Fender Mustang Controls: If you do not like the 24 amp models then change them with the Fuse software
Fender’s Mustang guitar amp is a very cool modeling amp, with 24 preset types of amp sounds. It is also a very flexible amp. Unfortunately for some players who like an acoustic or clean sound, most of the presets are way too aggressive and dirty, with lots of distortion. Have no fear, because with the Fender Fuse software and USB cable that comes with the amp the Fender Mustang can clean up pretty well, turning your solid body double humbucker into an acoustic.
You can radically change the sounds of your Fender Mustang amp using the Fuse software. Search and download new amps, or “presets” as Fender calls them, using your usual browser and save them to a conveniently remembered spot. Make sure you select “”Mustang” from the right side top banner or you’ll get the amps for the G-DEC. Yes, you can use the Fuse software to download them as well, but I have had trouble with Fuse crashing when I did this. No matter, you are reading this blog using Firefox already are you not? Simply right click on the link above and open a new tab and you’re there. Downloading the amp requires no new software or plugin. How convenient is that?
There are really only two amps that do acoustic: Acoustic-Interface and Twelve String (for Strumming). Both will give you a nice acoustic sound. I found you need to use headphones for the twelve string amp to hear the higher pitched strings, and it is really not a 12 string acoustic, simply a 6 string with some razzle dazzle box that adds sounds an octave higher.
Here are others I have used and liked. Many require you to lower the volume in Fuse and match their volume settings to your other amps, If you do no do this when you switch amps your guitar’s volume will be considerably louder than the previous setting, forcing you to lower your volume, possibly scaring the cat and anyone else near you. Change the volume in Fuse and use headphones because it is more accurate. These amps are great for a clean lead line and some of them are also Ok for rhythm backgrounds.
These are only Ok for lead lines. Many needed to be modified. I have tested these but did not download them into the amp.
Interestingly many of these amps use pedals and sound effects that are unavailable and unchangeable from the physical controls of the Fender Mustang amp. Some amps are quite complex. I am glad some guitar players out there knows what they are doing and are willing to share. I am here to learn.
As I was swapping amps in and out willy nilly, tweaking settings from Fuse I noticed I hardly touched the Mustang’s physical control knobs. The Mustang had turned into a black box, to be used and abused by the lordly Fuse software. Once disconnected from the umbilical-like USB cable the Mustang then regains it sense of control.
As an aside I tuned my guitar from Fuse. After tuning 2 strings Fuse froze up and almost barfed. I exited the tuner back to the main screen and restarted the tuner, where I tuned the remaining 4 strings. The graphical tuning tool is much larger and better than the one onboard the Mustang, making it much easier to tune your guitar because the scale is much more granular and therefore easier to control.
With all the downloaded amps I have tried I notice most of them are from Fender. I am finding that through the use of Fuse I am learning much more about the Fender line of guitar amplifiers and their individual sounds. I wonder if this is a very clever marketing tool to get guitar players to buy Fender amps. I was actually looking for a Roland Jazz Chorus to try, but could not find one, and do not know enough to modify an existing Fender amp to get that same sound.
Also interesting is that I really do not know what the majority of aftermarket guitar pedals do, but with Fuse I can stick some in and try them, all without buying anything. Ditto for amp effects, though they look much more expensive.
I continue to learn.
Addendum 2011 Jan 25, evening As I stated in my other blog post the Mustang tuner is consistently inaccurate by -20 on the scale. Check your guitar with another tuner. After my daughter tuned her guitar we checked it with a Seiko tuner. Then Fuse crashed on me.