My requirements were - A compact design, a good selection of effects, a direct record out function (but with enough wattage If needed to record with a microphone) and a headphone socket for late night practicing.
Well, the Mustang 1 V2 amp ticks all the boxes and more!
The 24 factory preset sounds on the amp are pretty decent with an array of onboard effects that can be altered or turned off to requirement from the top panel. There is also a tap button to set the delay time and modulations of the effects. The Amp emulations are superb with all the classic fender amp choices from twin, bassman etc. with decent Vox, Marshall and Orange copies added too.
The best feature about this amp though, is it?s free Fuse software (downloaded at fender?s website). Once installed on a computer and connected to the amp (via the included USB cable) it becomes clear just what endless sonic possibilities there are!
All presets can be tweaked, modified and even rewritten to your own desire. Customisable presets can be created from scratch choosing different amps and effects such as Stomp boxes, compressors, modulation, reverb and delay pedals. These can also be placed before or after the amp chain.
Effects are limited to four per preset (only one delay at a time) but thats more than enough.
Another huge advantage of this system is that not only can you make new individual presets but you can compile a complete bank of 24 new presets and save them to a folder on your computer. These can then be batch loaded onto the amp when you need them. So in the scenario that you are working on many different music projects you can load in 24 new presets each time to play around with.
Although I would have preferred a more robust jack socket for the headphone input instead of a mini jack it does double up as a stereo out for recording. Perfect for recoding the stereo delay and reverbs.
In conclusion I?m really pleased with the Mustang 1 V2.
I wouldn?t necessarily recommend this amp if you are a plug in and play guitarist. However, if you have some experience with computer software and sound creation then this is the perfect little amp to create an arsenal of great guitar sounds for home recordings and practicing.