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Modern features, killer tone, and loads of fun at an unbelievable price!

Aimed at guitarists from beginner to weekend warrior, the Fender Mustang I combo amp contains highly accurate amp modeling, a stellar collection of effects courtesy of an all-new DSP platform, and many hidden capabilities, yet it's easy to use right out of the box! The all-new design is visually striking yet evocative of classic Fender styling.

The Fender Mustang I has got a loud, lightweight 20W power amp design and a muscular 8" Fender Special Design speaker in its solidly built cabinet, so it sounds as good as it looks. The Mustang I combo comes factory-loaded with 24 presets built from 8 amp models and 24 effects, with tones from vintage Fender to modern metal. The number of amp models can be increased with its USB connection and the included Fender Fuse software, letting you completely reconfigure the amp any way you see fit. The USB connection also serves as a high-quality, low-latency audio output, making it easy to lay down tracks to the included Ableton Live Lite 8 Fender Edition software a breeze. Also included is IK Multimedia's Amplitube Fender LE software.

The Fender Fuse software opens up a world of possibilities, including on-screen parameter control, deep editing, "hidden" effects, unlimited preset storage, online preset swapping with the Fender FUSE community, and free Fender artist presets.

FEATURES
  • 20W
  • 8" Fender Special Design speaker
  • All-new authentic amp modeling
  • 8 amp models
  • 24 effects from an all-new DSP platform
  • Speaker-emulated USB output for recording
  • USB connectivity for included Fender FUSE editing software
  • Ableton Live Lite 8 Fender Edition software
  • IK Multimedia Amplitube Fender LE software
  • 1/8" headphone jack (doubles as a speaker-emulated line out)
SPECIFICATIONS

Mustang I 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp

  • 14.5"H x 7.6" deep x 15.5"W
    17 lb.
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FenderMustang I 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 118 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (97)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (21)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Portable (17)
  • Good power output (15)
  • Warm / comfy (13)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (19)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Performances (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Practice amp (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Totally AMAZING AMP!!!!!

It is a MUST Buy all the way from Beginners to the Professional. I guarantee you Will not regret buying this little AMP. It sounds Great with my LTD-M300.
I being playing...Read complete review

It is a MUST Buy all the way from Beginners to the Professional. I guarantee you Will not regret buying this little AMP. It sounds Great with my LTD-M300.
I being playing guitar for almost 11 years so I'm not exactly a beginner. The futures of this AMP are amazing, 24 pre-set FX PLUS the ability to Morph the 24 pre-sets giving you the possibility of over 50 FX. It has a built in USB module which allows you to plug the amp and Record straight to the Computer using the included software called Ableton Live 8 and Fender Fuse. Tottally Amazing.
The quality of the Fender Mustang is by far one of the best I have owned. The Mustang 1 Comes standard with an 8 "inch" speaker and 20 watts, If that is not enough for you but still want the Mustang futures? Fear not there is also a Mustang 2 and 3 which include more watts for more power and louder sound.The over all sound quality is Great 9/10. The Built in USB, Amazing 10/10. The Built in Sound Effects 9/10. The included software 10/10.All for the Low price you can't beat it.This AMP is far superior than the Fender Frontman R25 not because all the extra futures that the R25 doesn't have but simply on the Sound Quality alone.
Best Value... I can't stress it enough, Great Quality, Great Sound, Great Software. This AMP feels like it is worth 200+$'s

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fender Mustang I Amplifier

I purchased the Fender Mustang I 20W Guitar Combo Amp about 2 weeks ago. The amp plays OK and sounds OK, but for my likes, it has far too many adjustments, knobs,...Read complete review

I purchased the Fender Mustang I 20W Guitar Combo Amp about 2 weeks ago. The amp plays OK and sounds OK, but for my likes, it has far too many adjustments, knobs, and too much stuff already programmed into the amplifier for my likes. I spend too much of my time fiddling around with the knobs trying to get it to sound right instead of playing the guitar.

Ordinarily, having a lot of adjustments would be a good thing, but so many of these adjustments affect not just one feature or sound but many features or sounds. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to make a simple adjustment to the sound. I much prefer the Vox Pathfinder 15R amp which I own. It sounds just as good, or perhaps better than the Mustang I, and it's much simpler to adjust to get the sound that you want. It also costs about the same (a little over $100).

The Mustang I does have many different sounds already programmed into the amp and it's easy to select one of these sounds. The problem is that I don't like most of the sounds already programmed into the amp. On the few sounds that I do like, they may sound good for one or two songs I'll play, but when I want to play a different song, they don't sound good with that song and it's very difficult to make an easy adjustment to the sound on the amp.

In short, if you like to spend your time fiddling around with knobs and hearing different sounds instead of playing your guitar, then the Mustang I would be a good choice. OTOH, if you want a good sounding amp that is easy and simple to adjust that doesn't have all this other crap pre-programmed into it, then get the Vox Pathfinder 15R amp. The Vox sounds very good and you can adjust it to the sound you want in a couple of seconds instead of spending all your time messing with knobs trying to get a sound that you like.
I rated it 6 of 10 on features. For my likes, there are actually too many features, adjustments, knobs, etc on the amp.
I give it a 9 of 10 on quality. It seems to be well built.
I give it a 8 of 10 on value.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Totally AMAZING AMP!!!!!

By Lincoln Cassis

from USA

Comments about Fender Mustang I 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

It is a MUST Buy all the way from Beginners to the Professional. I guarantee you Will not regret buying this little AMP. It sounds Great with my LTD-M300.
I being playing guitar for almost 11 years so I'm not exactly a beginner. The futures of this AMP are amazing, 24 pre-set FX PLUS the ability to Morph the 24 pre-sets giving you the possibility of over 50 FX. It has a built in USB module which allows you to plug the amp and Record straight to the Computer using the included software called Ableton Live 8 and Fender Fuse. Tottally Amazing.
The quality of the Fender Mustang is by far one of the best I have owned. The Mustang 1 Comes standard with an 8 "inch" speaker and 20 watts, If that is not enough for you but still want the Mustang futures? Fear not there is also a Mustang 2 and 3 which include more watts for more power and louder sound.The over all sound quality is Great 9/10. The Built in USB, Amazing 10/10. The Built in Sound Effects 9/10. The included software 10/10.All for the Low price you can't beat it.This AMP is far superior than the Fender Frontman R25 not because all the extra futures that the R25 doesn't have but simply on the Sound Quality alone.
Best Value... I can't stress it enough, Great Quality, Great Sound, Great Software. This AMP feels like it is worth 200+$'s

(5 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Too frustrating

By Ecologist 47

from eastern Kentucky

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    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • BOAT ANCHOR

    Comments about Fender Mustang I 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

    You need a degree in Mustang use to use this. It never seems to come on doing what it did the last time I used it. All I want is a little bit of reverb and a bit of distortion. Great product if you want to spend your time programming the combo, not so great if you want to spend your time playing the guitar. I definately don't want to spend any time fiddling with my computer to program this thing. I play the guitar to relax, not to get aggravated with some combo that wants to steal my time. It is one frustrating experience from being tossed off the balcony and down the side of the mountain. Best use for this thing would be to fill it with cement and use it as a boat anchor.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unbelievable options

    By Joseph O'Neill

    from York, Pa

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    Comments about Fender Mustang I 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is a very worthwhile investment for the price for the serious musician to the weekend novice. I've been playing it almost nonstop for a month now and haven't scratched the surface of available tones. For this price bucks it simply cannot be beat.
    This little amp (Mustang I) has the volume of something much bigger. The only downside is installing all of the necassary downloads. The Fuse program itself isn't too bad, but it also comes with Ableton Live Eight software. This is something of a recording software like Pro Tools or Garage Band and is much more in depth. I recommend not installing it and just stick with the Fuse. Once enabled, this amp really comes alive. You have your choices of several Fender models, Vox models, Mesa Boogie, Marshall and several others. This is what they are based upon and you can tell by what the amp looks like once dialed in. You do have to spend a little time getting to know it, but once that aspect has been done you'll know this software inside and out relatively quickly. Plus you have the Fender Online Fuse Community to upload or download presets, and help wth any installation questions.
    The sounds YOU create are anything you want them to be. The presets are ok for simply plugging in and playing. It's a rugged little amp, very light weight with a conveinent carrying handle that can be pushed down and be somewhat flattened. Good quality construction.
    For the price this thing just cannot be beat. I know that tube purists will probably not like this thing, that is until they play it and hear the amazing tones and sounds that the Mustang I can create and/or recreate. This I know from first hand knowledge.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutely my Best purchase for under $100!

    By Dax Higgins

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Fender Mustang I 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

    Plays great right out of the box. Easy to transport. Lots of options. Solid build. Great Job Fender!!
    Ok, so the Fender Mustang I is a 20W solid state amp, but this thing has about anything you could possibly want out of a practice amp for this price. I own the larger Fender Mustang IV and the tones that come out of this little thing are almost right on with it. The only difference is the speaker itself, but if you listen through the handy headphone jack, it's the same - plus it doesn't bother anyone else. Hook it up to a computer by USB and use the Fender Fuse software and you unleash a whole new animal. High quality transfer through the USB and if you want to play along with your mp3 player, it has a convenient jack for that as well. I have to say that this little amp is also louder than I thought it would be, bonus.
    The make is pretty solid, yet lightweight. I love the textured coating on the amp exterior. Even though the input jack is plastic, it's tucked in better and more secure unlike the Fender Frontman 15R (which I also own, and broke).
    Also having payed for the Fender Frontman 15R a few years ago for the same purposes, the Mustang I amp is a major improvement and I actually payed less for it. I really can't say enough about the value of this little amp and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a practice amp. Get it; It's worth way more than you will pay for anything else in the next $100 range.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    After repeated use...

    By Dave Herman

    from Santa Fe, NM

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    Comments about Fender Mustang I 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've enjoyed this amp and software for a couple months and today the usb recepticle stripped off the board it was attached to, (attached by just the tiny little pins, not mounted), as I tried to connect the usb cable. I still want to use the amp, so, I went in and retrieved the little part so it won't short anything and cause more damage. While the amp was open, I took a look around. Some of the assembly is good quality and some isn't. I won't get this repaired and I won't recommend the amp to a friend.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best money you will ever spend on equipment

    Comments about Fender Mustang I 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp is addicting! It so much fun!
    This little mustang amp is a blast! It is so versitile and dynamic that you won't want to shut if off! The modeling and effects are very accurate and the sound is surprisingly big for a small practice amp. You will not find a better amp at this price anytime soon. Buy one and you'll see what I'm talking about!!
    excellent value!

    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Fender Mustang I Amplifier

    By Charlie R.

    from Florida and Tennessee

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    Comments about Fender Mustang I 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I purchased the Fender Mustang I 20W Guitar Combo Amp about 2 weeks ago. The amp plays OK and sounds OK, but for my likes, it has far too many adjustments, knobs, and too much stuff already programmed into the amplifier for my likes. I spend too much of my time fiddling around with the knobs trying to get it to sound right instead of playing the guitar.

    Ordinarily, having a lot of adjustments would be a good thing, but so many of these adjustments affect not just one feature or sound but many features or sounds. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to make a simple adjustment to the sound. I much prefer the Vox Pathfinder 15R amp which I own. It sounds just as good, or perhaps better than the Mustang I, and it's much simpler to adjust to get the sound that you want. It also costs about the same (a little over $100).

    The Mustang I does have many different sounds already programmed into the amp and it's easy to select one of these sounds. The problem is that I don't like most of the sounds already programmed into the amp. On the few sounds that I do like, they may sound good for one or two songs I'll play, but when I want to play a different song, they don't sound good with that song and it's very difficult to make an easy adjustment to the sound on the amp.

    In short, if you like to spend your time fiddling around with knobs and hearing different sounds instead of playing your guitar, then the Mustang I would be a good choice. OTOH, if you want a good sounding amp that is easy and simple to adjust that doesn't have all this other crap pre-programmed into it, then get the Vox Pathfinder 15R amp. The Vox sounds very good and you can adjust it to the sound you want in a couple of seconds instead of spending all your time messing with knobs trying to get a sound that you like.
    I rated it 6 of 10 on features. For my likes, there are actually too many features, adjustments, knobs, etc on the amp.
    I give it a 9 of 10 on quality. It seems to be well built.
    I give it a 8 of 10 on value.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Don't let the price fool you!

    By Wannabe

    from Bloomington In.

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    Comments about Fender Mustang I 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

    This little amp is unreal. Wife got it for me for Christmas and out of the box I was blown away. It sounds great, easy to use, and can make a wannabe rock star like me sound really good. Buy it, you will love it!!You won't beat Musiciansfriend's price!!

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Little Amp with a Big Sound

    By Guitarz

    from Los Angeles

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    Comments about Fender Mustang I 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is a great practice amp for a small room/studio, home office or bedroom. There's lots of reverb though, which you can't seem to change, that I'm aware of anyway. This is the perfect practice amp for musicians who like metal and lots of different preset distortion effects. For the "clean" guitarist, from what I have experienced, there seems to be only one "clean" channel/preset, which again, has a lot of reverb. If you like reverb and lots of heavy metal effects, this amp is absolutely for you! For the guitarist who likes that "clean" sound, the one clean preset is acceptable, even with all the reverb. (Maybe if I learned how to use the FUSE software better I can find a "clean" sounding preset that can give me that clean twang with less reverb?) Last words of advice: Read and understand the User Manual if you want to get the most out of the FUSE software.
    I've had this amp for a couple months. So many effects and possibilities. You get eight basic presets with eight more possible (sub) preset effects per each basic preset, and that's without the FUSE software. Add the FUSE software (via USB to your computer) and you can customize each and every preset in more ways than I can imagine. Plenty loud for a practice amp, in fact you could easily use this amp for a small gig, but I'm not sure how loud you can turn it up and still maintain its nice sound. I've never had to turn it up above 5. Use the headphone jack for privacy and peace and quiet in your house or condo or apartment.
    True Fender look and feel. I haven't opened it up so I can't speak for the workmanship or electronics inside but seems durable and lightweight.
    "10." This is a no brainer. The built in (presets) effects are probably worth the price alone, not to mention the free FUSE software. A great 20W value!!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good bang for the buck!

    By John Elston

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Fender Mustang I 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

    Owned the Mustang 1 amp for about six months and I can say it is easy to use and fun to play. It has good clean sounds and has good overdrive and distortion as well. Some of the amp models are the best I have heard and the others are just plain good. Works best when connected to your computer using the Fuse software provided, so you can select different amps and effects to your liking. Also when connected to Fuse online there are presets for just about anything you want to play or you easily make your own. I short it is as great little practice amp with infinite sounds and is a bargain too boot.

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