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Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
May 2nd, 2017 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can't help but think that, at least in this particular case, there is such a thing as "too much technology".

Call me a troglodyte, but relying on much more than a guitar, lead and amp (& pedals) only increases the possibility of breakdown, malfunction or obsolescence.

I recently got a Champion 40, but it's pretty "basic" as far as new technology is concerned. That simplicity is what attracted me to it from the Mustang stuff.


mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

May 2nd, 2017 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm happy with my Champion 40.

The 100 watt Mustang GT is tempting being only 3 lbs heavier than the Champion 40. Not sold on all this app business though, even though I have been using Android tablet for over 2 years.

Marshall and Line 6 have paved the way for this GT series with their Code and Amplifi model ranges.

Resist!

Peegoo
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May 2nd, 2017 06:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

News flash! Fender is not aiming these amps at our geezer demographic.

Apps are all the rage among the whippersnapper crowd.

Deep

Kathmandu, Nepal.

May 2nd, 2017 06:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And I only bought my Mustang 3 v.2 last year :-(

Mike DeTorrice
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May 2nd, 2017 06:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, all the amp features can each supposedly be done just from the amp itself, if so desired. But, in also having a phone app, why not in addition have a laptop/desktop interface and thus have ALL bases covered ?

You then get ALL demographics.

Mike

Mick Reid
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May 2nd, 2017 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"News flash! Fender is not aiming these amps at our geezer demographic."

Who are these geezers that you speak of???

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 09:20 PM, May 2nd, 2017)

tahitijack
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San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
May 2nd, 2017 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

To paraphrase Madonna, sometimes I feel like I'm "living in a digital world."

Viera
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Poser extraordinaire
May 2nd, 2017 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What? No head version?

tahitijack
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San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
May 3rd, 2017 08:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The head version will launch 90 days after you purchase the new GT combo. That's just the way it goes.

Grey Goose
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What?
May 3rd, 2017 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks like there might be some good CL deals on the older Mustangs. I'm still not in the market.
I watched 3 or 4 YT videos on the Mustang GT's last night. Look cool, sound nice.

Juice Nichols
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May 3rd, 2017 10:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dang! And I just ordered a Mustang III v2!

iknowjohnny

usa

May 3rd, 2017 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Geezers? (raising hand) Heres one geezer that doesn't care about the app, but more than that doesn't care if the amp has one. Why should it matter when no one is forcing you to use it? I bought it because it sounds great.

reverendrob
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May 3rd, 2017 09:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It matters because there's no backup - the PC/Mac versions *ARE* that.

Phone apps go out of date very, very, very, very fast - so anything that the app does will be gone in a short timeframe (three years or less, and I'm being generous).

PC/Mac will run in legacy mode, there's no forced upgrade, and they're designed to live more than a year or two.

If there's any deep editing or simply "ease of use"...it goes away.

(This message was last edited by reverendrob at 12:01 AM, May 4th, 2017)

Mike DeTorrice
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May 4th, 2017 02:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Again, I agree with the Rev. It seems to be a terrific amp, but the lack of a PC interface is a real drawback.

Mike

schundog
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Black Diamond Sugar Babies
May 5th, 2017 11:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Available for order on MF now.

GT40 $249
GT100 $399
GT200 $599

I'll wait a month or so until they come down to the street price they quoted me yesterday, $329, or maybe even call. I DO want the GT 💯 pretty bad

musicalmartin

UK

May 5th, 2017 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They look pretty good though are getting a slamming on other forums .I just bought a Champion 40 which is really good .I mainly use tweed and blackface though .Not over interested in the rest so would probably do the same with a Mustang .I did know the new Mustangs would be out soon but still thought the champion well worth getting and not dissapointed.I did have a Mustang one fitted with a 10 inch speaker which opened it a lot out but blew some circuits when I pulled speaker
leads out while powered up . So goodbye Mustang I .Doh .It does make a nice 10 inch cab now .

(This message was last edited by musicalmartin at 09:26 AM, May 6th, 2017)

tahitijack
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Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
May 6th, 2017 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hope schungdog is our test lab for this and posts his review. BTW the GT has the same dimensions as the Mustang III.

schundog
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USA/Central Illinois

Black Diamond Sugar Babies
May 6th, 2017 05:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tahitijack, I have one on the way, as of 10 minutes ago. I had to call to get the "48 HOUR SALE" 12% off deal, which brought it to $352 with 12 months no interest. Pretty hard to beat. I'll sell my Egnater 15 Tweaker Head, not because I need to, but more to justify this unneeded purchase in my own mind, haha. I already have the Mustang III V1, and I have a feeling it will be in this summer's garage sale, as well, after I compare it to the GT. Honestly, I almost went for the GT40, but figured I'd always felt like I compromised, and would end up with the 100 sooner or later anyway, so I just got the 100 to be done with it.


Deep

Kathmandu, Nepal.

May 10th, 2017 05:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anyone tried these new GT amps in person yet? Are the amp sims better than the Mustang 3 v.2? Mainly interested to know if Brit 60's- the Vox amp tone has been improved over the previous generation.

schundog
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USA/Central Illinois

Black Diamond Sugar Babies
May 10th, 2017 08:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The amp showed up today, double boxed, factory packed. I opened it up, plugged it in, connected to the Wifi in the house, and updated the firmware to the latest version (how can it need a new one already?!) This took about 5 minutes to complete. They recommend this as the first step to anyone getting one of these. I could have gone right into the models as is, but figured I'd be a good boy and follow the directions. I also had the amp and my phone connect via Bluetooth. I played some of my music from my phone through the amp at moderate volume. Good sound, but its coming through 1 guitar speaker, so it's not what you would get from a hifi stereo. I was just making sure it would pair up, and trying to break the speaker in a bit.

One thing I noticed was the fact that the data wheel (they call it an encoder knob; OK...) seemed a bit chintzier than the older Mustangs; I hope that's my imagination, and that it will be usable/servicable through the several years I hope to use this baby. I don't want to have to do everything from my phone if the "encoder" takes a dump.


Then I plugged my Epi Casino in, and ran through a few of the models at medium to louder volumes. Suddenly, I noticed a plastic-y hot smell. I felt the sides/top of the amp and the speaker to see if anything was hot, and it wasn't. It reminded me of how a used amp from a smoker's house doesn't exhibit it's scent until you move some air with the speaker. I fully intend to keep an eye/nose on this issue, and if it seems to be a problem, it will go back. Still, I really liked the tones I was getting with the Casino through the tweed models, Princeton Reverb, Bassman models. My Mustang III is a Version I, and didn't have some of the newer/cooler models that the V2 had, so I was due for an update, anyway. Just glad, for now, anyway, that I waited for this new model.

In an effort to try to justify buying this amp to myself, I had earlier decided to sell my Egnater Tweaker 15 so that I only had a SLIGHTLY ridiculous amount of amps for a non-gigging basement player. Before I plugged in the Mustang, I warmed up the Egnater and cranked it up for a bit while the girls were out of the house. I couldn't bring myself to list the amp for sale, just YET... I had it plugged into a Celestion G-12 Vintage 30 cab, and it sounded glorious. What was I thinking?!

I didn't bother hooking it up tonight, but apparently the old 4 button footswitch will work with this model, and they have a pdf with an overlay of the different functions the switch will control on this model. There is also a full-on owners manual online; only the quick start guide was included in the box.

More to come.


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