I lived with the Fender Tone Master Pro for two weeks, and forget the tones – the way it feels is the real game-changer

Fender Tone Master Pro
(Image credit: Fender)

The Fender Tone Master Pro arrived last week to considerable fanfare – marking a huge new stride into the high-end amp modeler and multi-effects market from the biggest guitar brand in the world. But, although it sounds great, the tones aren’t the headline.

Modeling units have, for several years, been indistinguishable from the real thing. I've tested every one that's hit the market, and until the late 2010s, sound quality increased in leaps and bounds. Now we're at a point where the only improvements are marginal.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.