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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!

SPECIFICATIONS

Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp

  • 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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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

No 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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(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oh my, what a great sounding amp!

By Glenn-Abk3X

from California

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Comments about Fender Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo 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 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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Little Amp

By Screammandan

from South Carolina

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

I have been playing for about 7 yrs or so, but nothing real serious, so I haven't really had much of a problem sticking with my little crate practice amp. I finally got tired of it and got this little baby. I have a M-Audio Black box which has similar amp modeling as this (though this is better), but it was suggested to me that this was the best bang for my buck. I have to say that that is correct. I love this thing. USB feature is excellent as it really allows you to tweak the amp unlike the knobs on top. My only real gripe, is that it does tend to get a little fuzzy when cranked up. But if you're playing with others it's not noticable at all.I wish I knew they were coming out with a whole line. Would have held out for the Mustang III which is 100W. I occasionally take it to practice and 100W would be the extra boost I need. I really think that this mustang line, especially now that they have a 150W Stack, is going head to head with the Line 6 Spider line...and I think they just might win.

(6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great features-bad tone...

By Tyler R.

from Pa

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

Ill give it a 6 at best..The clean tones are smooth and warm......but ionly use clean 10 percent of time...The distorion sucks,its lackig and soinds DIGITAL....trust me hard rock,metal players,STAY AWAY FROM THIS AMP.Save up and get a better amp,because this one is only good for home practicing(only amp ihave,ihave to use it at shows:()If you country,jazz,clean player,by all means use this amp,not anyone who wants good punchy distortion.
It has held up well,since ibought it(year ago)....its built sturdy.
For 200,idoubt you will find a better practicing amp,its quiet..built like tank,crapload od features,GREAT clean tone,just bad distortion,and alil to digital.I would recommend it,but not to use in ashow,or for its distortion/od.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You should own one of these!

By A Scott

from Tulsa OK

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

I picked up one of these used from MF and it really surprised me. I have used a tube twin reverb for years and picked this up for a practice amp last spring. I wasn't expecting much so I was really pleased when I fired it up the first time. I took it to a small club gig this weekend and it worked great. I will be taking it out again. This is a great little amp and I would recommend it to any one.
I don't like the closed back so I changed that. (Does that void my warranty?)
For the money I think that this is one of the best pieces of equipment that I have bought in years.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Mustan II

By Albert Rubio

from TEJAS

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

You cant beat the value on this amp.....Get the amp you wont regret it!
This is an Awesome Amp!!!! After you adjust the amp settings with Fender Fuse software this baby will sing and hum with beautiful tones.....I cant believe this is a Solid State amp. It sounds pretty close to some expensive Tube amps, maybe not as loud though. Also maybe not as punchy as a tube amp. I had the Vox VT 20+, but I returned it because it kept making weird sounds(hissing) it was a nice amp also but the hissing also not ability to adjust the amp settings, but had a good tube sound. Glad I got this amp now. I really like the Fender Bassman and Twin Reverb modeling amps on this thing. Little delay and reverb and overdrive....walla blues to Hendrix sound. Great practice amp for any level of guitarists!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great sounds in a convenient package

By CheekersAble

from San Carlos, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Capable Of Great Sounds
  • Convenient
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Needs A Pc For Best Sound
  • Not Punchy Enough

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

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

The Fender Mustang series of modeling amps are a great deal new and an absolute must have in your tone arsenal if you can score one for a lower price used or refurbished. In the store, you may be put off by how the stock setups sound with certain guitars, but if you're willing to tweak it over USB with your computer, there are some really nice emulations in there and while not as sophisticated as some of the modeling software in products such as the Line 6 POD series or Amplitube plug-ins, the Fender FUSE software is easy to use and allows you to dial in a truly good sound for any of your guitars.

My one complaint is that the stock speaker is a full range speaker typical of modeling amps and so you don't get too much of the psycho-acoustic effect known as "punch" that a traditional amp gives. There's less immediacy to the sound between the time you pluck the note and the time it hits your ears. It doesn't pop out like a real amp would. Think of it as sounding a little bit more like someone else playing an amp louder but farther away from you. This haunts a lot of modeling amps and it's something you can get used to, though. The main plus is you can get a lot classic Fender sounds out of it and virtually all of its other models are quite usable and sound at least as good as most other modeling products.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bang for your buck!

By Arnold Sanchez

from California

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

The Fender Mustang II is a great deal for beginners and intermediates! It lacks a middle knob and the extreme clarity of a tube amp, but those issues are small and don't change the fact that this is an affordable powerhouse that will rock an audience's socks off. I love it and I'm pretty sure you will too.
Loaded with dozens of features, the Fender Mustang II will never run out of unique sounds to feed your musical palate. As if the on-the-fly effects (phaser, flanger, tremolo, octaver, step filter, chorus, and vibratone) and delay/reverb controls on the amp itself weren't enough, you can hook up the amp to your PC via USB and use the free Fender Fuse software to access even more effects and customizations to find your perfect sounds. The amp has volume, bass, treble, and gain knobs on it, but a middle knob is unfortunately not included. Other than that, this is a marvelous modeling amp. It's got 24 amp presets and you can edit/replace all of them. It also an aux input jack to play along with your iPod
The amp construction itself is sturdy and impressive. I was jamming with a friend and, forgetting my cable wasn't long enough, moved too far away, resulting in the amp rudely tipping over onto concrete. Still worked like brand new, with only a hard-to-see scratch on a corner. It can get REALLY loud. I played for an audience of about 500 people at half the maximum volume. It can also provide a good sound at a low bedroom volume. However, I feel like the overall sound is slightly muddy, but I forgive it since it's not a tube amp. For sure, the quality of the sound exceeds that of the Fender Frontman amps. It's also lighter than other amps of this wattage.
This is the best amp you can get for this price. It's gigantic (photo does no justice), feature-rich, sturdy, and has above-average sound quality. You could get a small tube amp for this price and get a clearer sound, but good luck with that at a medium-sized gig.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mustang II

By Cheyenne

from Ohio

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

I have over fifty years, playing, recording and writting music. I have played large venues, and small coffee houses. I have never found any better equipment for amplifiers than Fender. I recently received the Mustang II as a gift. I am very impressed with it. At 40 watts, it kicks. I am now doing Christian worship band music. This little amp exceeds anything I could have asked for, plus now I don't have to drag around a pedal board. In a word AWESOME!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Sounding Modelling Amp yet

By CB-4aWb9

from NJ

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

I purchased this amp to use for teaching guitar and figured I'd try it along with a Line 6 Spider IV 30. The quality of sound is immediately apparent over the Line 6. The Line 6 is okay for what it does and the kids like the effects on it, which are easier to read than on the Fender. *But*, the sound quality of the Fender Mustang is immeasurably better than the Line 6. It is very hard to get a good clean sound out of the Line 6. The Fender does it in spades. And the rock-out echo-y Satriani-like sound is superior too. I think for $200, this Fender Mustang II is a great deal.

(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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