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  1. So between the mustang 1,2 and 3,the only one which has an enclosed back cabinet is stang 1? I tried the mustang 1,2,and 3 tonight and out of the 3 only the stang 1 had the enclosed back. I know when I look at guitar center website at the stang 2 it shows photo of it with an enclosed back. I asked the sales guy there what the deal was ,that I thought the 1 and 2 had enclosed backs. I asked if there is an option to get it either way or if they all come open back, He said ,no,they all are open back cabinets. So is the photo messed up or deceiving at guitar center website or why is this contradicting info here?


    Other than that,they had ok sound but were more difficult to me to adjust ,at least without practice and trial and error time involved. I could not see gigging with this type of complicated set up where you could so easily lose your settting and not find it again or bump it to a different setting. Be ok for at home use though. Still undecided which one now as they didn't sound any different at low volume which I had it. Didn't seem like they had alot of power but I wasn't able to turn it up . ALot of people in the tiny store feet from me and I wasn't about to be like one of those juveniles with no manners or respect for those around me.The place is just too small and no space to crank it in that store.

  2. Randy...


    I think also the pix demonstrates quite well my point earlier.


    For what I'm doing, the big stacks would be ridiculous.


    For what he's doing, even my 4-10 '60s Bassman head and cab or maybe even the 120-watt dual 12-inch speaker combo would potentially seem ridiculous.


    The trick is to get what fits your needs with a given piece of hardware - and to figure if you're answering your needs in the best and most practical manner.


    E.g., personally I'd prefer spending $10,000 on a PA power outfit with multiple speakers and little guitar amps than a big whomping amp setup. But I'm far more likely to use the former than the latter. Axe likely is in the reverse situation.


    But I think too often we buy our sound reinforcement equipment by what we think is neat and meets some internal feelings as opposed to what makes sense as a moneymaker or even ego reinforcement.


    Note that my personal preferences for amps, tube or SS, and variations of amp/PA, always has been for equipment that would support the smallest to a medium venue solo gig, but would work in an ensemble situation too. The Bronco bass amp is the one exception in 50+ years of pickin'.


    That means I've always looked for something different from a guitar/bass amp featuring raw power/tone. Sometimes I coulda used a bit more raw power, but the bottom line is that I always had what I figured I most likely would use.


    My "advice" always isn't to get this or that, but rather always to consider what you're doing, what you need in sound reinforcement, and then buying what's most practical for the likely application.







    Yea,I get ya. And I am juggling 2 things. THey are what you describe and I also have this allowable sound in my head of what I like,don't like and can work with. So its has to be pleasing to my ears or I just won't be happy with it and it will collect dust. I have tried some modeling stuff in the past and found it too digital sounding and not authentic. I realize it will never be just like the real deal and it is what it is, modeling, but if its too far off and doesn;t have useable tone,I won't be content with it. I have a digitech rp 50 or 100,can't even recall off hand which one but it just sounds so digital and synthetic that I can't hardly find anything on it useable to me,or I am just a total old school mentality dumb arse that can't figure out the proper way to adjut it. But I kinda think its the sound of the unit itself. So knowing I am particular with tones and there are alot of modeling sounds that just sound like dung to me ,I am trying to find something that will work for me,if its possible in the modeling technology world. THis mustang has gotten high regards from many different walks of life in the music world so I am focusing on that and if it will work for me at the moment. I should know more when I try em out today. When it comes to size ,I want to go o the 100 wat model in case it ends up being useable enough to actually jam with others with or gig with ,but my most important thing I am using to decide which model is the sound. If one sounds to me better than the next due to speaker size, or any other variable,I probably will lean that way.

  3. I found a store 20 minutes from me that has all the stangs,version 2's in house that I can go try today as I am off work today. It is a real small shop where I would normally not conduct business but they do have this line of amps so I am going to go try them out for once.THey are a small little place with extremely poor service employees. i won't make purchases from there other than small stuff like picks or cables.I wouldn't trust them were I to have an issue with anything I got from them. THe nearsest store that stocks them is guitar center otherwise which is about an hour drive each way. So if I like one I will either have to make a trip to guitar center or order online with free shioping and wait for it to arrive.

  4. I think the comment by Axe on how to get a specific sound is something well worth considering - and not just for the one sound. These amps are very versatile but will take a bit of learning curve to get exactly what you hope for from them.


    OTOH, the same also holds true of any amp. I think "we" have too much of a tendency to set everything on the guitar up to 10 and then crank the amp and expect this or that - but in reality, we have all these marvelous tools for our music and ignore most of them. The thing is how "we" tend to think of the guitar and volume alone. At least that's my experience with a lot of folks who are just getting into the point where they're ready - or think they're ready - to play for money.


    I have Fender's Bronco bass amp and use it pretty doggone near "clean" either for bass or - even more - an archtop guitar. It makes plenty of decent noise even well under its capacity and has a 10-inch speaker. It's a compromise. For guitar only it works well "clean" in various venues depending on what you're doing, and gives a nice warm sound from the archtop. It's at the edge of what I wanna haul for weight. It works nicely for practice or small gigs with the bass; I seldom use anywhere near full power or the fancies, but the bass-designed speaker offers the guitar/bass option.


    For most guitar-only pickers, the Mustang makes better sense; I got this as a "move around amp" that works for bass in a small gig or for "clean" archtop stuff. But then again, which one will depend on projected use. I also have a 30-watt AE amp that's actually better for guitar and has a 10-inch speaker. I've used it in rooms of various sizes for various kinds of music and it works well for "clean" with a HB archtop or an AE. For a solo gig it's worked in a 4-500 seat theater and in a small saloon if it's lifted above the floor level.


    I'd go probably with the III. My reasoning it packs a lot more options along with the power - and almost certainly a lot better speaker. The II likely would work for small gigs and practice. The I I'd prefer to use at home only - or for solo recording; it likely could also be run into a board for more volume.


    To me the choice is a matter of probable uses. Any would work; there's a learning curve to getting the sound you think you want; don't forget that the biggest amp may not be the best choice even if somebody gave it to you, since balance on stage is more important than volume.




    I hear you. I am still somewhat skeptical of a modeling amp but am at the point where I am ready to try one out here to give me more options. My main go to amp is still and alway will be my model 1987x marshall half stack that I've had for years and has been dependable and consistent with its tone. Reading all these Fender amplifier names almost makes me think I am talking about a sports team . The Fender Broncos will be competing against the Fender Mustangs to see who will be the Fender Champions.

  5. Mustang III. Good at home and small gigs.


    The software is handy. handy_randy.



    That is another option I haven't ruled out although its a little more than I wanted to spend on a modeling type amp. One thing that has been brought up recently by someone is that I could get a mustang 3,version 1,at a fairly lower price right now and was told there isn't much difference from the version 1 and version 2. ANyone have any opinions with that statement? Is there much of a differnce between version 1 and version 2 with the mustang 3?

  6. Fender mustang 1 or 2?

    Both have same modeling and affects but one has more power and 4" larger speaker. Don't want to buy one too small but don't want to get one too larger . Not much of a solid state user ever so not being familiar with how they sound with different sized speakers and when played at different volume levels I don't know if there would be a huge difference between the 8" speaker and 12 " speaker. 4" sounds like it might make quite a difference,but like I say ,I am not all that familiar with how solid state amps sound when played at low volume and higher volumes like I am with a tube amp. Also 20 watts compared to 40 watts solid state. I can relate to this in tube amps but not sure how much difference one or the other will be in solid state.

    So most of the time I will be using this amp in my house practicing,recording, and jamming along to my stereo,which I do like to do at fairly loud levels. I can afford either amp but I don't want to go too small and regret it and I don't want to go overkill if it would have any negative results .

    Can anyone chime in here and voice there opinion based on what I am saying? Better to go larger or smaller with this thing?

  7. I've got one and its ok for me and what I do with it. I don't have any issues with it. some people say the epi ebo basses pick sounds muddy but I find adjusting settings can get an ok tone from it. I like the short scale,especialy when you are used to playing 6 string,it makes it easier to move around the frretboard I think. Its a pretty good deal. Its inexpensive and works well. I'm sure there are better basses but you'll pay alot more too.

  8. This isn't probably helpful to your situation really but just felt the need to say that I paid for a professsional guitar set up one time as so many people recommended it ,saying it is well worth it ,yadda,yadda,yadda.

    I will NEVER do it again. It was terrible. He did a ppor job and I could and have done much better myself.

  9. Whats your thoughts on the Gibson SG 50's tribute guitar? Anyone here own one? I wasn't looking for one but found one for sale for only $350. I have a faded and a satandrd sg,both Gibsons already,but no guitars with p 90 pickups in them .I go looking at it tonight,haven't seen it yet so not sure why its so low priced but he does have a number of items for sale for dirt cheap. The concept of an sg tribute guitar from the 50's when the sg was no in existence in the 50's yet is kinda strange,never the less it looks like a nice guitar. I am guessing they usually go for more than $350 used so its hard to pss by if its ok condition.

  10. Simple in terms of number of chord changes and stuff but in most cases it sounds quite a bit different when people play it then when ac/dc does it. Alot of people look at it like its only 3 chords so its easy,but alot of people don't actually play it correctly. Thats why they always say ac/dc is often immitaded but never duplicated. The chords may not be difficult ,but to play it like they do isn't as easy as one would think. I still can't get it exact and probably never will. Every little detail with them,when they hit upstrokes,when downstrokes,the rythym patterns,every little thing makes up there sound,not just the chord they play

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