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Fender Mustang III Guitar Combo Amplifier (100 Watts, 1x12")

Get 100 watts of power, built-in effects and presets, and USB conectivity with this tiny workhorse combo amp. (32) Read 17 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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This 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(tm) software, allowing your musical creativity and imagination to run wild.

The Fender Mustang III is a 100-watt open-back combo with a 12-inch Celestion speaker that sounds great and pumps serious volume. The Fender Mustang III 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 rehearsing, jamming and small gigs, and the 1/8" headphone jack doubles as speaker-emulated line out. Further, connect Mustang III to your computer with free Fender FUSE software. 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 Fender Mustang III's included programmable two-button footswitch controls preset up/down, quick access, effects on/off and tap tempo (optional four-button footswitch also available).

The Fender Mustang III 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.

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General
- Model Name: Mustang III
- Series: Mustang(tm)
- Amplifier Type: Solid State
- Color / Part # : Black 230-0030-000

Electronics
- Voltage: Array
- Effects Loop: Mono Series Effects Loop
- Inputs: One 1/4" Instrument
- Auxiliary Input: 1/8" Auxiliary Input Jack
- Headphone Jack: 1/8" Headphone Jack
- Line Out: USB port, 1/8" Headphone Jack doubles as Speaker Emulated Line Out
- Channels: One Channel with 100 Presets
- Power Handling: 100 Watts
- Controls: Gain, Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Master; Data Wheel; soft keys for Amp Select, Stomp Edit, Modulation Edit, Delay Edit, Reverb Edit, Utility, Save, Exit, and Tap/Tuner

Hardware
- Grill Cover Cloth: Black Textured "Carbon Tweed" Vinyl Covering with Silver Grill Cloth
- Output Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Amplifier Length: 10.75" (27.3 cm)
Amplifier Width: 20.5" (52.1 cm)
Amplifier Height: 17.75" (45.1 cm)
Amplifier Weight: 36 lbs. (16.3 kg)
Effects: 12 Amp Models, 7 Stomp Effects, 11 Modulation Effects, 9 Delay Effects, and 10 Reverb Effects

Speakers
- Speaker: Celestion(r) G12T-100 12-inch Speaker
- Impedance: 8 Ohms

Miscellaneous
Additional Comments: 12 Amp Models: '57 Deluxe(tm), '59 Bassman(r), '57 Champ(r), '65 Deluxe Reverb(r), '65 Princeton(r) Reverb, '65 Twin Reverb(r), Super-Sonic(tm), 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
Unique Features: Guitar amp with DSP platform, high-quality amp models and effects; 100 onboard factory and user presets; headphone output and auxiliary input; chromatic tuner; "Millennium Blackface" treatment includes carbon tweed covering and top-loaded front control panel; USB connectivity for high-quality, low-latency audio output and interface with free Fender FUSE PC application; Fender FUSE application offers on-screen parameter control, deep editing, unlimited preset storage, online patch swapping and easy firmware upgrades; Fender FUSE community includes chat forums, preset trading, and additional content from Fender and artists; includes disc with Ableton(r) Live Lite Fender edition, AmpliTube(r) Fender LE edition and other extras, making Mustang a one-stop solution for guitarists to digital recording.

Accessories
FootSwitch: Included Programmable 2 Button Footswitch (P/N 008-0997-000) for Preset Up Down, Quick Access, Effects On/Off, or Tap Tempo; Optional 4-Button Footswitch (P/N 008-0996-000) also available
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-488-1818
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Fender delivers an overall excellent sounding modelling amp with amazing value"
Sound: Most of the Fender models are excellent and I am hard-pressed to tell them from the actual amps. 75% of my patches are based on the 65 Twin, but I've also used the Bassman models and the 65 Deluxe. The clean tones I've gotten with this amp are the best I've gotten since I actually used a vintage 68 Super Reverb. You could possibly tell the difference if you had the actual amp side by side, but the convenience of digital, as well as the lack of noise you experience with true vintage tube amps more than makes up for it in my opinion. Sadly, the higain amp models are not as good as the Fender models and there is failry significant fizz (the kind people typically associate with digital modeling). However, once you connect to the Fuse software you can take steps to tame that. If you reduce the SAG and Bias controls you clean up the emulated power section. Then lower your preamp gain and channel volume and crank the master and you'll kill 90% of the fizz. Putting an EQ in the effects loop will also allow you trail off the fizz. Some of the effects are not terribly good, but most are serviceable. Virtually all of the reverbs and delays are excellent and I couldn't see myself using an outboard effects system for those. The Fuzz and Phaser are too pretty noticeable failures. Despite multiple attempts to tweak them, I can't get the most common sounds you would expect to get. I'm recommending to Fender that they replace both models in subsequent patch updates. My favorite crunch / hard-rock patch is actually based on the Fender Super-Sonic. With low gain settings on the amp and a slight boost from the Overdrive model you can get an awesome crunch with lots of throaty med/hi-gain bite. Sadly, the 5150 & Dual Rec models aren't as good stock as other modelers (the HD500) Feature: *USB jack , this serves as both connection method for using the Fuse software and a recording out. Its your basic ASIO interface in that capacity but it seems to be fairly low noise. Fender also includes a nice selection of software: a basic Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) program in the form of Ableton LIte and software modeling program Amplitube. I use Reaper, but I might try it out just to see if it might be simpler for sketching song ideas out. Amplitube I've used in the past and its good for cleans. The lack of an external speaker out is troublesome and should be rectified in future revisions on the Mustang line. Ease of Use: I was able to get great sound out of the box without a single look at the manual; I've still not opened it. I didn't even connect it to the Fuse software for a couple of weeks after owning it. Both the software and amp are easy to use, tweak and save patches. If I have a qualm, its that the two button footswitch is extremely limited. I plan to buy the 4 button, but I feel that will still be too limited. Fender needs to release something like the Mustang Floor, with buttons to toggle all of the effects on/off as well as up/down bank selection. In that area Fender has not learned from its competitors. Quality: The cabinet seems well made, very clean craftsmanship, no obvious defects or short-cuts in manufacturing. Everything feels solid. Value: This amp is really the best value in its price range, hands down. You get a gig-worthy amp, an exceptional computer interface, loads of tweakability and all the software you need to get started recording on a computer. Manufacturer Support: I've not had occasion to contact Fender with regards to this product, but they've always been fairly responsive when I've contacted them for issues in the past. The Wow Factor: I've been playing guitar for over 17 years (since I was 15) and I remember how practice amps used to be. I never even played with effects until I was already in my first band in highschool. I can only imagine having this level of sound quality back then. The overall value and amazing sound quality really Wows me. Overall: I purchased chiefly to serve as a practice amp and light jamming duty with acoustic drumkit. In both roles it succeeds. It has more than enough volume to play cleanly at high volume (well beyond a heavy-handed drummer) with just the stock single 12" speaker. I might mod mine to add an external speaker jack. That is definitely one area Fender needs to correct in subsequent revisions.
Style of Music: Classical, Folk, Classic Rock, Jam, Hard Rock, Modern Rock, Metal, Progressive
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Sound: This review also mentions the Mustang II. I've been playing harp & blues guitar around Chicago since the '60's. I was lucky enough to learn from some of the greats. Since then I've built up quite an amp collection. They all have a use. They are now all for sale, except my '68 Ampeg G-12. Since guitar and harp require different EQ's, and they're called GUITAR amps, playing harp and getting the brown sound loud enough to keep up with overdriven DeLux's and Twins requires some modification. This, and the II, are the only amps I haven't had to tear apart. Also, the II and the III sound almost the same (98%) and work well together. The only drawback, which is generally true of guitar amps, is that cabinet resonant frequency is within the frequency range of the instrument, aka standing wave, aka headache tone. This wouldn't happen with oblique sides, an easy design change. The Mustang II, gotten first, was not loud enough for most of the clubs I play at. It's not as loud as my Pignose G-40V, but when I first turned it to "Deluxe" and tweaked the tone, I played it for a half hour, sat down & laughed for another half hour. The last time I got that tone, I was playing a Tone King Club 12. And this is $1000 less. The II is not as loud as 40W tube, but you can turn it to 10 and it sounds like it's on 5. No solid state distortion. Haven't had the need to turn the III beyond 6. Liked the II so much, I got the III. All the models sound great. Sometimes I need the brown sound, sometimes a clean airy sound, sometimes an OD crunch without loosing tone, and others. They all sound great. Very versatile. Add to all that the fact that the effects go from useable to great, and you can toss your pedalboard...for the most part. Feature: First of all, at this price, how many bells & whistiles do you want? Compared to the II, which requires the SW to change some parameters, the UI on the III (after all, it is at heart a computer) has everything on the dashboard, which makes changing params on the fly easy and instantaneous. I haven't even unpacked the footswitch, but I plan on getting the 4-button one. One thing I wish it would do is to go back to the last pre-set it was set to, instead of always turning on to pre-set 0. IMHO, ANY extras on these amps would raise the price. They were both designed really well, and get the most at their price points. I'd like covers for mine, preferably padded to protect them while traveling. Ease of Use: The pre-sets themselves are all great for guitar, and dialing up great harp tones is EXTREMELY easy. So many sounds. I have to say, though, they they need smoother dial controls (VBX's or whatever) in Fuse. It took no time to figure out how to work the amp, I was making pre-sets after 20 min. Quality: Both amps seem to give you the most for your money. Nowadays, it seems Gibson could learn a few things about QC from Fender. Any changes would increase the price, but...I'd like to see lit dials, chrome corners & metal straps on top, like the old tube Fenders. Also, the II needs a longer AC cord. I'd like to see a heavier duty on/off switch on both of 'em. IMHO, Ableton, which seems to be more loop-oriented, should be replaced by something like Cubase. I also wish that the USB connection would pick up the amp & effects modeling. If you take care of them, I'm sure they'll last. Like my, and my friends, other Fenders. Value: Everyone else better look out. One thing the "recession" has brought is better value. These are my first SS amps. They are dead quiet and give you things you could only dream about pre-DSP, like tube sag, bias adjust...on a Twin! And NONE of that ear-grating cheap SS clip! Welcome to the future. Manufacturer Support: So far, so good. I upgraded the BIOS(?) on the II using Fuse, and it went great. Also no problem using the same copy of Fuse for both. Never had a problem with a Fender product, and I own 4. Treat 'em right, and they'll last! The Wow Factor: Styling is great, with the traditional Fender badge on the front. New styling separates them from tube Fenders, but doesn't look cheap. Nice & light. They also look great in pairs, side by side, or stacked! At these prices that's affordable. Overall: So far, there's nothing that I've asked these amps to do that they haven't been able to do. When I got the II, I packed up my multi-effects pedal and haven't unpacked it yet.
Style of Music: Blues, Jazz
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