Jump to content

Dear guest,

Welcome to the biggest community for bass players in Europe. You'll find the site a great source of information and advice.

Why not sign up now and:

  • Say hello - tell us about your playing, your gear and where you're from.
  • Search the database for inspiration or to find out more about your instrument
  • Upload an avatar and profile picture
  • Buy one of the thousands of items in our marketplace
  • Safely sell your items to a community of proven enthusiasts
  • Upload pictures, audio and videos
  • Buy exclusive items at discount through our shop (coming soon!)

Go on, click the button and become part of it today!

Sign in to follow this  
Skol303

Blackstar Fly 3 micro-amp - surprisingly good!

Recommended Posts

I’m no guitarist… but I have a guitar ([url="http://basschat.co.uk/topic/211966-just-bought-a-vintage-fake-now-refurbished/"]this one[/url]) 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 [b]Blackstar Fly 3[/b] mini-amp:

[url="http://www.blackstaramps.com/products/fly-3/"]http://www.blackstar...products/fly-3/[/url]

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 [i]good[/i] 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.

[i]So…[/i] 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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
[quote name='Kiwi' timestamp='1439468163' post='2843079']And not a valve in sight...![/quote]

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

[i][size=5]Valves[/size][/i]
[i]Pre Amp Valves N/A[/i]
[i]Power Amp Valves N/A[/i]

...just to be absolutely clear! :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
[size=4][quote name='JapanAxe' timestamp='1439473563' post='2843158']
It will work for bass too, but the low end is unsurprisingly limited.
[/quote][/size]

[size=4]That's good to know! I'll have to give it a whirl... :)[/size]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
[quote name='MoonBassAlpha' timestamp='1458231663' post='3005836']
So, what happened when you put the bass through it? :)
[/quote]

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×