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Fender Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp  

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The new Fender Mustang amplifier series raises the standard for modern guitar versatility and muscle. Driven by incredibly authentic amp models and a...Read More

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A one-stop solution for guitarists new to digital recording!

The new Fender Mustang amplifier series raises the standard for modern guitar versatility and muscle. Driven by incredibly authentic amp models and a huge bank of built-in effects, Mustang amplifiers come equipped with USB connectivity and Fender Fuse software, allowing your musical creativity and imagination to run wild.

The Fender Mustang III is a 100W open-back combo amp with a 12" Celestion speaker that sounds great and pumps serious volume. It contains 100 amp presets derived from 12 different amp models that deliver tones from vintage Fender sparkle to outrageous modern metal distortion, and 37 different effects in four categories (stomp, modulation, delay and reverb), all easily and instantly accessed.

The Mustang III combo is great for rehearsing, jamming and small gigs, and the 1/8" headphone jack doubles as a speaker-emulated line out. Further, connect Mustang III to your computer with its USB output and use the included Fender Fuse software to open up a world of possibilities, including on-screen parameter control, deep editing, additional effects, unlimited preset storage, online preset swapping with the Fender Fuse community, and free Fender artist presets.

The Mustang III combo's included programmable two-button footswitch controls preset up/down, quick access, effects on/off and tap tempo (optional four-button footswitch also available).

Mustang III packs it all into a striking visual design with sleek and modern Fender styling that provides a look that's as desirable as the sound.

FEATURES
  • 100W
  • 12" Celestion G12T-100 speaker
  • All-new DSP platform
  • 12 amp models: '57 Deluxe™, '59 Bassman®, '57 Champ®, '65 Deluxe Reverb®, '65 Princeton® Reverb, '65 Twin Reverb®, Super-Sonic™, British '60s, British '70s, British '80s, American '90s, Metal 2000
  • 7 stomp effects: Overdrive, Fixed Wah, Touch Wah, Fuzz, Fuzz Touch Wah, Compressor, Simple Compressor
  • 11 modulation effects: Sine Chorus, Triangle Chorus, Sine Flanger, Triangle Flanger, Vibratone, Vintage Tremolo, Sine Tremolo, Ring Modulator, Step Filter, Phaser, Pitch Shifter
  • 9 delay effects: Mono Delay, Mono Echo Filter, Stereo Echo Filter, Multitap Delay, Ping Pong Delay, Ducking Delay, Reverse Delay, Tape Delay, Stereo Tape Delay
  • 10 Reverb Effects: Small Hall, Large Hall, Small Room, Large Room, Small Plate, Large Plate, Ambient, Arena, Fender '63 Spring Reverb, Fender '65 Spring Reverb
  • Mono series FX loop
  • Chromatic tuner
  • 1/8" aux input
  • 1/8" headphone jack (doubles as a speaker-emulated line out)
  • USB port
  • Black textured carbon tweed vinyl covering with silver grille cloth
  • Includes 2-button programmable footswitch
  • Includes Fender Fuse software for on-screen parameter control, deep editing, unlimited preset storage, online patch swapping, and easy firmware upgrades

Packed with powerful tone and ready to record! Get your Mustang III today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp

  • 17-3/4"H x 20-1/2"W x 10-3/4"D
  • 36 lb.
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FenderMustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 96 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (24)
  • Good power output (20)
  • Easy to use (19)
  • Portable (19)
  • Warm / comfy (18)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (17)
    • Performances (14)
    • Amateur recording (10)
    • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Professional recording (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (23), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Big Little Amp!

    I already owned the Mustange IV and i wanted something small and light to take to shows where they have low stage volume and big PA Systems. This is it! Its my practice amp...Read complete review

    I already owned the Mustange IV and i wanted something small and light to take to shows where they have low stage volume and big PA Systems. This is it! Its my practice amp at home and my go to amp for Billy Bob's in Ft. Worth...If you meed an amp that will do everything thats light and powerful that you plug in the power chord, the footswitch, and guitar chord that fast and easy, this is it. I love this amp and I will buy another if anything happens to this one. I can do without the big stereo effects that the Mustang IV has but the two buttom FS sucks compared to the good four button FS with the tuner in it. If your doing alot of gigs do yourself a huge favor. Buy this amp and a 4 button FS, install a really good speaker and you are done. Its really that good!! I have been giging hard for over a year with the two of mine with no trouble. And every band i play with is also impressed with the sound and simplicity of these amp. The kicker,,,I bought mine for [$] and put a Swamp Thang Speaker in it. Now its twice as loud and sounds great for less than $350. I play super clean country and western swing so i needed a speaker that doesnt break up.at all. I know you will not find an amp.that sounds as good or will do more than this amp will for less money. Great jod Fender!!!!!!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good amp

    I had my first gig with my Mustang III last evening. I play in a cover band, mostly blues, oldies and rockabilly type of songs. I've made five presets that I use,...Read complete review

    I had my first gig with my Mustang III last evening. I play in a cover band, mostly blues, oldies and rockabilly type of songs. I've made five presets that I use, and they are all very subtle. No modulation, just basic amp-settings with some reverb. In front of the amp, I have a compressor, a Blues Driver and a Tubescreamer-type of stomp to give some extra beef through solos. This amp just rocked! And I got some really good bluesy tones from the amp.

    In a setting like this, I believe that not a single person in the crowd would notice that this is not a tube-amp. And would they care? They were there for the music, to dance and have a good time, and my guitar sounded like a guitar.

    I don't care about modulation effects, so I haven't tested them. The advanced amp settings let you control sag and bias, which affects the behaviour of the simulated amp.

    You can only have one stomp box effect at a time, so you can't combine, let's say, compression and overdrive, and that goes for the post and pre amp effects.

    I've ordered the four-button foot switch. It's hopeless to use the two-button switch in a live setting, so I had to go to the amp every time I had to switch to another preset. The amp got a little dirty during transportation and rigging up, so I have to get me a cover for the amp.

    The amp delivered. Volume at 5, and I had a perfect monitor that filled up the stage and was loud and clear through vocals, drums and bass.

    My amp has that digital noise that you can hear especially on clean settings. In a gig setting, that noise was covered up with everything else that was going on, so I don't think anybody noticed. But that noise is bugging me when I play alone on clean settings.

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    5.0

    WHOA! Whoulda thunk?

    By Blueharp1

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Hard to find a thing wrong with this one. Those giving it limited stars because "...it has too many features and options that take a musician off focus," are mistaking their own lack of discipline for a "flaw" in the amp. The point is not to try and use the 100 presets. You don't go to your Big Box store and take home a hundred guitars (OK, you would if you could), you look for just the ones that work for you. The point is to dial in your 2 or 3 favorite amps, and put them to work. But without having to buy and haul your 3 favorite amps. If you become crippled by the "Ooh, shiny" aspect of too many choices ~ it's sort of your own issue to work out.
      I expected flaws. Expected thin unusable tone. Expected poor projection. The Mustang defeats all those concerns, and shines, with both guitar and amplified harmonica. Puts the Blues Junior in the closet, at half the price! Nails the '65 Deluxe Reverb, Bassman, Champ....Now if only I could tweed the cabinet and hide the LED screen so my fellow Tube Snobs would listen before judging....

      A winner at twice the price.

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      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      2 years of Playing before I reviewed it

      By JJ

      from Cleveland Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        So I have owned and used this amp since August of 2011 and waited to write this to give it a fair review. Out of the box I played with it until I had blisters because all of the preset options are just so cool. Programming is pretty simple. I have tweaked all of the presets that I use to get just the right sounds. The software gives you so many options and is fun to play with (hours go by playing with this thing) but really you hone in on a dozen or so sounds and work off of them. For those unique songs/sounds you really want, it has 99 presets to store them in and I just name them by song. The price point gives you a lot of effects with a solid powerful amp. Rarely do I need to go above 5 or 6 on volume to fill the room (without going through the PA). It's a single 12 and you know going in it's for medium sized rooms and not for a staduim. The 4 button footswitch is a must have. Moving presets is easy to align with the set list from weekend to weekend-- a few seconds is all it takes to move from song to song. Built in tuner is good.
        Bottom line is for the price you get more effects than you will ever need and at a great price and enough amp/power to sound good.
        The only complaint is the little bit of buzz on the clean settings. A pain in a studio, but not noticiable playing live and the only reason to not give it 5 stars.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Plug in and play.

        By Strat101

        from Somerset, KY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Fender Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Great, easy to use features like the tuner and pre programmed effects. Great volume range. There is plenty of extras, but anyone can start using it right out of the box.

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          (7 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          review number one

          By Dave

          from New hampshire

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

              looks like it might be great... would be nice if it included a manual... the 2 page "get started guide" tells you to plug it in and turn it on... great info.
              I think fender might include the "advanced guide" so that I can actually learn something. I will review again when I find this advanced guide.....
              oh ...and the "included" softwear.... NOT included. Having to go online and download it is not what I would call "included"

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Ex-Bluegrasser going electric

              By Frank_G_C_D

              from New Hampshire

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Up until now, I've only played acoustic guitar in a bluegrass band so I have no piratical experience for comparison. That said, I am not at all disappointed with my decision to go with the Mustang III. I've had no problems understanding the menus and I find the Mustang III sound is cleaner and tighter then I would expect from such reasonably priced electronics. It can also get quite loud if you like that type of thing. My one complaint might be that Fender does not include a cover so I had to purchase that separately from a different vendor because I could not find one at the MF website.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  About this amp......

                  By Allan

                  from Midwest

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Fender Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                    First off, I'm totally addicted to this silly amp. Down side is that I'm also heavily addicted to stereo.

                    I know, I know; I should have bought the IV. :>(

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    It works for me!

                    By Richguitar

                    from Plainfield,IL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Fender Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                      Nice little amp. It has everything I need. Light
                      weight easy to port. Great for small clubs & house parties.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      More options than I expected.

                      By Vermont Blues

                      from Cabot, VT

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Portable
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Fender Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                        Spend a little time with the Fender website community and you'll have access to lots of unique capabilities discovered by other Fender folks.

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                        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Very Nice Amp

                        By MUIUCRocker

                        from Appleton, WI

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Good Warmth

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Small Venue

                          Comments about Fender Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                          Really, really like this amp. I was looking for something that could be used in a small venue with a microphone (church). Had been using a 40W Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, and it was just too much. Loved the warm tube tone, but could never turn the volume any higher than 1 or 2, so it sounded bad. Also, was difficult to manage that amp with many different guitarists using it every week.

                          I am EXTREMELY picky about the tone, and hated most of the solid state amps I tried. Thin and digital. This is one of the only ones I found that could replicate warmth and full tube sound. Excellent. As an added bonus, it has a huge range of amps and effects to choose from, which means all my guitar players don't have to bring anything but their guitar every week.

                          Mustang I and II do NOT have the same flexibility and capability as this one, so even if you do not need 100W, I would still recommend this one. Sounds great at low or higher volumes. This one is very intuitive to set up and use. And get the 4-button footswitch. It allows you to play just as if you had 3 pedals and a tuner sitting in front of you, or have tons of presets to cycle through.

                          Love it. Very happy. Does not work that well with regular analog pedals, but that isn't why you get this kind of amp. If you want absolute tube sound with analog pedals, buy them. This amp is perfect for what I wanted.

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                          (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Too much

                          By Jelly Bean

                          from DeLand, FL

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Good Warmth
                          • Solid

                          Cons

                          • Difficult To Use
                          • Too Many Features

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Fender Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                          This is a solid good sounding amp, but it has too many features and options that take a musician off focus. If you get to the computer part, you might end up spending more time on your computer than your guitar. I traded mine for a vox valvetronix 80 which has many featrues but is more basic to use and more capable of being a basic manual amp if you want.

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