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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / The Mustang Amp Club

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Jul 12th, 2012 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

This thread is intended for all Mustang amp owners who want to share their experiences with the Mustang amp line.

I'll start this thread by saying that the Mustang amps are in my opinion the best amp in the digital amp line that I have ever heard. The Mustang III, IV and V amps are the three models you need if you are going to use them for gigging and loud practice and Mustang I and II for low volume practice and versatility.

These amps offer everything from crystal clean tones with the Twin amp model to nasty sounding Super Sonic type tones. They are very responsive and have great dynamics and offer some wonderful sounding on board effects.

I own both the Mustang III and Mustang V. I bought the latter after owning the MIII for months and putting it through it's paces. It proved itself well beyond what I expected.

As a lover of tube amps and not easily convinced about anything digital sound exactly like tubes (they don't) I am however confessing that they are very, very close at producing the sounds that they emulate. They are extremely usable in all patches and you should experiment with these amps to see what they can do. They are basic in setup compared to some other digital amps and processors.

They are well suited for the working musician who wants great versatility, great tone, and power to get the job done. They are great amps for those who want great tone but can't afford to buy the original models that the Mustang amps emulate. And they are great for those of us who own some great tube amps but can use a Mustang amp to deliver great tone and preserve their costly investment.

Let the fun begin!

(This message was last edited by telegib at 07:47 PM, Jul 12th, 2012)

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Jul 12th, 2012 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

What telegib said ;-)

I'm thoroughly impressed by the way Fender has evolved their modeling from the Cyber series to Mustang. I can put the Mustang side by side to my DRRI, and pretty much nail it with some tweaking. What's useful is that I can get that DRRI on 7 sound at 9pm when the kids are going to sleep and not have to worry. Even better, I've tested it at gig volumes, and where other modelers get all mushy, the Mustang really hangs in there and delivers.

Hey Shane... how about a Mustang Pro line??? ;-)

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Galt's Gulch is where I'd rather stay...
Jul 12th, 2012 07:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mustang III and Mustang Mini owner here.

The Mini? Yeah, I thought, it'll be nice now and then for living room play ... take to the park where there's no A/C ... play along with Mrs. N. (who has a Roland Bass Micro Cube for her acoustic bass) ... probably won't be used too much ...

Instead, it's been the go-to amp! I think the III's getting jealous, sittin' in the basement, only being used in the studio ... but with the Mini and a Squire Classic Vibe Tele sitting at arm's length, a very happy half-hour can be had at just about any time, on a whim ... great tones!



Jul 12th, 2012 08:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

MII then moved up to MIII

Had played around with modeling form a Johnson J Station to Boss ME and a V-Amp and then a Zoom G7. They were fun but could never get a true guitar tone out of them it always seemed Hi-Fi sounding and the Fender Clean just weren't there. Got a SCXD and liked it alot. But then the MII came out and listened to clips and went out and got one and WOW. The interface was a little awkward especially cause I'm colorblind. Then the MIII came out and had to have. What a step up. The interface, the power, the speaker and the tones are simply amazing. I'm not a high gain guy. Mostly blues so clean and overdriven. And only use about 3 or 4 patches I have set up. It's my practice/rehersal amp with the band. Gig it sometimes. And at home ALWAYS tough to decide whether to play the DRRI or the MIII. Need to sell the SCXD it never gets played anymore.

And over on the Fender forum getting more request for a pro-line Mustang series. Sturdier, some upgrades and features, better power supply. $500 and I'd buy an pro-MIII in a heartbeat.



Jul 13th, 2012 03:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

A pro line of Mustangs would be nice.

I fear though that the price point would be out of reach for the players that can only afford the current Mustang amps. And I think that apart from the fact that these amps lack switchcraft inputs and outputs and CTS pots everything works fine. And all of Fender's digital amp research has gone into this price point which is really great for us.

And I also fear that Fender may pull these current models from the market. As long as mine works and gets the job done I am happy.

Remember these amps are much more replacable with their current price. At this price point and with a 5 year warranty they are almost disposable. And the Celestion speaker alone that is sitting in the cab is a good value!


Yorkshire, England

Jul 13th, 2012 04:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Did another gig last night with my Mustang Mini and the other band's guitarist asked to use it. He was suitably knocked out, his words, "It's just like a real valve amp!" 7 watts, amazing.



Jul 13th, 2012 07:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have to agree that these amps are the best in the digital line that I have ever played, and I have owned Vox and Line 6 products in the past. I own both a Mustang III and a Mustang IV. I'm really impressed with how tube-like these amps sound and how great they sound at ALL volumes. The Fuse Software makes tweaking the amp so much simpler than scrolling through menus, such as on the Line 6 Spider IV series. I would like to see Fender expand the effects a bit....how about a Tube Screamer type pedal in fuse as well as different distortion stompboxees? Otherwise I love the Mustang series.



Jul 13th, 2012 09:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Count me in the club, Mustang IV owner here! I haven't gigged it yet but used it with 2 different bands and the amp cuts nicely in a band mix.

Very easy to use with or with out a computer I also have the 2 button ft switch to use with the 4 button switch, this setup should make it even easier to use!

Rob Jai

Northern California

"Jai" pronounced "J"
Jul 13th, 2012 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Has anyone heard of any mods that would make it possible to run an extension cab with a M-III ?

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U.S.A. Hotlanta

avise la fin
Jul 13th, 2012 05:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Can the Mustang V get close to Black/Silver face Super Reverb type tones? I played the Mustang 1 and it had some tones that were really great. I wasn't expecting that!

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Jul 13th, 2012 08:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes. If you liked the M1, the M3, 4 & 5 will really impress you. You could tweak the blackface models to get close to a Super Reverb - I would start with the 65 Deluxe. The M1 and M2 with the closed back cabs are different animals...



Jul 13th, 2012 08:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

The club. All riiiigggghhhhhtttt. Thanks telegib, I'm in.

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Jul 13th, 2012 08:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's the spirit.. collect them all ;-) !



Jul 13th, 2012 10:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

"The club. All riiiigggghhhhhtttt. Thanks telegib, I'm in."

Your very welcome. This could be a great place to share our experiences with this great line . I used mine again tonight just for a little house jam. Sounded great.

I will have it very loud next week for a festival. I will post everyone on how it goes.



Jul 15th, 2012 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm in! I just picked up a M3 for $150 in mint shape used. Unfortunately, no footswitch, or software but I've ordered the 4 button. So far I'm really liking the tones. Very tubelike and organic.



Jul 15th, 2012 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

The 4 button switch is the way to go. With the 4 button switch you can switch on/off any effect that you program from your amp.

For example you can set up a clean Deluxe Reverb tone, add the built in overdrive, add delay and then switch then on/off the overdrive and/or delay when needed. You can't do that with the 2 buttton switch. You can only select the next patch up or down.

You can however add a 2 button and 4 button switch with your M3 for even greater control.

Congrats on you M3.



Jul 15th, 2012 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Used mine a band practice last night, gonna be a really tough decision next weekend gig, DRRI or M3. It's a smaller venue where levels can be a problem and it is easier to deal with with the M3 but love playing my DRRI and pedals.



Jul 15th, 2012 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got the 4 button switch, it's better than nothing, but I'd prefer a floorboard like Line 6 uses. I can see it would be tough to use it in a cover band situation where you need to switch more than 2 patches in one song. I can see it making it critical to how you lay out your presets. But I'm still liking the tones a lot(I've got my Spider IV on Craigslist). I think it's a great grab'n go amp.

Buzzy Bee


meedely meedely meedely meedely mee!!!
Jul 15th, 2012 10:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Count me in to the "herd." I picked up a MI when I was teaching and out of the box, I was pretty impressed. Then, I discovered the Fuse software and really started to dive in like a true geek. After about 6 months, I traded in my old Crate Vintage Club (50 watts, 3X10, gorgeous blonde finish) for a MIII. That has been my go-to for a little over a year now. I'm a little sad to say that the MI that got me hooked is in the basement with the rest of my Crate collection, gathering a more dust than I'd like to admit.

6 Cylinder Slim

New England

Shoes for Industry
Jul 16th, 2012 09:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I really like my MIII. Not sure about a more expensive pro version. The design doesn't lend itself to endless repair, so I think the low price is an important feature. I tip back my amps. I'd prefer a front panel and I think the footswitch really needs a digital readout. Other than that, I think the amp is pro quality as is.

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