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Blackstar partners with blues ace Jared James Nichols for JJN 3 practice amp

Blackstar JJN 3
(Image credit: Blackstar)

Blackstar has teamed up with blues ace and frequent collaborator Jared James Nichols to create a new desktop practice amp, the JJN 3.

A limited-edition offshoot of the company's lightweight Fly 3 series, the three-watt JJN 3 boasts a comprehensive set of features, including two channels, a built-in delay circuit and an MP3 input for jamming along to external audio sources.

Also featured is Blackstar's patented ISF EQ function, which offers a blend of both the tight, percussive characteristics of American amps and the warm, crunchy tone of their British counterparts.

Other features include a speaker-emulated output for listening through headphones or using a direct signal, and an overdrive toggle, which here has been aptly named ‘Blues Power’.

Additionally, the amp is expandable, meaning guitarists can add a secondary Fly 3 to create a six-watt stereo rig. 

Visually, the JJN 3's grille cloth is decorated with a lightning bolt on its left-hand side, and ‘BPMF’ in the bottom right corner, an acronym for one of Nichols' catchphrases, ‘Blues Power Motherfuckers’.

The compact amp retails at £79 (approx. $100). For more information, head to Blackstar (opens in new tab).

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Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar (opens in new tab).