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Fender Mustang III V.2 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp  Black 

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The Fender Mustang III V.2 guitar combo amp adds new features to one of the world's best-selling amps. The Mustang III V.2 series raises the standard...Read More

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A super versatile 100W 112 combo that builds on a respected series.

The Fender Mustang III V.2 guitar combo amp adds new features to one of the world's best-selling amps. The Mustang III V.2 series raises the standard for modern guitar versatility and muscle, including five new amp models, five new effects, intelligent pitch shifting and XLR stereo outputs. It features USB connectivity and Fender FUSE software, letting your musical creativity and imagination run wild.

FEATURES
  • One channel with 100 presets
  • Footswitch included
  • Gain, Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Master, Stomp Edit, Modulation, Edit, Delay Edit, Reverb Edit, Utility, Save, Exit and Tap/Tuner controls
  • Black textured vinyl covering with silver grille cloth
  • 18 high-quality amp models including five new ones
  • New effects, including big fuzz, green screamer and intelligent pitch shifting
  • 100 factory and user presets
  • Two stereo XLR outputs
  • Chromatic tuner
  • Expression pedal capabilities
  • Blackface treatment and top-load front control panel
  • USB connectivity
  • Fender FUSE application for on-screen parameter control
  • Deep editing
  • Unlimited preset storage
  • Online patch swapping
  • Ableton Live Lite 8 Fender LE edition

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FenderMustang III V.2 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 39 reviews)

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84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (34)
  • Good power output (31)
  • Excellent sound (30)
  • Easy to use (26)
  • Warm / comfy (22)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (9)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (23)
  • Home studio (22)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
  • Professional recording (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Versatility Redefined!

This is actually my third amp from the Mustang series of amplifiers. I originally owned the first version of the Mustang II and the Mustang III. Both of them, while having great emulations...Read complete review

This is actually my third amp from the Mustang series of amplifiers. I originally owned the first version of the Mustang II and the Mustang III. Both of them, while having great emulations of Fender "clean" and overdriven rock tones, I found to be somewhat lacking when it came to getting a good metal distortion. Both amps eventually ended up being traded and/or sold for other gear. However, I was impressed with the versatility offered by the FUSE editing software and the fact that the Mustang III had an effects loop, something normally not found on a SS modelling amp.

When the new Mustang v2 series came out, with the promise of a re-tweaked distortion voicing I had to check it out.

This thing is now the complete amp for my needs. I'm mostly a metal guy (Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Testament, Slayer etc.), but I also dabble in the blues as well, along with some occasional classic rock (ACDC, Hendrix, ZZ Top) and most recently some Country (gulp!). The great Fender sounds are still all there, but now the distortion that was lacking in the previous version is present too. Factor in that they've added some additional amp models (a "60's Thrift" which I'm guessing is a Silvertone, a "British Watts" (Hiwatt) and a "British Colour" (Orange)) and I've got almost every amp I've ever wanted in one box.

I don't think it's reasonable or fair to compare the modeled amps to their real life counterparts and expect them to sound EXACTLY the same. There are just too many variables for that to work. And we are, after all, translating from the analog to the digital realm with these amp models. But you can get ever so close to hearing what you would expect that amp to sound like. And with the FUSE software you can mix and match speaker cabs as well as adjust tube sag and bias, giving you the ability to play around with the resonance and dynamic responsiveness and "feel" of the amp. In short, this amp is a tweaker's dream come true!

The palette of effects that are offered are no less impressive. There are six different dirt boxes that are modeled, as well as two varieties of compressor. Modulation stompboxes come in fourteen different varieties and there are ten different reverb stompboxes. All stompboxes have the same number of parameter controls as their real life counterparts. There are an equal number of modeled rack effects as well, each with at least five editable parameters.

Along with the FUSE software it also comes with a key to download Ableton's LIVE 8 and IK Multmedia's Amplitube le for Fender.

The only drawback I can find with this amp is that I sometimes find myself spending too much time playing around and tweaking it than I do spending time for much needed guitar practice! It's a great sounding, versatile amp. It offers so much more than the Peavey VYPYR VIP 3 (which I purchased and promptly returned because of mediocre sound, several glaring product defects and a painfully cumbersome user interface). I'm not saying that this is the be all and end all of amps. As a matter of fact I'm waiting for Musician's Friend to get the Blackstar HT Metal series in stock just because it's strictly an all tube metal amp with a wide tonal palette. But for a great sounding go to amp that will give me any sound I need without a lot of fuss, this is the one.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Big Sound, Too Complicated

This Amp is fantastic for recording. It has tons of pre-amp effects and models other great amps pretty well. I was disappointed with the inability to get a good clean channel out of...Read complete review

This Amp is fantastic for recording. It has tons of pre-amp effects and models other great amps pretty well. I was disappointed with the inability to get a good clean channel out of it. The 2 button switch bounces you back and forth between various amp models and settings. Perhaps others have figured out how to get it clean and make the pedal more functional. It's complicated in my opinion and has left me seeking something much more simple. The amp itself sounds fantastic. It just does way more than I need or understand.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value

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from Metro Detroit

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Mustang III V.2 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've owned many amps in my life (Marshall, Fender, Line 6, Orange....) and this amp will run with the best of them. For a solid state amp, it has great sound and bottom end. With 100W of power, even volume setting of 4 will supply more sound that you'd typically need. The clean sound is typical Fender and the dirty sounds are fantastic. I bought this for my son and he loves it. I'll be buying a second for my amp collection.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Solid state and solid sounds

    By 

    from CO/WY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Mustang III V.2 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Twin Reverb = broken back. Mustang IV = strained back. Mustang III = healthy back. All sound good or very good. Mustang III works well. Just have to be smart about turning knobs. Only a very few will know the difference.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT DEAL

      By 

      from Big Island, Hawaii

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Mustang III V.2 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          This amp is stellar. At 100 watts it is very powerful, but if you turn the volume down and set the master to 1 or 2, it is perfect for home use. The sound is total Fender and the ability to use the Fuse softwate to tailor your sound makes it extremely versatile. I have a Mustang 2 but purchased the 3 because with on the board ability to tweak different parameters, it makes it much more user friendly than the Mustang 2. This amp is al they say it is. A really great deal.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Pretty good amp

          By 

          from Steamboat Springs, CO

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Practices And Small Gigs

          Comments about Fender Mustang III V.2 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Here's how you use this amp: Check out the presets and then delete them.

          Build your tone from the ground up using one of the "basic" amps. Fender models are the best of the bunch. Once you have found a tone you like, you can color it by using the onboard pedal simulations.

          I like the Bassman setting so I use the Fender four (really three) button footswitch to toggle between a clean, overdriven, and a somewhat gainy tone - all built around the bassman.

          The speaker cabinet choices make a HUGE difference. The basic 1x12 is very uniderectional. Try out the 2x12 for most applications.

          Is it a tube amp? No. But it can be coaxed to deliver a great tone if you know what you are after. You will have to spend some time fiddling with knobs, but good sounds are in there.

          Once dialed in, forget the fiddling and just play.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Little Amp

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          from Bernardston, MA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Footswitch For Reverb

          Best Uses

          • Band Practices
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Mustang III V.2 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          I recently started playing again, and joined a band with some old friends. We are focusing on Beatles, and 70s / early 80s. My previous amp was a Peavey Vyper 75 modeling amp, and my main guitar was an Epiphone Les Paul. But I just couldn't get the Beatles type tones I was looking for, so I bought a Fender Telecaster Nashville, but that still didn't make a difference with the Vyper. Then I discovered the Mustang III. This amp has amazing models of Fender amps, and the Vox models are also wonderful. The amp almost has the warmth of a tube amp. The other thing I really like is how easy it is to program with just using the mini lighted LCD screen, and the wide variety of stomp / rack effects. It also has 100 memory locations, vs the Vyper's 12. I also bought the 4 button footswitch so I could have the tuner in clear view on the floor. The amp is also way lighter than the Vyper, and it works every time I use it, unlike the Vyper which doesn't always detect its own footswitch unit.

          Bottom line, if you want a small, light, powerful amp that can mimic most amps on the market pretty convincingly for a reasonable price, then this is your amp!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Terrific amp.

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          from chicago, Illinois

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Mustang III V.2 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            Easy to use. great sound.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My go-to home amp

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            from California

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • My Go-to Home Amp
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Distortion On Some Modes
            • It's Not A Plexi Amp

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Fender Mustang III V.2 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            The Mustang III (V2) has been a wonderful investment for my musical needs at home.

            The amp has enough power through the headphone circuit to allow me to crank up the volume to headbanger levels- great for practice for anything from light jazz to metal rock.

            The standard 99 modeling modes have more than enough choices for anyone's needs, and the fender modes for their many amps such as the Champ, the Princeton, the Deluxe reverb and more- they all sound pretty darn good for a digital rendition. The British metal and classic rock modes are weak, (it's no Marshall Plexi) -and some of the modes are just stupid... baritone and a few others are absolutely worthless.

            If you shop online- you will find that you can buy additional presets and download them via the supplied USB cable with your computer, or create your own and save the presets directly to the amp.

            The instructions are straightforward, but complex, it's not user-friendly if you are in any way computer-phobic. If you are- this is not the amp for you.

            For the few clams that this amp costs- I defy you to name a better bargain. Line6 amps are horrible- their QC is the worst and their modeling is weak. Let me save you the effort. The Fender is a superior choice.

            -so anyway -rock on..

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Amp for a solid state

            By 

            from Australia

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Mustang III V.2 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

              I have one of these and are so impressed I know its not a tube amp but this little beauty puts out an awesome sound I havent used my pedals since i purchased this you cant go wrong from the first setting you will be so impressed

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              (1 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Mustang III

              By 

              from Santa Monica

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Inexpensive

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Mustang III V.2 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                The future of amps? Perhaps for young folks. I'm not knocking this particular amp, but just the genre. Too much turning knobs as opposed to just playing, and there are pleny of amps that do that more simply and effectively.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works good.

                By 

                from texas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Meh Speaker
                • Poor Cab Simulation

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender Mustang III V.2 100W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Works good but the speaker colors the sound which makes the different amp sims all sound similar. Can't do super clean jazz tone because of the speaker.

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