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Blackstar FLY3 Battery Powered Guitar Amplifier, 3W
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- Refer the user manual below for troubleshooting
- Digital 'tape' delay effect; Patented ISF (Infinite Shape Feature)
- MP3/Line In for jamming along or listening to music
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FLY 3 Mini Guitar Amp
A battery powered mini guitar amp and portable speaker
The FLY 3 is an innovative, cutting edge 3 watt mini amp which combines two channels, tape delay and the Blackstar patented Infinite Shape Feature (ISF) to create the perfect compact and portable guitar amplifier. It's advantageously small and packs a punch with big TONE, even at the lowest volumes.
The ISF allows you to infinitely change the sound of your FLY 3, which gives you endless possibilities on the tone of your amp. The FLY 3 also features tape delay effects, allowing you to make your amp output resonate during play.
The FLY 3 also comes with an MP3 / LINE IN jack built in, allowing you to connect to your MP3 player, mobile phone, laptop, tablet etc. and jam along to your favourite tracks; the Emulated Output jack can also be used with headphones. Capable of being battery powered, you can take the FLY 3 with you wherever you go as a set of portable speakers.
Fly 3 Features
- 3 Watt compact mini guitar amp.
- 2 channels - Clean and Overdrive.
- Patented ISF (Infinite Shape Feature).
- Digital 'tape' delay effect.
- MP3 / Line In for jamming along or listening to music.
- Emulated Line Out for 'silent' practice or recording.
- 3" speaker producing true Blackstar tones.
- Battery or DC powered.
- Revolutionary sonic performance.
Blackstar Fly 3
FLY 3 is THE compact mini amp for your guitar and your phone or tablet. Combining two channels, our patented Infinite Shape Feature (ISF), tape delay, MP3/Line in and optional battery operation, it's the perfect take-anywhere amp.
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|Item Dimensions||5.59 x 7.59 x 4.29 in||7.48 x 7.48 x 7.48 in||10 x 14 x 8 in||13.5 x 19.5 x 11.25 in|
Black star's FLY 3 is an innovative, 3 Watt, mini amp with big TONE. The patented ISF circuit gives you unlimited adjustment over the characteristics of your tone and takes you from the USA to the UK and anywhere in-between. This combines with the 'tape' delay to give you the best sounding, fun to play mini amp available. An MP3/Line In socket allows you to connect your FLY 3 to an MP3 player, mobile phone, laptop or tablet and jam along to tracks. The FLY 3 can also be powered by batteries, enabling you the get 'the sound in your head' wherever you go!
Top Customer Reviews
2 channels, both are affected by the Gain and Volume knobs, as well as the delay and ISF (Blackstar's patented tone shifter). High Gain on the clean channel will distort, giving you from a fuzz up to a good overdrive sound, AC/DC style. OD channel w/ low Gain is clean (as you'd expect) up to a very good high gain sound. Great feedback when flicking muted strings with your pick like you'd expect from high gain. Rolling the volume back on your guitar will clean up the sound too...I seen that asked in the questions.
Clean tones are very nice. Adding a little bit of delay to get a reverb-y sound with tone knobs rolled back on my guitar gets such a nice jazzy tone. It's crisp, polished, and better than I thought it'd sound on this.
Using the MP3 line in renders the amp's volume knobs inactive. The amp plays as an extension speaker at whatever volume your device sends to it (you control the volume through your phone or tablet. etc). The knobs only control the guitar in jack. This is great! You can then jam along at whatever volume you want for either device, controlled separately.
Now, it's 3W so it's loud for its size (by comparison the Marshall Mini stack is 1W). It sounds great, yes, but a small 3" speaker doesn't move much air. This is where a lot of people mistakenly think it's a toy. If you need to make this little guy move air, (you know, vibrate your shirt, rattle your windows) use Blackstar's "emulated output" to plug this into a PA...and there you go, concert sound moving tons of air.
I've read a couple reviews here where people are complaining and comparing this to a regular sized amp. That's silly. It's a battery powered practice amp, but a DARN good one at that. Don't buy a pencil and then complain it's not a pen.
I HIGHLY recommend getting the extension cabinet! If you can't afford it now, add it to your to-do list (that's what I did). It's not a gimmick. It literally doubles the volume (!) and adds spaciousness to the delay. It makes MP3s played via your phone/tablet through a 3.5mm jack come out in stereo! They double as computer speakers. LOUD!
The stock batteries last hours! Longer than I expected to be honest. It comes with batteries too, so you can play right out of the box.
The amp by itself comes with:
6 pre-installed AA batteries.
NO 3.5mm cable, if you want to use this as an MP3 extension speaker, you'll need to pick up one of these, double male-ended. (They're cheap!)
NO power adapter. Blackstar sells these separately for about $20
The extension speaker comes with:
24" cat5 cable spooled up on the back (to connect to main unit)
*Notice* The extension speaker does NOT require its own batteries.
For me, the $60 for the amp was OK, and I really wanted the power supply, but wasn't sure about the cabinet, which takes this rig to 6 watts and stereo. $20 each for the power supply and 103 was too much in my mind for something I wasn't sure I needed. But essentially $6 for both is a no-brainer.
It is new in the box and has no batteries.
If you are thinking about it, just order it. You'll be glad you did.