The Mustang GTX's Strong Heritage
As with the GT, the new Fender Mustang GTX has a massive library of amp models that range from classic Fender Tweed and Blackface to modern-day metal. And on the effects side, this grab-and-go thoroughbred has more than 45 varieties to flavor your tone, including reverb, delay, chorus, flanger and more.
And on the tech side, both amps feature Bluetooth audio streaming and preset editing via the Fender TONE app. There are 200 fully customizable preset slots. Both have Fender's exclusive built-in Wi-Fi, which allows for firmware updates without the hassle of plugging into a computer. They both have a full-color screen to see exactly what's happening under the hood. Both the GT and GTX feature a built-in looper. They're both surprisingly lightweight. And both offer direct recording into a DAW via USB output.
What Sets GTX Apart from Other Mustangs
Where the GTX pulls ahead of its predecessor is in the details. The Fender GTX, available in 50W 1x12" and 100W 1x12", features an updated Celestion speaker that works better with the improved, road-tough cabinet design. It features new amp models, including the Vibro King, Dual Showman and JC-120. There are a bunch of added effects in multiple categories—distortion, modulation, delay, pitch—many of which are inspired by iconic stomps that have graced countless stages and albums.
While the GT100 came with a 4-button footswitch, the GTX100 comes bundled with a 7-button footswitch (an optional extra for the GTX50 model). It controls preset switching, bank switch, effects and the built-in 60-second looper.
Fender TONE App
One of the biggest upgrades for the Mustang GTX comes from the overhauled Fender TONE 3.0 app. It's been redesigned for ease of use for players of all levels. It's more intuitive and allows players to quickly see and adjust their signal chains and settings via their mobile device. Plus, players can search, upload and download fresh tones from Fender's massive library of presets.
Even though the Mustang GTX amps are full of awesome features, gig-level power and cutting-edge tech, that's not everyone's preference. For those who want a more streamlined, straightforward playing experience, Fender created the Mustang LT—available in 50W 1x12" and 25W 1x8" models.
The GTX range is a tone-chaser's dream, with deep-diving parameters that can be adjusted and reconfigured in countless ways. But the LT combos are more bred for players just starting out, or ones who want a simple, plug-and-play practice amp.
These smaller amps offer 60 customizable preset slots (30 empty ones), which are a sort of greatest hits of guitar tones. There's still Fender TONE editing, managing and new-preset downloads/uploads via Mac or PC instead of mobile Bluetooth. And there are fewer amp and effects models to make the selection process less daunting for new players.
No matter what a player is looking for, these new Mustang amps are suited for it. The Mustang GTX100 and GTX50 are loaded with all the shiniest bells and whistles to do just about everything under the sun and play at stage-level volume. The Mustang LT50 and LT25 are fantastic starter steeds, chock-full of amazing tonal versatility, and are incredibly easy to use and learn with.