Fender’s collection of amps has a lot to offer in useful features and great tone. We’re all familiar with their excellent classic tube-driven amps of old, which guitars players still love.
But looking at their current lineup of digital solid-state amps, it is incredible how good they are. Further to the change in the present technology, we now have digital modeling amps, which brought Fender’s Mustang LT25 amps to a new level.
Compact and straightforward, simply put, the Fender’s Mustang LT25 is a top-rated practice amp. However, we’d argue that it’s more than just that. Ok, let’s take a look at this amp and what you can do with it.
Fender Mustang LT25 – features and specs
At first glance, the amp seems simple and small enough for a regular guitar practice amp, and it is. The dimensions are 2.75 by 8.25 by 14.5 inches, and it uses a single 8-inch speaker to drive its 25 watts of output power. Yep, the Fender Mustang LT25 does use a budget speaker, but never-the-less Fender has still kept its game at a high level within this budget-friendly category of this amplifier.
All the fun begins when you look at the amp’s interface. Although technically a single-channel solid-state amp, the LT25 comes with a processing unit that allows a total of 50 presets, 30 of which are pre-loaded. All of the editing controls are available on the amp’s top panel. Aside from the guitar input, we also have footswitch connectivity, headphone output for silent practice, and an auxiliary input.
That’s pretty much the standard stuff. But what makes it stand out from most amps in this category is its USB connectivity. Essentially, using the USB connection, you can turn the amp into a sound card. Using any standard DAW, you can record your songs or even use virtual instrument plugins if you desire.
- 25-watt combo amplifier
- Single 8″ Fender Special Design guitar speaker
- Wooden cabinet
- Simple user interface with 1.8″ color display
- Stereo headphone output for silent practice
- USB interface for recording or firmware updates
Fender Mustang LT25 – Tone
We have a solid-state amp with 25 watts of power and a single 8-inch speaker housed in what you might call an average practice amp casing. The amp comes with plenty of options, though, because of its intelligent digital processing unit. But the overall tone of this amp gravitates slightly towards the high-end and high mids.
Honestly, the first word that comes to mind is “thin” or “flat.” having said that, bear in mind that we’re talking about a budget-friendly practice amp. And for this category, the Fender Mustang LT25 does have an excellent tone. The amp manages to keep all the necessary qualities within this price level. The kicker is its digital processing unit and the flexibility it offers the user. While it’s not as nearly as good compared to actual tube amps, it works well.
Most of the effects are very good as well. You can get some pretty exciting modulation tones, especially on clean settings. With the high-gain distortion, however, things can get a bit mushy. But it’s nothing that some minor tweaking can’t clear up.
Twenty-five watts is more than enough for a practice amp; it does feel like overkill for this purpose. Sure, you can keep it at lower volume levels or even use headphones for silent practicing. Do you need 25 watts of power in a practice amp? Well, maybe you do? Twenty-five watts with a solid-state amp can be enough for a smaller live show. Mustang LT25 can handle most of the regular stuff if we’re talking about club gigs.
With one exception, if you’re looking for loud high-gain performance, then I’d not recommend the LT25. I feel it’s too noisy and compressed in such settings. Essentially, if you’re a backing musician doing mostly rhythm stuff, LT25 is the perfect all-in-one package for smaller gigs. It also works fine for lead sections, although it might lack some power and “punch” for some genres.
Using an aux cable (1/8-inch) to connect the headphone output with a PA system or home stereo yields decent results. You can get through an entire gig without having to mic up the amp. I’d like to address how easy it is to use the Mustang LT25 amp. Although you’ll need to read the manual and get used to it, navigating through presets and making your own is possible through its simple interface.
Twenty different amp models and 25 effects sound pretty decent, all available at a price below $200. Honestly, I’d call this a great purchase. While LT25 certainly isn’t a pro-level amp, you can’t expect it to be at such a low price. Comparing it to other practice-focused or small-gig amps, it’s easily one of the top choices.
It’s not much of a surprise as Fender has some pretty great stuff within budget-friendly products. On top of all this, you also get an integrated audio interface. The manual didn’t specify the exact audio resolution of its analog-to-digital conversion, but it all sounds pretty decent when connected to a computer.
And the best part is that many standalone single-channel audio interfaces cost almost the same.
Two main groups of players would find this amp helpful. The first ones are beginners who would like tone-shaping options when practicing guitar. Experienced players looking for a cheap practice amp need to look no further. It’s even an excellent budget-friendly solution for anyone who plays small gigs.
Honestly, LT25 is as good as it gets at this price level. I could single out some downsides, like its weak high-gain tones. But then again, I feel like I’m nitpicking as its clean, overdriven, and mid-gain distorted tones sound pretty good. The Fender Mustang LT25 is worth every penny, and it’s more than just your average home practice amplifier.