Blackstar FLY 3 Bluetooth Battery Powered 3W Guitar Combo Amplifier

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 200+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$110
Blackstar FLY 3 Bluetooth 3W Guitar Combo Amplifier

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 200+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The Blackstar Fly3 Bluetooth is a step above its sibling, the Fly3, the main difference being the addition of Bluetooth connectivity.

This allows the amp to double as a multimedia speaker for streaming audio from Bluetooth compatible devices.

Very convenient for jamming and other than that, it has the same 3W 2-channel amplifier and 3" speaker, along with Blackstar's patented IFS (Infinite Shape Feature) knob, which lets you conveniently shape your tone to mimic various amp voicings.

All of these are packed in a lightweight cabinet, designed to run on 6 x AA batteries or through an optional 6.5V DC power supply.

Features:

  • 3W Amp
  • 3" Speaker
  • 2 Channels
  • Tape Delay Effect
  • Aux Input, Headphones Output
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Weight: 1.98 lbs.

Pros:

Comments about the Blackstar Fly 3 Bluetooth are quite positive, with many describing the amp as a convenient all-around tool for guitar and for simply enjoying music. The ability to run on batteries is also well appreciated, especially since it complements its Bluetooth feature nicely, making it a truly untethered multi-media player. Guitar players also appreciate its tone, which many affirm as a good representation of Blackstar tones, only this one is lighter and smaller. Users note it to be a great companion amp on the go and found the convenience of the Bluetooth capability a big selling point. Being able to add an extension speaker for stereo operation (sold separately) was a big plus for those looking for a dual purpose device. Similar to the non-Bluetooth Fly 3, this version is comes in at just 2 lbs, less than half the weight of many other amps in this class.

Cons:

While it is appreciated for its dirt tones and high gain, some users feel that the amp's clean tone is lacking. There are also a few who wish that the AC adapter was bundled with the amp, so take their advice and buy the optional power supply. Battery life is shorter than the non-Bluetooth variant according to a user's comparison.

Overall:

The Blackstar Fly3 adds Bluetooth connectivity to the original Fly3. This makes it a great option for those looking to have both great sounding speakers and the ability to just plug in and jam along to their favorite tracks.

At publication time, the Fly 3 Bluetooth was on our recommended list for Cheap Guitar Amps Under $100.

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He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.