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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / The Mustang Amp Club

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USA/Central Illinois

Black Diamond Sugar Babies
Jul 18th, 2012 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've followed some of the Mustang threads over the last 6 months or so, and ran across this as-new Mustang IV in a pawn shop last night, and it followed me home for $325 cash. The software and connecting cables hadn't even been opened. Life is crazy busy this week, so I haven't really had a chance to "open it up" at home, but I rattled the window of the pawnshop when I tried it out! haha. Send me my membership card, I'm in the club!


(This message was last edited by schundog at 07:17 AM, Jul 18th, 2012)



Jul 18th, 2012 06:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats schundog... the M IV is a beast! Ohh and great price too!



Jul 19th, 2012 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi, new here, just got a Mustang 3, it didn't have the 2 button FS, does anyone know how the 2 button switch is wired? I have a generic switch that I could convert with the right schematic



Jul 19th, 2012 08:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Did you buy the MIII new? If you did the 2 button switch should have been included.

6 Cylinder Slim

New England

Shoes for Industry
Jul 19th, 2012 09:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just my opinion here, but you're not missing much without that 2 button footswitch. You need the 4 button anyway. A footswitch is meant for live playing, so what good is it without a readout showing you what patch is active? If you're playing music and trying to entertain people, the last thing you need is to have to guess what sound is going to come out of your guitar.



Jul 20th, 2012 04:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

The M3 I bought was from another store in their small chain, 4 stores, I guess during the transfer the 2 button switch got lost.
They gave me the 4 button switch to sweeten the deal, which is great. I do play live and would like to have the 2 button for tap tempo and up and down.
It would be nice if the FS had a nicer readout but I use my iPad with a set list app and I can add the 2 digit preset number to each song to make sure I'm on the right sound.



Jul 20th, 2012 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

You are much better off with the 4 button switch. Good deal.

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Jul 21st, 2012 07:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mustang III.

I originally bought it because it was 100 watts, had a 12 inch speaker and was affordable. I didn't really expect much. I planned to use it as a stage monitor for 4 and 5 string banjo on a 2 month job at a holiday park.

It is extremely versatile. It sounds great. It has plenty of power for live work. It is relatively lightweight. It is now my primary practice amp. I also use it for acoustic and electric guitar. The models, patches and effects mean I only need the one amp to cover any of the instruments I may be called on to play. I couldn't be more pleased.

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England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Jul 25th, 2012 05:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Aaarggggh, you guys are killing me. Just missed out on a M3 on eBay last night. I wouldn't care but it went for less than I was going to bid, unfortunately I was distracted by playing my guitar and missed the end of the auction. You snooze you lose. I'm still going to get one soon though.

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Vancouver, Canada

Jul 25th, 2012 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

i got my M1 over a year ago when they came out. i was impressed from the start. i had a G-Dec and sold it. the Mustang amps just sounded better to me.

it's a really great practice amp. but it sounds like with the bigger Mustangs it can be much more than a practice amp. i love tweaking with Fuse.. makes it very flexible. but the best part is how easy it is to connect to my laptop and record ideas with CakeWalk/Sonar.

Fender really got it right~



Jul 25th, 2012 08:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Had a blast playing my Mustang IV tonight, now that I'm getting use to the amp and since adding the 2 button ft switch it just makes patch changes and fx switching a breeze. I use the amp with my band tonight and we always try and play some what quiet but still loud enough to enjoy it and the Mustang still sounds great like this, you get all the dynamics and sensitivity you need at a reasonable volume so over all I still don't miss playing tube amps!

(This message was last edited by J.LaGrassa at 08:56 PM, Jul 25th, 2012)



Jul 26th, 2012 06:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey Guys ! Newbie here to the forum.I've been following it for a while though. I just picked
up a Mustang II yesterday from a pawn shop for
$75.00 ( no footswitch or fuse software ).I played around with it some last night and feel
it's a great home practice amp. I tried the Mustang I but I think I like the 12" speaker
in the II better. Just a fuller sound.

6 Cylinder Slim

New England

Shoes for Industry
Jul 26th, 2012 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like the sounds I get from my MIII. It has replaced my old Super Champ for rehearsals and casual jams because it has much better clean tones and I'm super happy with the 59 bassman patch for crunch tone. It even has enough power to be pressed into service as a stage amp. The reasons I'm not using it as a primary stage amp are the lack of a readout on my 2 button switch telling me what sound is active and the top panel that I can't see because I have the amp tipped back. Maybe the 4 button switch would solve this problem, not sure. It would have to have a large, easy to see readout and buttons far enough apart that I could move up and down between patches easily. I don't like the idea of having 2 more buttons. A big, bright readout on the 2 button switch would be best for me since I'm not used to dealing with pedals.


San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Jul 26th, 2012 09:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

After reading this I checked GC on line for a Mustang III which they say is sold out at the moment. Is Fender is discontinuing? Hope not Other online shops have it in stock...



Jul 26th, 2012 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

6 Cylinder Slim

Get the four button switch and the EXP-1 pedal and you'll have all sorts of options and tonal pallets to work with.



Jul 26th, 2012 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

"After reading this I checked GC on line for a Mustang III which they say is sold out at the moment. Is Fender is discontinuing? Hope not Other online shops have it in stock... "

I doubt they are discontinuing the Mustang amps.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 09:58 AM, Jul 26th, 2012)


Yorkshire, England

Jul 26th, 2012 10:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I doubt they are discontinuing the Mustang amps."

I bet they would if the Mustang line was really hurting their tube amp sales figures. ;^D



It's time to get it!
Jul 26th, 2012 11:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I bet they would if the Mustang line was really hurting their tube amp sales figures. ;^D"

And they probably are...

6 Cylinder Slim

New England

Shoes for Industry
Jul 26th, 2012 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think in a few years, Fender will be marketing software that integrates vocal processing with guitar processing, a few interface tools and tube amps. I see a divide ahead of digital musicians and traditional musicians. I'll guess that Fender plans on having cool stuff to sell to both groups.



Jul 26th, 2012 05:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

When I bought my Mustang IV a few weeks ago at Guitar Center the sales guys mentioned the Mustangs just don't stay in stock for very long, there selling very well!

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