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Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp

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An amazing mini rig with digital delay and features of its bigger brothers.

The Blackstar Fly 3W combo is the new gold standard for the mini class of amplifiers. Though it's small, it's not a toy. It's an incredible low-wattage practice amp that you can use in your bedroom, put on a desk or throw in your backpack and jam wherever you want, via the battery-powered operation.

It features two channels, built-in digital delay, Blackstar's patented Infinite Shape Feature for endless control between U.K.- and U.S.-style tone. It also offers an Aux. line in for jamming along to your own music, a headphone out and an emulated line out for silent practice or recording.

And, if you want to really rock in small-scale form, you can chain the Fly combo to a Blackstar Fly 103 1x3" extension cab, and turn your rig into a 6W stereo setup that's also perfect for playback of your own music library.

FEATURES
  • Power: 3W (solid state)
  • Two channels
  • Speaker: 1x3" Blackstar design
  • Infinite Shape Feature
  • Built-in digital delay
  • DC- or battery-powered
  • Aux. in
  • Headphone out
  • Emulated line out

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BlackstarFly 3W Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (31)
  • Portable (30)
  • Excellent sound (28)
  • Warm / comfy (19)
  • Good power output (14)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (15)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Practice (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Impressive all around

I researched this thing a bit before buying, and was still pleasantly surprised. First, I have to just remind people how cheap it is. Just keep that in the back of your mind...Read complete review

I researched this thing a bit before buying, and was still pleasantly surprised. First, I have to just remind people how cheap it is. Just keep that in the back of your mind as I then expound upon how great it sounds. This is not a tiny toy amp that eeks out enough noise to be somewhat playable. It has serious tone, ESPECIALLY given its size, not just in considering its size. For metal heads, no, I don't think the built in drive channel is going to cut it for you, but, where you really trying to tear up some metal with a tiny portable amp like this?? I do think that you can get some really solid distortion when you crank up the gain; enough to please most people. The fact it has both a volume and a gain control is very nice. This way you can dial in various amounts of crunch or distortion, and still be able to choose how loud you want to be. It also means you can have a nice clean sound that you can also turn up loud, and if you choose, leave the crunch out of it. The tone is very warm for a speaker this tiny. Clearly not as much low end as a normal amp, but much more than you'd expect and definitely enough to play with and get a full tone from. I did buy the extension cab as well; it adds a very noticeable amount of low end and full sound to the thing, and makes it a bit louder. If you really want to get the best tone, I'd recommend it but if you're just worried about portability, the head only will do just fine. Delay sounds really nice as well, and being able to adjust both the level and the delay time can again get you many different sounds. I have plugged a phone into the aux in jack and the music that came through was clean and clear. Been using it a bunch for the past few weeks and the batteries (that come included with it, nice touch) are still doing fine. I wanted to buy the power chord, but honestly, I've really enjoyed just picking it up and playing wherever without thinking about plugging in somewhere and lugging around a chord. For the price, amazing.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

update second one broke on arival

Still love the amp but delay makes slight fus noise. These two ive had clearly have a manufacturing problem. Its a very small thing to me considering the amp is great in every other...Read complete review

Still love the amp but delay makes slight fus noise. These two ive had clearly have a manufacturing problem. Its a very small thing to me considering the amp is great in every other way. Just know to check yours close if you care about the delay. The thing isthey are not supposed to do what mine have done. I love it but wont ever but another blackstar product. It would be nice if it at least waited until after use befor it broke. These have a problem out of the box.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressive all around

By Someguy

from Cleveland

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good features
  • Portable
  • Surprisingly loud

Cons

  • Somewhat delicate

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Travel

Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

I researched this thing a bit before buying, and was still pleasantly surprised. First, I have to just remind people how cheap it is. Just keep that in the back of your mind as I then expound upon how great it sounds. This is not a tiny toy amp that eeks out enough noise to be somewhat playable. It has serious tone, ESPECIALLY given its size, not just in considering its size. For metal heads, no, I don't think the built in drive channel is going to cut it for you, but, where you really trying to tear up some metal with a tiny portable amp like this?? I do think that you can get some really solid distortion when you crank up the gain; enough to please most people. The fact it has both a volume and a gain control is very nice. This way you can dial in various amounts of crunch or distortion, and still be able to choose how loud you want to be. It also means you can have a nice clean sound that you can also turn up loud, and if you choose, leave the crunch out of it. The tone is very warm for a speaker this tiny. Clearly not as much low end as a normal amp, but much more than you'd expect and definitely enough to play with and get a full tone from. I did buy the extension cab as well; it adds a very noticeable amount of low end and full sound to the thing, and makes it a bit louder. If you really want to get the best tone, I'd recommend it but if you're just worried about portability, the head only will do just fine. Delay sounds really nice as well, and being able to adjust both the level and the delay time can again get you many different sounds. I have plugged a phone into the aux in jack and the music that came through was clean and clear. Been using it a bunch for the past few weeks and the batteries (that come included with it, nice touch) are still doing fine. I wanted to buy the power chord, but honestly, I've really enjoyed just picking it up and playing wherever without thinking about plugging in somewhere and lugging around a chord. For the price, amazing.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blown away!

By ken

from orange park, florida

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Pros

  • Does Not Sound "fake"
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Dc Adaptor Not Included

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Bedroom Jamming

Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

Saw this in guitar center and checked it out on a whim...i was blown away and just had to take it home with me! It has a wide sound to it that is very 3 dimensional. The tone is fantastic, its very versatile and all at the size of just under 2 toilet paper rolls!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Magnificent!!!!!!

By Senor Wizard

from Rural Wisconsin

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

    The BlackStar Fly is a small amp that does not sound like a small amp....
    It has room filling volume and distinct clear presence....
    I have been doing this for 50 years and no other battery powered amp I have used has these qualities...
    My next purchase will be to add the satellite speaker to complete the stack...

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wow - such a good practice amp

    By Joe Bob

    from near Nashville

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

      Fantastic sound from a practice amp...I don't own a Blackstar combo big enough to perform with but the Fly sounds so incredibly good that I'm considering another Blackstar purchase (head or combo). 100% recommend this product. It sits on my desk and when I don't want to fire up the tubes or disturb the rest of my family I use this to work on new material. I love the delay and the gain flexibility is what I'd expect from a much larger amp.

      You cannot go wrong with this if you're looking for a practice amp - I haven't played through the numerous other models available, but this one more than meets my expectations.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      nice sounding mini amp

      By steve

      from Summit,ms

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practice
        • Travel Amp

        Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

        I bought this little amp to take offshore where I work.I read a lot of reviews and decided on this one.It really sounds like a real amp.It's got good cleans and nice overdrive.The delay is okay but I'll run a Line 6 pocket pod through it for more options.I bought a Danelectro Hodad mini a couple years ago,it still works great but the cleans and tone weren't there.This one's much better.

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        update second one broke on arival

        By Rds

        from Tn

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Practice Amp

          Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

          Still love the amp but delay makes slight fus noise. These two ive had clearly have a manufacturing problem. Its a very small thing to me considering the amp is great in every other way. Just know to check yours close if you care about the delay. The thing isthey are not supposed to do what mine have done. I love it but wont ever but another blackstar product. It would be nice if it at least waited until after use befor it broke. These have a problem out of the box.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best practice amp ever - and yes, it does take pedals.

          By TC

          from New Hampshire

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Jamming

            Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

            I bought this as a practice amp - my main rig is built on a Blackstar HT Club 50 - so that I wouldn't have to carry the head and cabinet everywhere. since then, I've brought it out to a bunch of living room sessions, and jams, and it's right sized, and holds up well in small group jams. I've also run my dirt board through it, and it takes pedals very naturally, though I recommend a bit of caution regarding the pedal out level - my Blackstar LT Metal pedal and Earthquaker Seamachine chorus sound great through it, though my Anarchy Audio fuzz doesn't play especially nicely with it - it's just too hot.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Exactly what they were going for

            By atomik21

            from Fresno, ca

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

              Just plug in and play. The built in delay is fabulous! Blackstar revolutionized the mini amp industry!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Well made

              By Shreddymcshredder

              from Missouri

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                In my personal opinion its the best because it has a loud true clean and shapeable distortion you can really tweak the sound but it doesnt have a heavey metal sound on its own but i hooked my zoom pedal up to it and the true clean let me isolate the sounds i want really amazingly. Plus it isreally light. I want to drill a hole in it and put a d clip on it so i can hook it to my belt lol.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                very musical

                By no nickname

                from new york

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                    This is great for playing with a couple of acoustic players. Simple to use and find the tone you like. Has a good feel - very musical. Not buzzy like some other micro amps

                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This price? Come on now...

                    By peterlespaul

                    from CA

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful
                    • Tanky

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                        I mean come on, this price? This has got to be the best sounding amp in this price range. All the other portable amps sound like garbage and are built like garbage. This one is incredibly sturdy, has delay, and sounds SOOOooo good (considering its size, price, etc.). Some people might say that it doesn't sound THAT good but what on earth were you expecting from a portable amp?
                        I mostly use it with its great distortion. From smooth crunch to almost metal tones \m/.
                        Cleans are also great. You gotta find that sweet-spot by tweaking the gain and volume controls to get a sparkly smooth clean.

                        In conclusion, if you're looking for a portable amp, look no further. This is the one and only. I guarantee you will not find something more FLY than the Blackstar Fly 3.

                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Gold Metal Winner in My Book

                        By Guitar Lee

                        from Anoka , MN.

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Good Warmth
                        • Portable
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                          I wanted a amp for practice that had great tone at low volume (I live in a Townhome) need to keep the volume low. THIS FITS THE BILL. and for price, IT's a No Brainer. You Can't go wrong.

                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          quality sound

                          By mcdee

                          from dallas

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Plastic case

                          Best Uses

                          • Practice Go Anywhere

                          Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                          Sounds great killer sound for low price. cleans and dirty are quality on this little amp

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Practice Amp

                          By gitapik

                          from NYC

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Warmth
                          • Portable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording

                            Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                            If my wife wants me to leave the room or floor, I can just unplug this li'l guy, and carry it, my guitar, and cable downstairs. Plug back in and play. No fuss. No muss.

                            If we're going to our cabin in the woods with solar (or nothing... bring batteries), thar she is!

                            Is the sound GREAT? No.

                            Is the sound BAD? No. Not even close.

                            It's a GOOD sound (very good when you consider the size) that you can really work with and make better with your fingers. And what's really cool is that it's got a very sweet CLEAN sound. That's not so easy to find in an amp this size. The dirt is versatile and rocks like it should. Add the delay and both channels are even nicer depending on what you're doing.

                            Highly recommended practice amp. Fun to play, accurate, and ultra portable. I'm very happy with this amp.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Best practice amp I've owned

                            By Ga red rider

                            from Stone Mtn, Ga

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Good Warmth
                            • Portable
                            • Powerful
                            • The Delay is outstanding!!

                            Cons

                            • It needs a carry case.

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio
                            • Practicing at reasonable volume

                            Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                            Saw a few reviews on it and wanted to try it. SO... glad I did. I bought the optional "B" cabinet for it which makes it 6 Watt. Very versatile great clean and crunch sound with adjustable delay that is just incredible. Great for an evening at the coffee shop to create an atmosphere or out in the yard on the picnic table.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Nice little amp

                            By Al

                            from Orlando, Florida

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Portable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                              I really like this. Small and portable. Good sound. I like it best with extension speaker. Very easy to dial in sound. I had a Fender Mustang which I found somewhat difficult to use. I think Blackstar is more known for metal. I play classic rock and blues and can dial in good sound easily . Very nice for apartment living.

                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great little amp, and also a very cool preamp with echo.

                              By Montana Mike

                              from Charlotte, NC

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Portable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                                I like the clean sound ,plugged my archtop into amp and fed it to an accoustic amp for an amazing sound!

                                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                i agree with guy from louisiana

                                By IommiRULES

                                from Jersey

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Portable

                                Cons

                                • Limited Functions
                                • Weak

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                                I agree with guy from lousiana needs more crunch if your a metal player, you know its only gonna be so loud at 3w but needs to be "dirtier". Question is....can this little guy handle a distortion pedal?

                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Batteries only 3W amp that sounds great

                                By rbt_austin

                                from Austin, Texas

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Portable

                                Cons

                                • Batteries Only

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio
                                • Practice

                                Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                                I do love the sound of this amp for the money. This baby is great for playing and being able to hear yourself play. However, it probably would not work for any kind of performance in public, and they don't give you a power cord to be able to save your battery life. You have to pay for the bundle to get the 2nd speaker in order to get the power adapter. That might not be a bad idea. I do like the sound of it, and I really like the delay that is built-in. Not sure what the ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) is supposed to be or do, but it does kind of work like a tone knob. Bottom line: would recommend to most players

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Works

                                By Quincy

                                from Shreveport, LA

                                About Me Professional Musician

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Good Warmth
                                • Portable
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                • Not Enough Distortion

                                Best Uses

                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                                This is a really cool little amp...sounds good, delay works great and has a good clean tone. The only drawback is that it dosen't get a good metal tone...it just lacks that extra overdriven tone I'm looking for...The description of the amp says it can get that distortion but in reality it just doesn't. I can't really send it back because there's nothing wrong with it. It still is a cool little amp, but if your looking for that thick saturated sound to come out of it, you'll have to put a pedal in front of it.

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