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Fender Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp  

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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 II 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 II has got a loud, lightweight 40W power amp design and a muscular 12" Fender Special Design speaker in its solidly built cabinet, so it sounds as good as it looks. The Mustang II 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
    • 40W
    • 12" 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)

    Great sound, endless experimentation, and a fun experience for guitarists of all skill levels. Order now!

     

    Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

    • 17.25"H x 18.25"W x 8.7"D
    • 24 lb.
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    FenderMustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
     
    4.7

    (based on 83 reviews)

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      (11)

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Portable (16)
    • Excellent sound (12)
    • Easy to use (9)
    • Warm / comfy (8)
    • Good power output (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (16)
      • Amateur recording (12)
      • Performances (7)
      • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Practice (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (10), Novice (6), Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Oh my, what a great sounding amp!

      Just an amazing sounding amp.

      Kudos to Fender for hitting a home run on this one.
      I buy an amp for sound. If it delivers the right sound, with...Read complete review

      Just an amazing sounding amp.

      Kudos to Fender for hitting a home run on this one.
      I buy an amp for sound. If it delivers the right sound, with great tone, that's what matters.

      The feature set is solid especially for an amp in this price range. If you're looking for a gigging amp, the feature set is adequate, but it's worth your time to consider the Mustang III. The III
      adds a dedicated midrange and reverb knob, and the ability to access 4 (vs. 2) presets via the optional footswitch.
      Solidly built amp, not a single issue with quality in terms of design, build and assembly. The software is well designed and quite powerful.

      But when I rate an amp for quality, it's about tone, tone, tone.

      Man, does this amp deliver great tone. I've been gigging with a 1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb amp (original, not a reissue) for about the past decade; and before that, a '64 Twin. My standards for tone are high, and I've never heard a solid state amp that can hold its own against those great amps, until the Mustang II.

      I've been using it for band rehearsals thus far. I go for a fairly clean tone, except when we play the occasional blues tune where I play in the style of Michael Bloomfield. With the Deluxe I usually use a THD Hot Plate to allow me to drive the amp, and that gives me the overdrive I need.

      I've been using the Mustang's Deluxe setting with a bit of drive, reverb and delay, and the sound is just delicious. It is not only surprisingly warm and tubelike for a solid state amp -- that description doesn't really do it justice --- it gives my Deluxe a run for its money, which is in its own right a great amp.

      I agree that it does better with single coil guitars. I've used it with a Strat and Tele, and both work marvelously with this amp. I tried my Epiphone Joe Pass archtop with it; not bad at all, but the amp is better with the single coil axes.

      The value of a gigging amp to me depends not only on its sound, but also on how well I know it, and how it becomes, with the guitar, part of one larger instrument that I can control precisely. So, I know the Deluxe very well, and it will take a little time for me to develop my understanding of the Mustang to where I can very accurately make minor adjustments on the fly, and have them turn out perfectly.

      When that time comes, I will probably begin bringing the Mustang to gigs. It's THAT good. For small rooms, it'll probably have enough power. For larger rooms I'll rely on the sound crew to drop a mike in front of it.
      This amp is the best value I've gotten in an amp purchase, ever. Going back to 1965, when I bought my first amp.

      No contest.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great tone, but lacking certain fundamental features

      Highly recommended. You may find that you like it so much that you wish you got the Mustang 3 or 4.

      The way they arrange the presets and allow overwriting makes...Read complete review

      Highly recommended. You may find that you like it so much that you wish you got the Mustang 3 or 4.

      The way they arrange the presets and allow overwriting makes the fact that the amp models are written in paint on the panel kind of weird, but just a minor gripe. If you're like me, you'll find a couple amp models that you love and those will become your sound, so the minor problems should be easy to overlook.
      It really needs a 1/4" headphones jack and a amp model bypass, I realize this amp's whole draw is it's amp models and tonal versatility, but it would have been nice to have just a nice, clean, transparent sound to run floor FX processor (RP1000) through.

      Software & deep editing is amazing & fun (though not crucial to achieving a good tone).
      Great tone, great features, decent tuner, nice size & weight, plenty loud for home practice (maybe even for small gigs &/or band practice - haven't done this yet though).
      If you go on eBay or CL, you may find a nicer meat & potatoes amp for around the same money, but you won't find one this versatile.

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      5.0

      Good little amp

      By earlobe

      from San Francisco Bay Area

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        So far, so good. It's a good workmen's amp. Light and easy to use. I wanted a Deluxe sound but didn't want to spend a whole lot,so this amp is perfect. It's already paid for itself after using it for a month. I just hope that it lasts more than the year and half thatI had a Vox Valvtronix. The Vox died in the middle of a gig! I'll let you all know if this thing goes ka-put on me within two years.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gorgeous amounts of fun!

        By Lios

        from Youngsville, NC

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Excellent Value
        • Portable
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Practicing
          • Very Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          The biggest thing I'd have to say about this amp that amazes me is it's nearly limitless functionality, -especially- if you own a computer to mess around with the effects and settings.

          To top that off, it would cost you hundreds ( if not thousands) to get the same amount of effects (be it through pedals or mixers) that are included with the amp, giving it an insane value. It really is the perfect amp for the beginner (or otherwise) on a budget who wants something more than just a regular clean sound.

          I was surprised initially by just how much you can adjust the effects to your personal taste. You can go from a perfectly clean tone, to a calm ambient soundspace, to an extremely screamy distortion. It's almost completely necessary for you to own a computer to mess around with the settings if you want or own this amp.

          The clean tones are fantastic. Very clear, and can be almost however you want. Bright, soft, warm, dull, aggressive... Whatever is within your imagination and ingenuity to adjust the settings. I could go on forever about just how wonderful it is to adjust the various effects on this amp, and just how many incredibly different sounds you can get out of it.

          It's also very surprisingly light, but to me all I had to compare it to was an ancient (or should I say "vintage?") Peavey Basic 40, which was the same size but weighed a ton. I could carry this amp around everywhere with one arm and never get tired.

          Not everything I have to say about this amp is it's greatness, however.

          I wasn't all that impressed with the distortion effects you could use with this amp. It's either fully screamy, or muddy. No nice middle-ground crunchiness (unless you can perhaps discover what I couldn't through messing around with FUSE). I'd recommend getting a completely separate distortion/overdrive pedal when using this amp if you want that effect (unless you like the ones already included with it).

          Another thing that kind of disappointed me was the -lack- of effects you could use at one time. I was confused for quite a while messing around with the FUSE software to adjust the effects, but it seems you can only have 4 effects active, each within their own category, and each category only allows 1 effect to be active. You can't mix both a fuzz/overdrive with a compressor, or a chorus with a tremolo, etc. Even with that in mind, you can still get a nearly limitless range of sounds through effects with what you have available.

          Yet another flaw with it is the poor volume input through the USB if you use it for recording. Recording directly from the amp almost -requires- you to own a pair of headphones, either to keep on the side and off of your ears so you don't blow out your eardrums, or a pair with their own volume control, because you need to have the amp at a very high volume in order to record at decent volumes, because the input it gives on its own is incredibly quiet. If you can get past that though, the recording qualities are actually very nice, and -very- clean. The volumes have to be incredibly high to hear much noise, and the amp's built-in gates (that you can also adjust yourself) help alleviate a lot of it on it's own.

          All-in-all, this is an amazing amplifier especially for the price. If you're looking into using this for increased functionality, or larger venues, I'd recommend looking at the Mustang III, or IV (or even the V head if you've already got a decent cabinet).

          If you get one, make sure you have a computer handy, and take some time to figure out the FUSE software (and also take a look at other user-made presets). It's completely worth it!

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing Solid State

          By dogsbrekky

          from NY

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Fender Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I bought this Mustang II in late 2012 to use at my holiday house... I wasn't expecting much out of a Solid State CHEAP amplifier... boy was I wrong.. this thing is great value for the $$$ spondoolies and has plenty of features to keep even the worst of tinkerers like me occupied for weeks.... I wrote a review here a while back but it did not get posted so here is an update

            I downloaded the Fuse software but really I tinker with the tones myself...

            I put a DS-1 Boss pedal in front of this and with the Supersonic setting, gain on 5, a little modulation (setting 1 on the mod switch) and a little reverb (setting 1) plus some distortion from the DS-1 and you get a nice weird psychadelic sound.... push the volume up and it does clip a bit (but hey what do you expect for low $$$$).............

            The cleans on this are surprisingly great.. I went to my local Sam Ash in NYC this week and played a Strat through 10 amps including this and all the higher end Fender tube amps, the excellent Blackstar Stage 60 and Club 40 amps and some Peavey, Marshalls and a Mesa.... at lower volumes this matched the Twin Reverb 65 (RE) for cleans almost to my ears and the distorted simple tones were at a level just below the Mesa etc... simply stunning...

            I was considering hefting out nearly a grand for a Blackstar HT Stage 60 or the Fender Hot Rod Deville 410 but why bother.. I may just add a speaker cabinet to this and get a Voodoo Lab Proctavia Pedal to simulate all the sounds I want....

            I will add that if you are looking to gig WITHOUT being miked this will split/break up at high volumes on the clean settings, especially the British 60s and the high gain settings didgital clip and level out with the Master and direct Volumes above 7 or 8.. but it is REALLY LOUD for small venue use....

            Note, I own other amps and I go to this most of the time because it is so much fun. In my apt in the city I have a Fender Frontman 10G which is very noisy and after only a month is next to useless as the noise from headphones is crazy bad.. I may just bring this bad boy to the city and try a Mustang IV for the house.. I have had old Yamaha amps, an original 65 Twin reverb and tried Marshalls and amps costing 10 times this... unless you are a pro there is no need to spend that much money to get SOUNDS...

            I also read a few reviews poo-pooing the in built tones in the presets.. seriously wrong.. just mess with the settings, gain, bass, treble a little and the modulation etc and with an effects pedal anything is possible.

            I intend putting this in front of my reverb as a digital front end preamp to see what tones I can get.

            In the age of fake/manipulated music these solid state amps at low $$$ are here to stay and I suspect like other "analog" dinosaurs the tube age of guitar amps will meld into the SS age (sadly for many).

            I will also add that I use the Metal setting to get a nice screaming kind of phoney HM output and the British 80's setting is great for Duran Duran and some Tears for Fears etc

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Fender Mustang II

            By Ed Thompson

            from Northern California

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Expandable
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Practice

              Comments about Fender Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

              Bought this recently to experiment with. I having never owned a modeling amp this seemed very interesting. Easy to setup, numerous sound patches, and small size make this, in my opinion, a excellent small practice amp. Fit and finish are usual Fender quality, and software (gui) is very easy. Still exploring.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice amp, good sound lots of fun

              By unclehammy

              from Towanda, KS

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Fender Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                Great amp,with good sound and lots of fun and flexibility.

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                (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                weak but portable

                By pvman

                from fort Wayne,in

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Practice Amp
                • Portable

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality
                • Sounds Too Digital

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Practice And Recording

                Comments about Fender Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                weak effects but light and portable.aux input is great

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fender Quality

                By Jess

                from Lexington, SC

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Small Venue Gigs

                  Comments about Fender Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I have a music room upstairs with a Fender Amp and a PRS Custom 22 / 10 where I do the bulk of my playing, however, I work at home downstairs in my office. When I have free time I wanted something standing in the corner downstairs that I could use to practice with. This Fender Amp more than meets the challenge with 24 presets and the ability to change the parameters for each. Clean or down and distorted Metal the 12" speaker and electronics does the job. I'm totally satisfied. Fender delivers whether it is an expensive amp or an amp that fits the smaller budget. I've been playing for nearly 50 years and Fender has always been there to support my efforts. You can't go wrong with this little amp which is great for practice and even smaller venue gigs.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Cool amp, nice features, good sound

                  By unclehammy

                  from Towanda, KS

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • STEEP learning curve

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Fender Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Fender Mustang II is a really cool amp that is the perfect balance between cost and performance. It is great for jamming and light recording. The preset and downloadable effects are great and a lot of fun to play with. If you are not sure what tone you want to go with it gives you a chance to mess around and find what you are looking for.

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Mustang II, Strat Bullet Teaching Studio

                  By gmoore70

                  from Anchorage

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Capabilities Motvating
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Motivates New Players
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful
                  • Power Is Motivating
                  • Squier Strat Sounds Great
                  • Youngsters Get Fuse

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording
                    • Teachinglearning

                    Comments about Fender Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Mustang II and two Squier Bullet Strats purchased for two 10-year-old internet-savvy youngsters. I am the teacher. Outboard Win XP laptop has GP6 software & runs FUSE. Outboard CD player is Tascam CD Guitar trainer. The sound, power, & capabilities motivate us all. Very pleased.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Amp

                    By pianoguitarman

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Fender Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                      If you're looking for a new amp for home or small gigs this is it.
                      I tried different brands and nothing compare to this one. For the price you really can't go wrong, the amp comes loaded with sounds (and really good ones) other brands had something similar but the price was really high and the watts were also too high making it impractical for home practice. I had a difficult time getting this amp in the beginning of December all the music stores were sold out and some told me that I would have to wait until February that is how popular this amp is.

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