Fender Mustang 1 V2 Electric Guitar Combo Amplifier Review

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Fender Mustang i V2 Review

If you want to be a serious musician, you need to have the right equipment. Cheap and second-rated gear can affect and downgrade the quality and impact of your sound. For a guitarist, having the best guitar amp is part of having the right equipment. You want one that produces crisp, clear sound and one that offers tons of good options. Throw at an affordable price and you get a steal! The Fender Mustang I V2 20-Watt 1×8-Inch Combo Electric Guitar Amplifier can deliver all and more.

Just from the name Fender, you know you will be getting a quality product. Moreover, the Mustang I V2 amp has a pretty good reputation in the guitarist community as a solid choice for home practice and gigs.

First, let’s look at what this amp has to offer and what not.

Features

The Fender Mustang I V2 is the smallest amp in the Mustang series, with a black and silver sleek design. It’s a compact and portable amp, weighting just 17lbs with a single 8” Special Design speaker. The range of features found on the Mustang I V2 can rival some of the larger, more expensive amps on the market.

Tech Specifications

TypeSolid State
Total Power20W
Speaker Size1 x 8″
Number of Amp Models17
Presets24
EffectsDelay, Echo, Tremolo, Phaser, Chorus, Reverb
InputInput Jack / USB
OutputHeadphone / Aux
Footswitch IncludedNo
Power SourceThe standard IEC AC cable
Height14.5″
Width15.5″
Depth7.6″
Weigh17 lbs.

 

Here are the main features worth looking into:

Controls

The controls on the Mustang are knob driven and on top of the amp. It has a single knob each for Gain, Volume, Treble, Bass, and Master. The Preset Select has preset that you can dial through and some effects are under master headings called Modulation Select and Delay/Reverb Select. The amp models light up individual LEDs for each model type. The control panel features a Treble knob to control the high frequencies and a bass knob to control the lows, but there is no Middle knob to control over the mid-range. It may seem a bit confusing at first. However, you will get used to it in no time.

There are buttons for saving, an exit button, a button to access the built in tuner, a headphone jack, a jack for connecting an audio player, a jack to plug in your guitar, a jack for the optional footswitch, the power control and a USB jack to interface the amp with Fender Fuse or other audio software.

Amp Models and Effects

There are 17 amp models ranging from ’57 Deluxe to ’65 Twin Reverb with British and American styles as well. In addition to the 17 amp models, the effects are divided into four categories. These are Stompbox, Modulation, Delay and Reverb. Among them, Stompbox effects are only accessible through the FUSE software.

The preset selection is made up of eight amp models, each with three presets for a total of 24 presets in all. You can directly save 24 presets on the amp, but you can also use the Fender FUSE software to add another 12 presets. Overall, you can save up to 36 presets. As an amp suitable for beginners, the range of effects and presets it offers is huge, compared to other models.

Amp ModelBased OnSuitable For
‘57 Deluxe1957 Fender DeluxeBlues and Rock
‘59 Bassman1959 Fender BassmanBlues and Rock
‘65 Twin Reverb1965 Fender Twin ReverbBlues, Rock, Jazz and Country
British 60’sVox AC30Rock, Pop and Country
British 80’sMarshall JCM800Rock, 80’s Hair Band
American 90’sMesa/Boogie Dual RectifierRock, Metal
Metal 2000Peavey 5150Modern Metal
Super-SonicFender Super SonicRock

 

USB Connectivity and Fender FUSE Software

Adding versatility to the model, Fender Mustang I V2 comes with USB port along with the Fender FUSE software for PC/Mac. This software makes the controls function a breeze, as you can edit and save your presets online without turning a knob. Saving a new preset means you have to delete the old one, but with FUSE software you can save it online and use again later. Also, you can access a great deal more effects and tones available online. Furthermore, there isn’t much problem in the mobility of the amp itself, as it comes with 3 feet long USB cable.

AUX Input and Headphone Output

Another convenient feature is its auxiliary input and headphone output. The aux input helps you to use the amp as a speaker, perfect for a jamming session. And the headphone jack will help you silently practice at home with a guitar, without any complaints from the neighbors, even at night.

Performance

The Mustang I V2 amp is a small powerhouse. Even though it’s famous for being a practice amp, it’s suitable for smaller gigs too. The speakers may seem slightly lesser than average, but having 20 watts of solid-state power delivers a volume level louder than expected.

The key to having the best use out of this amp is the Fender FUSE software. The software compatibility adds versatility and flexibility to the Mustang I V2 model, which cannot be achieved only by rotating the knobs. It offers and delivers a range of different needs. For beginners, getting a vast array of different options and features in an affordable price is something to look for.

Sound

If you consider the specs and the price of this model, the sound quality actually comes off as a pleasant surprise. This model is considered more as a budget amp, suitable for beginners to practice at home, however, the effects and tone are full, complex, and very high quality. Fender’s Mustang amps are recognized and praised for their great sound and quality, and this Mustang I V2 is not an exception to that. This amp sounds clean and warm for Twin, Deluxe and Bassman models compared to hard rock and metal tones. Even though having digital effects, the sound actually feels like it came from your guitar, not just some heavily digital made up the sound.

Quality

Despite having sturdy quality, the amp doesn’t feel too heavy. Rather it feels quite well made. The amp is smaller in size, therefore easy to move around. Also, there is less chance of serious damage in the case of dropping it. The USB cable adds to the flexibility. Overall, it is quite a reliable model in terms of quality.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Easily portable and reliable
  • Great quality effects
  • Great quality modeling amps
  • Satisfying fender tone
  • Versatile and flexible
  • USB connectivity and Fender FUSE
  • Suitable for practice and small gigs
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Complicated Settings
  • Some functions difficult to access

Conclusion

 

Fender’s Mustang series offers solid choices meeting every guitarists’ requirements. The Fender Mustang I V2 is an impressive option for its vintage-inspired tones, price, and modern technology. It includes a good portion of the features found in the larger and more expensive models in the series. This is ideal for any guitarist looking for a great practice combo. Who needs a collection of amps when you can have the whole range in just one?

1 COMMENT

  1. I really liked the multiple effect features by twisting the knob, and how it allows the user to save the presets online. Both of these features will come in handy.

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