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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 37 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (32)
  • Good power output (29)
  • Excellent sound (28)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Warm / comfy (20)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Home studio (21)
  • Performances (21)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), 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

 

Good Tones, Annoying "drop out"

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...Read complete review

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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5.0

GREAT DEAL

By Tommy

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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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Pretty good amp

      By Tommy

      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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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Little Amp

      By L. A. E.

      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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Terrific amp.

      By Hopper

      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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        (4 of 4 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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        (2 of 2 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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          (1 of 9 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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Tube Amp? Not Quite but Darn Close!!!

              By Gitfiddle76

              from Detroit Michigan

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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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              (5 of 5 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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