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

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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 61 reviews)

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    (10)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (48)
  • Good power output (47)
  • Excellent sound (44)
  • Easy to use (37)
  • Warm / comfy (32)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (10)
  • Poor sound quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (37)
  • Home studio (36)
  • Amateur recording (31)
  • Outdoor events / games (24)
  • Professional recording (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (38), Professional musician (16), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Classic Rock with Chunky Rythms Stereo FX

Nice user reviews that helped me make the move to get the Mustang 3. I tried the amp in a local store and all the built in fx were controllable on the LCD display...Read complete review

Nice user reviews that helped me make the move to get the Mustang 3. I tried the amp in a local store and all the built in fx were controllable on the LCD display which was practically self explanatory. It let me choose out of 17 amps all of which are famous modeled amps. Then it let me pick up to 5 effects and place any of them in before amp or after amp mode. Nice stereo after amp effects. These fx are filled with controls. Gotta hear it in stereo headphones. I love classic rock music and I was able to select a British 80s Marshall model setting the speaker SIM to 4x12M stack. Place the Ranger Boost in front of amp SIM and It really does a great Marshall with the 4x12M speaker SIM. The fx are hands down best of the modeling amps and many are stereo post rack type or in front of the amp m Just like a real amp setup the order of the pedals changes the flavor of the sound. The Green box pedal effect is even better than Screamer as it lets a bypass blend of fx. This amp does great classic rock sound. The Twin is the best modeler by far with compression chorus and stereo delay. Tubelike for sure. Factory presets are weak because when turning up loud the headroom is to dynamic. Just adding the compressor fx in front of each patch will correct this bad factory programming. This will also emulate what a tube amp does naturally which is nail the sweet spot. Always add half sec delay tad of reverb to give a live sound and there you have it. No matter what a tube snob tells you this amp will record better every time with stereo xlr outputs that are incredibly accurate and noise less. Always use the noise gate. There is also a Studio Amp preset to take pedals into the amp and it really enhances the heat of the sound. Any distortion pedal or booster becomes more dynamic thru this preset. The Free downloadable Fuse librarian editor is a must have. So easy and cool to use. All the amps and knobs visually accurate. The best software on any modeling amp for sure.

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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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(146 of 146 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Classic Rock with Chunky Rythms Stereo FX

By Marky Mark

from Pittsburgh PA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    Nice user reviews that helped me make the move to get the Mustang 3. I tried the amp in a local store and all the built in fx were controllable on the LCD display which was practically self explanatory. It let me choose out of 17 amps all of which are famous modeled amps. Then it let me pick up to 5 effects and place any of them in before amp or after amp mode. Nice stereo after amp effects. These fx are filled with controls. Gotta hear it in stereo headphones. I love classic rock music and I was able to select a British 80s Marshall model setting the speaker SIM to 4x12M stack. Place the Ranger Boost in front of amp SIM and It really does a great Marshall with the 4x12M speaker SIM. The fx are hands down best of the modeling amps and many are stereo post rack type or in front of the amp m Just like a real amp setup the order of the pedals changes the flavor of the sound. The Green box pedal effect is even better than Screamer as it lets a bypass blend of fx. This amp does great classic rock sound. The Twin is the best modeler by far with compression chorus and stereo delay. Tubelike for sure. Factory presets are weak because when turning up loud the headroom is to dynamic. Just adding the compressor fx in front of each patch will correct this bad factory programming. This will also emulate what a tube amp does naturally which is nail the sweet spot. Always add half sec delay tad of reverb to give a live sound and there you have it. No matter what a tube snob tells you this amp will record better every time with stereo xlr outputs that are incredibly accurate and noise less. Always use the noise gate. There is also a Studio Amp preset to take pedals into the amp and it really enhances the heat of the sound. Any distortion pedal or booster becomes more dynamic thru this preset. The Free downloadable Fuse librarian editor is a must have. So easy and cool to use. All the amps and knobs visually accurate. The best software on any modeling amp for sure.

    (96 of 97 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Live Amp to PA... Sound is Fat and Crunchy

    By Jerry Callow

    from Greensburg Pa

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      After using the Mustang 3 in particular it is about the best amp for every live application. It is small and loud and portable. The left and right xlr stereo outputs are absolutely perfectly tuned to reproduce the most accurate response of any amp I have ever used directly to a PA. Micing just cannot hold a candle to it, and no feedback problems remotely possible. This is a big deal. No matter how good you think your amp sounds the live feed is what the audience actually hears, especially in stereo with stereo fx. Really makes the sound come alive. The metal 2000 with a Greenback cab SIM is the best classic rock crunch I have ever heard. All tones balanced perfectly and I would compare it to the Peavey Triple X which is an awesome amp. Also the Twin and Deluxe are the best Clean amps. The only amp that could hold a candle to this amp for live use is its bigger brother the Mustang 4 because it is Stereo in and Out and it is 150 watts but it is also 2 12 speakers and larger and heavier. I love the sound of many amps like Peavey and Marshall and Vox but I can say emphatically that the Mustang is the best live feed I have heard. It sounds identical to the amp and even punchier cause it is direct to a PA. It's a bigger speaker system. Also can say that the Return input of the amp fx send is Fat and beefy with external multiFX. They sound much better than going on the front of the amp because they are not using anything but straight power amp. The Metal 2000. I try many amps and own a few tube amps, but this amp sounds better in the PA especially. I will never Mic again. The recordings direct to multitrack are beyond compare. Headphones are adjusted perfectly as well and are stereo. Using the Ranger Boost SIM as a distortion driver is one of the best I have heard sounds great in front of The SuperSonic and Marshall SIM. Pushing it thru the Vox SIM is exceptional. This amp is the most versatile amp ever.

      (23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Ultimate Combo

      By Rushnut1

      from MN

      About Me Professional Musician

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      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.

      (18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great amp and great service!

      By Buck

      from Louisiana

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Ability To Tweak Sounds
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Great for practice
      • Loud Enough For Bands
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Not The Same As Tube Amp

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Practice Amp

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

      This is a great amp to get for someone starting out who anticipates playing in front of others or with a band at some point. This amp will allow you to grow from ground zero and not NEED to buy another amp once you are able to begin playing in performances. The amp has lots of different sounds which would also give you an idea of what your sound is and what equipment you'll need to buy down the road to achieve it. The quality of the sound is very good at both quiet and load volume levels--great for practice in the bedroom and in the garage or on stage. It has inputs for headphones, mp3/ipod, and computers. There is FREE software available to tweak sounds, or even download popular setups created by others. Musician's Friend was great! My amp was shipped extremely fast! If someone were on the fence about this amp, I'd recommend this amp to anyone at the beginner to basic/amateur performer level. One caveat, if the purchase is for a smallish child who may not stick to guitar, I might say consider the smaller mustang amps. With the smaller version, you would have smaller cash outlay in case the kid quits but still a good practice/bedroom amp. But for an older child or an adult that intends to stick with the instrument, I know this is an amp that would best the player's ability for some time and would not force a person to rebuy more equipment before they develop the ear and talent to need something to play in public. Even then, as a 1st performance amp this is an awesome starting package to go out and gain experience with. Feel comfortable buying this amp and buying from Musician's Friend! I'm very satisfied with the product, the purchase, and the service!

      (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Versatility Redefined!

      By Larry

      from Lansdale, PA

      About Me Experienced

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      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.

      (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent modeling amp

      By eck

      from nj

      About Me Experienced

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None for me

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      I use this amp at home. Possibly more power then I need but a good price, Fender quality and reputation,and plenty of sound/amp selections. I also had experience with the Fuse program from my first Mustang 2 and then my gdec 3 30 so this amp was no problem. Fuse recognizes either the Mustang or gdec amp which ever is plugged in plus all the presets from my 2 can be loaded onto the 3. Unfortunately the gdec presets can't but with more amp choices I can pick from the possibilities are unlimited. I am enjoying this amp and I do find that although you can make changes through the amp itself the Fuse program gives you more. I purchased this amp first on reviews and then an MusciansFriends reputation which to me is top rated 5 stars. I also read reviews to get other owners tips and suggestions. Fender forum is also good for this. This is a keeper for me.

      (14 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Big Mistake.

      By dojobug

      from North Little Rock, AR

      About Me Experienced

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      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.

      (12 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Really Nice

      By Rick

      from Lone Grove, Oklahoma

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      Pros

      • 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 own 2 mustangs I bought the first about 4 years ago it is a mustang ii Great little amp I have used it in our church and is stays there I play it 3 times a week. I used a Line 6 spider for about 5 years on gigging
        ( Church ) and it failed me so I needed a new amp. So I bought a Fender Mustang iii v2 and it is perfect. It is warm and light and powerful. I had to Mic the line 6 and the mustang ii but with the mustang iii v2 it has XLR direct outs and I LOVE that and they are adjustable, Just run a mic cable from amp to P.A.
        Some have said it is difficult to use, maybe but not for me spend a little time to pre setup the channels when you practice make the small changes to the channel you have set up and save changes. My other guitarist said he loves the way it cuts through the mix. LOTS clearer than the Line 6 very very happy with this amp. Yes it is a modeling amp and you have a lot of stomp box and amp models to use. OR pick a channel take everything out and have a clean channel; and use a aftermarket foot pedal. Very versatile. I even set up a channel for my hollow body so I go from an Ibenez hollow to a PRS electric and just change the channel with the 4 button foot switch

        (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        THE coolest amp I've ever owned!

        By RubyTuba

        from Park City, KS

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Modeling
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Stellar Speaker Emulation

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          My favorite sound is a Fender Twin. The Mustang III sounds like one, but costs a quarter as much - and, happily, WEIGHS a quarter as much.

          I use it for performing solo gigs, playing fingerstyle on a two-pickup archtop and singing. I wanted something portable and loud enough to play small-to-medium size venues without running through a PA, and this amp is certainly that.

          I've got to tell you, the Twin setting on the Mustang III is just breathtaking. So is the Deluxe setting. So is the Bassman setting, and the Princeton setting, and dozens of other settings that are fun to play around with.

          In a dark room, could I tell it from a real Twin? Probably, because two 12s move more air and fill the space differently. But with the excellent speaker emulation on the Mustang III, the difference is academic.

          I'm not a techie person, and this amp seems designed for me. Setting up my dream sound took about a minute, and I haven't changed it since. All I did was swap out the Fender reverb for a plate reverb (Gracious, does THAT ever sound good!), tweak the tone and hit the Save button. Done and done.

          If you're like me and thought you'd never have the patience to use a modeling amp, this one will change your mind. Everything is dead simple and intuitive. Tech-savvier users can download the Fuse software and have a universe of sounds available, but I wanted a Twin sound and got one - in an amp I can carry in one hand.

          In the studio, the various Deluxe models are a lot of fun for rocking out. The Deluxe and the Twin both make very good bass amps, too! (I run an adapter out of the headphone jack straight into the board.) For distorted bass or guitar, the Bassman is a monster. I'm only using about 5% of the Mustang III's capabilities, and I'm happy as a clam.

          This is a game-changing amp!

          (11 of 12 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!

          (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Tube Amp? Not Quite but Darn Close!!!

          By Gitfiddle76

          from Detroit

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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.

          (11 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Big Sound, Too Complicated

          By EasyBreezy

          from Lafayette, IN

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          Pros

          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

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

          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.

          (10 of 10 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..

          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing Amp! Plenty of Power and Cutsomizable Sound. Buy it!

          By ricktm1949

          from Akron, Ohio

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          Pros

          • Connect it to your computer to get more presets
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Has XLR outs so you can run it to a mixer.
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            I used to run my guitars through our sound system so that it would add a fullness to the entire sound. With the Mustang III V2 and am able to set the amps volume where I like it so the sound comes out of the amps speaker, but with the added XLR outputs on the back of the amp, I can run cables from my amp to the mixing board and get the best of both worlds. The sound is still full and balanced through the sound system and I get the power and directional sound of my new amp.

            On top of that once you understand how the presets on the amp work and how to adjust them etc., you have a whole new world of sounds opened up to you. You can create your own unique tone for guitar solos and will set you apart from other guitarists. I just love this. Also, if you want to try and get some of the tone that other guitarists use, with the option of connecting the amp to your computer and using the Fender Fuse website, you can download numerous presets that others had created to sound like several famous guitarists. You can do so much more.

            From the moment I walked into the music store and plugged a Fender Squire into this amp and was blown away at how good it could make that guitar sound, I knew I had to get this to use with my Fender Strat and Schecter guitars.

            (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            All I need

            By justjazz

            from CAnada

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            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.

                (8 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great amp

                By Mark

                from undisclosed

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

                Great amp with easy controls as compared to other modeling amps. Would be nice if it held the sound you're on when you shut it off

                (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Solid state and solid sounds

                By none

                from CO/WY

                About Me Professional Musician

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                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.

                  (8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Pretty good amp

                  By Tommy

                  from Steamboat Springs, CO

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                  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.

                  (8 of 9 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. :)

                    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Interesting Power Cab alternative

                    By Paj

                    from Suburban Philly

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Open-back Cab
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • Non-standard Efx Loop

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mfx Modeler Power Cab
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

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

                    I wanted an open-back cab to use with my floor modelers (currently, an RP1000). With the 4-cable method, the Mustang III allows me to have access to its internal patches and/or the DigiTech patches/effects with the press of a foot-switch Flexibility & redundancy for gigs = peace of mind. As a power cab it's portable (about 10 lbs heavier than the Tech21 PE60 but virtually the same size---the PE60 cover even fits the M-III) and, so far, I think louder and cleaner. The master volume also affects the EFX Return input and controls the overall volume of the unit when used as a power cab (this doesn't happen on some amps---e.g., the ZT Club12). My only complaint so far is that the EFX is not a standard circuit in that there is some noise/patch bleed from the patch active on the Mustang's side, something that would be defeated on a standard EFX Return's input. There are simple workarounds but it's not just Plug'N'Play. I did notice that Fender support has already supplied a software update/fix to address one EFX loop issue, so maybe this will be addressed in the future. It seems to be solidly built. The optional 4-Button foot-switch is probably a must if you're going to relie on the M-III's internal patches for live gigs (it comes with a 2-button switch; the 2 & the 4 can be used together for a 6-button option, which has programmable options. The Fender FUSE editor/librarian is straight-forward and easy to use with some interesting features. All-in-all, if a solid-state amp is ok with you, a lot of value, sound and flexibility for the money.

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