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A one-stop solution for guitarists new to digital 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 Mustang V head is a 150W amp that sounds great and pumps serious power and performance. 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. It's great for the big gigs, and the 1/8" headphone jack doubles as speaker-emulated line out.

Further, connect the Mustang V head 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.

Mustang V's included four-button footswitch controls quick access, preset/bank select, effects on/off and tuner (optional programmable two-button footswitch also available).

Mustang V 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)
  • One channel with 100 presets
  • 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 footswitch
  • Includes Fender Fuse software for on-screen parameter control, deep editing, unlimited preset storage, online patch swapping, and easy firmware upgrades

High-speed, amped-up, and LOUD! Get your Mustang V now!

SPECIFICATIONS

Mustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head

  • 10-1/2"H x 26-1/2"W x 10-1/4"D
    27 lb.
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FenderMustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head
 
4.6

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Good power output (11)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Portable (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sounds good, period

A few things from previous reviews that are dead wrong:
- It has a compressor.
- You can assign what patch comes up when it's turned on (and don't know why...Read complete review

A few things from previous reviews that are dead wrong:
- It has a compressor.
- You can assign what patch comes up when it's turned on (and don't know why you'd turn it off on a set break, not like the tubes are getting warm).
- If you want a line out, it has it - use the FX loop send. You don't have to mute the power amp with headphones.

This unit simply sounds good. Ignoring what type of power amp, the presence of glowing glass bottles, or whatever, it just sounds decent. Right out of the box, it's easy to dial in useful sounds. USB record out is a nice feature, and each patch has a USB gain so you can have a seperate master boost for it in record mode without messing up the balance of your patches relative to one another for 'using the speakers now' sounds.

Amp models are relatively convincing, but that's not what matters to me. What matters is "does it sound good?" and it delivers, especially with some tweaking. I have other modellers and options, including a much more expensive Roland GR-55 (which is amazing but it's not an amp), but the Mustang works to quickly dial in a useful amp sound with basic effects.

The basic effects thing must be noted. The included stompboxes range from embarassing (the pitch shifter, it's a throwback to 80s bad without the control that modern units should have) to quite good (spring reverbs and echoes). That said, the fuzz is as bad as most digital fuzzes, you won't be pitching your external stompboxes here, especially if you like some of the modern abusive oscillating fuzz stuff available.

But that's ok, the amp takes pedals well, from my venerable tape-based Space Echo to the Ampeg Scrambler. The problem, though, is that the amp's effects loop is post-USB, so you won't be using that for recording anything post-amp on the included interface, and rendering it sort of useless except as a line out to a board, mixer, or other recording interface. Also, the effects loop cannot be moved - it's post-all preamp, all modellers, all everything but the power amp, post USB - and that's how it is.

That said, the thing sounds good. And with the included 4 button fuotswitch, I couldn't see the point of buying a Mustang Floor even if it would primarily be used as a recording tool and almost never see a speaker load.

It's easy to use, sounds good, and is as cheap as some of the pedals I'm using (and doubles as a backup amp). What's not to like?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head

It's hard to give it a 6 after all the great comments and it really really really is a great amp. HOWEVER, judging it against all competition, it still has compared to the...Read complete review

It's hard to give it a 6 after all the great comments and it really really really is a great amp. HOWEVER, judging it against all competition, it still has compared to the great amps. But for a halfstack, I would rate it a 15.
For the money, no questions asked, you won't find a more complete product. The amp itself is very easy to use with or without computer configuration. It's dummy proof so you'll get beautiful tone right from the first power up.
I'm using this amp to gig with my band. I'm still undecided about using it over my hot rod deluxe for more power. The tone is very good, but it's def better at lower volumes. So when you crank it, you'll lose some tone. That being said, for they money and probably more there's no better amp.
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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Mustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head

By James Pauley

from Germany

Comments about Fender Mustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head:

It's hard to give it a 6 after all the great comments and it really really really is a great amp. HOWEVER, judging it against all competition, it still has compared to the great amps. But for a halfstack, I would rate it a 15.
For the money, no questions asked, you won't find a more complete product. The amp itself is very easy to use with or without computer configuration. It's dummy proof so you'll get beautiful tone right from the first power up.
I'm using this amp to gig with my band. I'm still undecided about using it over my hot rod deluxe for more power. The tone is very good, but it's def better at lower volumes. So when you crank it, you'll lose some tone. That being said, for they money and probably more there's no better amp.
Unbeatable

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than it has any right to be

By stryker126

from Baltimore, MD

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Features
  • Price
  • Tonefor a modelling amp

Cons

  • Bulky
  • heavy

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Mustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head:

    This is a phenomenal value for the price. The Fender tones sound great. The hi gain models sound decent IMHO, especially for a modelling amp. This amp even has a decent tuner built in. I previously owned a Peavey Vypyr which has a lousy tuner.

    It's not going to replace your Dual Rectifier or your 65 Twin, but if you don't have any of that stuff, this is a great place to start, get a lot of different quality sounds. Best modelling amp IMO.

    One Caveat, If you don't already have a high quality cabinet that is stereo capable, I'd probably go with the mustang IV. the speakers built into the IV are much better than the ones built into the matching cabinet for this head.

    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A solid amp for versitility!

    By kamakazeeboom

    from Danville, VA

    Comments about Fender Mustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head:

    Other than the lack of a xlr output to feed into a mixing board/PA system for balancing out the instruments, it is a solid amp. Been using mine for a about 6 months and it performs flawlessly- the 4-button switch pedal is plenty; however the 2 button pedal allows you some versatility above and beyond the 4-button alone- you can assign the values from the amp head's menu/screen to each switch. The range of this amp coupled with a traditional electric and a acoustic with a jack is almost endless. For the money, you can't beat it- not to mention that it IS a Fender. I have mine hooked up to the matching cab and it is plenty loud for most applications. I currently have the amp head hooked into a mixing board via the headphone jack; this is where the xlr output would be nice, since you just can't hook up a hot speaker output into a mixing system without frying something.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    fender mustang V HD 150w head

    By steven murray

    from phenix city alabama

    Comments about Fender Mustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head:

    didnt read the other reviews but i can say didnt get the cab i have mine running from the headphone output to a tascam dp03 into 2 m audio bx8a powered monitors and it sounds amazing complements on my new sound from everyone thank you fender still #1 after all these years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    sounds great easy to use
    so far so good
    cant beat the price

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Modeller for the price! period!...

    By THARN

    from NE-Ohio

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Fender Mustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head:

    Well, First let me say that I am a late comer to Tube technology-before that I've used Line 6/fender and other less known solid states with either an effects board or whatever is built in- When you actually get to use a tube amp you just know there is no comparison- but with it-if you want effects- you need extra cords and pedals and just a whole slew of stuff to create your unique sound. Not to mention the kid gloves you need to wear when taking care of the thing.I gave The Mustang V HD a 4.5 over all only because there are those folks out there that can get better tone with other equipment(they know who they are)But I won't be ashamed when I take this to jam with those types/ or play out at a gig with this amp.I can honestly say -I'm glad this amp wasn't around 10 years ago or I never would have moved up to a tube amp- It's that good- it's very easy to use and the pre sets are just amazing- I plug mine into a custom 2x12(stereo) speaker and it's about as close as you can get to the actual amp/setting they are giving you here.eric johnson/steve vai/eddie VH/Michael Shenker/Mick Ronson- all there and all sound very good, the only legendary guitarist that they fell short on imo was Robin Trower-but I see where they were going and this can be tweaked and saved by the user. They've added a tuner/foot pedal and plenty of effects and have given us the perfect amp for gigs where you don't want to haul all a bunch of stuff with you.They are giving line6 a real run for the money with price point/ease of use/and quality here- I will have no problems using this amp on half of the gigs I do from now on- as stated before- for you tube amp guru's you are still going to find that when the volume is turned up or on some of the dirty channels your going to fall just short of the 'tube' sweet spot. but the clean channels I have to say-- oh man-- very nice.One thing that really amazed me is that when high gain was being used with a serious output leveland lots of effects- I didnt get that ugly noise and un controllable feedback that most set ups give you when pushed.It never got out of control.. and thats' something that alot of people take for granted-Don't let the price fool you- this amp is not just for beginners- I have a new found respect for Fender now- We'll done gents.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sounds good, period

    By Boss ES-8 user

    from Potato, Idaho

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Ask me a question

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

    • Effects Loop Is Post-usb
    • No Advanced Documentation
    • Pitch Shifter Is Godawful

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender Mustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head:

    A few things from previous reviews that are dead wrong:
    - It has a compressor.
    - You can assign what patch comes up when it's turned on (and don't know why you'd turn it off on a set break, not like the tubes are getting warm).
    - If you want a line out, it has it - use the FX loop send. You don't have to mute the power amp with headphones.

    This unit simply sounds good. Ignoring what type of power amp, the presence of glowing glass bottles, or whatever, it just sounds decent. Right out of the box, it's easy to dial in useful sounds. USB record out is a nice feature, and each patch has a USB gain so you can have a seperate master boost for it in record mode without messing up the balance of your patches relative to one another for 'using the speakers now' sounds.

    Amp models are relatively convincing, but that's not what matters to me. What matters is "does it sound good?" and it delivers, especially with some tweaking. I have other modellers and options, including a much more expensive Roland GR-55 (which is amazing but it's not an amp), but the Mustang works to quickly dial in a useful amp sound with basic effects.

    The basic effects thing must be noted. The included stompboxes range from embarassing (the pitch shifter, it's a throwback to 80s bad without the control that modern units should have) to quite good (spring reverbs and echoes). That said, the fuzz is as bad as most digital fuzzes, you won't be pitching your external stompboxes here, especially if you like some of the modern abusive oscillating fuzz stuff available.

    But that's ok, the amp takes pedals well, from my venerable tape-based Space Echo to the Ampeg Scrambler. The problem, though, is that the amp's effects loop is post-USB, so you won't be using that for recording anything post-amp on the included interface, and rendering it sort of useless except as a line out to a board, mixer, or other recording interface. Also, the effects loop cannot be moved - it's post-all preamp, all modellers, all everything but the power amp, post USB - and that's how it is.

    That said, the thing sounds good. And with the included 4 button fuotswitch, I couldn't see the point of buying a Mustang Floor even if it would primarily be used as a recording tool and almost never see a speaker load.

    It's easy to use, sounds good, and is as cheap as some of the pedals I'm using (and doubles as a backup amp). What's not to like?

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Mustang V is GREAT!

    By JDG

    from Sevierville, TN

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Mustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head:

      The Mustang V amp head has been great for me, and the price is excellent. Overall, it's fairly light in weight, has an excellent sound,and presets are pretty good right out of the box.
      I also own a Marshall JVM210, a Marshall 4x12 cab, and a Marshall 2x12 cab. I've used the Mustang V with both Marshall cabs, and it sounds great. Got tired of the JVM's hum at practice and tired of lugging it around - it's much heavier. Now, for band practice, I've got my Mustang V mic'd up through the Marshall 4x12 cab, and we get an excellent sound mix.
      The rhythm guitarist in our band bought a Mustang III for the same purpose. Overall, we've found the mods/effects to be very good. We primarily play Christian rock with some metal influence, but we also play a number of slower, softer arrangements as well. This amp head does a good job with it all.
      I will probably continue to use my Marshall JVM for live performances, but I couldn't ask for a better backup than this for the price. I've been very happy with it.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great amp

      By fender user

      from watertown ny

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Great sound
      • Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Mustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head:

        the head has some great features but has its up and downs... i play a fender strat hss threw it and i get great sound out of it...

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AMAZING

        By ~skygod~-ezCGe

        from NJ/NYMA

        Comments about Fender Mustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head:

        BOUGHT IT FROM GUITAR CENTER TOTOWA, NJ AND ALL I CAN SAY IS AMAZING! THE FENDER 65 TWIN IS WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION ALONE.FUSE SOFTWARE AND ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE EXTRA BENNIES. FUSE COMMUNITY HAS PLENTY OF STUFF TO DOWNLOADTHIS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE G-DEC3 30 WATT IS THE END OF THE ROAD IN THE STUDIO FOR ME THAT IS REPLACING A TON OF GEAR BEING RETIREDON THE ROAD THE MUSTANG IS BEING USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A SECOND MUSTANG V HEAD INTO AND OLD CUSTOM 4X12 SUNN 412S CAB WITH HIGH OUTPUT EMINENCE DELTA 12APROS (400 WATT EA @ 8 OHMS) ON THE BOTTOM (DRY) PAIR AND JBL D120FS (300W EACH @ 8OHMS) TOP PAIR WET L/RBUYERS BEWARE THE CABS ON THE COMBOS HAVE RUMBLE AT HIGHER VOLUMES DUE TO THE WAY FENDER MOUNTED THE SPEAKERS ON THE BAFFLES ETC. YOU WILL NEED TO BUY SPEAKER SEALER/CAULK/GLUE WHATEVER TO FIX THIS. SEARCH MULTIPLE FORUMS ON THE INTERNET. ABOUT THI ISSUETHIS HAS COMPLETELY CHANGED THE GAME FOR ME ANYWAY.HAPPY HUNTING ? & FUGGEDABOUDIT!~skygod~

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This Amp Is Awesome !!!!

        By Mr X

        from On the Road !

        Comments about Fender Mustang V HD 150W Guitar Amp Head:

        http://youtu.be/TZW8Nnh5R6Y

        Simple To Use and Its Nice & Loud !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank You Fender !!!!!
        Easy To Use !
        I Have 2 of the Mustang Amp Heads- 1 For Back up !

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