on the footswitch board because it would freeze at times. Hasn't done it once since, and that was months ago. So yeah, it;s a great amp upgrade from the MIII when it works right. Unfortunately it often doesn't w/o some fixes. I would love to see fender resolve every issue and come out with a new mustang range that also looks like an amp instead of some modern looking entertainment center and came with a proper speaker. I'd be first in line with bells on.

Pro Guitar Driver

USA

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Nov 18th, 2019 10:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

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