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J.LaGrassa

Taxachusetts

Aug 13th, 2012 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Played my first gig this weekend with my Mustang IV and worked out great, plenty of volume and great tones...and this was an outside gig.

I use the 2 ft switches (2 & 4 button)which make using the amp for live playing much simpler, got plenty of compliments. I'm really digging this amp so much better than previous tube amps I have been using and so far the amp has been very reliable.

As long as this amp stays fun to play I doubt I will ever go back to a tube amp... just don't see a reason for it!

telegib

Canada

Aug 17th, 2012 09:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Had my MIII cranked again this evening at an outdoor gig.. Used the Twin amp mode, built in overdrive pedal, delay and chorus.

Had it on 7 or more at times. Boy that amp has got guts. And great tone. Doen't thin out or become wimpy just strong and powerful.

The MIII never fails to amaze me and never once let me down.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 09:31 PM, Aug 17th, 2012)

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Aug 19th, 2012 10:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Satisfied MI owner; amazing tones in a little package.

Twangmeister
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Aug 20th, 2012 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After sitting on the sidelines for a long time I've made a decision--I'm looking for a good deal on a used Mustang III and ultimately swap the Celestion speaker out for a neo-something.

I doubt I would ever use 100 watts at any of my gigs but the Mustang II is a little too toylike compared to the Vypyr 30 it would replace.

The only thing that bugs me a bit is I know that the Celestion speaker must weigh a ton and the Mustang III will be my schlepping amp. So I'd probably put in a neutral sounding neo 12.

J.LaGrassa

Taxachusetts

Aug 20th, 2012 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just ordered the Expression pedal today and looking forward to trying that out with the amp, my main use for it will be to use it as a solo boost. Right now I use a separate patch that's just a louder version of my rhythm patch but I think having a volume boost with in the same patch will transition much smoother... well thats the plan anyway!

reverendrob
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Aug 20th, 2012 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Joke on finding a used Mustang III is they're nearly as cheap right now with the rebates new.

I ended up ordering a V today from MF, simply beacuse I'll use it mostly for recording, have access to my old 2x15 cab if I want to amplify it, and can add a 2x12 later (not doing the half stack unless I really get motivated since I'd never be able to crank it that far here).

And the V came with the 4 button FS which just made more sense to me vs. having a third performance-sized amp around the house.

Will end up sticking the Mustang V underneath the Space Echo and calling it good I guess.

(This message was last edited by reverendrob at 02:16 PM, Aug 20th, 2012)

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Aug 20th, 2012 05:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We'll be waiting for your review. Before you dive into the effects, just check out how accurate the Fender models are dry. It still amazes me how far they have come since the Cyber days.

reverendrob
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Aug 20th, 2012 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh, first thing will be a couple Fender models, including comparing to my tweaked GR-55 models that I based on old recordings of mine.

Effects in the thing are secondary, if it's as good as people say and the direct record good as well...then I could care less, I have enough effects to sink a ship.

telegib

Canada

Aug 20th, 2012 07:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One thing about the MV though. It is true stereo and the 4x12 cab that is sold with the head has left and right channels.

I'm not sure that you can plug it into a regular cab unless it is wired that way.

stinger22

USA

Aug 20th, 2012 09:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try using the pedal to control the amp gain for a boost. It cleans up nicely pedal up and then adds in gain as you press down. Fine tune with the guitar volume knob and you get a lot of nice tones. I set my pedal range to 35%-85%.

reverendrob
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Aug 20th, 2012 10:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can figure it out or just order a cab if I need to. Mostly it's going to be a backup of a backup of an amp in the amp department, if it records well out of the USB it'll be worth it.

If not, I got to try it and can ship it back.

telegib

Canada

Aug 21st, 2012 03:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good to know. I think you'll like the amp head though. Great little amps. I haven't used my MV yet because I have no way of transporting it around. I only have a small car. But it was given to me as a gift and eventually I will put it to use on stage.

Twangmeister
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Aug 22nd, 2012 03:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I went by the local music store today I hefted a III. Dispite the listed weight it actually feels lighter than the Vypyr 30 it will replace. So no need to shave weight with a neo speaker.

telegib

Canada

Aug 22nd, 2012 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The stock celestion speaker in the MIII is not heavy anyway. The magnet is not super big. It works perfectly with the design of the MIII though and produces nice highs and more than enough low end.

reverendrob
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Aug 22nd, 2012 04:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

V arrived today, earlier than expected after a slight shipping error, MF must have upgraded the shipping because it got here in 2 days despite being lost in the warehouse for a day after an address error.

Only scratched the surface, wasn't sure what to think when I liked the high gain models more than the clean basic Fender ones from the getgo until I started playing with the editor.

Got the '63 reverb and multitap echo dialed in with a '57 deluxe on the verge of melting, then plugging in my Fender Blender fuzz pedal in front of it.

Instant feeding back mean brown ugly.

Can't wait to play with it when I have more sleep.

telegib

Canada

Aug 23rd, 2012 03:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Play around with the Princeton patch and mess around with the various cab patches. I have no cab patch on and have lots of bass and mids and some grit dialed in. Great tone with the right guitar.

I have been using the Twin patch live a lot lately too and getting good tone. You just got to run the treble lower with the Twin patch or it can become too piercing. Sounds great on a Strat.

Of course I am speaking of the MIII and not the MV which I also own.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 03:53 AM, Aug 23rd, 2012)

J.LaGrassa

Taxachusetts

Aug 23rd, 2012 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just started playing around with the SuperSonic model, changed the speaker sim to 4x12V and it sounds massive on my M-IV. That model can be quite versatile just from setting the 2 gain levels!

tahitijack

San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Aug 24th, 2012 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Mustang III is up for its first gig Saturday night. Smallish room so I think it will work. Our lead guitar plays thru a Cyber-Twin and is concerned the Mustang III won't have the same tone of my regular gig amp (Duluxe VM). I figure this is the small place we have played before and is a good time to test the M3. The place is also up a flight of stairs which is also on my mind....... Our Bass player agrees with me. I'll update on Monday.

reverendrob
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Aug 24th, 2012 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If the guy can lug a Cybertwin up those stairs, he should be willing to lug your Deluxe VM up the stairs if it's that much of a deal to him. ;0

Rob Jai

Northern California

"Jai" pronounced "J"
Aug 24th, 2012 10:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I now have a Mustang III. I found one used - It was a CraigsList deal that I could not pass up - $160. you can barely buy a decent pedal for that. The guy didn't have the software disks or the USB cable but the amp works perfectly fine. I have downloaded the Fuse software from the Fuse site and updated the firmware.

I've already overwritten a dozen or so patches with models that I customized using the Fuse interface and now have some real cool settings. This is a fun amp.

Don't yet know if I'll try to gig with the M-3, but it is certainly loud enough.

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