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

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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
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (26)
  • Portable (26)
  • Excellent sound (25)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Warm / comfy (18)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (6)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (20)
  • Performances (19)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (11)

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

My go-to home amp

By Musicman971997

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp for a solid state

By holdsy

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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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Mustang III

    By Yep

    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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      5.0

      Works good.

      By chris

      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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Tube Amp? Not Quite but Darn Close!!!

        By Gitfiddle76

        from Detroit Michigan

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Big Bottom End
        • Can Keep Up With Drummer
        • Crisp Top End
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Tons Of Great Options
        • Tube Like Emulation

        Cons

        • Not Quite Valveish

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Cover Band Lots Of Sounds
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I play in a local cover band and I need lots of different sounds. Van Halen to The Romantics. Metallica to Van Morrison. This amp has all those tones and more. No option paralysis, but you can dive deep if you want to tweek things like the sag to really customize your sound. The Fender amp models shine (as they should). It really does sound like a Bassman on the verge of break up. And it sounds like a Tweed Amp cranked up to overdrive. Not quite as responsive as my tube amp, but it's darn close people. No casual listener would ever know the difference, and I can barely tell the difference. Plus, it "feels" darn close to a tube amp (but not quite), and I'm being very picky here. After some quick adjustments I got my late seventies Van Halen tone. I found my Stevie Ray Blackface tone. I found my 90's Metallica tone. Djent? Not my style so I can't comment on extreme down tuned chugging. But it's all here guys. Don't let the valve amp snobs stop you from buying this excellent piece of kit! Did I mention the price????? Super awesome value!!!! Buy the bigger foot switch if you indend to gig it. I am not selling this amp! I traded my old beat up Tech 21 Trademark in for this guy; that's how GOOD this amp is! Cheers.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        All I need

        By justjazz

        from CAnada

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            As we all know sound is subjective. I like this amp because it meets pretty much everything I play: jazz, country, pop, blues, rock and even folk. I quickly realized that one needs to spend some time coaxing out the sounds one favors. I think it does a pretty adequate job at emulation but let's not kid ourselves, this is not a tube amplifier. I've been at this for 45 years and have had a number of major amps. But for me, a grumpy retired person who rarely plays out, this Mustang is a lot of fun.

            I have dialed in a lot of warm and clean settings to enhance my solo jazz playing. It is as clean as any other amp I've used for this purpose. Some of the preset settings can be a little harsh but they can also be tamed. It has incredible flexibility and versatility to meet anything I can throw at it.

            So while I don't know if it would be a good match for live gigs, it certainly is more than enough for jam sessions and home recording/playing. I stray away from calling this a beginner's amp exclusively. It is inexpensive but sometimes you can get more than you pay for. Trust your ears and try not to be influenced by Asian vs. American or cost factors if you can. Music should be enjoyable and stress free.

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            4.0

            NOT BAD AT ALL

            By Riznik

            from Columbia SC

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            Pros

            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              I have used Tube amps for years and have found for me that I always resorted to effects pedals to get the tones to cover various genres. I think that after time with this amp that it will become much easier to use. Find the basic tones you like, tweak them and you will be good to go and ignore the tones that you don't need.

              I have found some tones and made adjustments such as adding more volume on some and less volume on others to try and even out the jumps in volume from preset to preset. I use the footswitch to allow me to turn off & on effects just like stomp boxes but I don't have to carry a big pedal board. Just pick what you like and will use, then if your music style changes you can always find and use those tones when needed. Try not to get overwhelmed with all those presets. I think that the preset dial on the amp is cool because I can go from tone to tone faster than another multi-effects pedal that I have. I'm liking the mustang 3 v2 more & more everyday.

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              5.0

              Great Little Amp

              By Schroedocaster

              from Northwest Arkansas

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Numerous Amp Models
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Great little amp for the money. Some of the installed amp models were perfect for me and I was able to find the rest of the presets I needed online using the Fuse community. Sturdy, well built and plenty loud. Love the classic Fender look and Celestion speaker sound! Love it so much I just purchased a Mustang Mini for jams when I used to have to take my acoustic. Thank you Fender & Musician's Friend the Mustang III is perfect for me.

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                  5.0

                  Great Amp For A Great Price

                  By Pasquale

                  from Port Saint Lucie Fl.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

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

                    Light weight yet strong enough for any gig.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    great sound but no tablet connectivity

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • Limited Built In Effect
                    • No Tablet Connectivity
                    • Wired Connectivity

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

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

                    Sounds very good, see A/B comparisons with tube amps on YouTube. Models many iconing amps from the 50s to the current day. Built in pedals sound good, but you can only have 4 and only one of each type (distortion, delay, reverb, etc...). This is often not enough (many U2 songs require 2 delays). The amp has an effect loop so it will take external delays at least. The amp can be very loud but sounds good at practice levels.
                    I own a Mustang Iv2 also and I really appreciate the LCD and controls of the Mustang III for quick tweaking of the presets. Still, to get the most out of the amp, you will want to connect it to a computer over USB and use the Fuse software. If nothing else, to download some of the great presets available on the internet.
                    I'm only giving the amp 4 stars because Fuse requires a computer and I wish it worked from a more portable Android tablet for example. Also I wish it were Bluetooth or wifi, not USB for easier wireless operation. Still an incredible value!

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