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

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  • 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
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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

Call or click to pick up this combo that's perfect for stage or studio.

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

(based on 22 reviews)

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    (15)

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    (2)

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81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (20)
  • Good power output (19)
  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Warm / comfy (12)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (6)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (16)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Performances (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (8)

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

 

Synthetic tone but ok for home use

I bought this after alot of researching and watching numerous youtube videos and off others claiming it sounds and responds like a tube amp. I already have a nice tube amp so my reason...Read complete review

I bought this after alot of researching and watching numerous youtube videos and off others claiming it sounds and responds like a tube amp. I already have a nice tube amp so my reason to want to get this was for home use so I could jam along with my stereo and not have to have a bunch of pedals out to mess with for different music. Well,for me anyways,adjusting this amp is more time consuming and labor intensive than I care for. I like to plug in and play. I don't care to spend so much time trying to dial stuff in just to play and get it to sound near what I want. I eventually figured out how to do enough on it but it still takes time. From an actual tube amp user I can also say that this doesn't come close to a tube amp in either tone or touch response. I don't care what some of those you tubers claim,it just doesn't sound no wheres close to my tube amp.The tone is synthetic sounding and harsh/brittle to me.It is 100 watts but you cannot use all the power like you can with a tube amp because solid state amps get very very harsh as the volume the volume is pushed,unlike tube amps.If you want this to mess around at your house its an ok addition but if you want to gig with it,I would seriously reconsider if I was you.I could not see messing with it between every song at a gig to try and dial in the sound and hope you don't bump a wrong button and mess it up and have to start over from scratch.It is what it is,just like all modeling technology. Claim to be more authentic tube tone than they really are. It still is what it is,a solid state amp trying to sound like a tube amp byt failing.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A guitarist's friend

By Nancy

from Aurora, CO

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

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

    I entered the fields based on what my professional guitarist brother told me. I bought this amp as a gift for him and he has called me many times to thank me and tell me what a great amp it is and how much he loves me for getting it for him. :)

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Synthetic tone but ok for home use

    By Guitar_Randy

    from Wisconsin,stay away from me

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Portable

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Non Touch Responsive
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Synthetic Tone

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

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

    I bought this after alot of researching and watching numerous youtube videos and off others claiming it sounds and responds like a tube amp. I already have a nice tube amp so my reason to want to get this was for home use so I could jam along with my stereo and not have to have a bunch of pedals out to mess with for different music. Well,for me anyways,adjusting this amp is more time consuming and labor intensive than I care for. I like to plug in and play. I don't care to spend so much time trying to dial stuff in just to play and get it to sound near what I want. I eventually figured out how to do enough on it but it still takes time. From an actual tube amp user I can also say that this doesn't come close to a tube amp in either tone or touch response. I don't care what some of those you tubers claim,it just doesn't sound no wheres close to my tube amp.The tone is synthetic sounding and harsh/brittle to me.It is 100 watts but you cannot use all the power like you can with a tube amp because solid state amps get very very harsh as the volume the volume is pushed,unlike tube amps.If you want this to mess around at your house its an ok addition but if you want to gig with it,I would seriously reconsider if I was you.I could not see messing with it between every song at a gig to try and dial in the sound and hope you don't bump a wrong button and mess it up and have to start over from scratch.It is what it is,just like all modeling technology. Claim to be more authentic tube tone than they really are. It still is what it is,a solid state amp trying to sound like a tube amp byt failing.

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    5.0

    Light, loud, and versatile.

    By Chimney Sweep

    from Atlanta,mGa.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • 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:

      No regrets-great sounds and price.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not What The Doc Ordered

      By Scott

      from Birch Bay, WA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Extrememy Programable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Too Much For Me

      Best Uses

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

        I believe this amp cold do what is advertised but I just don't have time to tweak it and was not satisfied with the stock sounds. Great lead tones as well as crazy stuff nobody will use but I couldn't get ad good clean warm sound out of it for rhythm.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        best buy in its class PERIOD

        By pioneersofdisaster

        from planet earth

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          i have used every amp know to man for 35 years and this one, although does not nail everything,has so much and sounds so good and has a 5 year transferable guarantee. when you factor in the cost , tweakablity and ease of use, and the ability to string switches and wah/expression pedal with just 1/4 inch cables. it cannot be beat if you are one that plays a bit of all genres.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Such A Great Little Amp! Can Do No Wrong

          By Musicman971997

          from Vallejo, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Size
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • User-friendly

          Cons

          • NA
          • None
          • Not A Single Complaint

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording
          • Small venues

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

          I only had a little space available to place an amp in my front room, and this amp fit the bill perfectly. It's an amazing little amp. The best part is the many preset modeling presets you can pick through until you find that perfect tone and vibe you've been searching for, or you can tweak those settings further and create your own, and then save it. I had a LINE6 amp before - and it was pure trash, no effect sounded right, but on the Fender Mustang - they have done their homework! -you can actually close your eyes and make believe you are playing an old Bassman amp, an old Champ, all the fender effects are SPOT ON. It's not so perfect on the British or classic rock modes, but it's far (FAR) better than the trash from Line6. If you use headphones, be careful, as the output on the amp is plenty loud enough to do some damage. And then don't forget to turn down the volume and gain before you remove the headphone jack, because 100 watts of feedback will ruin your day. The clean tones with big levels of reverb are the most pleasing to my ears, a lot of the presets are muddy and distorted beyond any useful purpose whatsoever. (Baritone comes to mind) It seems that every guitar I have sounds differently on this amp.. You can hear the details and nuances in your favorite guitar pickups which is so very, very cool.. A great value. Absolute gold. I am sold.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fender got this one right

          By old geezer

          from Fort Smith Ark.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

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

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

          I am very happy with this amp and M.F. service. It does everything I wanted when I ordered it.
          My only complaint is with Fenders website for product registration. I have tried to get on and register it 4 times and it doesn't accept my entries.
          Without being able to register you have no access to a comprehensive operation manual or the fuse software.
          One thing would be helpful and thats a better manual to be included with the shipment.
          Overall this is a great amp ( thumbs up )

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good Tones, Annoying "drop out"

          By rpmathis

          from Sandersville, GA

          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:

              This amp is super easy to use. Very portable. The tones are good. The high gain 2000 model really suprised me. It has plenty gain without having to use virtual pedals before it. JCM 800 model is good. 59 Bassman with tube screamer is good. The 65 Twin is OK but not as good as I expected from a Fender. But the tone choices are very wide.

              My CON is a very big one that I'm not sure I can get over. There is a noticable sound "drop out" when switch between presets. It creates a delay. You can't hit the button on the down stroke. You've got to switch early and then there still is a gap in sound. If you are not a big switcher during songs then this won't be an issue for you.

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              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Ultimate Combo

              By RUSHNUT

              from Minnesota

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • Tricky Tweaking Presets

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              I am a converted tube snob because of this amp. Do not listen to the bedroom performers who say that tube amps are the only way to get great tone. I made a living playing music and have been fortunate enough to score 2 top ten radio hits and know a thing or two about amps and good tone. I always used tube amps until now. I loved the tone of a good tube amp and and I have used everything from Marshall to Fender and everything in between. You hear a lot of tube snobs talk about the tone and I was one of them but they rarely talk about the other side of owning a tube amp. The maintenance, the weight, having to carry a pedal board with a massive array of effects. The one that always drove me up a wall was how much white noise they produce. A tube amp is very susceptible to line noise from ungrounded or old wiring you can encounter when playing in various venues. Gigging musician's know what I am talking about. It can be very nasty. The Fender Mustang 3 is super quiet, sounds fantastic and only weighs a little over 30 lbs. The effects are great and the pre sets are very sweet. Because the effects and pre sets are so tweakable I only carry the 4 button footswitch, the 2 button footswitch and the expression pedal. I can fit them all in the back of the amp. No more massive pedal board to lug around. My tube amps ( I still own 3) have not left my house since I bought this amp. If you are thinking about this amp don't hesitate it is a great amp. If I have a complaint about this amp it is that the programming is not very intuitive. Give yourself some time to learn all you can do with this amp it is worth the extra time that it takes. If you have any questions about this amp go on youtube and check out the blind comparisons against tube amps, 90% of the people picked this amp thinking they where voting for the tube amp (I was one who did). I do recommend that you get the 4 button switch and run it with the 2 button switch which gives you many options. I don't know if this amp would be for a death metal musician, there is a preset for it but I thought it sounded weak but then again you can tweak it. After 32 years of playing music I have played most all styles at one time or another and this amp does a good job of covering all the bases. I do not know if this amp excepts effects pedals very well I have had no need to use mine but it does have an effects loop for them.

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              (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Versatility Redefined!

              By lbreiden

              from Lansdale PA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              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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