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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 ... Read More

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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 Fender Mustang III is a 100W open-back combo amp with a 12" Celestion speaker that sounds great and pumps serious volume. 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.

The Mustang III combo is great for rehearsing, jamming and small gigs, and the 1/8" headphone jack doubles as a speaker-emulated line out. Further, connect Mustang III 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.

The Mustang III combo's included programmable two-button footswitch controls preset up/down, quick access, effects on/off and tap tempo (optional four-button footswitch also available).

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.

Features
  • 100W
  • 12" Celestion G12T-100 speaker
  • 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
  • Mono 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 2-button programmable footswitch
  • Includes Fender Fuse software for on-screen parameter control, deep editing, unlimited preset storage, online patch swapping, and easy firmware upgrades
Specifications
  • 17-3/4"H x 20-1/2"W x 10-3/4"D
  • 36 lb.
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4.7

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great little rig

I bought this amp at a local guitar center, because when I walked in there was a kid thrashing on an Ibanez on what i figured to be a thousand dollar twin, but to...Read complete review

I bought this amp at a local guitar center, because when I walked in there was a kid thrashing on an Ibanez on what i figured to be a thousand dollar twin, but to my surprise it was this little powerhouse.. I've been playing for about 15 years and I've had Marshall half stack, and this little amp quenches even that thirst.. I'm very pleased with how my les paul matches up with it. the effects are rich and the high gain distortion is very warm for a transistor amp. the clean channels are unique and have every variation you could ever want, along with a 12 string emulator. and how many amps have 9 different kinds of reverb?. it's amazing... hope this was helpful.

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Mustang III not quite for me.

Wanted to use this amp for small type gigs, recording, something light weight, small, reliable. It is light weight. Loud enough to play with a loud drummer, or gig? Yes....Read complete review

Wanted to use this amp for small type gigs, recording, something light weight, small, reliable. It is light weight. Loud enough to play with a loud drummer, or gig? Yes. Clean tone-to me it seemed thin, brittle. Had some of the fizzy sounds that have been reported by others on some settings. To be fair I used with the bridge position humbucker cuz that's where I leave it live. Some of the cleans were better with single coil. Some of the higher gain sounds are pretty useable. The brit 80's model with a pedal gave a lead tone that cut through pretty well with a loud drummer and bass player. Again a little harsh sounding, lacking a bit of low end but it is digital. A closed cab or different speaker may help. Very tweakable sounds with the LED screen and easy to adjust. Tried to record out of the phones out with the bassman tone. I got a crackle almost like an overloading of the input but I checked my converters and preamp, didn't seem to be clipping. didn't try to use the usb out. effects loop seemed to decrease the volume of the amp so I had to put the pedals in front of the preamp. Got the 4 button foot switch-worked ok with the quick access presets, though the switches are too close together. The tuner function on the pedal is cool. You have to save your presets to the first preset locations if you want it to default to them when the amp is turned back off cause it always seemed to go to location 00. It doesn't remember where the amp was last set. With all the above, and the tone just not being too inspiring, I am going to try the vox vt-80+ instead, I tried it out in the store and the tones are less harsh, more low end, more tube like (I would buy a tube head if they weren't so heavy, expensive and unreliable). Make sure to thoroughly try out both of these amps to see which one works better for you, preferrably at home or an actual gig.

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3.0

Mustang III not quite for me.

By John Gergen

from Minneapolis, MN

Wanted to use this amp for small type gigs, recording, something light weight, small, reliable. It is light weight. Loud enough to play with a loud drummer, or gig? Yes. Clean tone-to me it seemed thin, brittle. Had some of the fizzy sounds that have been reported by others on some settings. To be fair I used with the bridge position humbucker cuz that's where I leave it live. Some of the cleans were better with single coil. Some of the higher gain sounds are pretty useable. The brit 80's model with a pedal gave a lead tone that cut through pretty well with a loud drummer and bass player. Again a little harsh sounding, lacking a bit of low end but it is digital. A closed cab or different speaker may help. Very tweakable sounds with the LED screen and easy to adjust. Tried to record out of the phones out with the bassman tone. I got a crackle almost like an overloading of the input but I checked my converters and preamp, didn't seem to be clipping. didn't try to use the usb out. effects loop seemed to decrease the volume of the amp so I had to put the pedals in front of the preamp. Got the 4 button foot switch-worked ok with the quick access presets, though the switches are too close together. The tuner function on the pedal is cool. You have to save your presets to the first preset locations if you want it to default to them when the amp is turned back off cause it always seemed to go to location 00. It doesn't remember where the amp was last set. With all the above, and the tone just not being too inspiring, I am going to try the vox vt-80+ instead, I tried it out in the store and the tones are less harsh, more low end, more tube like (I would buy a tube head if they weren't so heavy, expensive and unreliable). Make sure to thoroughly try out both of these amps to see which one works better for you, preferrably at home or an actual gig.

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5.0

Get This Amp

By Robert Hopkins

from Lansing, Michigan

Wow. This amp is awesome for the price, and is definitely capable of performing at a higher level than my skills allow for. The preset tones it comes with are sweet, some of them have names for like "Purple Fuzz", "Puppet Master", "Alkaline Trio", so that you can easily harness the sounds of your favorite artists. The usb port is pretty slick as well, you can just hook the amp up to your computer (I use Garage Band) and record without using a mic or mixer. The recordings are pretty crispy too. I haven't used the fuse software yet because I haven't found the need but that gives this little puppy almost limitless potential. Bought this on sale last month so it was an even better deal,but it's still a steal. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention it can generate some serious noise! I have yet to turn the master volume up past 4.

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5.0

Unbelievable value

By steve young

from Thousand Oaks, CA

This is an amazing value and an incredible performer. The effects and amp models are unbelievable and the combinations of sounds is pretty much endlesss. I was pretty much away from electric guitar for 20 years, playing acoustic exclusively. When I jumped back in I thought I would buy this little amp as a starting point and then eventually add a bunch of effects pedals - chorus, delay, overdrive, phaser, etc. I will never be buying those effects because the on board versions are so awesome. One warning, the 100 watt version of the Mustang III can go LOUD. If you live in an apartment or have close neighbors you might want to drop down to the 50 watt. I personally am enjoying rattling the windows and annoying my family with the 100. You will definitely, definitely love this amp for practice or gigs.

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5.0

Great Amp!

By Robert Weber

from San Diego, CA

I've had this amp for a few weeks now and gigged with it twice. It replaced my Hot Rod Deluxe (HRD), main reason being that I was tired of hauling the HRD up the stairs at 2 a.m. after gigs and also was intrigued by the modeling amp concept and was wondering if I could get the quality tone that I got out of the HRD and then some, with lower weight. So far I'm very impressed with this amp and love the tones I get out of it. It's got tons of options, but there's really only three pre-sets I'm currently using: the Beauty Clean, British Steel, and Twisted Lead. I purchased the optional 4 button foot switch to make switching pre-sets on the fly much easier. I've really only scratched the surface of the amp's capabilities but so far am very very pleased with it. It's plenty loud as well, especially because we mic our amps through the PA. Overall a great product!

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5.0

BEST AMP EVER

By Tyler Ungerer

from Indiana

You must own this amp its amazing it does so many things. I love this amp its my first amp in this series and let me tell you its the best. All of the settings on this amp are amazing. Im a heavy rock and metal and screamo guitarist so I love the distortion and all the feedback and this amp is great for it. I can't say enough about it its so amazing.

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5.0

I'm in love with it.

By Jamie Montoya

from ABQ, NM

Well, I got sick of replacing tubes and didn't have a whole lot of money so I invested in an Acoustic g120 DSP. It immediately broke, I went back to guitar center where I found the staff were more than happy to help me out. They replaced the broken amp with this one and I just paid for the insurance on the new amp. After some tweaking the Fender does a fine job with anything I throw at it. The sound is good at all volumes but gets much better as you pass 3 on the master volume. The sound quality suffers through headphone and USB outputs so if recording, turn it up and use a mic. If you're one of those who find the distortion a little muddy; get better pickups.

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4.0

Nice Amp!

By ROBERT TASSINARI

from Largo, FL

Just picked one of these up and played my first gig with it. Great sound....The attraction was the price and the adjustments that are possible. I thought it was easy to use....plenty of information on the internet to guide you if you need it. This is a LOUD amp. I listened to the presets and tweaked in my own instead.

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5.0

Great for home recording and practice

By Scott Valentine

from New Mexico

I've just started playing again after a 10-year break, and needed something to go with a new Ibanez S5470. After toting my guitar around to a few different stores and trying several amps, I finally chose the Mustang III. The sound is amazingly smooth for a solid state amp, with all models coming in pretty true to what I remember. The effects are pretty good, but could be more flexible, imo. And I'd really like the ability to duplicate effects in the chain, or move loop points for external effects (I have an Alesis Quadraverb). Oh, and the ability to add more effects later would be freaking killer - think about being able to use VST plugins :) However, the built-in presets are amazingly good right out of the box. The only slight negatives I've found are: the top-facing controls; jumpy volume controls at the low end. The controls are a real PITA if you are using an amp stand. I've set up a small mirror system to try and correct this, but I'm still looking for a better solution. Lame choice by the cabinet designers. Controlling volume at the low end is challenging. The curve seems to be very steep until you get past 2 or so on the Master dial. Not a big thing, but can be jarring when you're just tinkering and trying not to disturb others in the home. My wishlist for this thing would be: * iPad or Laptop control of the effects in real time, including a list of presets so you can jump instantly to any point in the list. * Expression pedal control over any of the effects parameters. * Tiltable display so you can see it when the amp is on a stand. * Direct USB recording (it may have this - I haven't found it). * VST or other add-on effects (and more of them). Ok, the good stuff. There are lots of controls over the various effects, and you can put individual effects pretty much anywhere in the chain, before or after the amp model. The response is very, very smooth, and the amp models by themselves are fantastic. I love the knobs compared to Line6 and Peavey. Each preset assumes the knobs are at a given position, which resets to the actual knob position when you start twiddling them. So long as you are aware of this, you can deal with it even in a live setting. The software is fairly simple to use, but not quite as robust as I'd like. I specifically chose the Mustang over the GDEC because of the on-deck controls, though the GDEC has more facility for jamming along to recordings, which I rarely do. I noted some reviews mentioned the weight. Maybe I'm way older school than I thought, but this thing is a feather for what you get. The headphone jack is 1/8" mini TRS, and fires off stereo effects. But seriously... 1/8"? Oh, well. The sound through cans is really, really good, so I have to say this is probably going to yield great results when doing direct line recording. Having a switch to allow both headphone isolation and monitoring would be nice. The Up/Down switch is a nice addition, and is handy for stepping through presets, but for a live gig you will want to either build your presets in order or find a direct-access switch (I haven't looked, so don't know if there is such a thing). For the street price, this is a killer deal with tons of flexibility. I haven't played live, yet, but I think it has enough punch to get you through at least smaller gigs and practice without a mic. Summary I gave this five stars, even with the other notes at the top, because a package shouldn't be this good. The actual build quality is great, the sound is fantastic, and you can control it in more ways than I can count (and I'm a physicist by day). Presets are great out of the box, but only show a fraction of what you can do. A built-in effects loop allows you to add in your own gear with ease. There is room for improvement, but not at this price range.

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5.0

WOW!!!!!!!

By Henry Fooks

from Morgantown, WV

I bought the Mustang 3 amp about a month ago and still learning to tweak the amp. I have a full Marshall stack (2 cabs with 4 Celesions each), Line 6 Spider 75, Behringer 120 watt 2 x 12, and various small Peavey's. Except for the Marshall stack, the Mustang 3 blows all of them out of the water! The modeling presets are the best that I've heard. The tones sound like a tube amp. It's amazing to me how Fender got that right! The Line 6 Spider 75 is toy compared to this amp in regards to TONE (the recorder & drum/jam tracks on the Spider 75 is nice). I put my pedal board in the closet and my RP 50 back in the box! I can tweak the amp for any type of tone that I want. I do not play metal, so I cannot comment on whether this ia a good amp for that style. My only regret is that I did not get the Mustang 4 with two speakers to get stereo sound! Right now I'm playing in a church band and the one speaker Mustang 3 is more than adequate (master volume never past 4 or 5 at most). I received compliments immediately regarding my "different sound" at church. My first impression of the tone out of the box was "very professional quality". I've been playing since the '60's and even got a Hendrix (my hero) preset from the Fender community using the included FUSE software. I hit that button on my footswitch at church the other Sunday during a solo and woke everybody up! LOL! Let me close, overall I would recommend this amp very highly. You will not require a pedal board anymore. You should get the 4 button footswitch and use it with the included 2 button footswitch to navigate the different presets. Buy one today, you won't regret it!

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5.0

not too complicated

By tim cashen

from Baltimore, MD

I can easily get through presets and change settings if needed. The LCD screen shows exactly what settings you have for every amp model. Other brands I have tried had the volume ranging extremely loud to to quiet everytime I changed the preset, leaving me to scramble for the volume knob, but not so with this one. I think it responds better to my guitars with single coil pickups than to my humbuckers, but thats just my preference in tone. Great sound coming out of the 12" Celestion speaker and it cranks. I will enjoy this for sometime.

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