Submitted July 12, 2017 by Brian Bickham in Browns Mills, NJ
"Click "Advanced Amp" for USB Gain"
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I bought this to both jam with and to record with. Wow! What a great product! I love that I can use FUSE and physically turn the knob and watch the digital knob turn on screen while I'm turning it with my fingers instead of using the mouse! I've always wanted something like that. I've got a Greenback in mine, which is definitely a step up from the stock speaker.I couldn't figure out why my recording level was so low until I found the "Advanced AMP" which allowed for me to turn up the gain on the USB cord. This also allows for extra digital knobs such as "Noise Gate thresh and depth," "Sag," "Bias" and the aforementioned "USB Gain." The physical amp does not have a "middle" knob, but it is in FUSE, which I thought was kind of odd. You can tweak it with your fingers and with your mouse for an amazing amount of possibilities. If you aren't computer savvy, perhaps this isn't for you, but if you like the Mustang series and can't afford one of the boutique tube amps, you should check this one out. I'm happy with what I've recorded on Logic Pro X/Garageband. The models are pretty cool and if you don't like them, you can download from the FUSE community.I've read forums where they say "it is a hybrid, and not all-tube." I'd recommend doing your own research on it like I did, but I'm having a blast with it!
For those who don't like the model amps because they lack the warmth of tubes, this is for you! It get's pretty loud in the house, but I'm not sure how it would do in a gig. It has a line out that you could plug into a PA or you could use a mic.
I love that I can use FUSE and physically turn the knob and watch the digital knob turn on screen while I'm turning it with my fingers instead of using the mouse! There is no physical "middle" knob, which is odd. There is a digital "middle" knob though once you plug it into your computer.
Ease of Use
If you aren't computer savvy, perhaps this isn't for you, but if you like the Mustang series and can't afford one of the boutique tube amps, you should definitely check this one out. I'm happy with what I've recorded on Logic Pro X/Garageband. The models are pretty cool and if you don't like them, you can download from the FUSE community.
It's built pretty solid. I'd be careful with the USB port though, if you own an android phone, you know how flimsy the charging cords can be. I'd be more worried about what might break inside though. I bought an angle USB extender for it.
This amp is very versatile! Again, it's built pretty solid and you can do quite a bit for the price. I would upgrade the speaker. Look for the wine model, which comes with a Greenback already installed.
I've read about people having issues and not getting help. "Both channels go through the DSP. Channel 1 is just a dedicated voice. If the DSP goes, the whole thing goes. Fender does not replace/repair the DSP boards and does not sell them as repair parts." I have no experience myself.
The Wow Factor
Pluggin into a computer gives you all access!
Amateur, Numbskull 999
Rock, Acoustic, Blues, Alternative
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