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

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Overview

  • 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 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (18)
  • Portable (18)
  • Excellent sound (15)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Warm / comfy (11)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Performances (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (7)

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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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.

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    best buy in its class PERIOD

    By pioneersofdisaster

    from planet earth

    About Me Experienced

    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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      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 )

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 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.

          Comment on this review

          (6 of 6 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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          (13 of 13 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.

          Comment on this review

          (10 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Big Mistake.

          By dojobug

          from North Little Rock, AR

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Practice

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

          I've played guitar for 18 or so years. I sold my Crate Club 50 tube amp and my Crate Excalibur half-stack when I got married and my kid got "on the way." When things settled down and I started getting in the practice of playing again, I wanted a small, good sounding amp. My wife said she was going to get me an amp for my birthday and I told her to give me a week or so to read reviews and such. I can say up front I read a lot of really good reviews on the Mustang III on this site and others. I had it narrowed between this one, a Roland Cube 40 XL, and the Vox AC4TV. I watched a lot of videos online and finally told my wife after about a week that I'd narrowed it down between the Mustang and the Vox, then told her I wanted the Vox, mainly because it's small and it'd have that tube warmth I felt like I might need. When she called to order, the Musicians Friend rep talked her out of the Vox and promised her I'd be happier with the Fender. So she got the Fender. I wasn't at all happy when I received it, but after I plugged it in and started playing with it, I was a little excited. It's very versatile. Then a few weeks later I started noticing little things.
          It's real hard to get used to. Foot-switching is a real pain, if you want to move from one profile to the next. It doesn't have much in the way of a nice clean tone at all. You've got to really work at finding a good "amp" and set it just right so that it's not dirty. Most of the distortion sounds like trash. I don't really have the technical "sound" vocabulary, I guess, to adequately describe here what I'm taking about, but when you palm mute with most of the solid-state distortions, it sounds "bad."
          If you're a new player, and you're tired of your beginner's practice amp that came with your guitar and you want something that'll impress your (also inexperienced) friends with a pretty versatile, pretty loud amp, and you don't care about tone, fidelity, or quality distortion, get it. It'll save you from buying a few stomp boxes like chorus, phase, or delay. For you, it's a pretty good value.
          On the other hand, if you're an experienced player on a budget, you care about quality and tone, and you aren't impressed by gimmicks, pass on this one and get an entry-level tube amp. There's no substitute.
          I'd trade this amp _right now_ for _any_ tube amp that works.

          By the way, MF? Next time my wife calls, don't try to change her mind. She doesn't know what I want. I told her what to ask for.

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          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          BEST AMP I HAVE EVER OWNED

          By stratele

          from Scottsdale, AZ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All

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

            I owned a Matchless 2X12 and it sounded about as good as it gets - but it was so extremely HEAVY.

            I bought this little amp for easy carry and LO AND BEHOLD the sound is amazing and loud. The bassman and '57 and '65 series - you can feel the heat from the tubes - only they don't need replacing - haha! And all for low price?

            I am going to use this little trooper for the 5k capacity Comerica Theatre in Nov. I am confident I won't go past 8. Fender rocks!

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Worth more than it really is

            By MusicMan89803

            from Aiken, SC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Everything You Need
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Loud Volume Looses Lows

            Best Uses

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

              I use this as my practice amp at home and I can get any sound imaginable out of it and they all sound great. You can achieve any volume you need out of it and if you need it louder you can plug it directly to the PA. I feel this is the best modeling amp on the market for the price that it is

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