I have long thought the weakness of the entire modeling amp thing was the bewildering amount of amp and speaker cab models the back into them. Sure, it's sounds like fun to be able to call up a bunch of cool amp sims, but it seems to me that a jack of all trades is a master of none. Limiting it to just one model simply has to make the one they include more detailed and realistic-sounding. And you don't have to dink around forever, trying out this or that amp model with that cab model, and twisting knobs/cycling menus to make it sound right.
Somebody finally figured out that most of us got into playing guitar to play guitar, not learn how to program a gadget to sound almost as good as a real tube amp. Props to Fender for that!
I agree that many amps have become too complex to easily navigate. I also dislike complex pedal boards, hundreds of presets, etc. Line 6 comes to mind but there are others.
I haven't played to new Fenders yet but I look forward to giving them a spin.
My personal experience is that the Boss Katana series has gotten it right, especially the 100 watt models that can use their 6 button footswitch and have different power options including silent stage.
It would be a poor choice for the computer-phobic but that is not me, the programming interface is really easy to use.
My needs are simple, a "clean" setting with just enough grit so I can "dig in" and get a bit of grind/sing and a mid-gain setting for solo work. I like having a modulation option or delay. Reverb stays on, enough to give everything some ambience, not over the top.
I've found running the amp at 1/2 watt and turning the Master Volume up to between 11-1 o'clock does sound a lot lke a small tube amp turned up until it "sweetens". That is the only adjustment I make with the knobs at any gig. Small places get 11, outdoors gets 1, easy.
There are 2 banks of 4 presets available (I have the original Katana, not sure about the Mk II).
I have the first bank programmed and really just use presets 1 and 3 for gigging.
Preset 1 is a Tweed Fender-ish tone. When I select the preset and then click the button to the far right of the footswitch, the switch system becomes a small, simple pedalboard. The first switch gives me my clean/dirty option, the second switch gives me a bit of chorus. That is where things stay most of the time, simple and all the options I need to sound good at a gig.
Preset 3 is more of a Marshall-ish tone. A different clean and dirty and I have delay instead of chorus. The first button is clean/dirty, second switches the delay on/off and the third button is Tap Tempo. I use preset 3 for 2-3 songs per gig.
The simulated speaker out sounds very close to the speaker mounted in the amp, even through PA speakers. That works for me, what I hear on stage is more or less what the audience hears.
Easy hookup and teardown, I am happy gigging with this. Everything I need and nothing I don't.
Still wanna try the Fender though, that is an iconic tone!!!!