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2011 NAMM: Fender Mustang IV Amp Demo (video)

Fender has expanded the Mustang line of bargain amps for 2011. Adding the Mustang III, IV and V. The Mustang III is a larger version of the Mustang I with a 12″ Celestion speaker and 100 watts of power. The Mustang IV has 150 watts and TWO Celestion 12″ speakers (stereo 2 X 75 watts). The Head/Cab version of the IV, with a 4 Celestion speaker cab, is the Mustang V. Prices for these amps are quite affordable and they have TONs of versitility, too. With digital amp models, effects, headphone amps, aux inputs and even USB connectivity to your computer.

Here’s what Fender says about them:

Guitar amp with all-new DSP platform, all new high-quality amp models and effects; 100 onboard factory and user presets; headphone output and auxiliary input; chromatic tuner; “Millennium Blackface” treatment includes carbon tweed covering and new top-loaded front control panel; USB connectivity for high-quality, low-latency audio output and interface with free Fender® FUSE™ PC application; Fender FUSE application offers on-screen parameter control, deep editing, unlimited preset storage, online patch swapping and easy firmware upgrades; Fender FUSE community includes chat forums, preset trading, and additional content from Fender and artists; includes disc with Ableton® Live Lite Fender edition, AmpliTube® Fender LE edition and other extras, making Mustang a one-stop solution for guitarists new to digital recording.

Here’s a video from 2011 NAMM with a live demo of the Mustang IV:

Pricing goes as follows:

Mustang I — $149.99
Mustang III — $399.99
Mustang IV — $699.99
Mustang V — $419.99 Head / $399.99 Cab

Dealers taking orders for Limited Edition Teles

So, the buzz about the 12 limited edition Telecasters released by Fender during their 60th Anniversary “Telebration” is reaching a fever pitch as folks realize that 500 each (300 for some, 1000 for others) won’t go far world wide. And we’re getting reports of dealers all over the US taking “pre-orders” for these.

We’ll update this post as we learn of more doing this, but at this time we have the name of one dealer and we’ll start with that one:

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2011 NAMM: Visit the Fender Custom Shop Booth (video)

Every year at the Winter NAMM Show, Fender’s Custom Shop displays guitars that it’s builders have been building all year long. These are “spec” guitars that the builders make for no one in particular. Then they hang them on the wall at NAMM and Fender CS Dealers come by and put their business card on the ones they commit to buy after the show. So, in this video visit of the CS Booth at NAMM you’ll see certificates on each one, and a small piece of paper denoting the guitar is sold and to whom.

Enjoy the eye candy:

2011 NAMM: Custom Shop Tele “Pro” Explained (video)

One would think that the Fender Custom Shop’s “Tele Pro” model would be a guitar for “Pros”. But Mike Eldred, head of the Custom Shop explains it means “prototype.” Who knew? And, they change them every year. This year, they are pine bodied Teles with two special versions of the Fender Twisted Tele pickup.

Watch Mike explain the features of the guitar:

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