Fender has installed the Bluetooth function in the new Mustang GT 100 Amps. However, the designers at the American guitar giant have allowed a big fat blunder with the design to make it through testing, that will probably never happen again…
Mustang GT 100 Live Rick Roll “finally” possible
The big problem with the otherwise cool and practical Bluetooth function: There is no security feature. No button to press to pair a device. No software lock, nothing. Just check out the YouTube video below by Pen Test Partners LLP to see the issue highlighted in real life.
That means that anyone with a smartphone within range can play everything on your amp. For a live amp at a gig, this is the real issue. Imagine, you’re just going to settle in a solo or play a melancholic song and pour your heart into the mic and suddenly Never Gonna Give You Up or another completely inappropriate song destroys the mood. Funny for some, a nightmare for the performer.
Solution? Turn off Bluetooth before gigs. But if you need it as a solo entertainer, you either have to hope for an ignorant or nice audience or you will possibly need to buy another amp. Bit of an embarrassing issue for Fender and hopefully one that they will rectify soon.
It appears that v1.2.25 firmware will fix this glaring issue. Make sure you update your amp if you are thinking about gigging with it!