Fender Mustang I v2 Guitar Amplifier 20W (Discontinued)

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91 out of 100. Incorporating 2250+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$140
Fender Mustang I v2
Fender Mustang I v2

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 91/100 is based on analysis of 2250+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Gearank High Notes

The Fender Mustang I v.2 is highly regarded for its sound quality and versatility.

It starts off with Fender's great sounding clean tone which legendary artists like Kurt Cobain, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, George Harrison and many more used to make their chart topping music.

But it doesn't end there because it adds multiple amp models, a huge library of effects and other useful features - making it a great value-for-money guitar amp. It goes all out in terms of features, with 18 amp models and 37 effects that give you quite a lot of tones to work with.

Given the size of the amp, the physical controls are a bit limited, but Fender equipped their Mustang series amps with USB connectivity that gives you in-depth control over more parameters. It even allows for direct USB recording, giving the amp the ability of a USB audio interface.

Other nifty features include headphones out, aux input and it comes with its own chromatic tuner.

Features:

  • 20W Modeling Amp
  • 1x8" Speaker
  • 18 Amp Models and 37 Effects
  • Onboard Chromatic Tuner
  • Headphones Output
  • Aux Input
  • USB connectivity
  • Bundled with Ableton Live 8 Fender Edition
  • Weight: 17 lbs.

Pros
Every day users and experts alike love everything about this amp, from its genuine sounding Fender clean tone, to the quality of its digitally processed effects and amp models, to its direct USB recording capability. While there are other amps that offer similar functionality, the Fender Mustang I V2 stand out with its versatility. So much so that most users credit the amp for making their guitar playing experience more enjoyable. The amp's clean tone gets a lot of positive feedback, even from experienced players who own more expensive Fender amps. The amp's various effects also gets a nod from those who are into customizing their tone. I for one bought a Mustang amplifier for my son, and so far, we have only good things to say about it.

Cons
There are some complaints about the amp producing unwanted "hum", but it may very well be a setting issue (gain or effects set improperly like all the way up). There are also some who did not quite like the high-gain metal tones, but this can be a matter of taste and experience.

Overall
This is a good budget friendly amp that even experienced players found to be inspiring and useful.