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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Mustang III v2



Say what one more time!
May 21st, 2019 06:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got to admit that for a while I have been thinking the tones I get out of my Mustang at gigs was getting a little stale to my ears and I was starting to look at getting a Katana or a GT. I was widening my search for other options and considering a Headrush or Helix board.....

And then we played a gig last Saturday night and with minimal adjustments I was falling in love with my Mustang again. We had a layoff of 6 weeks due to surgeries on me and just nothing fitting into our schedule. We played a benfit to raise money for a free clinic to provide healthcare for the needy. It was in a barn shaped like an octagon with high ceilings and no A/C. First day of the year the temps were approaching 90. I'm still not 100% back and caught a spring/summer cold, not much voice. So I could pay a little more attention to my guitar sound than I usually have time for. Minimal tweeking and the Mustang was sounding pretty good. I use a Tele with Seymour Duncan HBs, splitting the coils occasionally when needed. Anyone else still using their Mustang to gig with?

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England's Sloppiest Guitarist
May 21st, 2019 12:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've used my MIII V1 for 95%+ of my gigs over the last 6-7 years.

That equates to 300+ successful gigs, mainly local bars, but also theatres and festivals supporting touring bands with zero problems and several compliments from other guitarists and audience members alike.

Meanwhile my other high $ valve amps stay at home: Marshall JVM 205, JCM 900, Orange TH30, Engl Screamer, CyberTwin, Pro Jnr, Traynor YCW40WR, SCXD, Super 210.

I occasionally try one of them out again, but invariably go back to the MIII after a couple of gigs.

Light, portable, reliable and great sounding. What's not to like?

That said I've been looking at Quilters, Boss Katana, Vox AV and VT series and Blackstar Anniversary 10 series recently. ;-)

(This message was last edited by Ayns at 02:44 PM, May 21st, 2019)



Say what one more time!
Jun 25th, 2019 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

So it looks like Ayns and I are the only ones still using our Mustangs for gigging.

I too have looked at several different amps, Katana, GT, Headrush, and considered using my SCXD again, but in addition to tweaking my amp I also started playing my Heritage again as well and that has also reopened my eyes to how good the mustang amp sounds.

I also have a Traynor but it is the YCV50 Blue. It's voiced like a Marshall.

I was at Sweetwater's Gearfest and was going to try a few amps and modelers but it was too hectic and loud to really hear anything.

Probably the leading contender is the Katana because I'm hooked on the modeling options and all the effects built in and I don't have to lug around a pedalboard.

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Planet Peegoo

Rhythm & Lewd Guitarist
Jun 25th, 2019 08:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Boss Katana and Nextone amps are about the only contenders in the really affordable market to compete with the Mustang amp. All three sound amazingly good.

Not just amazingly good for a solid-state amp. Once a person gets past the "it's not a tube amp" problem in their brain, they will be able to concentrate on playing the guitar. Even as a player, it's extremely difficult to tell the difference between these amps and really good tube amps.


Edmond, OK

Jun 26th, 2019 07:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

The P has spoken.

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Planet Peegoo

Rhythm & Lewd Guitarist
Jun 26th, 2019 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

LOL! Riiiight!



Jun 27th, 2019 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Anyone else still using their Mustang to gig with?"

You bet! I've gigged with it for the most part for about 4 years now and I own several tube amps.

I own the Mustang 3 V2 version which we know is no longer available and replaced by the Mustang GT which I don't really like.

As for contenders yes the Katana 100 is a great amp. I own the Katana 100 watt head and pair it with a single handmade pine 1x12 cab and just ordered the Katana 100 watt 1x12 combo. Yes it is a great contender but not as user friendly than the Mustang III V2. Why?

Well for example in order to adjust the built in Delay feedback (Repeats) you have to hook you amp into the Boss Tone Studio app on your computer. That's not a big deal for me because once I hook into the computer and set the amount of repeats I need and store it then I'm fine. You can adjust the tap tempo on the amp or optional footswitch.
I don't like the dual purpose effects knobs as much as the quick on screen amp adjustments of the Mustang III either.But I can live with it and I will preset this stuff anyway.

The reason I bought the Katana's? Well because I haven't heard very good reviews on the new Mustang GT amps. They sound harsh and boxy to me. So once the Mustang III stops working and I hope not soon I have the Katana's to use or switch around.

The Katana's are also loud like the Mustang. I like tone wise.

But my Mustang III has proved very reliable.

(This message was last edited by Telegib at 07:27 PM, Jun 27th, 2019)

Gene from Tampa
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Press On Irregardless
Jul 4th, 2019 01:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I gave my '70's Twin Reverb to a much younger relative when the MIII came out. I struggled to lift the Twin into my SUV's hatch. I play out with my M III V1 all the time and don't have GAS for an upgrade. No regrets ... I do have the 4 button footswitch which pretty much eliminated the need for any other pedals.

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Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Jul 12th, 2019 08:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Gene is where I am. The four button foot switch has the added advantage of a built in tuner, so one less thing to worry about. I use it for gigs with no issues....best of all as I age weight and size matter.



Say what one more time!
Oct 13th, 2019 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

My Mustang was kind of acting up last night at a gig. Seemed to be making a fizzing sound or like a phaser was turned on. I don't use a phaser on any of my patches. Sounded like it was losing volume as well. Has anyone else experienced this with a Mustang III v2?

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