NAMM 2017: Blackstar unveils affordable, entry-level Echo combos and Fly 3 Bluetooth mini guitar amp

NAMM 2017: Blackstar has announced a pair of compact, entry-level Echo combos and the Fly 3 Bluetooth mini guitar amp.

The Echo 10 and Echo 15 are aimed at beginner guitars who want great tone, and offer two channels, Blackstar's ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) tone-shaping and a built-in 'tape' delay effect.

Echo 10 produces 10W from two 3" speakers, while Echo 15 delivers 15W from the same configuration, but adds gain and tone controls.

Both amps also feature mp3 inputs and emulated/headphone outputs for practice use.

The LT Echo 10 (£59.99) and LT Echo 15 (£84.99) are available from late February/early March.

Blackstar Fly 3 Bluetooth mini amp

Expanding on the incredibly well-received Fly 3 mini amp, the Fly 3 Bluetooth adds - you guessed it - Bluetooth connectivity to the format, emphasising its ability to function as a music speaker.

Elsewhere, the amp retains the same two channels, ISF tone-shaping, 'tape' delay effect, plus emulated line out and mp3 in.

A 3" speaker produces the tones, while the amp can be powered by battery or power supply (available separately) - there's also the option to add the Fly 103 extension cabinet for a 6W stereo setup.

The Fly 3 Bluetooth is available from late February/early March for £79.99. Head over to Blackstar Amps for more info.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.