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A one-stop solution for guitar tones and recording!

The new Fender Mustang amplifier series raises the standard for modern guitar versatility and muscle. Driven by incredibly authentic amp models and a huge bank of built-in effects, Mustang amplifiers come equipped with USB connectivity and Fender Fuse software, allowing your musical creativity and imagination to run wild.

The Fender Mustang IV is a 150W open-back combo amp with 2 - 12" Celestion speakers that sound great and pump serious volume. It contains 100 amp presets derived from 12 different amp models that deliver tones from vintage Fender sparkle to outrageous modern metal distortion, and 37 different effects in four categories (stomp, modulation, delay and reverb), all easily and instantly accessed.

The Mustang IV combo is great for rehearsing, jamming and small gigs, and the 1/8" headphone jack doubles as a speaker-emulated line out. Further, connect Mustang IV to your computer with its USB output and use the included Fender Fuse software to open up a world of possibilities, including on-screen parameter control, deep editing, additional effects, unlimited preset storage, online preset swapping with the Fender Fuse community, and free Fender artist presets.

The Mustang IV combo's included programmable four-button footswitch controls preset up/down, quick access, effects on/off and tap tempo (optional two-button footswitch also available sold separately).

Mustang IV packs it all into a striking visual design with sleek and modern Fender styling that provides a look that's as desirable as the sound.

FEATURES
  • 150W (2x75W stereo)
  • 2 - 12" Celestion G12P-80 speakers
  • All-new DSP platform
  • 12 amp models: '57 Deluxe, '59 Bassman, '57 Champ, '65 Deluxe Reverb, '65 Princeton Reverb, '65 Twin Reverb, Super-Sonic, British '60s, British '70s, British '80s, American '90s, Metal 2000
  • 7 stomp effects: Overdrive, Fixed Wah, Touch Wah, Fuzz, Fuzz Touch Wah, Compressor, Simple Compressor
  • 11 modulation effects: Sine Chorus, Triangle Chorus, Sine Flanger, Triangle Flanger, Vibratone, Vintage Tremolo, Sine Tremolo, Ring Modulator, Step Filter, Phaser, Pitch Shifter
  • 9 delay effects: Mono Delay, Mono Echo Filter, Stereo Echo Filter, Multitap Delay, Ping Pong Delay, Ducking Delay, Reverse Delay, Tape Delay, Stereo Tape Delay
  • 10 Reverb Effects: Small Hall, Large Hall, Small Room, Large Room, Small Plate, Large Plate, Ambient, Arena, Fender '63 Spring Reverb, Fender '65 Spring Reverb
  • Stereo series FX loop
  • Chromatic tuner
  • 1/8" aux input
  • 1/8" headphone jack (doubles as a speaker-emulated line out)
  • USB port
  • Black textured carbon tweed vinyl covering with silver grille cloth
  • Includes 4-button programmable footswitch
  • Includes Fender Fuse software for on-screen parameter control, deep editing, unlimited preset storage, online patch swapping, and easy firmware upgrades

Packed with powerful tone and ready to record! Get your Mustang IV today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Mustang IV 150W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp

  • 21-1/2"H x 26-1/2"W x 10-3/4"D
    47lb.
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FenderMustang IV 150W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Portable (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Really love this amp!

This is a great amp that stands up to the hype ... The models in the amp itself are good, but when you tweak them yourself or (even better) through the included...Read complete review

This is a great amp that stands up to the hype ... The models in the amp itself are good, but when you tweak them yourself or (even better) through the included FUSE software, the amp really starts to shine. You can also download user and Fender-created presets that open up the tonal spectrum of this wonderful tool. The distortions are rich and cream to rude and edgy and the cleans are just what you hope to get from a Fender amp. While I do not care at all for some of the presets, the beauty is that you can tweak them or get rid of them altogether. Who needs 100 different sounds anyway .... ALSO, this amp (unlike the Line 6 modeling amps) loves pedals. I can use my Boss Super Overdrive to ramp up heavier distortions or make the clean tones gritty without losing their almost tubelike warmth. I really love this amp and play it more than I do my tube amp, which is saying a lot!
The only thing this amp doesn't come with is a "more cowbell" setting and a drum machine. It has TONS of features and, when it is used with the four-button footwswitch PLUS the two-button footswitch that you would have to buy separately (Yes, that makes six in all), you have a very user-friendly tone machine that mimicks sounds of a truckload of different amps.
Overall, I think the quality of the amp is great, although you can see that it was built overseas, but what isn't made in China or wherever these days (other than amps that cost more than my first car)? Fender did a good job of balancing build quality with the price point. You get what you pay for AND MORE with this amp, especially given the fact that you are playing through two 12" Celestions in this model of the Mustang line, which is a great improvement over the Fender "special design" speakers that come with the Mustan I and II (I owned both of them in the past).
Champagne tone on a beer budget ... This amp is, simply put, a great buy and even better if you can pick one up used ...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Could have been great...

The first thing I noticed is that all of the "clean" tones sounded dirty unless you almost completely took down the gain. Plugging it into the PC helped to make adjustments,...Read complete review

The first thing I noticed is that all of the "clean" tones sounded dirty unless you almost completely took down the gain. Plugging it into the PC helped to make adjustments, but still it was lacking the Fender clean tones I wanted to hear. Besides that, I noticed a funny noise during use on the cleans. An almost buzzing sound. Now, it could be that the amp I received was faulty. When I looked it up I discovered numerous complaints about a "fizz" that people heard. For some people it may not be noticeable or bothersome but for me it was terrible. Not all of the Mustangs exhibit this particular quirk, apparently.
On another note I found the gain to not be to my liking. It lacked the oomph I was looking for. It could be a problem unique to the new amp I received. My advice is to play it before you buy it. I bought mine based on customer reviews. I found myself playing through my Frontman 212R instead because it just sounded better to me with my tube screamer and Boss equalizer.I really wanted to love this amplifier because of the possibilities it offered. There is just so much you can do when you plug it into your PC and would be a great value if it wasn't for the odd noise accompanying the clean tones (that all sound a little dirty unless you roll the gain to like 2). Just make sure it sounds the way you expect it too before spending the money. Thankfully musicians friend have made this experience less painful with their excellent customer service. For the record I played a Mustang 3 at a local store and thought it sounded much better than my Mustang IV so like I said it could have been a problem unique to the amplifier I received. I will gladly purchase one in the future if they can work the kinks out because I love Fender solid states.

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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really love this amp!

By Phillip Anderson

from Kansas City

Comments about Fender Mustang IV 150W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

This is a great amp that stands up to the hype ... The models in the amp itself are good, but when you tweak them yourself or (even better) through the included FUSE software, the amp really starts to shine. You can also download user and Fender-created presets that open up the tonal spectrum of this wonderful tool. The distortions are rich and cream to rude and edgy and the cleans are just what you hope to get from a Fender amp. While I do not care at all for some of the presets, the beauty is that you can tweak them or get rid of them altogether. Who needs 100 different sounds anyway .... ALSO, this amp (unlike the Line 6 modeling amps) loves pedals. I can use my Boss Super Overdrive to ramp up heavier distortions or make the clean tones gritty without losing their almost tubelike warmth. I really love this amp and play it more than I do my tube amp, which is saying a lot!
The only thing this amp doesn't come with is a "more cowbell" setting and a drum machine. It has TONS of features and, when it is used with the four-button footwswitch PLUS the two-button footswitch that you would have to buy separately (Yes, that makes six in all), you have a very user-friendly tone machine that mimicks sounds of a truckload of different amps.
Overall, I think the quality of the amp is great, although you can see that it was built overseas, but what isn't made in China or wherever these days (other than amps that cost more than my first car)? Fender did a good job of balancing build quality with the price point. You get what you pay for AND MORE with this amp, especially given the fact that you are playing through two 12" Celestions in this model of the Mustang line, which is a great improvement over the Fender "special design" speakers that come with the Mustan I and II (I owned both of them in the past).
Champagne tone on a beer budget ... This amp is, simply put, a great buy and even better if you can pick one up used ...

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Versatile, STEREO, Cheap but good enough

Comments about Fender Mustang IV 150W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

Solid, versatile, super easy.
Got this a year ago. Worked perfectly for Jazz and Rock gigs where I must play many styles, but hate carrying complex rack or pedal gear.

What I like: Sounds pretty darn good!

I'll start with EFFECTS...

The various MOD pedals are decent replicas of the real stuff. I especially like the STEREO chorus and compressor. You can choose two different types of compressor. That's cool because simple minded folks like me sometimes want the simple "blue box" type of two-knob settings. Other times the versatility and control of the studio-style compressor is better.

reverbs, OK. Far more versatile than spring reverbs, although if you like sproingy-sproing reverb, this does that VERY well. It won't do the "spring-crash" effect, obviously, since this is digital. That may be good or bad depending on your age-group and retro-funk ethos.

Flanger is fine. Wah is very good and customizable for different EQ curves and Sweep.

Pre-amp...

Very good but a trifle noisy. By "noisy" I do not mean excessive noise considering the ridiculous amounts of gain this can achieve. I mean there are digital artifacts like Aliasing, garbling, warbles and other edge-of-audibility noises. These are at a very low level though, so in a band setting (with drums) they are barely noticeable. I only notice those funky artifacts when playing solo.

I had one problem with the power amp section. It died on the gig. I wasn't pushing it hard since this was a VERY low-volume Jazz gig. It was repaired for free under warranty and I haven't had a problem since. The technician said it was the power amp section that blew. That five-year warranty really came in handy!

I am an old pro so I know all the tones and styles this thing can do. What I LOVE about is its simplicity. You don't really need a manual to figure it out, but they give a beautifully simple manual ( two pages ) so you can figure it out fast.

Because I'm old, I hate carrying big boxes and this is a little bigger/ heavier than it needs to be, but I can see Fender did that to streamline their manufacture of the same amp in different packages. So,,, OK, no biggie about that. I just put it on a rack-n-roll cart and roll in into the gigs.

Volume... Enough for most three and four piece bands.

Really LOVE the fact it has STEREO outs, so you can get more volume for large venues by going through the PA without carrying more gear and you don't lose that luscious and ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY STEREO effects. Chorus sounds awful in mono but luscious in stereo. Ping-pong delays which obviously do not ping nor pong without stereo.

Stock celestion speaker are OK.

Overall, this is the most versatile and convenient amp I have ever used in forty years. The sound quality is about 80% of my fancy pro-rigs but has NONE of the complexity or set-up time.

Except for the minor quibbles about the power-amp failure, I recommend it.
Mostly good. Had one failure in the first year which was repaired free under warranty.
Great deal considering all the internal effects.

(9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Feature-rich, easy-to-use

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Mustang IV 150W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

For features, this series definitely gets a 5-star rating. You get all the basic effects you need to cover 90% of all popular rock styles. If you need a special effect, this has a STEREO effects loop!For value, also 5-stars. I checked out the head version too (The "V) which is only $300. If you already have a stereo cab or two speakers, the head is a low-cost option with all the same features.For the extra two bills you get a basic open-back cabinet with two celestion speakers. ( It IS STEREO, so TWO speakers is the minimum!)My only complaints are minor, and those are because of the low price. In order to make a profit, Fender had to cut costs somewhere. One place they cut costs is in the cabinet. This is cheap MDF and will not hold up to much abuse.Another place they cut costs that makes this semi-pro instead of pro: the effects send & return. They did a good thing by making this stereo, but it does not have balanced-line outs like a professional would use. That's understandable since balancing transformers would add weight and a lot of expense to this entry-level amp.So, if you need to use the effects-send for effects, you will have to mic the cab for FOH mixing. If you don't need external effects, then you can use the effects sends as a line out, but you won't be able to make long cable-runs without a direct box.They did a GREAT thing by making the effects stereo in the IV and V versions! So, I am delighted with that! For small local gigs, the other issues are no big problem.One place where they did NOT skimp: the foot-switches. Fender did a smart move here by supplying the four-button switch with the amp, and they made it a robust metal box too!Overall, this a great new product from Fender. I haven't had it long enough to find any glitches or have any problems. So the jury is still out on that one, but my experience with the new imported Fender amps has been VERY good so far. For instance, the two Rumble bass-amps I have used and abused for the last four years are still going strong and have never let me down. So long as there are no software glitches, this should be just as reliable. I will NOT bang the amp around much though. The MDF cabinet just won't take any abuse.Another smart thing Fender did... the manual. This thing is so intuitive, I didn't even need the manual. I just fiddled with the knobs in the store and figured everything out in about three minutes. When I got the amp home, I discovered that the actual manual is only two-pages! They use user-friendly picto-grams that are so simple, Sarah Palin could operate it. And if you are as stupid as Michelle Bachmann, you could always go the the fender website where they have videos.Obviously, I thought the small issues were not important and believe the versatility and convenience of this amp outweigh any minor quibbles. That's why I bought it.I only offer these thoughts to those who can't try one in a store and need some honest advice before buying online. Hope that helps you!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Better in some ways; Worst in some ways - great sound though!

Comments about Fender Mustang IV 150W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

Would buy again - very nice sounding amp. The amp modeling really is VERY good.

I had the chance to spend a lot of time at a music store with this amp and a 65 Deluxe. I know that the intention is to compare to other amps in this category (modeling), but it's not "really" the same and I think it's the speakers. I know it has "Celestion" branded speakers but that's not the same as having 70/80's or other models that I truly believe would make this amp SHINE. I'm going to try new speakers and I'm convinced this will make the 65 Deluxe model (and other models) sound much more like the real thing!
Love the USB connectivity, effex loop, stereo config, light weight, nice streamlined user interface, VERY loud (although not "truly" 150W as marketed, since it is 75W stereo!).

Gave it a 6 because (compared to other similarly priced, modeling solid state amps [i.e. Line 6 Flextone iii]):
- No Wah/Volume pedal connectivity (which you get with the FBV)
- Footswitch pedal (although very good quality) only allows you to select from 3 presets or up/down - (no banks, etc.)
- Compressor (imho) should have been separate from the stomp effex - the mustang has the gate function in page 2 of the "amp" tweaking pages; would have been nice to have compressor there so we can use other stomps
Sound - the best in the category (compared to Line 6, VOX and other modeling amps)

Gave it an 8 because the cabinet construction is (no-other-better-way-to-say-it) "cheap" and at this price, I wouldn't call this a "budget" or inexpensive unit. Also the rotary encoder is not precise and it's hard to select a patch w/o skipping (perhaps this is an issue just with my unit!).
Personally, the price is fairly high for the build, but, compared to similar funciton units from other manufacturers, it's OK.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Mustang IV Amp

By nowforontheverge

from Bridgewater, New Jersey

Comments about Fender Mustang IV 150W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

Purchased from Musicians Friend after testing in music store. First off, I am a diehard tube amp guy. I was looking more variables and for the price, this was worth a shot. The many amp and effect choices were appealing but after connecting to the computer found there was so much more. I found this amp requiring a short learning curve once I got into it. Not only are there multiple amp possiblities but you can also tweek way beyond the normal bass and treble. Again, you not only have multiple effect pedal options but rack mounted options as well. Right out of the gate sitting in your living room all presets clean settings sound warm with thick rich tones. The more driven tones have nice thick overtones. I found quickly though when you take it out to perform at a level to keep up with a band most of the presets sounded too bassy and boomy. You can adjust the tone on the fly and save your tonal settings. I found it best to make adjustments at home with my computer at a playing volume since there are more options available. There are also more patches available out on the Fender Net worth checking into. On the downside, I find it too much trouble to switch pedal settings on stage and will continue to keep my pedal board on the floor and only utilize basic effect tones for each patch. I would also have liked to have seen more more amp "quick punch" buttons available... 3 are not enough. The other thing is the speakers, although decent, could be upgraded, which I have already done... maybe just a personal preference. Overall, this is a great package for the price. There are many great amp tones here and it's a keeper.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This amp rocks!

By MarshallMan777

from Michigan

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Comments about Fender Mustang IV 150W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

Overall I wil give this a 9, for the reasons already mentioned. Having an FX loop is a big plus for me. I like to do swells and plugging a Low Z volume pedal into the FX loop makes this possible. Other modelling amps don't have an FX loop, nice job Fender.
The features on this amp are outstanding. I didn't give it a ten for a couple of reasons. The wah is really not that good and the trem needs to have a volume control, but these are really minor. The LCD screen makes editing very easy. Having a built in tuner, FX loop and stereo make this amp a real winner. Editing and saving presets is also very easy.
This quality of this amp is fantastic. One of the main selling points for me was the 5 year warranty. Any issues in 5 years and it is taken care of, no problems. I have had NO issues with it. The quality fo the sound is amazing. I couldn't be happier. In fact I am trying to sell a Vox AD30VT now so I can buy a Mustang III to replace it with. Ths amp is amazing!
This amp is a very good deal at $500. I did purchase a Boss Low Z stereo volume pedal and a 2 button foot switch. Playing live is very easy with the added pedals.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything...

By Jimmy Armenhammer

from Dallas

Comments about Fender Mustang IV 150W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp is the most versatile thing on the market. I can use it to play metal, punk, classic rock, blues, etc etc etc. Just don't drop it cause it's not exactly the sturdiest thing in the world. Firstly, the fuse software makes the mustang series kick some major a. You've got 12 amps to start with: anything from Elvis to Clapton to Kurt Cobain. Then mix in all the different effects and you've got several hundred different sounds from one amazingly low price. Buy this amp, have some fun. Best value out there for anyone from weekend jammer to semi pro. (If you're pro, you might as well buy a $8000 marshall or vox or something)

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

KILLER!

By Bubba

from Ft.Worth, TX

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Pros

  • Big Power
  • Easy to program
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Great foot pedal
  • Looks cool too
  • Powerful

Cons

  • No cover
  • No wheels
  • Only one input

Best Uses

  • Big live sound
  • Performances

Comments about Fender Mustang IV 150W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp is just Great Fender Tone and Power...I play Country Telecaster and Fiddle thru mine. The Tele sounded fine but the Fiddle sounded bad. I replaced the cheap ($35) [*] Celestion copy speakers for two Enimence.SWAMP THANGS.....Holy Cow! After breaking in the Swamp Thangs and resetting my EQ a little bit, this thing stomps everything! My Tele sounds great with a nice Brent Mason tone. My Zeta Stados Fiddle sounds so good thru this thing now. The Swamp Thangs respond to this amp really well because where i used to play with the Master Vol. on 8, I now play on 4. Huge power and tone...I love mine

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Speechless...

By Bradley Ownbey

from Georgia, USA

Comments about Fender Mustang IV 150W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

Overall, this amp is by far, one of Fender's best works in the amplifier department. I would take this over the Line 6 Spider IV HD150 combo anyday. Here's why: While the Spider has more presets, a good number of those presets, are of other artists sound, which is un-original in my tastes. And I'm sure that since the Spider has about 500 effects, I'm willing to bet that half of them will sound the same. Where as the Mustang IV, no effects sound the same. The Mustang's presets give you that sound in your head, with the ability to fix it to suit your needs even further. To sum it up; Buy the Mustang IV (or III which has the same exact features, but is 100 watts and 1x12 and slightly cheaper) You will NOT be disappointed
100 presets that all have different tonal varieties, and not to mention the other controls + internet compatibility offer even more amazing sounds. A no brainer in value
I was blown away by everything this amplifier had to offer. With just the slight roll of the preset dial, you can go from that blistering metal tone, to a twangy clean, or a howlin' blues. And it's all right there when you need it.
The value of it is amazing. a 150 watt amp, that could practically compete with an Orange stack. It is well built/designed and everything you need is right there WHERE you need it. Plus, with everything this beast has to offer, who could go wrong with this? Heck, it's practically a steal!!!

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Could have been great...

By Rich

from Central Vermont

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Free Software
  • Lots Of Possibilities
  • Multiple Functions
  • Nice Effects

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Problematic Fizz

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Mustang IV 150W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    The first thing I noticed is that all of the "clean" tones sounded dirty unless you almost completely took down the gain. Plugging it into the PC helped to make adjustments, but still it was lacking the Fender clean tones I wanted to hear. Besides that, I noticed a funny noise during use on the cleans. An almost buzzing sound. Now, it could be that the amp I received was faulty. When I looked it up I discovered numerous complaints about a "fizz" that people heard. For some people it may not be noticeable or bothersome but for me it was terrible. Not all of the Mustangs exhibit this particular quirk, apparently.
    On another note I found the gain to not be to my liking. It lacked the oomph I was looking for. It could be a problem unique to the new amp I received. My advice is to play it before you buy it. I bought mine based on customer reviews. I found myself playing through my Frontman 212R instead because it just sounded better to me with my tube screamer and Boss equalizer.I really wanted to love this amplifier because of the possibilities it offered. There is just so much you can do when you plug it into your PC and would be a great value if it wasn't for the odd noise accompanying the clean tones (that all sound a little dirty unless you roll the gain to like 2). Just make sure it sounds the way you expect it too before spending the money. Thankfully musicians friend have made this experience less painful with their excellent customer service. For the record I played a Mustang 3 at a local store and thought it sounded much better than my Mustang IV so like I said it could have been a problem unique to the amplifier I received. I will gladly purchase one in the future if they can work the kinks out because I love Fender solid states.

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