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Mustang II 40W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp Black

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Aimed at guitarists from beginner to weekend warrior, the Fender Mustang II combo amp contains highly accurate amp modeling, a stellar collection of effects courtesy of an all-new DSP platform, and ma... Read More

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Overview

Aimed at guitarists from beginner to weekend warrior, the Fender Mustang II combo amp contains highly accurate amp modeling, a stellar collection of effects courtesy of an all-new DSP platform, and many hidden capabilities, yet it's easy to use right out of the box! The all-new design is visually striking yet evocative of classic Fender styling.

The Fender Mustang II has got a loud, lightweight 40W power amp design and a muscular 12" Fender Special Design speaker in its solidly built cabinet, so it sounds as good as it looks. The Mustang II combo comes factory-loaded with 24 presets built from 8 amp models and 24 effects, with tones from vintage Fender to modern metal. The number of amp models can be increased with its USB connection and the included Fender Fuse software, letting you completely reconfigure the amp any way you see fit. The USB connection also serves as a high-quality, low-latency audio output, making it easy to lay down tracks to the included Ableton Live Lite 8 Fender Edition software a breeze. Also included is IK Multimedia's Amplitube Fender LE software.

The Fender Fuse software opens up a world of possibilities, including on-screen parameter control, deep editing, "hidden" effects, unlimited preset storage, online preset swapping with the Fender FUSE community, and free Fender artist presets.

Features
  • 40W
  • 12" Fender Special Design speaker
  • All-new authentic amp modeling
  • 8 amp models
  • 24 effects from an all-new DSP platform
  • Speaker-emulated USB output for recording
  • USB connectivity for included Fender FUSE editing software
  • Ableton Live Lite 8 Fender Edition software
  • IK Multimedia Amplitube Fender LE software
  • 1/8" headphone jack (doubles as a speaker-emulated line out)
Specifications
  • 17.25"H x 18.25"W x 8.7"D
  • 24 lb.
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4.8

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Easy to use and loud

After playing around with a couple of different modeling amps at the GC store today I finally tried this one. Some of the reviews for the other two that I tried (both 30w)...Read complete review

After playing around with a couple of different modeling amps at the GC store today I finally tried this one. Some of the reviews for the other two that I tried (both 30w) were true. There were problems with the volume knob on the Line 6. Move it a couple of millimeters clockwise and it will take your head off! Seriously, try it! I found it harder to figure out how to get the sound I wanted. The Peavey had really cheap knobs and was just about as hard to figure out. In all fairness, I have heard great things about those models as well and would probably learn how to use most of the features with time. The thing that was so remarkable about the Fender was this: with the knobs that it has, you can see "where you are." It was very easy within a matter of minutes to dial it in. Right there in the store without using a manual or spending hours. It really had alot of power and sounded great. It may not have as many options, but personally I was overwhelmed by too many options on the other models and probably would not have used 80 percent of them. I am planning on buying one in the December.

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Good as a practice amp

This amp sounded the best in store among the others in similar category in terms of price , features etc. Needs considerable amount of tweaking to get a desired tone. Good for playing along...Read complete review

This amp sounded the best in store among the others in similar category in terms of price , features etc. Needs considerable amount of tweaking to get a desired tone. Good for playing along with backing tracks through aux in. However , the amp has nothing to offer when it comes to recording.The sound output appeared really thin. Like I said , a great practice amp but if you are looking for great tones for your recording projects, look elsewhere.

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5.0

Modern technology takes you back to the past!

By James Jones

from Miami, FL

I bought this as a clearance item since Fender has discontinued the Mustang II in favor of the smaller Mustang I and the larger Mustang 100 watt Mustang III. In the "old days" when rock was young, amps were simple that, amplifiers! Most amps, in the early days, had reverb and that was it, Then came distortion or overdrive. Then came multiple effects. Then came solid state, transistors and now modeling amps. When I was young, the Fender Twin Reverb was the holy grail of amps, but, today, it costs over $1200 and doesn't come with the versatility of these transitorized modeling amps. The Mustang series offers you the capability of emulating the Twin Reverb or seven other classic amps through its modern, digital technology, not to mention the capability of downloading customer generated presets to tweek the amp in any direction you like. If you are computer literate you will find this amp to be very versatile with the Fender Fuse software that gives you a simulated version of eight great, classic amps. My Stratocaster sounds great with this amp, and the 40 watts is sufficient. If I were playing live in a large venue, I might want to mike the amp to give it some more volume, but that would be rare. This is a good amp and it offers much more versatility, due to computer technology and digital modeling, than we knew in the old days, when the Twin Reverb was the holy grail and Leo was still running the company! A great buy!

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5.0

Great practice amp, maybe more

By Ronald Graves

from Austin Texas

I have always used tube amps and have seldom liked any stomp boxes but having to haul around a heavy tube amp was getting difficult especially since I'm 58 and have a bad back. This little wonder went against my "tube amp" mentality but it sounds very good, especially at low volumes. The pre-sets aren't my thing but each amp selection has 2 spaces for you to save your own settings. I have found several great tones and they are easily recalled. It is light, great sounding and very cheap. I bought this for a living room practice amp but it is loud enough for jam sessions and it's super lightweight. It takes a little effort getting used to changing the settings but seems easy after the learning curve. You'll enjoy this quality little amp.

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5.0

Stop looking and believe the hype

By Marshall Armintor

from Denton, TX

I've been playing for about 25 years, and all kinds of instruments, and I can tell you this thing is magic. Especially the clean settings for the various Fender models: beautiful, sparking cleans. The FUSE software is pretty intuitive, but I have only been messing around with it for a week. You not only have options for amps (the Vox setting is pretty gnarly), but also cab emulations (at least 8 or so) that dramatically change the sounds. Similarly, there's wah, overdrive, reverb, flange, pitch shifting, ring modulation(!), compression, etc. etc. Just like with all other modeling amps/boxes, you're given absolutely every variable to shape the sound and if you're not happy with it, it's on you to change it. With great power comes great responsibility, man.

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3.0

Good as a practice amp

By anirban chakravarty

from whitehall , PA

This amp sounded the best in store among the others in similar category in terms of price , features etc. Needs considerable amount of tweaking to get a desired tone. Good for playing along with backing tracks through aux in. However , the amp has nothing to offer when it comes to recording.The sound output appeared really thin. Like I said , a great practice amp but if you are looking for great tones for your recording projects, look elsewhere.

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5.0

Mustang II

By Davis Dodds

from Arlington, TX

This is an amazing amp. It is unbelievable what you cando with it. And such a great price! By the way, this is no practice amp. It is lots bigger than I thought it would be, not vey heavy, and LOUD! Fender is not joking when they say this things are high speed, amped up, and loud! I own an Epiphone Les Paul, and I have played it through everything from an Orange CR20L to a Vox Pathfinder to even a Marshall stack! It has so many options! I haven't even downloaded the software, and still haven't gotten through all the possibilities yet! Don't even hesitate! Buy one of these!

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5.0

Usually U Get What U Pay For, Sometimes U Get More!

By CARL HATMAKER

from Kirksville Kentucky

Is this amp comparable to the amps it simulates? Is it equal to a 65 twin or a 60s Vox or 80s Marshall? No, if you expect it to be your expectations are skewed. What it DOES do is kick the pants off any other amp I have tried in it's price range. If you spend a little while reading the manual ( only about 10 - 15 min. - I hate reading manuals to ) you can learn how to fully customize all the settings to your liking. I had previously owned a line 6 modeling amp that was a model above this fender version and it couldn't touch this thing. BOTTOM LINE: It's loud enough to get over a loud drum kit so you can play it out ( albeit at small venues ) or use it to rehearse or record. It is small, light weight and incredibly flexible in the sounds you can create. The best part is that there are three banks of the same models, two of which you can customize. This means you can have two variations of the same preset across the board = even more flexibility. Then throw in the ability to get on your PC and customize the 3rd bank of presets, the PC connectivity for recording and a built in tuner and you have an amp that is loaded for the price paid.

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5.0

Time machine!

By Jerry Crosley

from Garden Valley, Idaho

More than four decades ago, I played rhythm guitar with a couple of Brit bands, in Europe. Reverbs ran on recording tape loops, amps had tubes, and that danged high E string broke every 15 minutes. Then.........I didn't touch a guitar for 38 years, until a couple of years ago. Today, after the failure of a simple, basic amp that I've been using, I bought the Mustang III from GC. I'd done my homework on the net, took advice from some professionals, and tried it out in the store with a Les Paul. Then I took it home and began to experment. First, an Ovation acoustic/electric which produced tones I didn't know the instrument was capable of. Then I plugged in a recent acquisition, a Gretsch semi-acoustic, and proceeded to relive some wonderful memories from the late 50's and early 60's. I can't give you comparisons with all of the hi-tech stuff out there, but I can tell you that the Mustang III produces sounds from the time of the origins of rock and roll. I know, 'cause I was there.

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5.0

Great Little Amp!

By Paul Mares

from Wenatchee, WA

I just bought a Mustang II amp to use for practice at home. It has some great amp emulators from very clean sounding Fender amps to some with heavy distortion. The amp allows you to preset up to 16 of your own settings with modulation and delay. The sound is pretty good with the 12" speaker. My only complaints are that there is only an 1/8" headphone out instead of a 1/4" output and the amp does not come with a cover. All in all it's a versatile practice amp for the price!

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5.0

Awesome Amp!

By jeffery parker

from Crawfordsville,Ar

Just got today and I am very happy I did.This thing is sick! whatever style you play this 1 will spit it out.Good job fender on a great amp at a very good price.

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5.0

Perfect Choice for Home And Smaller Venues

By Joe Favazza

from Madison, WI

Been playing for 30- years and been through plenty of amps. Tube amps are great but VERY limited on sonic territory without adding pedals. Plus you're dealing with weight, high cost, and the need for high volume to hit the sweet spot on some. Solid State amps have been improving over the years and have reached a point where they are great at duplicating the valve amps that people worship. Fender has a diamond with the Mustang II. It starts with a 12 inch speaker which is the industry standard on most serious amps and adds 40 watts which is loud enough to jam with a band. It's dimensions/weight make it a perfect grab and go amp, The real wonder is the sounds you can create. You can get Marshall crunch or hard driving Fender Twin sizzle at low bedroom levels. Turn up the volume and just like a tube amp it starts to react with a snarl. Hit the strings a little harder and the dynamics change instead of only louder like older solid state amps did. Fender Fuse software is included which allows adding pedals, outboard rack units, changing cabinet types and the list goes on and on. While not a must use it puts thousands of dollars of very good gear at your disposal. I shop hard and long before grabbing the wallet. I compared to Line6, Peavey and Marshall and when comparing sounds, features and price point Fender won. Newbie or pro this amp will serve either with flying colors.

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