I went ahead and ordered my new Fender Mustang GTX100 amp from Thomann a week before I left London to head back home to Kuwait and it arrived early! So it was waiting for me to unpack today
Thanks to everyone for the advice and feedback on ordering from Thomann and helping me narrow down my new amp to go along with my new Fender Strat. Thomann’s service was terrific (they helped me out with online ordering issues and even threw in a local power cable at no additional charge). They shipped using UPS Express/World Saver that arrived in Kuwait (and cleared customs) within 3 days and it was door-to-door delivery which was perfect.
As for the amp, I love it! Other than it’s huge compared to my Fender Frontman and Marshall Code 25, the controls and footswitch are easy and intuitive to use, connecting the mobile app and wifi was straightforward and the quick browse through some clean tones and online preset downloads left me ecstatic with the tones on this amp! Of course, it’ll take me days or weeks to clean up the not so useful presets and setup my own new ones, but I’m loving what I’m hearing and seeing so far Really happy that I went with this amp vs the others I was considering.
I’ll share my experiences recording with it once I’ve had a chance to finish practicing my next AVOYP and hook it up into my UV Volt 2 Audio Interface to record with it.
Its such a fun do it all amp!
That is a beautiful combo you got there my friend!!! Great amp, beautiful axe!! Jealous again!!!
Dig it! P*zz off Katana dudez. LOL
Pretty easy getting Fender tones from a Fender amp. Jus sayin’.
Happy New Gear Day, Firas!
Looks like a pretty cool toy to play around with and make some noise! Wish you loads of fun exploring tones!
@RobDickinson it sure is versatile and checks all the boxes for me
@snoxracr They do make a beautiful couple. Thank you Tony
@CT Don’t want to start any amp wars Clint, but yeah Absolutely loving the Fender tones on it! Now to clean up all the other useless presets, setup variations of Fender clean & crunch tones, and some practice song specific tones. Starting with the Deluxe Reverb as that was one of my favorites on the Mustang Micro.
@Lisa_S Thank you Lisa Just have to be careful of going too far down the rabbit hole of tone hunting (which I did last night as expected) and get back to practicing
Awesome looking guitar. Slightly jealous now . E joy
Enjoy Nasir ! If its as good as my Mustang III (and as next gen it should be) you’ll have a whole lot of fun.
Wow, Firas, that last picture is truly worthy of a Fender centerfold spread
Congratulations and may they provide you with many pleasurable years.
Dare I equire whether you are likely to be tempted by their most recent stablemate or go down the pedal path? (I mean once you’ve exhasted all the amps cababilities of course )
Haha, you may be right, but there is a 50% price difference
Congrats on your new amp man.
Ain’t nothing better than new amp day imho.
And man, you got a nice lookin setup there with that beautiful strat and your new mustang amp. They really look great together.
I got a buddy that had many amps over time and now has one amp. The mustang is where he landed at. He says it just fills all his needs in a amp.
Way to go!
I kid of course. It’s up to the individual to assess value. The '65 Twin Reverb Emulation even on my old Mustang is top notch. The emulation for Fender tweed amps is excellent as well. The cab sims are great too! I can only assume that these things have gotten even better now, which would really be remarkable. Play on playas…
Ah great, have fun exploring a bunch of new sounds!
I pretty much replaced all of the factory pre-sets on the Mustang III and either downloaded new ones from Fender Fuse before they pulled the rug and also IntoTheBlue via YouTube. That and build my own. Most stock ones are probably ok once all the settings have been turned way down. I did the same with my old Zoom GFX707 MultiFx pedal for the same reason, factory settings all OTT bar a handful. Have fun !
If you are, specifically, after Fender tones, then a Katana is clearly not the right choice.
For a start, the Katana is it’s own beast. It doesn’t try to be other amps.
Additionally, the all-analogue power amp on the Katana is, apparently, voiced more like classic British style EL36 valve amps, so it ain’t gonna sound like a Fender.
There’s plenty of ways to get a Fender sound, and some of the best ways are from amps from vendors other than Fender: Fender do not have a monopoly on the relatively simple technology that goes into classic Fender amps; you can even build your own clone amp which will get you that tone.
But it’s clear that a Katana is not one of those ways, and it doesn’t pretend it is.
Either way, there’s plenty of tones to go around, and plenty of opinions and tastes and amps to match them. And not many choices these days are bad.
For instance, Ihave a Bugera tube amp that gets some decent Fender tones. Personally I keep the morph control towards the British side more often than not, because I prefer that sound.
@firasR so enjoy your new amp and have fun with it.
Just that footswitch alone is a pretty strong selling point.
For reals! This is why I have preamp pedals that I can run through any amp or PA to get that Fender tone that I crave. This is especially true on amps that you can bypass the onboard preamp with a setting or through the FX loop. It’s OK to prefer some other tone, try to approximate a Fender tone with the gear you have, or remain ambivalent. A Fender amp is a slamdunk though. Live your best life!
@Majik Thanks Keith At the end of the day, “if it sounds good, it is good” (I hope I got that Justin quote right. Even then, tastes change so it’s all relative to an individual’s preferences (“variety is the spice of life and all that”).
For example, I’m loving the clean Fender tones on the Mustang and now on the hunt for that crunch tone that was relatively easy to achieve on my Marshall Code, I want it all (so it’s a good thing I kept the Code for now)
Will have to experiment some more with the British amp simulations and/or FX pedals to see if I can get there (or at least close enough to have a nice sounding crunch tone).
@Richard_N it’s a pretty functional footswitch for sure. Haven’t delved into all it’s advanced features yet but looking forward to that.
By the way, I love your profile blurb. I can definitely relate to that
Too many guitars and not enough practice.
Perpetual editor of typos.
@CT And that’s the beauty (and/or curse) of all the amazing, accessible and relatively affordable gear that’s available to us in this day & age. Choice is a beautiful thing
Nevermind, call off the dogs. I found a great preset for it using a Fender amp sim
Steve Guitar - Crunch Tone
Also watched a few of his other videos and he explains how to get core tones with your amp very well and how simple adjustments to the gain, volume, and EQ knobs affect them all. I’m actually starting to understand and hear the difference that simple tweaks to these can make to a preset’s overall tone. Good stuff
Song practice set list all configured.
Now, I can get back to practicing in peace