For those trying to decide between a good quality modelling amp (i.e. Mustang) and pick-your-flavor of tube amp, I have found there are 3 factors to consider:
-the practical aspect: you are new to guitar playing, or even better you are NOT new but you want to experiment new things. Would you like to, turning a knob go from a jazz ultrawarm tone to a zombie-apealing death metal tone? and all that without having to fiddle with tons of pedals and equipment. Or what about going around with your "rig" carrying all you need in one hand, weighing less than 40 pounds? In other words would you like to spend more time playing or building lego-like rigs? if you are here to play guitar, maybe the Mustang is the best choice.
-the cost and resale value aspect: with a tube amp you get an expensive (or VERY expensive) piece of equipment with technology dating back to the 1940's, fragile, costly to maintain and with a good reselling value. With a Mustang you get an inexpensive solution that you will use until you decide to trow it away, probably 5-10 years from now. Oh, and with the Mustangs you will not hear ever again your wife complaining that you need yet ANOTHER pedal for that damn guitar.
-the glamour aspect: lets' say you have long fingernails, you want to cut them short, you have the option of buying a diamond incrusted fingernail clipper vs a deluxe swiss army knife. If you would ratter have the deluxe swiss army knife, get yourself a Mustang!
Then of course to finish this all, you get the feel/touch/mojo/vibe tone factor, or whatever you want to call it. This is a very interesting comparison somebody did recording with a Mustang and with a Fender Deluxe amp, then asked people to recognize which recording was made with which amp...
-A/B comparisson of Mustang (300$) with Deluxe reverb reissue amp (1050$)
-same sound clip recorded on the two amps, you have to decide which one is the real deluxe
-52% says the real deluxe is the clip A
-47% says the real deluxe is the clip B
I will let you judge how real the tube tone is on the Mustangs
this is the link to the pollhttp://acapella.harmony-central.com/sho ... 2-DR-model
BTW most people identified the recording made with the Mustang as the one made with a "real tube amp"! LOL