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Unread 10-20-2012, 11:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Fender Mustang the most versatile practice amp ever

So m favorite youtube metal player, Ola Englund AKA "fearedse", just posted this video. This is really making me want to buy a mustang! Anyone else got clips showing its versatility?


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Great little practice amps for the price, you really can't beat'em.
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Re: Fender Mustang the most versatile practice amp ever

The little Peavey Vyper is pretty cool too! I'm a tube dude, but for its purpose and price, you really can't beat it. Some of them are actually pretty responsive. It was all I had on a ship for 4 months, and it definitely got me by. I'm not familiar with the Fender, but the Peavey could only access one effect at a time, but the delay and reverb had their own controls. Fun little box. Perfect for a kid going to college that isn't in a band. Once the volume gets up there, its limitations become pretty clear, imo.
Tubes have NOTHING to fear from these things, but for bedroom practicing, they do just fine.
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The Mustangs are very versatile, awesome amps, especially once you start working on your own presets!
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I'm actually going to try and get rid of my vypyr and get a mustang 1 or 2... I think they just sound great.... the mustang floor unit is great too...
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yes the mustangs are good at home
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Add a looper Fender and its a home run.
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Started using Guitar Rig and Amplitube and now I hardly use anything else.
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Really makes me regret buying a line 6 spyder III when i first started guitar!
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I had a Mustang 1 and sold it rather quickly. I know everyone seems to love theirs but it was not my thing. Replaced it with a Fender Greta, the complete opposite of a Mustang, put in some decent tubes and am now happier than a pig in shit with my practice amp.
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I had a Mustang 1 and sold it rather quickly. I know everyone seems to love theirs but it was not my thing. Replaced it with a Fender Greta, the complete opposite of a Mustang, put in some decent tubes and am now happier than a pig in shit with my practice amp.
Can you use headphones with the Greta?

I like that I can use headphones with the Mustang I, so you can jam out and have a ball with it cranked and no one in the house will care one way or the other. I also like that I can use some effects to enhance the sound/cover/tone I am looking for, which makes things a lot of fun when jamming to your favorite songs, or your own favorite licks.
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I had a Mustang 1 and sold it rather quickly. I know everyone seems to love theirs but it was not my thing. Replaced it with a Fender Greta, the complete opposite of a Mustang, put in some decent tubes and am now happier than a pig in shit with my practice amp.
no amp is "one size fits all" other wise we'd all have the same amps

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I had the Mustang I. Good sounding amp, but I didn't dig having to hook it up to my computer for downloading stuff. Lot's of people like doing that stuff though. I ended up with a Vox VT20+. Sweet amp so far. Lot's of gizmos. About 90% never get used though.
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I had the Mustang I. Good sounding amp, but I didn't dig having to hook it up to my computer for downloading stuff. Lot's of people like doing that stuff though. I ended up with a Vox VT20+. Sweet amp so far. Lot's of gizmos. About 90% never get used though.
I feel the same way about my vypyr... I like the amp models a lot... but if I really wanted a flanger, delays, phaser, (basically most of the modulation effects) I would have a decent pedal of that ilk already... to me those are the "toys"

I went through every preset and turned off the toys, maybe left a little reverb, or light delay here and there... other than that, made it straight up amp models... even then there are only a few models I use...

at least the vt series and the mustang series there were some presets set to be designed like a particular sound/song/artist...

I probably should play with some of those "toys" on the amp one day... maybe then I'll start seeing them as "tools" instead
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I am never one to say bad about anyone's choice of gear. That's not my style. So to that end I am tickled to death that you like your Mustang. And I bought a Mustang II some months back. Kept it a week and sold it to my computer savy bud across the road. To me, and this is just my opinion now, I could not get the hang of the computer hook up and such to an amp. Remember, I'm an oldman and not acustom to computer stuff and it just confused me to no end. I went back to tubes and my SS amps. I like pots (knobs) on my amp and not a whole lot of 'em either.

Now my bud that has the Mustang II has the time of his life with it. He's got stuff dialed in that thing that defies logic and gravity! But he can't run pedals with it though...

Now I gotta admit that I have a Fender Vibro Champ XD that I got cheap on a closeout. It has knobs, and tubes in the poweramp. Guess that's why I can use it. Knobs.......Tubes.......Yeah, I can do that....
Mostly use the Tweed or Blackface voice and the reverb + delay for the FX. If I want it dirty, I up the gain, or drop a pedal in front of it. What can I say? I'm old school...

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I've got a Mustang1 and am happy with it as far as delivering bang for the buck. Use the existing presets or tweak your own, and the amp does a great job of faithfully creating nice amp tones without raving to lug heavy cabs and a half dozen pedals around. I have some high powered tube amps, but I tend to use my Blackstar HT5 the most,.....especially with the way I have it set up.

i see Mustangs on Craigslist for $65. That is less than 1/2 the cost of most pedals! Considering the cost and what it does, it just might be the best grab and go practice amp.
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I've got a Mustang1 and am happy with it as far as delivering bang for the buck. Use the existing presets or tweak your own, and the amp does a great job of faithfully creating nice amp tones without having to lug heavy cabs and a half dozen pedals around. I have some high powered tube amps, but I tend to use my Blackstar HT5 the most,.....especially with the way I have it set up. But the Mustang is nice to have around.

i see Mustangs on Craigslist for $65. That is less than 1/2 the cost of most pedals! Considering the cost and what it does, it just might be the best grab and go practice amp around.
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I have the Mustang Floor and it's really versatile and a lot of fun.
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I was just playing around with mine for a couple of hours, man this little thing is a lot of fun at low volumes while company is upstairs talking and visiting. I downloaded a few presets for Crazy Train and it is fun to hear other people's takes on that famous song and the tone they perceive it has.

Anyway, here are some of the clips I have created over the years I have had the Mustang amp. These are also all recorded using the Ableton Light software that comes with the amp, which just adds to making it a really great purchase.

Strangle Hold
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Just some Drop D stuff to show the sustain and killer feedback at bedroom volumes.
http://www.rj-zero.com/misc/guitars/...l_20111001.mp3

Ain't Talking About Love
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The mustangs are fantastic for what they set out to be.

As a quiet home practice amp I think they are unbeatable for people in an apartment or a terraced house- the headphone out means you can play for hours without restraint.

The amp modeling is way better than the line 6 stuff, and very convincing on the Fender simulations (the vox is very good too imo).

And as an affordable amp and pedal board in a box, they are priced really well and make a great starter amp for younger people on a budget.

I just can't fault them.
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I may check one out today...I have a Roland Cube that has served me well.
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I may check one out today...I have a Roland Cube that has served me well.
I use to have a Roland Cube, it did pretty well, but I really like the Mustang's better because the effects are really good as well as the Fender and a few other amp models do really good. Plus it came with some software for recording and the Fuse software makes it really easy to edit your preset settings on all models of the amp.
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I owned a Mustang 3 (single 12" 100w) but ended up selling it after a friend brought over his Peavey Vypyr Tube 60 amp. I will say the quality of the Mustang amps are very good. The knobs all have a smooth turn, the fuse software was fun, fit and finish is awesome... far exceeds that of the Peavey. But in sound quality...imo the Vypyr Tube wins in both dirty and clean channels easily. Also i will say that the Mustang has option overload... its is farily easy to use, but still way too much going on. I currently own a Vypyr tube 60.

Previous to my Mustang 3, i had a Line6 Spider, and the Mustang is a step up from the Line6... at least in my opinion.
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I owned a Mustang 3 (single 12" 100w) but ended up selling it after a friend brought over his Peavey Vypyr Tube 60 amp. I will say the quality of the Mustang amps are very good. The knobs all have a smooth turn, the fuse software was fun, fit and finish is awesome... far exceeds that of the Peavey. But in sound quality...imo the Vypyr Tube wins in both dirty and clean channels easily. Also i will say that the Mustang has option overload... its is farily easy to use, but still way too much going on. I currently own a Vypyr tube 60.

Previous to my Mustang 3, i had a Line6 Spider, and the Mustang is a step up from the Line6... at least in my opinion.
Those Vypre Tube 60's are nice sounding, but I heard there is some quality issues on the build and electronics sometimes not functioning properly. Hopefully they get that straightened out on the newer ones being shipped out. But... 60w of power tube and the Pre-Amp modeling/effects and such is a cool thing I think. Marshall is doing that as well, but there amps of that nature cost like $1,000.
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Those Vypre Tube 60's are nice sounding, but I heard there is some quality issues on the build and electronics sometimes not functioning properly. Hopefully they get that straightened out on the newer ones being shipped out. But... 60w of power tube and the Pre-Amp modeling/effects and such is a cool thing I think. Marshall is doing that as well, but there amps of that nature cost like $1,000.
I havnt run into any issues with mine, and i know the people on the Peavey forum always talk about what firmware is better...etc. I play on mine about 4-5hrs a week and have not had any problems.

But the overall quality and ease of use is much better on the Fender. Once you learn the Peavey controls its very simple though. Also, i think the lighted dial indicators turns a lot of people off on the Peavey too... if they were to use traditional "Peavey style" controls i think the amp would get a few more looks.

I think they should also consider making a 6v6 or el84 low watt model too!
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I havnt run into any issues with mine, and i know the people on the Peavey forum always talk about what firmware is better...etc. I play on mine about 4-5hrs a week and have not had any problems.

But the overall quality and ease of use is much better on the Fender. Once you learn the Peavey controls its very simple though. Also, i think the lighted dial indicators turns a lot of people off on the Peavey too... if they were to use traditional "Peavey style" controls i think the amp would get a few more looks.

I think they should also consider making a 6v6 or el84 low watt model too!
What firmware is the latest stable one? Is that an EL34, what tubes are in it?
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Really makes me regret buying a line 6 spyder III when i first started guitar!
Don't feel too bad about it; those little Spyders have sold well over a million copies and have helped quietly make Line 6 perhaps the largest amp manufacturer (in terms of market share) out there. They're also the reason that Fender got busy and created the Mustang series of amps. Fender's done a very good job with them, too, and is selling a ton. They, in turn, will force Line 6 to create an even better amp <G>.

The Mustangs sound pretty good and are just great little self-contained practice amps...
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I have several nice and expensive tube amps, but I use my very versatile Fender G-DEC 3 Thirty at home to practice more than any of my other amps.

More than just a practice amp, the original G-DEC was a 'Guitar Digital Entertainment Center', crammed with innovative features and impressive enough to get a four star review. But digital technology moves fast. Just as this year's king of the smartphone hill won't look quite so clever in the not-too-distant future, three years on, the first incarnation of the G-DEC sounds a little dated with its MIDI muzak backing tracks and sometimes over-egged sounds that just don't get the adrenaline pumping.

Enter G-DEC 3. This time around, things are very different. G-DEC 3 features banks of sounds and backing tracks created in the studio by genuine Premier League rock, metal, blues and country stars such as Eric Johnson, John 5 and Brad Paisley, along with members of Fall Out Boy, Def Leppard, Anthrax, Sepultura and many more. It's easy to see how this makes G-DEC 3 the next logical step for budding players whose appetites have been whetted by the wildly popular Guitar Hero and Rock Band video games.




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I use my M2 a lot. I did this messing around a while ago. I am not a metal player.

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What firmware is the latest stable one? Is that an EL34, what tubes are in it?
I dont remember the actual firmware number i believe i have 1.55 or 1.58. I think a lot of the prob's come when the Sanpera pedal is used. I do not have one, but my friend does, and his does "lock up" and needs a reboot every once in a while. The Vypyr Tube 60 use a single 12ax7, and a pair of 6L6 power tubes.
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