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.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created 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.