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Fender Mustang II 40w Guitar Amp 1x12" Combo

The Mustang series of amps can chop and change between classic and modern sounds

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Fender Mustang II Amp

Fender Mustang amps are the latest evolution in affordable amplification with an incredible feature set packed into a great-sounding, portable box which will blow you away with it's tonal versatility.

The Fender Mustang is fully customizable via Fender's dedicated Mustang software and your computers USB port. It comes with 24 presets, but the tonal possibilities are endless.

Combine this with a 40W power amp and specially designed 12 inch speaker and you have a killer combo for rehearsals that can easily be cranked up to compete with a drummer at gigs.

Here's what Fender say about the Mustang II

MUSTANG series guitar amps offer up-to-date features and loads of fun... at unbelievable prices. Aimed at guitarists from beginner to weekend warrior, these high-performance machines contain highly accurate amp modeling, a stellar collection of effects courtesy of an all-new DSP platform, and many "hidden" capabilities, yet they are easy to use right out of the box!

The visually striking design treatment looks all new, yet evocative of classic Fender styling. And with loud, lightweight power amp designs and muscular speakers and cabinetry, they sound as good as they look. MUSTANG II is a 40-Watt closed-back combo with a 12 inch Special Design speaker. It is 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 the use of a computer, and the amp can be completely reconfigured by the user.

All MUSTANG amps include USB connectivity for high-quality, low latency audio output, and to engage the Fender FUSE software application for PC and Mac. This 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. MUSTANG amps even include recording and modeling software packages from Ableton and IK Multimedia at no extra charge. MUSTANG amps deliver great sound; the possibility of endless experimentation; and a fun, unique experience for guitarists of all skill levels.

HIGH-SPEED

Mustang I and II contain 24 highly accurate on-board amp presets with tones from vintage Fender sparkle to outrageous modern metal distortion. Arranged in three banks of 8, all 24 amp presets are easily and instantly accessed right out of the box with only a twist of a single knob. Plug in and you're up and running.
 
AMPED-UP

Shape your tone with a huge bank of 24 built-in effects including chorus, flanging, phasing, tremolo, vibratone, step filter, reverb, echo, octaver and more - 12 modulation effects and 12 delay and reverb effects in all. Mustang amps pack it all into a striking visual design. Sleek and modern Fender styling provides a look that's as desirable as the sound.

LOUD

Mustang I and II sound great at any volume, and although they're the smallest members of the family, their closed-back cabinets and Fender Special Design speakers pump serious volume. The 20-watt Mustang I and the 40-watt Mustang II are great for practice and jam sessions. An 1/8" headphone jack lets you play loud, even if only for yourself.

USB CONNECTIVITY

Connect Mustang to your computer with free Fender FUSE software. 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.

CONTROL PANEL

Mustang runs from a very simple control interface, which includes gain, volume, treble, bass, master, preset select, modulation select, delay/reverb select, save button, exit button, tap tempo button - all easily navigated.

AMP MODELING

Mustang I and II contain 24 highly accurate onboard amp models with tones from vintage Fender sparkle to outrageous modern metal distortion. Easily connect to your computer to add to the number of amp models, too.

Mustang I and II give you 24 individual amp presets arranged in three banks of 8 (i.e., three '57 Deluxe presets, three Brit '60s presets, etc.). These presets are easily and instantly dialed up using the "preset" knob (or from your footswitch or computer). Turn this knob to scroll through each of the three preset banks, which are indicated on the control panel by LED columns colored amber, green and red.

The red and green banks are for creating your own presets; the amber bank can only be modified using Fender FUSE software.

MODULATION EFFECTS

Mustang further sculpts your sound with 12 sweeping, swooping and shimmering adjustable modulation effects, including chorus, phaser, flanger, vibratone, tremolo, step filter and octaver. Use your computer to add more effects, too.

DELAY / REVERB EFFECTS

Mustang makes the room resound with 12 easily adjustable delay and reverb effects ranging from subtle to cavernous, including tape delay, stereo/mono delay and room/plate/hall reverb.

Mustang I and II each have 24 effects controlled by two simple selection knobs on the control panel. The first knob ("MOD") controls 12 modulation effects; the second ("DLY/REV") controls 12 delay/reverb effect

The MOD and DLY/REV knobs share the same three selection indicator LEDS. These LEDS are numbered 1, 2, and 3, and they correspond to the three positions within each of the selection ranges, labeled A, B, C and D on each knob (see the Mustang I/II manual for a table listing the effects selection for each knob). Use the LEDs to determine exactly which position the knob is pointing to (using the factory settings of the "MOD" knob, for example, position 1 in the A selection range gives you chorus, position 2 in the A selection range gives you deep chorus, and position 3 in the A selection range gives you flanging).

Adjusting the effects levels on Mustang I and II couldn't be easier-simply hold down the "EXIT" button while turning the "MOD" or "DLY/REV" knobs. Doing this adjusts "how much" of a particular effect you'll get, according to your personal preference.

USB CONNECTION

Mustang includes USB connectivity for high-quality, low-latency audio output, and to engage the Fender FUSE software application for PC and Mac. This opens up a world of possibilities, including on-screen parameter control, deep editing, unlimited preset storage, online preset swapping with the Fender FUSE community, and free Fender artist presets.

TUNER

Onboard chromatic tuner puts intonation right on the money quickly and easily.

FOOTSWITCH

Inexpensive optional single-button footswitch puts two quick-access presets at your feet.

AUX INPUT

Auxiliary input for jamming along with a media player.

HEADPHONES OUTPUT

Speaker-emulated stereo headphone line out lets you play loud, even if only for yourself.

    david | Purchase date: 26 September 2012
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    As expected this amp has more features than I could ever use, this is my second mustang having previously owned the Mustang IV. It has loads of really cool stuff and is light and very portable yet still has enough kick for smaller gigs. Using the software provided and the Fender community, the options are truely endless, and of course the staff at Andertons were as helpful as always in making my choice.

    Brian | Purchase date: 26 August 2012
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    Thank you for the prompt delivery of the amplifier and the service you provided. My wife purchased a guitar from you at a similar time just prior to my 60th birthday, which she also reported as very helpful service from your team. Her name is Lorraine Pollen.

    I received the present a day before we left to go on holiday, which we have just returned from.

    I have had just an evenings use from this beautiful black Epiphone Es355, and the Bigsby tremelo arm has become incredibly loose,...so much so that it is hitting the body of the guitar. Do you provide a service to rectify the problem please?

    N | Purchase date: 30 July 2012
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    Just to add my praise for this amp, which I love.

    To get the best out of it, and cut the learning curve, here is a link to a thread on the Fender forums, where a user shows which exact different amps makes/types have been emulated within the mustang II, as well as tips for how to get the best sound out of it.

    http://forums.fender.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=75417

    Well worth keeping.

    Suggestions: try the cabinet emulation, and as per the guide, start with a bank of clean preset for each amp model, then a bank with your own software 'pedals'

    Hope this helps, cheers!

    Keith | Purchase date: 28 February 2012
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    What a great little amp! I bought this as a practice amp but it has proved to be so versatile that it has been used for gigs too. It has more than enough good quality effects to keep anybody happy, but the preset amp sounds are so good that I can find the sound I want very easily. The foot-switch is an asset and is a simple way of choosing the channel you want. Another bonus for me is that the amp is light enough to be carried without any real effort, very useful!! Overall the Mustang is excellent value for money ... highly recommended

    Andy B | Purchase date: 25 March 2011
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    Seems to me like modelling amps may well be the future, but they're a fairly new technology generally, still in their infancy and I think all I've seen have some flaws.

    Having said that, the current crop of modelling amps are all HUGE improvements on what the same money would have bought you 5 or 10 years ago. I think the Mustangs are as good as any of the alternatives and probably better than most - it's probably hard to go far wrong buying an amp in this price range, but try to choose based upon your needs.

    Fender's advertised "24 presets" conceals the actual number of amps that the Mustang models - 8 pre-installed, 4 more (plus some advanced cab options) which can be selected or uploaded using the free Fender FUSE software. Each preset is a snapshot of the setting for every dial on the front panel, so you don't have to remember what effects you had enabled, or how much gain or effect you had dialled, in order to obtain your favourite sound.

    You really need to plug the Mustang into your laptop and use the FUSE software in order to make the most of it. Because all the other knobs on the amp's front panel can be over-ridden by the main preset dial (or by the software) they don't work in the traditional way, and so they're not quite up to the job in terms of a full interface to all the Mustang's functions. They're more suitable for making slight adjustments to overall sound than they are for creating a full complement of effects.

    It would be impossible to put enough physical knobs on the Mustang to control all the effects completely with them, as you can add multiple effects, each with (typically) 5 settings dials shown on your computer's screen by the FUSE software. FUSE allows you to add from literally dozens of effects - I've got it open now, and I'm finding it difficult to count them: overdrive, wahs, fuzzes, compressors, choruses are in one category; flangers, tremelos, a modulator, a step filter, a phaser and a pitch-shifter in the next. That leaves 9 delay and echo effects, and 10 different reverbs; these can be added as "stompboxes" or modelled as if they're in an the "effects loop". You can add up to 4 effects in each of these two positions, in the order you like.

    If this sounds too complicated to you, FUSE allows you to search a web-based preset library (including Fender and user-submitted settings) and install these on the amp with a double-click. Some of the factory-installed presets you're sure to hate, but in a moment you can overwrite them - turn a dial and your guitar will sound exactly like mid-80s Cure, AC-DC or the tone of your favourite bluesman.

    The Fender software adds a lot to this amp - you can use the USB to record from your guitar into Garageband or the included Ableton Live Lite. FUSE can add in mp3 or wav backing tracks or loops - a feature that Mustang itself is missing - and play them through your computer's speakers. The onscreen tuner is nicer then the tuning LEDs on the amp itself.

    You could go out and buy a £50 USB audio interface for your computer, and a £100 guitar effects pod, and you still wouldn't have bought an amplifier with that money. With the Mustang those tools are included free! The amplifier has a great sound, and really "projects" it well, but some players may prefer a more traditional (or "traditionally-influenced") amp.

    Mr. Freddy Mey | Purchase date: 21 February 2011
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    Wow what an amp!

    Great sound and easy to use. I would recommend this amp to anybody whether you are a novice (like me) or a pro.

    Very good value for money.

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