Fender is moving into the nano-amp market with the Mustang Micro. Competing with products like the Nux Mighty plug, the Mustang Micro is designed to offer a portable practise solution. This one comes with 12 amp models, plus a selection of 12 onboard DSP effects to play through. Fender has included a few neat little features, too, that will make it attractive as a mobile practice tool for many guitar players.
Fender Mustang Micro Headphone Amplifier
Micro headphone amps have been a thing for a while now, providing a players with an easy way of practising at home or on the road. Given the incredibly success of the Mustang amp series, this seems like a logical next step.
The Mustang Micro has you covered for many different styles of music, with 12 amp models from the Mustang series. as well as 12 effect combinations to play with, including modulation, overdrive, compression, stereo delays and reverbs. There’s also an onboard EQ to tweak your tones. With all that lot, you’ll probably be able to tease from nice amp sounds from this compact unit.
Bluetooth & Connectivity
You can even play along to your favourite backing tracks or instructional videos using the built-in Bluetooth audio connection. That’s an important feature for practising. The way Bluetooth has been implemented includes audio video sync so your tuition videos should play back just as you would expect, with no lag or delays.
Despite its small size, the Mustang Micro has a multi-purpose USB-C socket. Yes, it recharges the internal lithium ion battery; Fender says you can expect up to four hours on one charge. But you can also use it to update the software and, crucially, to record your output to a DAW on your PC or Mac. That makes it even more useful for travelling musicians, or quickly getting an idea saved to your hard drive. The audio output is a 1/8” stereo headphone socket, while the jack plug can be set to various angles so it should fit pretty much any guitar model.
Mustang Micro or Mighty Plug?
This pocket-sized amp has a lot going for it, giving you a lot of uses across practising and recording. It’s not as feature-rich as the Nux Mighty Plug, though, which adds much deeper layer of functionality via an app, as well as IRs, more effects and things like drum tracks. And it costs less than the Mustang Micro. That said, Fender’s new micro amp will no doubt get you some great sounds of the calibre that’s made the Mustang a best-seller. And it says Fender on it.