Fender ramps up digital modelling with Tone 3.0 and new Mustang amps

The updated app boasts a new three-dimensional interface and greater signal path flexibility.

Fender is expanding its digital modelling offerings with an update to its Tone app and the launch of three new Mustang amps.

Tone 3.0

The new Tone 3.0 affords greater signal path flexibility and interactivity through an all-new three-dimensional user interface. It allows players to design their signal chain from 39 different amp types and 73 effects models via the interactive interface.

“On the surface the app’s interface will look simple to a user, but underneath, it’s compositing multiple 3D images together, as players edit their sounds,” Fender said in a statement.

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The tone modelling app was introduced in 2017, and is available on iOS, Android, Mac and PC.

New Mustangs

Bringing the Tone experience to the physical realm, Fender introduced three ‘companion’ amps that are designed to work seamlessly with the app: the Mustang GTX 50, GTX 100 and LT50.

Fender Mustang GTX 100
Image: Fender

The GTX series combos come in either a 50- or 100-watt version, both of which feature elevated Celestion speakers, and plenty of new effects and presets.

Packing 50 watts of tube amplification, the GTX50 is a gig-ready amp that includes a Celestion G12-P80 speaker, stereo XLR output for interfacing with a PA, recording gear and outboard gear.

The 100-watt GTX100 is equipped with a Celestion FSD-100 speaker, and a 7-button footswitch for easier selection of presets and effects, as well as operation of the onboard looper.

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“Mustang GTX incorporates decades of research and development, and cutting-edge technology,” said Max Gutnik, VP of Fender. “These new models, effects and new presets will inspire players to explore different guitar styles and experiment with tones for hours.”

The 50-watt Mustang LT50 comes loaded with a 12-inch Fender Special Design speaker, 60 presets and dozens of effects. The inclusion of a stereo headphone output also makes it ideal for silent home practice. Although its range of presets isn’t as exhaustive as its bigger siblings, the amp still boasts integration with Fender Tone 3.0 to greatly expand its functionality.

The Mustang GTX50, GTX100 and LT50 list at $349.99, $499.99 and $249.99, respectively.

Learn more about Fender Tone at fender.com.

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