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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 97 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (25)
  • Good power output (21)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Portable (20)
  • Warm / comfy (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (17)
  • Performances (15)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), 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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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mustang III Best amp I ever had

By Dan

from Butler PA

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

Can't recommend it enough for guitar and steel guitar.
Us older guys that still like to crank it out have learned our lessons and really appreciate what Fender has done in the design of this amp. Being able to interface it to the PC and fine tune its performance tops it off as ideal for me.
I am a steel guitar player and bought this amp not knowing for sure how well it would work given the extended range of a steel. Now that I have used it for a few months I wanted to share with others how well it works. It has a lot of effects that I don't use much. They are good high quality effects and integrate well. I was aprehensive because I wanted a clear, clean sounding amp also. I got everything I ever wanted in one easy to carry package. This is great. I no longer carry and have to make room for a lot of extra stuff. I just grab the amp and guitar and off I go. Clear, powerful sound that I can easily modify on the fly. The other thing I like is that Fender finally made the volume control linear. Now I can control the loudness and tone of the amp without the typical Fender low number sensitivity. I hope this amp is around for a long time. I look at it this way, this amp is clear and loud enough with pleanty of head room. If somebody wants it even louder they can mic it. I don't want to subject what little is left of my hearing to any more sound pressure than what this amp delivers!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big Little Amp!

By Bubba

from Ft.Worth, TX

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Has everything you need
  • Light
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • Small
  • Very good sound

Cons

  • Needs the four button FS
  • No cover
  • Only one input

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Fender Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo 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 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!!!!!!!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mustang III amp

By Robert Kinnaird

from Castle Rock, Co.

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


I am a big fan of Musicians Friend and I would like to thank you for your fine service. I have bought a lot of stuff from you guys. I have really good luck with almost all of it. I bought the Mustang II the first time and I found that it was not user friendly so I sent it back and by the way Thank you for taking it back. Then after reading a lot of reviews I upgraded to the Mustang III and I am very happy with this amp. Fender has pretty much got it right. It is hard to find that tube amp sound in a cheeper amp. I think that Fender has come close. I own 4 line 6 amps that I bought from you guys or Guitar center and they don't have the top, middle and bottom that the Mustang III has. I have been playing the guitar for 50 years and the products that you sell make it all worth it. Thank you for your tech support and your help on the phone. You guys are a first class company. Thank you

Bob Kinnaird, Castle Rock, Colorado.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

More like a Colt

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

I purchased the Mustang III last Oct.2011 because I wanted an amp that would replace my 1975 Fender Pro Reverb (40 watts 2-12). Ive been playing almost every weekend for the last 2 years in a classic funk/rock/disco 5 piece band. About half the gigs are outside so I needed an amp that would be louder, lighter and a super clean tone and wouldnt distort at a higher volume. So I seriously test drove the Mustang III using a Strat in four working environments 1) my home 2) the band studio 3) clubs and 4) outside. So heres my opinion (not right or wrong just an opinion) as a lead guitarist of 40+ years. After opening a well packaged box and reading the manual (I recommend down loading the advance manual from Fender) I had the amp up and running in less the 15 minutes understanding how to change, set, name and save all the presets, very user friendly. This thing is very loud but still can be heard with the volume set at 1-1/2 -2 it doesnt jump from 0 to loud its quite smooth. At the clubs I play at, with around 75 to 100 people its between 3&4 and outside at 5 for the stage volume and was being miced through a PA. I was impressed with the volume and the very clean tone. Its light weight and by having the onboard effects I reduce my pedal board size and weight by 50% .It comes with a 2 button switch pedal which allows you to change your presets from 00 to 100 the thing is you dont know which preset youre on unless you look back at the display window on top of the amp. So I bought the 4 button switch pedal in which the add stated it came with a window so you could read you presets. Well the window just displays the number of the preset not the name you give the preset. One thing you need to look out for is the buttons are too close together so you might hit 2 buttons at the same time and get all messed up which sucks right when you wanna jump into a kick butt lead. Also when using outside the LEDs are hard to read (but whos arent) unless youre at the right angle or have some shade. As for setting the presets I learned this the hard way. The presets are under categories such as Stomp which is overdrive, fuzz, distortion, compression ect. Modulation.chorus, flange, phase shifter ect. Delaytape, mono, stereo ect Reverb hall, spring ect. Well you can not use 2 of the same effects under the same category such as overdrive and compression its gotta be one or the other not both. So I chose a new amp setting and turned up the gain full blast to get the distortion and then added the compression. Also if you want to add a preset and say make it the new #4 and make #4 # 5 you lose the old # 4 some where in cyber space. Are you still with me????? As for the effects, presets and overall sound of the amp theres a lot to choose from in fact I will never use 80% of them. But for a solid state amp they sound really good. My main complaint is when youre playing high notes say above the tenth fret it just sounds weak and tinny and yes there is a fizzing sound when a note decays way at the end but its no big deal unless youre recording. The Mustang III comes with a built in tuner which can be seen on the amp or on the 4 button pedal. Its accurate and doesnt waver. It also comes with software to load on your pc with tons of stuff but Im not even going to go there. So my bottom line is, for the money its worth it. Id recommend it for folks or the younger ones just starting out on a tight budget because you get an amp plus all the pedal sounds you ever need. On a scale 1-10 Ill give it a 7. Why? Because good equipment isnt cheap and cheap equipment isnt good but this is somewhere in the middle.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Bang For The Buck

By Kevn0

from Moberly Mo

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

Is money an issue? This should be the first question you ask if you are eyeballing the Mustang 3. If it is, like it was for me, this is a very good choice. Let me say I am not a metal player, I don't use a metal guitar, so my impressions of the metal channels on this amp wouldn't do you any good. Is the Swedish Metal sound a fair representation? I couldn't tell you. I can tell you about the clean channels, and the clean channels will do fine. This amp has a host of vintage Fender emulations onboard. I can tell you from experience that the vintage Champ sounds very, very close--an ancient Champ was my first amp, years ago, and the Mustang gets the sound of it right. The other clean channels sound really, really good, as well. I would have to disagree with the statement that you don't need a pedal board, some pedals just can't be duplicated, but the onboard effects sound excellent and you get a lot of them. As to the output power, it will make my ears ring if I crank it, and it is sufficient to be used with a band. The reverbs sound good, so do the delays, choruses etc...but you could certainly improve on all of them by spending the money to get high end pedals. (And for 300 bucks, you are getting more than your money's worth.) The amp is fairly lightweight, and pretty compact for a 100 watter. It is almost the same size as my old 65-watt Peavey Bandit. Some of the channels as programmed have some digital harshness in them, this can be fixed by tweaking the settings. Also worth mentioning is the fact this amp does a remarkable job of letting your guitar tone shine through. All in all, a solid buy and if you are looking for maximum features for the money, this is hard to beat. I am happy with mine.

(9 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

review number one

By Dave

from New hampshire

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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"

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good amp

      By Skauge

      from Norway

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      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Portable

      Cons

      • Digital Noise

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Rehearsals
      • Small gigs

      Comments about Fender Mustang III 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo 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, 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.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Real Winner From Fender

      By Jerry Taylor

      from West Virginia

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

      It's the best buy on a guitar amp that I've ever made. I'm very happy that I chose it," as it really performs as advertised - ""HIGH SPEED", AMPED UP," AND LOUD.""

      THANKS", FENDER & MUSICIANS FRIEND!!!
      Fender has done it - again. This Mustang III is a remarkable amp, especially in this price range. I've owned it for a couple of weeks," now. I'm really just learning how to ""tweak"" it. I'm a 'country picker' and have owned and played through many vintage amps over the past 50 years.

      This Mustang III will produce sounds nearly identical to most of Fender's vintage amps", as well as those of other British and American units. I'm amazed at how realistic the sounds are and how Fender has really nailed the true tones of the included models.
      The built-in effects are quite good, for an amp in this price range. And, I don't need a stage full of pedals to get all the sounds that I need. It seems very rugged - and - it's only 36 pounds. With some tweaking," it puts out clean tones and at stage volume levels.
      I'm a ""semi-pro"," weekend warrior"" type musician and don't gig a lot. However", I wanted a smaller amp for rehearsals and smaller gigs. I was leaning toward the Mustang II, but," after reading many ""GOOD"" reviews on the Mustang III", I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. I can use this amp for most of my gigs and I don't have to lug around an amp twice this weight.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Mustang III

      By Bruce Elseth

      from Minnesota

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

      I use this amp for everything from church praise band, small night clubs, small bars and stage performances at fairs. I use a four button foot switch I originally bought for a G Dec which gives me some flexibilty on the fly, so basically I am able to get by on using the foot switch and a volume pedal. This really helps when forced to use a small stage at small bars clubs. One cannot go wrong owning the Mustang III.
      This is an incredible amp. It basically has everything one would want. I've owned one since they first came out and my band mate was so impressed that I ordered one for hime. He is ecstatic. I still need to spend more time with it to master all of the available features. Also, at my age, I appreciate an amp that doesn't break the back to carry it. The only thing that it should have is an XLR Line Out, but I use the affects send for the same purpose and it works extremely well when I line it through our PA system.
      The sound is great and the quality of the affects also appears to be what one would want. Well built but I bought an amplifier cover made for another Fender amp that fits it perfectly to protect it.
      $300 for an amp of this quality is what first caught my eye. Tried it out at a music store and I was very impressed with what was available in this amp for the money.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing amp and amazing value

      By Scotty W.

      from Lawrence, KS

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

      Like many who have reviewed the Mustang amps already, I have run the entire gamut of Line 6 and Vox modeling amps/pedals in addition to many different tube and solid state amps in 40+ years of playing professionally and the Mustang just completely blows away any other current modeling technology with the possible exception of a very few high-end, high dollar systems. After purchasing my Mustang III (as a practice amp only) and giving it a respectable honeymoon period to be sure these feelings of amp love (and lust) are the real deal, I have now decided to sell my high-dollar stage rig (Blackstar) and just pickup the V head to drive my stage cabinets. Thank you Fender! Having owned an amazing 59 Bassman in 1965 and subsequently sold in the early 70's, you have recaptured that voice long searched for and never forgotten...The
      The Mustang III has just about every feature a gigging musician could ask for within reason. Certainly many players will have a few of their "must have" pedals to shape their sonic signature, but this amp with very little tweaking can get you to just about whatever you're looking for. Heck, even the Vibratone will work as a pretty descent Leslie simulator. Add the Fuse software integration and you've got a perfect package for the beginner or seasoned player.
      So far so good and with a solid 5 year warranty, no real need to worry. Also given how popular this line of amps is quickly becoming there are very few mentions of reliabilty issues on the Fender forums. I believe Fender has worked hard to produce amps that will hold up like some of their products from the 'golden years'.
      Off the hook. Scored this for about $275 with a sale coupon. The scary part is how they can actually make something this good for this cheap!

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