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Blackstar Fly 3 micro-amp - surprisingly good!

Mini-amp Practice amp Fly 3 Blackstar

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#1 Skol303

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 12:02 PM

I’m no guitarist… but I have a guitar (this one) and had some Dawsons vouchers burning a hole in a pocket, so decided to splurge on something I wouldn’t normally consider buying. Like a micro-amp!

My usual modus operandi is to DI my guitar into my DAW software, which I then use to apply FX, amp-sims, whatever. It’s great.

However, I fancied the idea of having a ‘real’ amp that I could use for noodling away from the computer - but didn’t want to spend much money. Our household was also in need of a portable hi-fi for taking into the garden on sunny days (!?) and for linking up to our family’s various hand-held gadgets (phones, iPad, etc).

So I ended up buying one of these - a Blackstar Fly 3 mini-amp:

http://www.blackstar...products/fly-3/

First impressions - wow! It’s a piddly little thing - its footprint is about the size of a paperback book - but its little 3” / 3 Watt speaker makes a surprising amount of noise, and it’s good noise too - nice coverage across the frequency range (with more low-end then I’d ever have expected) and a fairly decent built-in EQ and delay effect.

I’m quite stoked about it :)

I haven’t tried running a bass through it yet, but I’m guessing it would at least make a ‘usable’ practice amp for bass.

So… if you’re in the market for a micro-amp then I’d heartily recommend this one. It seems to have just as much gusto as practice amps twice its size (or more); a remarkable feat of wizardry by the folks at Blackstar. Hats off to ‘em :hi:

Edited by Skol303, 13 August 2015 - 12:08 PM.


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Posted 13 August 2015 - 12:16 PM

And not a valve in sight...!
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Posted 13 August 2015 - 01:40 PM

 Kiwi, on 13 August 2015 - 12:16 PM, said:

And not a valve in sight...!

The official products specs do actually have a section that reads...

Valves
Pre Amp Valves N/A
Power Amp Valves N/A

...just to be absolutely clear! :D

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 01:46 PM

I have one of these for taking on holiday, and for 'kitchen table' jams. Excellent vfm and very usable sounds. It will work for bass too, but the low end is unsurprisingly limited.
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Posted 13 August 2015 - 01:51 PM

 JapanAxe, on 13 August 2015 - 01:46 PM, said:

It will work for bass too, but the low end is unsurprisingly limited.


That's good to know! I'll have to give it a whirl... :)

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Posted 17 March 2016 - 04:21 PM

So, what happened when you put the bass through it? :)
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Posted 23 April 2016 - 10:13 AM

View PostMoonBassAlpha, on 17 March 2016 - 04:21 PM, said:

So, what happened when you put the bass through it? :)

Sorry for the late reply - you could hear it, but the lowest notes were not very loud and/or ran into distortion very quickly. There is now a bass version available.
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