Mustang II review by Fender

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 8.5 (99 votes)
Fender: Mustang II

Price paid: $ 199

Purchased from: GC

Sound — 6
RIG: LP Standard --> DT Whammy --> Crybaby --> OCD --> Amp Awesome cleans from the Fender deluxe amp model. Roll back the guitar volume, and it sounds pretty spanky. Dime the volume, you get a relatively full clean sound. Kick on a nice overdrive, you sound good. All other clean amp models suck balls. 8.5/10 for cleans, since you can eq the one working amp model into something great, and if you have a good od pedal (like the ocd) you can sound pretty marshally. But that isn't really the amp, that's the pedal. So the OCD doesn't affect this review. OD/Dist You can use this amp's distortion ADEQUATELY in the following settings: AC/DC esque rock. That's it. This amps distortion sounds good on only a single preset, and that is the "80's rock" preset. Sounds like a digital version of a moderate volume marshall. This is good. Not great, or bad. Average. All other presets sound absolutely terrible. Especially the buzzy, stupid sounding metal preset.

Overall Impression — 7
I play anything from blues to hard rock/early metal. This is an average amp for the price. I wouldn't buy this amp again. $200 could've gone to a Jet City amp or something. I don't really love much about it, other than it is responsive to pick dynamics (like a tube amp) and this makes it good with pedals. I wish it had tone.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Solid state 1/12 combo? Pretty reliable. I don't see this amp breaking down. Although I did have a problem with a faulty aux jack. Never really had a problem with the amp itself, and since it's mostly digital, it doesn't have many breakable parts. The chassis looks durable enough, but if I dropped it from a height it would break.

Features — 8
Made in 2010. Solid state Fender with a single 12" speaker. No effects loop, no cabinet output, footswitch not included. Has a headphone jack, volume, gain, master volume, bass & treble eq, and a hell of a lot of built in effects. Very versatile amp, can play anything. Mostly because it's digital. You can use the Fender fuse software through usb. Pretty freakin cool. Not really that powerful, has to be turned to 10 to be heard over a drummer. This sux because the amp clips when turned over 7 (at least with my boost pedal, which is the one of the few ways to get a good tone out of the amp). How can I forget the digital modeling, which gives 7 amp models, of which 5 are almost unusable, and a slough of built in effects that are extremely over the top and way too much to ever use in a musical setting. I give it 8 because although the quality of the features are questionable, they can be edited through fuse, and the amp has a headphone jack and AUX in that can be used for pretty decent home practice. A mid eq would've been nice too, although definitely not necessary.

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    this is really different, the reviewers whom are using another effect device like overdrive pedals says this amp not really good, of course it has a modeling feature, so the practice amp sounds great with modeling, i dont own it but ive try it once and i would give 9 to the sound rating..