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NAMM Day 2: Fender announces seven new amplifiers

Jory Mackay
NAMM Day 2: Fender announces seven new amplifiers

Fender amplifiers has announced the release of seven new models, including the '57 Bandmaster, new Mustang amps and the Acoustasonic 15.


First up, the tweed-covered '57 Bandmaster joins Fender's prestigious Custom series, with all-tube hand-wired circuitry and premium components. The '57 Bandmaster faithfully reproduces the classic 5E7 circuit, which pumps about 26 watts through three 10" alnico-magnet speakers. Fender enlisted Jensen to help create the P10R-F driver (a Fender exclusive), which is voiced for warm, sensitive response. The Bandmaster amp's clean tones are voiced for vintage rock, blues and country styles, while its overdrive tone adds serious grit, especially when cranked up.

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Fender's Mustang series is upgraded to version 2 with five new amp models, five new effects and intelligent pitch shifting. The new Mustang Series features USB connectivity and Fender FUSE software. Mustang amps feature 18 amp models including five new ones, such as ’57 Twin, and ’60s Thrift; 24 onboard presets; additional new effects including big fuzz, green screamer and intelligent pitch shifting (with even more available through Fender FUSE); new low-noise power amp platform; chromatic tuner; USB connectivity for user programming and audio recording output; auxiliary input for media player; Fender FUSE application for deep editing, preset storage, patch swapping and free artist content; Ableton Live Lite 8 Fender Edition studio-quality recording software compatible with Mustang USB recording output.

The Mustang I (V.2) is a 20 watt amp featuring one 8" Fender Special Design speaker; the Mustang II (V.2) is a 40 watt amp with one 12" Fender Special Design speaker; the Mustang III (V.2) pumps out 100 watts through one Celestion G12T-100 12" Speaker; the Mustang IV (V.2) is 150 watts and features two 12" Celestion G12P-80 speakers; the Mustang V Head (Pictured) is 150 Watts (2 x 75) in stereo; the Mustang V 412 Cabinet (V.2) is 200 watts with four Celestion Rocket 50 12" Speakers.



The Acoustasonic 15 amplifier offers portable amplification for acoustic-electric guitar and a vocal microphone, with enough simplicity and flexibility for a variety of musical performance and basic public address uses. The 15-watt amp features one 6" Special Design full-range speaker with whizzer cone for enhanced high-frequency response, two channels (XLR microphone and 1/4" instrument) with individual volume controls, Chorus effect (for instrument channel) with level control and on/off switch, Bass, Middle and Treble tone controls, 1/4" headphone output, classic Fender cosmetic treatment with brown textured vinyl covering and chrome hardware for durability and great looks.



For more information on Fender's new amp models, visit their website here.

If you're visiting the 2013 Winter NAMM show, be sure to swing by the New Bay Media stand in Hall B, booth 5761 to pick up a special NAMM edition of MI Pro.

Tags: Fender , amps , acoustasonic , NAMM 2013 , NAMM Day 2 , 57 Bandmaster , Mustang , Acoustasonic 15

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