Fender Mustang II

Fender Mustang II Review

This amp is a little different from the others we are testing today, being a modeling amp.

For those who don’t know what this is, a modeling amp is a relatively recent invention which allows one amp to model the sounds of many classic amps. It does this by incorporating clever internal processing software, which in principle is able to replicated any classic amp tone that you want.

Purists can be a but sniffy about this kind of modeling amp, claiming that they will never be able to deliver the classic tone of “purer” amplifiers. Whilst this may have been true a few years ago, when modeling amps generally had a somewhat sterile sound, advances in processor technology mean that the latest crop of modeling amps sound great.

And of course, the huge advantage of getting a modeling amp like this one is that in the long run it will save you a lot of money! Why end up buying a plethora of different amps for different purposes, when you can get one amp that will do everything?

Fender Mustang II

For those who don’t know what this is, a modeling amp is a relatively recent invention which allows one amp to model the sounds of many classic amps. It does this by incorporating clever internal processing software, which in principle is able to replicated any classic amp tone that you want.

In addition, this amp has several big advantages:

8.5 Total Score
Fender Mustang II

For those who don’t know what this is, a modeling amp is a relatively recent invention which allows one amp to model the sounds of many classic amps. It does this by incorporating clever internal processing software, which in principle is able to replicated any classic amp tone that you want.

Durability
8.5
Design
8.5
PROS
  • The design of this amp is subtle. If you are into minimal styling, this is an advantage in itself! However, it has another little-mentioned advantage, which is that with an amp that does not look flashy and expensive, you are less likely to get it stolen!
  • The modeling functions of this amp include eight amp models, each with three presets that can be set up and saved for a later date. This means that no matter what style of music you play, you will always have the correct tone.
  • On top of this, the amp offers a huge array of built in effects, each of which can be used on every amp model. In practice this means that there is an almost unlimited range of tone and sound options to choose from, and that you will spend many a happy hour just playing around with the ways that this amp can make your guitar sound!
  • If you play metal or hard rock, this amp is great. The distortion offered is absolutely amazing for a modeling amp, rivaling tube amps for sheer aggressiveness and crunch. Even if you don’t play these styles of music, cranking the amp up to this level of distortion is incredibly fun!
CONS
  • Very few. This is a great small modeling amp, packing an enormous number of sound features into a tidy package, and if you are a serious player getting an amp like this will ultimately save you money on having to buy loads of different amps!
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