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Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp

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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-watta...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (40)
  • Portable (38)
  • Excellent sound (35)
  • Warm / comfy (26)
  • Good power output (18)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (19)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Practice (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Professional musician (11), Novice (3)

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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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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(9 of 10 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 6 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.

    (6 of 6 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.

      (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...

        (4 of 7 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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            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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              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 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        The best mini amp

                        By jo picker

                        from katy tx

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                        Pros

                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Good Warmth
                        • Portable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                          No issues with this amp like some other reviews. Arrived quickly and I couldn't believe the power and solid sound. Great for moving around the house, practice and travel. Variety of sounds with the delay and overdrive. For the price you can't go wrong.

                          (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

                            Blackstar Beauty (but no AC)

                            By Brazil Bill

                            from Castle Valley, Utah

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Blackstar Fly 3W Guitar Combo Amp:

                              After years of only having toy mini-amps comes the Blackstar Fly - one input, separate gain and volume, overdrive button, one EQ, and delay with delay level mini-knob. 1/8" MP3 (etc.) input and another 1/8" headphone - not the big 1/4" old time headphone jack but the littler cellphone/MP3 player headphone jack. This little thing is a small beast of an amp. Believe the videos, it sounds just as good in person!

                              It does NOT come with an AC adapter (which costs an extra 20 smackaroos - come on?). I would rather buy that though then the extension (unless you want to use this as a stereo MP3 player (computer, etc.). That is the only drawback that I can see.

                              I would definitely buy again if needed. It really is that good!

                              I didn't knock off points for the AC since it is great sounding!

                              It does have some weight to it, but it also comes with 6 AA batteries installed (with a pull out tab to keep them from draining down so make sure you pull that out before operating - or it ain't agoinna work).

                              (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

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                                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 4 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?

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