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Deacon Blues

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friends.-The world's thirstiest man.
Jul 27th, 2012 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wish there were more head only options, other than the V head.

reverend mikey
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An Amateur built the

Ark...Professionals built the Titanic
Jul 27th, 2012 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's one used Mustang III at MF (in mint condition) for $240.

Use the MF link at the top of this FDP page...

yellowrubberduck
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Vancouver, Canada

Jul 27th, 2012 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

so is there somewhere or someone who posts settings? i saw that once for G-Dac

J.LaGrassa

Taxachusetts

Jul 27th, 2012 02:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wanted to see how well the tone is for direct recording and so far I'm quite happy with it I think it sounds very good, I used the headphone out jack and went into line in on my Creative Audigy 2 Zs that feeds my computer.

I love using the amp live it sounds great at any volume and it seems to pass the test for me for home recording use

The model I used is:
Brit 80's (JCM800) with the 4x12G Cab The G I am assuming is for Greenbacks
I also have on the OD model driving the front end for a bit more gain (Old school setup) plus a little modeled Tape Echo

I used my Les Paul Classic with Dimarzio 36th Anniversary PAFs

Here is just a small Rhythm and Lead sample!

Fender Mustang IV Sample

6 Cylinder Slim

New England

Shoes for Industry
Jul 28th, 2012 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Right now, the MIII is a rehearsal amp where I can change sounds with the knob. The lack of a display on the 2 button switch kills it for me as a stage amp. I did try it once at a show. Just 00 set for clean and 01 set for a little dirt, but still, I found it to be distracting compared to my regular rig where I have an overdrive pedal with only a single button to manage and a light to show when the overdrive effect is active. As much as I like the MIII, I don't think I'll ever be motivated enough to spend another 70 bucks for the 4 button pedal that has a whole lot of features I don't want and 2 more buttons to avoid stepping on. The lack of a display on the standard 2 button switch is the main drawback to this amp for me.

J.LaGrassa

Taxachusetts

Jul 28th, 2012 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think for live playing the 4 button is a must, I use both ft switches (2 & 4 Button)and it works out great when playing with my cover band!

The Mustang IV is my main rig for everything!

telegib

Canada

Jul 29th, 2012 06:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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

And they probably are...


I deleted this comment from my post above because I was thinking the same thought but decided to remove the comment.

I still doubt they are discontinuing the Mustang though. It certainly would be a disappointment.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 03:56 AM, Jul 30th, 2012)

tahitijack

San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Jul 30th, 2012 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

An update to my earlier comment. I checked my local GC last Friday. They had several Mustang III in stock, so I took it home and its a keeper. Played around with it over the weekend. No, its not a tube amp but man the solid state technology has come a long way. I found a nice clean warm sound on one of the presets. Tone is better than expected, light weight and loud. Met all my expectations.

(This message was last edited by tahitijack at 05:48 PM, Jul 30th, 2012)

telegib

Canada

Jul 30th, 2012 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats on your amp tahitijack

You will discover tones on that amp in time that will impress you. There are the amp patches themselves. Then you can select various amp cab simulations (yes a lot of modellers feature these) but I found the Mustang cabs are much more authentic sounding. These cabs do a lot to change the tone with the Mustangs in a very usable way.


I played through a Marshall stack last weekend and through a major sound system supplied of course by an a professional audio company. It was an event with an audience of around 2000 people. Although the distortion sounded good it didn't really rock my world. I actually would have preferred my Mustang V amp and cab with the "super sonic" patch. I would have got better clean tones too. Can't beat a Fender for me when it comes to clean tones.

I never had time to play around with the Marshall much because we were going on in about 30 mintues and people were coming into the arena. I never thought about checking for which model Marshall it was. It wasn't vintage by any means.

RDR
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Jul 31st, 2012 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just got a Mustang Mini- haven't had a lot of time to check it out, but it certainly is versatile, and loud for a tiny amp. Sold my microcube.

Also have a Super Champ X2 which has some of the flexibility of the Mustangs- and sounds great!

vcamargo99

USA

Aug 3rd, 2012 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Count me in guys!! Got my Mustang III recently and so far I am very impressed with it. I've had (and still have) all sorts of tube amps, combos (big and small) PODs, Hybrids, SS amps in my life. So many infact that I lose track of what has come and gone through my hands. I was very skeptical about all of the hype being made over these amps. I've bought so much crap on hype and opinions that I'm almost embarrassed to admit it. But I got a chance to pick an MIII up for next to nothing and I took it home without even playing it. I figured I could sell it for what I paid for it if I didn't like it. First few chords on one of the Deluxe and Twin models had me thinking "what the?...this is really nice". Though I have large stable of amps, there is something that keeps me plugging into this little combo to see what else it can do. It's a fun amp. The models are very well done. I haven't had a chance to take it out to see how it works in a band situation, but it sure would be nice to just lug this amp and a couple of pedals. I only have the 2 button footswitch for now, but I hear that I can hook BOTH (4 and 2 button) together up to give even more switching options (I need that). I really like what I've heard so far, and I haven't even installed the FUSE software on my laptop. I'll get around to it this weekend. Cheers to all!

jbryan

Minneapolis

Aug 9th, 2012 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Love my Mustang III! It's loaded in the back of the SUV right now for a 3-nighter we have starting tonight-Saturday! As some of you know, I bought it to replace my elderly "Crate GT-80" practice amp. When my Peavey Classic 30 blew it's OT and took all the power tubes with it, I started gigging with the Mustang III. Fixed the Peavey but it kinda collects dust now! LOL!. I love love love the Mustang III! It sound just killer (those patches nail the amps it emulates), has plenty of power (never had it above 5 at any gig so far), and is easily luggable! And I don't worry about OT and tubes blowing at gigs now!

I too was a die-hard tube snob but you have to give credit when it's due and Fender certainly earned it.

Like Telegib suggested- Switchcraft inputs would be nice. But haven't had any issues with these yet!

Yea to the Mustang Amp Club!!!

telegib

Canada

Aug 10th, 2012 10:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used my MIII again tonight and great tone as usual. Tonight I used the Twin patch and kicked in some built in overdrive, chorus and delay with the 4 button switch when needed.

StratQuebec

Canada

It's time to get it!
Aug 11th, 2012 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

" And I don't worry about OT and tubes blowing at gigs now! "
Sure but tubes are swappable when they blow. A Mustang is good for the recycle bin if ever it fails . So better get a spair MIII as a backup, just in case.

Enjoy your MIII !

telegib

Canada

Aug 11th, 2012 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Sure but tubes are swappable when they blow"

True but if you arc out components or fry your transformer from lack of tube amp maintenance you might as well dispose of your tube amp too because it can become quite costly.

And that is what makes the MIII so much greater....they are cheap!

Now if the MIII was overpriced I probably would feel differently and wouldn't bother buying one. But even then I would have to admit that they sound great.





dstnavy
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Arlington Virginia

Aug 11th, 2012 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an M1 and absolutely love it. Never really used everything on my GDEC, sold it - and the M1 just what I wanted. Decent effects, the option to change some presets et al. Sure a DRRI and a board may work better but this thing is so simple and linear for most of my needs in practice. May not be bad mic'd either//

capnhiho
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Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield????
Aug 11th, 2012 08:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I succumbed to GAS back in January and bought a Mustang I. I loaned it to a friend for a couple of months while my laptop was sick and eventually repossessed it. Since then I've gotten familiar with FUSE, scrapped most of the crappy presets I'll never use (except maybe to irritate my wife), and downloaded/modded my own set of presets. My only complaint is the need to keep a list of my presets so I know where I am or where to go.

This thing is an absolutely amazing and versatile amp for the price of a stompbox, fercryinoutloud!

Gtrman100

USA

Aug 11th, 2012 08:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Sure but tubes are swappable when they blow. A Mustang is good for the recycle bin if ever it fails . So better get a spair MIII as a backup, just in case."
You've obviously never had a power tube take out a OT and screen resistors during a gig. Love that smell! You need a plan B with any amp...

Solid state amps are much more reliable than tubes, that's why NASA doesn't use tubes. If your Mustang works well now, with care to keep it from overheating, it should work for years to come.

(This message was last edited by Gtrman100 at 08:49 PM, Aug 11th, 2012)

telegib

Canada

Aug 12th, 2012 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I sure hope the MIII can stand the test of time. So far so good.

DragonFire

New Jersey

Aug 13th, 2012 04:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Sure but tubes are swappable when they blow".

Probably cheaper to buy a replacement MIII than a full tube swap.

(This message was last edited by DragonFire at 04:49 AM, Aug 13th, 2012)

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