There are many types of guitar pedals on the market. There are so many, the endless combinations of single stomp boxes and elaborate floor units available can overwhelm anyone. Some are good in cost and quality and some are really great but cost an arm and a leg, not to mention the need for a tech to use the product if your aren’t tech savvy. We found a product that fits quality, ease of use, and price. Today we are showcasing the Mustang Floor by Fender.
Fender built this unit after the Mustang Amp Series. This is basically an amp minus the power amp and speaker. While this looks like another floor unit, I assure you that this is more than a multi-effects unit. Lets talk features.
The Mustang Floor features 9 footswitches and a solid aluminum treadle-style control pedal. This thing was built to last so the unit will hold up to some rugged playing for years to come. The intuitive control panel and LCD window allows for control of your tones, levels, and effects. From an editing stand point this is pretty easy to use. And you don’t have to be a tech expert to use the Mustang Floor-it’s easy to use right out of the box as it is. The unit also has a built in Ground Lift to deal with noisy hum so the unit is noiseless.
Inputs and Outputs
The floorboard has ins and outs for days. The ¼ inch line input is used for many outputs. There is a dedicated speaker emulated headphone output for private/quiet jamming and auxiliary input for playing along with a drum machine, mp3 player/ipod, or any other device you want to play along with. The dual XLR and dual ¼ inch line outputs have level control so that they can be programmed for optimal response with PA systems, power amps or guitar amp setups. The MIDI in and out and effects loop allow more flexibility with tone setups and synchronizations. Need more expression? With the optional EXP-1 pedal you will have more control than ever.
Additionally to the audio outputs, there is USB connectivity for high-quality low-latency audio output and interface with the free Fender FUSE application. This allows the unit to be used as an audio-interface for recording and expansive editing of the effects library. The effects library has 12 amp models, 37 effects, and 100 on-board factory and user presets so you can edit and save hundreds of combinations. In “individual stomp box” mode amp models can be bypassed. There is also a built in chromatic tuner to get you tuned and ready to go.
Fender Fuse: Guitar Tone Editing
The Fender FUSE software, included as a free download, offers on-screen parameter control, deep editing, “hidden” parameters, unlimited preset storage, easy firmware upgrades and additional free content from Fender. This will let you get some creative perspective. Talk about a fully loaded multi effects board. FUSE on screen editing is a click and drag away from stardom. You can uniquely create patches that will tailor to your specific tone. With pro-level amp modeling, effects and artist presets, you can cover a wealth of musical styles so you will find something that fits your playing.
The only con that I experienced with creating patches using the USB is that every patch does not have a set gain. You have to adjust the gain individually. In some ways this is awesome for really controlling output, but a pain if you want everything level, as no patch will be the same volume. I think this pedal board is great in the recording studio as this provides digital editing of tones and is an audio interface for direct recording. The ability to control 2 functions in one device is very helpful and eliminated studio “clutter”. The box came fully loaded. I don’t think it needed any thing else.
A quality product with quality features and sound do not have the price tag you might think it has. For $199.99, this is a solid buy. It will do your guitar playing some justice without breaking the bank and will retain its value for years to come. Be sure to check with Ant Hill Music for other great pro audio products.