Fender Mustang I
Fender Mustang I

Mustang I, Modelling Combo Guitar Amp from Fender in the Mustang Amp series.

iamqman 04/19/2011

Fender Mustang I : iamqman's user review

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One thing I hate about cheaper amps is a lot of them are switching to the amp modeling. Amp modeling in theory is a good idea since you have so many influences and you need something to cover a lot of genres. Unfortunately, most amp modeling all sounds the same....like garbage.

Yet this simple little amp doesn't sound to bad. It has 8 different amp models in it but lets be honest one thing Fender does well is cleans. They don't do hairy and raunchy metals or hard rock tones. So the the clean amp models sounds pretty decent but once you get to open it up on some of the heavier stuff it comes back to what I was talking about. One amp that Fender does that has a little bit of gain is the supersonic. That preset sounds the best out of the heavy sounds.


Fender Mustang I 20-watt Guitar Amp Features at a Glance:

* Amplifier type: Solid state
* Output power: 20 Watts
* Speaker: 1 x 8" Fender Special Design speaker
* Output Impedance: 8 Ohms
* Output Power: 20 Watts
* Inputs: 1
* Channels: 1 channel
* Controls: Gain, Volume, Treble, Bass, Master, Preset Select, Modulation Select, Delay/Reverb Select, Save Button, Exit Button, Tap Tempo Button
* Effects: 12 Modulation Effects Including Chorus, Flanger, Tremolo, Vibratone, Octaver, Phaser, Step Filter, 12 Delay/Reverb Effects Including Tape Delay, Stereo/Mono Delay, Room/Plate/Hall Reverb
* Presets: Factory loaded with 24 presets built from 8 amp models and 24 effects
* Aux Input: 1/8" stereo input jack
* Headphone Jack: 1/8" headphone jack
* Line Out: Speaker emulated USB output; 1/8" headphone jack doubles as speaker emulated line out
* Amp covering/grillle cloth: Carbon tweed textured vinyl with silver grill cloth
* Tuner: Chromatic Tuner
* Included software: Amplitube Fender LE Software, Ableton Live Lite 8 Fender Edition, Fender FUSE
* Footswitch: Optional 1-button footswitch for toggling 2 quick-access presets available
* Height: 14.5"
* Width: 15.5"
* Depth: 7.6"
* Weight: 17 lbs.


My personal favorite is the supersonic amp model. This is a god driving tone that makes using this amp a lot of fun. Not trying to be very critical of this amp since the price is pointed at kids starting out learning the guitar.

Try this amp out with a Fender Stratocaster and you can get some cool Pink Floyd sounds with a little effects like some delays and flangers. It sounds very close to the original David Gilmore tones. The feel is going to be much different than a tube amp, but it is a nice practice amp.


At new this amp comes in at $99 which is not a lot of money. I'm not expecting this ting to rivals and tube amp or the thundering feeling of tubes pushing massive amounts of air with 4x12 cabinet. This little unit is small enough to fit anywhere in your home.

I would recommend this amp over probably the line 6 amp modeling stuff. Even though there are far more features in the line 6 stuff I think this actually sound a little more natural. Someone learning the guitar will probably want to pick this up. It is inexpensive and compact. Learning on the go if your are taking lessons is nice too.