Mustang III review by Fender

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.5 (128 votes)
Fender: Mustang III

Price paid: £ 228

Purchased from: Andertons

Sound — 10
I use a 98 Strat and a Baja Tele through my Mustang and they both sound great. The clean channels are fantastic! Especially the Fender amps. I play rock/blues/hard rock and a bit of metal and this amp does them all well enough for me.The amp models are clear what they are modelled on via the picture in the Fuse software. The amps are: Fender 57 Deluxe, Fender 59 Bassman, Fender 57 Champ, Fender 65 Reverb, Fender 65 Princeton, Fender 65 Twin Reverb, Fender Super-sonic, British 60's (Vox AC30), British 70's (Marshall Plexi), British 80's (Marshall JCM 800), American 90's (Mesa Boogie), Metal 2000 (Maybe a 5150 Head?) 12 Amp models and fully customizable for your own personal sound/taste. Fender Fuse also takes you to the community section where you can download presets other Mustang owners have created and uploaded. For example I typed in Gimmie Shelter and there was a preset for that sound. It downloads in seconds and from there you add it to your preset library and check it out, if its good you can either keep it on your Fuse software or save it to the amp!

Overall Impression — 10
I have been playing guitar for years and in that time I have owned too many amps to list but the Mustang models the amps I have owned really well. The amp comes with a 2 button foot switch that allows you to go up or down through the presets but I think the 4 button is a must for anyone gigging. Value for money in the Mustang is un-beatable, you will not find another amp that has the features this does.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I would gig this amp for either covers or originals. For originals I would programme my own sound into the amp and go from there but for covers its great! You can customize the 100 presets for the covers you play and save them to the location you need so if you were playing a 10 song set you could either store the song sounds 1-10 or write the bank number next to the song on the set list so you know exactly what bank to go to for the song you are about to play.

Features — 10
This amp has it all. Built in effects, built in tuner, full editing of every preset and tons of great sounds.To get the full features of this amp it is worth installing Fender Fuse. In Fuse you can edit everything from the cab, noise gate, preset name, sag, effects on/off/before/after amp. You can do all of this on the amp itself but it is easier and has a few more options on Fuse itself. For example the noise gate on the amp goes to max but in Fuse you can go better than that and have it set to custom so there is no noise at all. The price of this amp for what you get is amazing! It has everything!

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    chuckle head
    ive had my mustang 3 for about a year and a half now and i love it, and it gets even better once the speaker breaks in. i actualy thought there might be something better out there so i went and bought a blackstar ht-40,now im thinkin i just wasted $600 bucks
    For those that have asked, yes it is easily good enough and loud enough for gigs
    Is it true that the most part of the 3-5 mustangs have a so called "Fender Fizz"?