Blackstar has just announced two new amPlug2 Fly headphone guitar amps, one for guitar and the other for bass.
The guitar version has three channels – Clean, Crunch and Lead – and uses Blackstar’s ISF control and has nine built-in effects. These include three choruses, three delays and three reverbs, so enough to make practise a little more fun than just a dull old dry guitar tone.
The bass version is slightly different – and in many ways more useful for bass players (funny that). Three channels are provided, Classic, Modern and Overdrive.
But there are also six rhythm loops including rock, funk, R&B, hip-hop, blues and a metronome, complete with tap tempo control. Of course, these could get a little boring, but something is better than nothing. And as bass needs to lock into drums, it makes a lot of sense to have these rhythms included in the bass version of the amPlug2 Fly.
Both Blackstar amPlug2 Fly models are battery-powered and use a foldable jack plug designed to fit any guitar body type. Blackstar cites 17 hours of battery life from a pair of AA batteries, which is pretty decent in my opinion.
They both remind me of the Vox amPlug 2 (affiliate link) just with a few Blackstar tweaks like the ISF and the bass rhythm section. Sometimes a simple product like this is all you need to carry with you for a spontaneous practice session. Of course, Blackstar also has numerous models in its Fly compact amp range, so if you need a little more from your amp but still need something easily portable, check out the Fly 3 Def Leppard edition.
RRP – USD 44.99 / GBP 42.99