Product Spotlight: Fender Mustang GT/LT Guitar Amps

Product Spotlight: Fender Mustang GT/LT Guitar Amps

There is a lot of history and reputation that exists with Fender amplifiers. Of course, this notoriety that I bring up is in reference to their classic tube designs. However, Fender has also been in the non-tube game for as long as the technology has allowed it. And as you can imagine, they have been improving more and more just like the rest of the solid-state amp market. Today, Fender is right there with many other of the best affordable amps you can buy.

The Mustang is a series of amps that Fender has been making since 2010. The first and second generations of this series were among some of the most well-selling guitar amps in the world. They were easy to use, good sounding, and most importantly affordable. It was among the first wave of widely successful amps to use things like built-in effects and editing software.

In 2017, Fender gave the Mustang amps a significant overhaul in the form of the Mustang GT series. Over the past year or so Fender has been releasing an even more affordable GT-like series that they call the LT line. These newer Mustangs are a major step forward both in sound quality and layout. With a completely new look and redesigned software, there is a lot that these lines bring to Fender’s affordable amp range. Let’s dive into the features and specs that make these two series what they are.

 

Mustang GT

The GT series gives the original Mustang design the modern update that it was in need of. Both visually and on the inside, the GT brings a lot to the table. Visually, these amps have a modern look to them that Fender has been pushing on most of their new solid-state stuff. Instead of the traditional tweed or silver color schemes, many are familiar with, the GT line is all black with modern knobs and cabinet design. As far as the insides go, there is quite a bit to unpack. To kick things off, let's start with what you might expect. All of the GT amps come with plenty of standard inclusions. Amp models, effects, an onboard tuner, and a looper are just a few of the “regular” things you get with GT. However, even these fundamental features are a big upgrade from older Mustangs. The initial 21-amp models sound great and all play very nicely with any of the 47 effects that you have to choose from. 

As we progress deeper into the GT’s features, it starts to become clear that this is a VERY modern amp design. These Mustang amps all have built-in WIFI, Bluetooth, and utilize the Fender Tone App. All of these are also rather useful and not just modern gimmicks. The WIFI is for downloading updates and working with the Tone App. The tone adjustable Bluetooth works great for playing music. And the Tone App itself is the way many will prefer to dial-in their presets.

 

In the Mustang GT line, you have the option of a 40, 100, or 200-Watt amp. Each of these variants has the same software and technology features. The biggest difference as you go up the range is, of course, volume. However, you also get bigger speakers, multiple speakers, and more physical EQ knobs the louder you go. Every one of the GT amps sounds really solid so you don’t have to worry about the tone that much. It all comes down to which size fits your application best.

  • GT40 – $299.99 – Features:
    • 40-Watt Amplifier
    • Two 6.5” Special-Designed Celestion Speakers
    • 47 Built-in Effects
    • 21 Amp Models
    • Treble and Bass Knobs
    • Bluetooth Streaming
    • WIFI for Updates
    • Onboard Looper and Tuner

  • GT100 – $399.99 – Features:
    • 100-Watt Amplifier
    • Single 12” Special-Designed Celestion Speakers
    • 47 Built-in Effects
    • 21 Amp Models
    • Treble, Middle, and Bass Knobs
    • Bluetooth Streaming
    • WIFI for Updates
    • Onboard Looper and Tuner

  • GT200 – $499.99 – Features:
    • 200-Watt Amplifier
    • Two 12” Special-Designed Celestion Speakers
    • 47 Built-in Effects
    • 21 Amp Models
    • Treble, Middle, and Bass Knobs
    • Bluetooth Streaming
    • WIFI for Updates
    • Onboard Looper and Tuner

Mustang LT

The LT series is a slightly newer release from Fender; the LT25 was introduced last year and this NAMM we got the 50-Watt version. These two Mustangs are not so much an update to the GT line as much as they are a more affordable option to it. The main difference between GT and LT is the software. While you still have many of the same sounds available, the LTs are a bit more stripped down. You can dive in and edit the presets, effects and amps, but it is designed to be as simple as possible. The 30 preloaded patches have been dialed in to sound great without having to tweak. Considering the price range of the LT series it makes a lot of sense for Fender to have chosen to set them up the way they did.

Honestly, that pretty much covers these amps. They are very similar to the GT series, just marketed and designed more for simplicity and financial savings.    


  • LT25 – $149.99 – Features:
    • 25-Watt Amplifier
    • Single 8” Special-Designed Fender Speakers
    • 25 Built-in Effects
    • 20 Amp Models
    • 50 Presets (30 pre-loaded)
    • Treble and Bass Knobs
    • Onboard Tuner

  • LT50 – $249.99 – Features:
    • 50-Watt Amplifier
    • Single 12” Special-Designed Fender Speakers
    • 25 Built-in Effects
    • 20 Amp Models
    • 60 Presets (30 pre-loaded)
    • Treble, Middle, and Bass Knobs
    • Onboard Tuner
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