Price paid: $ 99
Purchased from: Whitehouse of Music West Bend WI
Sound — 9
I am playing a Ibanez AS73B, which is a semi-hollow body..it sounded like crap with the factory presets, but once you use the the included Fuse software to goof around with presets my world opened up. I also have a dirt-cheap Lyon strat copy which I bought a few years back to play with the kids to see if we could learn together, this thing actually sounds passable now with the Mustang - Jack White would be proud. I have to downgrade it a bit, because currently, without the software presets. It is really hard to find a onboard setting combination that works... If you are going to try this out in the store, make sure they have a PC interfaced with the FUSE software, otherwise you are not going to witness this things full potential. I am guessing once you've mastered the settings the Mustang is not going to have an equal in this price range, so it is hard to not rate it a 15 out of 10 compared to the rest. Off-the-shelf it might sound like poo - my Ibanez sure did. I have to down-grade just for this reason, although it may not be fair. Bottom-line, this will, and is sounding great, but it is definitely not a painless, plug-n-play experience - if you don't have a PC I would not get this amp. There is no mid-range dial on the amp... There is this and presence and more when using the FUSE software.
Overall Impression — 10
I attempt to/play many different styles - with all the available sounds... Not an issue, an excellent match. I have not been playing for long, but have been listening forever. Amps have come a long way. Before the Mustang I was planning on getting either Amplitube 3 and the connection or a Line 6 Pod - no longer think I need to do that at this point. This amp will keep your sound & your interest leve peaked for awhile. Honestly, I don not have any clue what more I could ask for in a $99 expense, nice work Fender!
Reliability & Durability — 9
LOUD... Built like a bricksh1thouse. Solid all-around, fully enclosed, grill is tight and woven strong. Knobs & connections are not very heavy-duty, but you get what you pay for. I can't see any other concerns in this category for the money, don't let the non-10 dissuade you.
Features — 10
Wow... I called and then drove 20 miles to pick up a Peavey Vyper 15 and the clerk screwed up because they didn't have one in stock, that turned out to be a happy mistake. Tons of features, but you need to hook it up to a PC to take advantage of them all and there is a learning curve, at least for a newbie like me. The amp was made in 2010.